The PC Gamer Christmas Gift Guide
Ah, the "misc" category. Like your glue-eating little brother at school, the things in here don't really fit in anywhere. And yet they exert some sort of amazing, magical pull that you can't resist. The pull of a good piece of tat is fairly inescapable, probably because 90% of tat is made with magnets.
Wizards make magnets, Notch made Minecraft. Therefore these Minecraft magnets prove that Notch is a wizard. Worship him by covering your fridge in magnetic Minecraft blocks. I hope a Creeper doesn't get in and explode the eggs!
Think Geek: $19 / £12
DO NOT FRET, CHILD. NOTHING WILL HARM YOU IN THE NIGHT, UNLESS IT WANTS TO SUFFER THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF TORMENT AND DESPAIR. I, THE DIABLO 3 NIGHTLIGHT, WILL LOOK AFTER YOU. A COOCHY-COOCHY-COO.
Blizzard store: $19 / £13
Let there be light. Tetrissy shaped light. The concept is high with this one, enabling you to swap blocks around and reconfigure the light as you want, and the more blocks you add the brighter it gets. You had me at "Tetris Ligh - ".
Firebox: $48 / £30
Have you written several volumes of Portal 2 fan-fic? If so, you might be needing something to keep those books neatly together. Now some people dip kittens in wax and arrange them on the shelf, but those in the know will instead just buy these Red and Blue portal bookends.
Think Geek: $30 / £19
We can't improve on Valve's product description: "When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade - make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons! What am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life's manager. Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons. Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm going to get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!"
Valve store: $15 / £9.40
Exercising for its inherent benefits is sooo last decade. The Nike SportWatch has inherent appeal to the gaming generation: it has achievements! But really, we genuinely like this wrist-GPS for its data logging capabilities—runs logged outdoors are tracked via satellite, and a USB tab embedded in the watch lets you upload the data to your PC when you're done. Nike's free website elegantly collects your run routes and times, outputting them via Google Maps and even showing how fast you were going at which point. For the metrics-obsessed, it's the best way of using technology to visualize and understand your effort as a jogger, short of having some sort of encouraging robot coach.
Nike store: $150 / £95
Traveling with a gaming laptop is never a dull moment. What force of nature (or inconsiderate mortal) will wreak havoc on your godlike, gold-plated portable PC? Laptops need a shield that'll protect them—one they can sleep in securely, and one that's practical enough for daily use. Pelican's U105 is sturdy and (surprisingly) slimmer than ordinary backpacks. Crucially, an impact-protective frame inside the pack hugs laptops and tablets, defending against ordinary collisions and vibrations and probably minor motorcycle accidents. Protect your gaming investment.
Pelican Store: $140 / £88
For an alternative (or double) layer of protection, try a Pelican HardBack case—a rugged-yet-lightweight shell for laptops between 14 and 15.6 inches that can shrug off crushing, impact, and immersion in up to three feet of water. Even the surliest of airport worker will not ruin your day.
Pelican store: $86-125 / £53-78