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.
Lulz @ Santa Facepalm
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)
AA Batteries aren't that bad of a gift, actually. 360 and Wii controllers still use them.... which means I need them -_-
dam bro I would have been extremely dissapointed as well....Might I suggest some gaming therapy?
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 3....got 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.
A wii or a 360 with kinect :P I kid I kid!!!
^^ 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.
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.
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.
Dead island should be on this list.
I don think so
@ BusteDpad It's the only reason I clicked the link.lol
Ya who would ever buy a strategy guide
I like Fallout/ElderScrolls Strategy guides. I used to but them last gen and previous. But not so much anymore.
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.
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.
Ummmm lots a people dude
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....
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.
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....
"if people voted with their wallet, they considered it better" They played it before buying it? All 3 million?
They went from making Banjo-Tooie, Perfect Dark 64, Goldeneye 007, Conker's Bad Fur day.......to 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.
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.
Well some people only play games that get a 90+ on metacritic, because the critics dictate what is "enjoyable" to them. Sad, but true!
"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.
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
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....
Perfect Dark Zero was also good, had 32 player MP.
I actually loved the game xD A sequel would be welcomed, maybe at $15-25 though as a PSN/LIVE download :p
The third party controller thing is so true!
You don't talk about my Mad Catz that way.
You're trolling, right?
I regret selling my ps2 fan cooled controller. It was so nice using it and having cool, not sweaty hands.
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!
"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)
Unless it's a Hori :)
8. Gamestop Warranty
Seriously, who has ever bought insurance on a game?
People who ruin their 360 games a week after they buy them.
Anyone that has bumped their 360 when the disk was inside and it got scratched so ad that it wouldn't play anymore.
I put a hole right through the back of my gears of war 3 boxart with my thumb, because they conveniently make plastic cases with a hole there now... It all plays into their insurance scheme I tell you!
Darth_Bane79: lol i did that, opened my launch 360 xmas morning, put PDZ in, decided it was in wrong place, moved 360, then BAM.... disc scratched to death lol was not amuzed lol
Do they still make Tiger Electronic Handhelds?
I don't know but there was a baseball one about 20 years ago that I played the hell out of.
I had a Batman one when I was like...five?
They still make them. I saw a few at the local Family Dollar.
Awww i'm kinda sad to see the Tiger handhelds up there. Loved them when i was a kid, I had Simons Quest as well as pictured in the article. You could complete it without needing to move forwards, there were holes and traps if you moved but if you just stayed put and whipped you would eventually finish it. :D
Read that part. That is just hilarious.
I looks like too much text, but it was definitely worth it.
I disagree about batteries. Why get a ms battery pack when you can get rechargeable duracells cheap now and use them in everything not just a controller?
Same here, I use rechargeable batteries for my controllers
I agree! Rechargeable batteries can be damn expensive, and I wouldn't mind someone buying me a packet of them for Christmas. :D
Cant agree more with that. never run out of batteries and no cables.
8. Buying a gamer a game they really wanted but for a console they don't own or for a console they own but don't want to play that particular game on. It's not a big deal, but you have to hope that they put the receipt in with the game so you can go return it. And there's that hassle.
9. Be grateful someone thought of you enough to get you something for X-mas.
In the end, thats very true
I would say a 3DS, but that would be implying that it's somehow not the single greatest piece of gaming hardware ever crafted by the hand of gods or men, and we can't have that, now can we?
Even i wiuld give my friend the 3rd party controller. Another one for the list is movie tie in games.
Viva Pinata is the second best thing Rare has ever made (after Banjo-Kazooie). Shame nobody cares about it or even remembers it. One of the absolute best gaming experiences I've had this entire generation (although PDZ is one of the absolute worst. UGH!).
I love Viva Pinata! I have it on the DS and the 360.
"Viva Pinata is the second best thing Rare has ever made (after Banjo-Kazooie)." :S Killer Instinct Donkey Kong Country GoldenEye 007 Jet Force Gemini Donkey Kong 64 Perfect Dark Conker's Bad Fur Day Are all equally as good or better than Banjo-Kazooie. Rare were one of the world's most important developers. Half of them left in 2002 to form Free Radical who made the TimeSplitters which was the first FPS to use dual thumbsticks for aiming/movement. Then they made Second Sight which was decent and TS2 & TS3 then eventually Ubisoft forced them to launch Haze early (both before the PS3 became popular enough to support the launch and before the game was anywhere near complete), they were planning on making SW:BF3 and TS4 after Haze but never got the chance. The other half, the Rare owned by MS, made some decent games and some bad games and are now being forced to make junk like most MS developers these days. Then loads of them left again and now make rubbish facebook games or don't work in the industry at all, the rest made the crappy multiplayer for Crysis 2 and are probably attempting to make a Timesplitters 4 because they own the IP (but have none of the talent left so it's going to be another Cryengine demo).
Absolutely not. Those games were great for their time, but only Banjo-Kazooie survives the test of time. Goldeneye and Perfect Dark, as much as I adore them, are really obsolete at this point. Not the least because Rare pushed the N64 hardware so much that the original Perfect Dark can barely keep a steady framerate. Conker is purely based on its humor, but its gameplay is only alright. DK64 was good and so was JFG, but JFG is hampered by terrible controls. Banjo-Kazooie is easily the best 3D platformer ever made. It's only flaw is the camera due to the lack of a second analog stick, but the level design is nearly flawless, the humor is excellent, the game has dozens of moves, tons to collect, etc. If Banjo-Kazooie had never existed and was released today it would probably still get insanely high scores. The same isn't true of any other Rare game on the N64. Case in point: PDZ is so AWFUL because it's just a better looking version of Perfect Dark. Viva Pinata is brilliant. It's imaginative, deep, aesthetically beautiful, and has next to no flaws. One of the best games of the generation. Edit: but yes, you're right that Rare is pretty much dead now.
Donkey kong country was fucking unreal, that was a fucking game
"6. Any Tiger Electronic Handheld Game" What!!? those things are still pretty fun to mess around with.
1. An Xbox instead of a PS3
I think the worst one would be receiving a game you don't have the console to play it with.