If you’re not a gamer, shopping for one this season might seem pretty daunting. Don’t worry because at GuysGirl.com we have scoured the Web and polled male gamers ourselves to figure out what a guy gamer really wants.
First, we should start off with the hardware. In that, I am referring to the type of console he has in which to play the games. There are three main consoles: The Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, and Xbox 360. If you’re looking to buy a Playstation 3 or Wii console, I definitely recommend buying one online. Retail stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy all get limited shipments of five to ten consoles each and they sell out pretty quickly, usually as soon as they hit the sales floor. But if you go to Best Buy or Walmart’s Web site, they usually have both in stock and ready to ship. You might have to pay around $9 in shipping, but it’s worth not going to a store that might have them in stock and finding out its already sold out when you get there. Xbox 360s have been around for a few years and stores almost always have them in stock. Most stores also let you choose between buying just the console that includes one controller or a bundle that has the console, a couple controllers, and usually a game or two that is popular at the moment.
Once you figure out the hardware he has (or wants), it’s time to get down to the games. There were a couple sites I found that had extremely good “gift guides.” The first site I found is one of the “top dogs” as far as games go. Game Stop has many retail locations, but the online store is where the guides are at. In the Holiday Gift Guide section of the Web site, you start off by clicking what game console your guy has. Once you’re in this section, GameStop divides the top selling games into “Kids to Adults,” “Teens to Adults,” and “Adults.” If you don’t feel like browsing the Web for a game for your guy, then this Web site also has a downloadable “Holiday Wish List” that you can print out and hand right to him and he can fill it out himself and then you know exactly what he wants.
The best site I found to make a decision on what game to buy was Gamespot.com . This site also has a holiday gift guide section, but this Web site is broken down to the type of gamer you are buying for. Choices include: “Hard-boiled Gamer,” “Speed Racers,” “Military Buffs,” “Dungeon Masters,” “Armchair Jocks,” “Brainiacs,”“Families & Kids,” and last but not least, “Music Lovers.” Each of these categories will show you the top rated games for all consoles. Gamespot also polled gamers in each of these categories to see what gamers really wanted. The following are the top three in each category with the percentage of votes that particular game received.
Hard Boiled Gamer
Gears of War 2 (29 percent)
Dead Space (15 percent)
Resistance 2 (13 percent)
Burnout Paradise (29 percent)
Mario Kart Wii (21 percent)
GRID (13 percent)
Motorstorm: Pacific Rift (13 percent)
Call of Duty: World at War (59 percent)
Crysis Warhead (11 percent)
Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 (9 percent)
Fable II (32 percent)
World of Warcraft: Wrath of Lich King (15 percent)
Mass Effect (14 percent)
FIFA Soccer 09 (26 percent)
Madden NFL 09 (24 percent)
NHL 09 (17 percent)
Rock Band 2 (44 percent )
Guitar Hero World Tour (40 percent)
(Nothing else even came close)
Spore (35 percent)
Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution (17 percent)
World of Goo (12 percent)
Family & Kids
Little Big Planet (49 percent)
Animal Crossing: City Folk (15 percent)
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (11 percent)
Okami (11 percent)
As with girls are with shoes and purses, gamers are with accessories. Extra controllers, charging stations, and memory cards are almost always a must if you don’t want to fork out the amount of cash for a console or game. You can find accessories at almost any retail store. The biggest selection for those items is a local Game Stop or Best Buy.