For holiday shoppers who feel out of place in a video game store but need to shop for the gamer in their life, there's a simple enough solution: Figure out which title got the most attention from that loved one in recent months, then go out and buy this year's version.
Seriously. The video game industry is sequel-driven, and so it goes again this year. Say hello to "Rock Band 3" or "Fable III," for example. In "Super Mario Galaxy 2," Princess Peach has been kidnapped, again, and is in need of rescue by an Italian plumber. Mario has been at this for 25 years.