The 7 Worst Gifts You Can Give A Gamer For The Holidays

Giving gifts can be a nerve-racking experience, especially for a non-gamer giving a gift to a recipient who is an avid gamer. However, as long as you never give a gamer any of the following gifts everything will turn out fine.

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potedude3146d ago

How about getting an expansion pack rather than the game? I remember getting a golf game, was so excited about it and then realised it was an expansion pack.

The shop wouldn't take it back because it had been opened. It still cuts deep... (this was in the 90's)

MaxXAttaxX3145d ago (Edited 3145d ago )

AA Batteries aren't that bad of a gift, actually.
360 and Wii controllers still use them.... which means I need them -_-

Bleucrunch3145d ago

dam bro I would have been extremely dissapointed as well....Might I suggest some gaming therapy?

Ares84HU3145d ago

How about being a blu-ray collector and getting something you realy wanted but on DVD. This just happened to me yesterday because I had my birthday. Star Wars the Clone Wars Season in on DVD even though I have Season 1 and 2 on blu-ray and I can't stand DVD and sold all DVD's I had back in 2006 and haven't been buying DVD ever since.

HappyGaming3145d ago (Edited 3145d ago )

A wii or a 360 with kinect :P
I kid I kid!!!

WhittO3145d ago

^^ DVDs aren't that bad, most older stuff that wasn't made for HD looks just as good upscaled DVD as it does on Blu-ray!
Sometimes Bluray can actually make things look worse, because you see things you were never meant to see..
Plus you still get full surround sound with a DVD! Only not HD surround sound.
But ye, I only buy Bluray now too lol.

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Andronix3145d ago (Edited 3145d ago )

They went from cutting edge games that were getting great reviews and sales, to producing shitty avatars and bundled Kinect sports games for the 360.

Back in the 60s a dumb US businessman was tricked into 'buying' London Bridge by an expert con-man. In 2002 the charismatic head of Nintendo sold Rare to Microsoft. However these two sales are not the same.

When Nintendo sold Rare it was a great company, but it was the business decisions Microsoft made that changed it. With so much money I would prefer it if Microsoft invested in their own studios instead of spending on getting DLC first.

ChrisW3145d ago

The Santa Facepalm is more likely because this list of "Don'ts" is on a gaming site and those who will buy such Don'ts will never visit the site, let alone even know how to use the Internet.

FACTUAL evidence3145d ago

Dead island should be on this list.

Silver_Faux3145d ago

@ BusteDpad It's the only reason I clicked the

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dski10803146d ago

Ya who would ever buy a strategy guide

NukaCola3146d ago

I like Fallout/ElderScrolls Strategy guides. I used to but them last gen and previous. But not so much anymore.

snakebite363146d ago

I love strategy guides. I only get strategy guides for games I really love. They are like a collectors item to me. Plus sometimes they have extra artwork or posters inside them. They also look good in a bookshelf next to my game collection.

Max Power3146d ago

Someone I know from high school help write the Madden 12 Prima book thingy. I personally use the internet if I am stuck on something and need assistance, but that is usually a last resort.

gamingdroid3146d ago

Kinect Sports is a well received game. The first one sold over 3 million copies.

I don't know why Rare is on the list....

SilentNegotiator3146d ago (Edited 3146d ago )

Because some people play games, not buy stocks in them.

The best seller isn't always the best thing. Or good. Look around at all of the McDonald logos, Transformers movie posters, and listen to the number one hits on the radio.

gamingdroid3145d ago (Edited 3145d ago )

In case you didn't notice, to the people that paid for it and enjoyed it, it indeed was "good"! It doesn't take a genius to figure out that if people voted with their wallet, they considered it better than the alternative and at least 3 million people did so.

On the flip side, some people just like to hate on popular things... you know like an "anti-trend" kind of person. In some circles this person is also known as a hater and egocentric who thinks "whatever I don't enjoy" means it must suck for everyone else!

For your information, I do enjoy McDonalds on rare occassions and did watch the Transformer movie, but I'm sure that would be below your dignity. You would rather play video games....

bozebo3145d ago (Edited 3145d ago )

"if people voted with their wallet, they considered it better"

They played it before buying it? All 3 million?

SilentNegotiator3146d ago

They went from making Banjo-Tooie, Perfect Dark 64, Goldeneye 007, Conker's Bad Fur Kameo, Viva Pinata, Perfect Dark Zero, Banjo-Kazooie:NaB and Kinect sports.

They went from making awesome games to a bunch of meh that mostly catered to LIVE or Kinect.

I really hope that the assertion that "all of the best talent left Rare before the sale" is true. I really do.

hadriker3146d ago

Kameo and Perfect Dark Zero weren't bad games. Even their meta critic scores aren't terrible. Lets just continue to promote the fallacy that any game that scores under a 90 is a disaster.

gamingdroid3145d ago

Well some people only play games that get a 90+ on metacritic, because the critics dictate what is "enjoyable" to them.

Sad, but true!

bozebo3145d ago (Edited 3145d ago )

"Kameo and Perfect Dark Zero weren't bad games"

This is true ^

I liked Kameo. PDZ was bad compared to the original though, because few of the people who worked on it worked on the original (say hello to Timesplitters). It's like getting IW to make a CoD game... oh wait (at least AV stole the source to re-use).

Metacritic scores mean little. Loads of games above 70 could easily have a score above 90 and it wouldn't really skew the truth. I would say there are more bad games above 90 than between 80 and 90 because most reviewers are BS and give stuff 9~10/10 because either: they only started gaming in the past few years, they are a fanboy, they are bribed, or they know that they must review highly or they won't get any more reviewer copies from them again.

SuperNerd3145d ago

Dude those were the days playing perfect dark and golden eye. and then me and my brother getiing in a fist fight over screen cheating

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WhiteLightning3146d ago

Oh come on Grabbed by the Ghoulies wasn't that bad....even Kameo was pretty good

I liked how in Grabbed by the Ghoulies you could pick up most items to use as weapons

Wow I must be the only one who would want a sequel....

ZippyZapper3146d ago

Perfect Dark Zero was also good, had 32 player MP.

SweatyFlorida3146d ago

I actually loved the game xD A sequel would be welcomed, maybe at $15-25 though as a PSN/LIVE download :p

Bob5703146d ago

The third party controller thing is so true!

dski10803146d ago

You don't talk about my Mad Catz that way.

Bob5703146d ago

You're trolling, right?

snakebite363146d ago

I regret selling my ps2 fan cooled controller. It was so nice using it and having cool, not sweaty hands.

gamingdroid3146d ago

MadCatz did make one good controller. Well they branded it....

The high end Street Fighter sticks were awesome!

... that said I avoid anything Mad Catz like the plague.

What happened to quality 3rd party products? Why do they have to be inferior to 1st party? I don't get it!

bozebo3145d ago (Edited 3145d ago )

"What happened to quality 3rd party products? Why do they have to be inferior to 1st party? I don't get it!"

Yeah, it's like they make them bad on purpose. It's always some obvious stupid design flaw every time or a generally idiotic shape :P

Maybe they have to use cheaper plastics so to keep the shape and strength up to par they have to make the casing thicker and then try to mask it with stylization. That would be my guess. I think Sony/MS/Nint make less of a profit margin on first party controllers, their business model aims at game sales to make profits from. (or hardware profits for handheld sales)

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