Do You Like Getting Games For Christmas?

It seems like a no-brainer, but hear me out.

I always get my brother games for Christmas/birthdays/other gifting events, but there's a point where it starts to feel like a cop-out.

When you think of all the games in your pile of shame, or sitting unplayed in your Steam library, is a new one really that great of a present? How often have you been gifted games that you actually already owned and just have to smile and say "thaaaanks" because it's too awkward to go through that whole conversation? Or worse: when your clueless but well-meaning relatives buy you those odd bargain-bin games that you've never even heard of.

But maybe for you, getting games is a better alternative to all the other weird presents your confused older relatives buy for that one nerd in the family. Or maybe it's always a nice surprise from people who actually know your gaming tastes and always pick out neat little gems for you?

What do you think? Do you look forward to getting a new haul of games every Chrissy or do you like to take care of your game buying yourself?


    I don't trust ANYONE besides myself to get me what I want. I prefer getting vouchers I can use to buy games. Generally EB ones, since they often have exclusive dibs on the collector's editions I like to get since I'm a hopeless sucker for fancy boxes and art books. eBay vouchers are also great, because I love collecting old games for the SNES and such. Or cash.

    I don't like having clutter around my house and things I don't need, but people seem to look at my place and think GEE, HE SURE NEEDS MORE JUNK IN HERE and buy me figurines (which I hate), novelty game shirts with haha funny clever logos on them (which I hate even more), or stuff for my kitchen (which I will never use because vegetables and rice don't need nuthin' fancy done to them). Games are my one real indulgence. Just give me the means to get precisely which ones I want from precisely where I want. I don't care that it feels like you keep getting me the same thing over and over again.

    I honestly do enjoy receiving games as gifts, whether it's Christmas or birthday. The only time receiving games might feel like a "cop out", is when you know that the game has been discounted or/and it's a game that you probably wouldn't have eventually purchased yourself.

    At the end of the day, we should be grateful that our friends/family are going out of their way and spending money on us, but I do understand what you mean.

    One thing to be careful of is when buying games, the people you buy for may already have it. But I suppose that's honestly like buying any gift.

    You need to tell people what to get you, makes it easier. My family worked out years ago that I have pretty weird taste in most things and stopped trying to surprise me. I usually suggest a game that I've been keen to try but probably wouldn't have purchased myself. This year that was Lost Legacy.

    I’m my family we have a google doc that we all have access to, and we then each update it with a list of gifts we would like to receive. And then we pick one or two to give for Christmas, Birthday etc. this way if I put a few games on there, I know I will get something I want. That way no one wastes their money, and you don’t have to pretend to be happy with your weird gift!
    So yes games can be a great gift, as long as it’s a game hey would play!

    I'm always happy when I someone gets me a steam gift card.

    Then I can get several games for the price of one before the end of the Christmas sale.

    I like receiving any gift and I'm not a dick about it if it's not exactly what I want

    Dude put games on your steam wishlist! My friends get me games from that, makes things simple

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