Gifts For The Person You Want To Finally Start Playing Video Games With You

Gifts For The Person You Want To Finally Start Playing Video Games With You
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You’ve tolerated their presence in your life for years. Maybe it’s because they have attractive physical attributes, pay half your rent or gone halfsies. It might even be all three. But if your partner — or heck, maybe just your roommate — is really going to understand who you are in the depths of your soul, then it’s way past time that they pick up a controller and participate in your greatest passion. Try out the suggestions below for ways to impart your game devotion to the people you love.


One way to turn that non-player into One of Us is to showcase the video game variant of an amusement they already know. UK development studio Denki’s Quarrel brings a unique mash-up of Risk and Scrabble to iOS, where each player starts off with a plot of land populated by letter soldiers. One expands their real estate by facing off with competitors and beating the point value of the words they make. The added layer of strategy makes Quarrel stand out from other similar games and will probably engender more erudite trash talk than you’re used to. $5.49 at the iTunes App Store. [imgclear]

Brown v. EMA Supreme Court Case T-Shirt

No matter where they fall on video games’ redeeming qualities, most everyone agrees that an unfettered exchange of ideas is a boon to civilised societies. This shirt by Kill Screen — which commemorates this year’s landmark Supreme Court decision that gave video games free speech protections — might inspire them to load up a game of Mortal Kombat. At the very least, they’ll look like they’re up on their constitutional law. $US20; you’ll have to figure out how to get an autograph from Justice Antonin Scalia by yourself. [imgclear]

The Gunstringer

You probably want to start off your gaming padawan with an experience so incontestably fun and uniquely creative that it draws them in and keeps hold of them. Twisted Pixel’s puppet adventure — where your hands do the steering and shooting for a vengeance-resurrected cowboy out to get even with the galoots that killed him — also comes with Fruit Ninja Kinect. The scaled-up version of the mobile hit isn’t just one of the better Kinect games; it’s a sweaty, addictive diversion that makes for a great party game, too. Buttons and analogue sticks may not be your apprentice’s thing, but this two-fer might just make a gamer of them after all. $US40 — not bad for a disc that lets you be a cowboy AND a ninja. [imgclear]

Streets Ahead Leather Cuff Bracelet

Sometimes, it’s a shared singleplayer experience that turns out to be the best one for making a non-gamer want to pick up a controller. Deeply layered gameworlds like the one in Skyrim become a drama where more than one person can help drive the plot. If the person you want to become your gaming compadre happens to be female and they stick with you through the latest Elder Scrolls chapter, then they deserve an adornment fit for a warrior woman. This leather cuff fits the bill, with intricate detailing cut etched out with a frickin’ laser. It may not increase her magicka abilities but she’s already sticking out a relationship with you. She probably already has enough otherwordly talents. $57; matching enchanted armour is probably not a good idea. [imgclear]

Sony PlayStation 3D display
If you need a second TV, why not get one built for gaming? Sony’s PlayStation-branded 3DTV does what you expect: making stereoscopically enabled titles like Uncharted 3 or Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One pop and float off the screen when viewed with the TV’s accompanying eyewear. But it’s got an extra feature called SimulView that lets two viewers each see a different image from the same game, making it perfect for co-op or competitive play in Motorstorm Apocalypse or Wipeout HD. The sheer novelty of this function alone should earn you some couch time to show off your favourite medium. $699.95 RRP at Harvey Norman. [imgclear]


    • Can you do the split screen ontop of itself (so each player gets a full screen view) with a standard 3D tv ?

      I can imagine its possible with a hack or two, but having seen this “TV” in person, it looks pretty nice, even for the small size

  • Should have included the Scott Pilgrim game – there’s co-op, it’s relatively simple, and chances are your partner dug the movie

    • True that, it’s one of 2 games that my mrs will play, the other being katamari forever (of course). Although she loves angry birds… but i just choose to let that go…

    • I agree.

      I am in the target audience for this article (sigh). Best success I’ve had is with Machinarium. She still didn’t finish it, but did play it for a couple of hours all up. Carcassonne on iPhone is going well so far, too.

      • Point and click adventure games in general are a good idea. Something where you can solve puzzles together without them feeling like they are slowing you down. Just make sure you listen when they speak and take their suggestions even if you know they are wrong.

  • Luckily my GF loves casual games already but I am trying to step her up to the hard stuff. One great stepping stone was my Nintendo. Mario Galaxy 2 has been a great hit with the unbalanced co-op putting all the onus on me to progress in the game and she just gets to sit there shooting little stars at the little waddling mushrooms. It means that she doesn’t have to ignore her mobile while participating! She is yet to be convinced about the xbox though, baby steps.

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