The holidays are getting nearer, but shopping for friends and family isn’t getting any easier. What do you buy for the gamer who has a massive Steam library? What cool stuff are you missing out on, yourself?
If you love games—or you’re shopping for someone who does—point your wallet at this, our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. We publish one every year, but this year’s list is bigger and more thought-out than ever. We've tried to avoid the most obvious suggestions like Fallout 4; chances are, if you or a friend want it, you're already 30 hours deep. Instead, you’ll find all the stuff we love to give and get: affordable games to play alone or co-op with friends, books and board games, great PC hardware and accessories. And, somewhere near the middle, even a table lamp. It's a really cool lamp.
Starcraft Protoss Pylon USB Charger
- A USB charger for Aiur is much cheaper than your life
- Endless pylon joke potential
- ...endless pylon joke potential
Who will love it: YOU MUST CONSTRUCT ADDITIONAL
Bask in it. Bask in the pretty lights as you annoy your friends and spouse with a large, unwieldy USB charger. Tiny, form-fitting USB plugs popped into a run-of-the-mill power strip? Bah! Who needs it. You’re a gamer, damn it, and you’ll charge your phone on Protoss Pylon and laugh while you do it.
Or, you know, give it to your friend or loved one who plays Starcraft. It's not always about you, you know. So selfish. Give your Protoss friend a real gift this holiday: don't Zerg rush them. You know it's annoying.
Bitmap Books: visual compendiums of PC history
- Gorgeous trip back through the annals of early PC games
- May make you want to buy an old computer
Who will love it: Anyone who loved games in the 80s.
Readers with more advanced levels of chronological experience will appreciate Bitmap’s lovely art books. They cover the art of games found on the proto-PCs: Commodore 64, Amiga, ZX Spectrum, and others, with a bit of history mixed in. Can't ask for a better coffee table book.
If you're stuck trying to choose just one, might as well start with Bitmap's first production, the Commodore 64 compendium. Bitmap describes it thusly: "Celebrating one the most popular home computers of all time, the first in the Bitmap Books’ Visual Compendium series takes you on a journey through the C64’s varied and colourful gaming library."
If you need more ideas, be sure to check out the rest of our hardware buying guides. You can find more advice from our reviews section, and for more general tech advice, check out our sister site TechRadar's holiday buying guide.