The Holiday Season: Egg Nog And Gaming Gifts
First of all, let me just say that egg nog is the greatest drink ever invented. And if you don't agree, that's simply because you've never had good nog. Thick, creamy, delicious...non of this watery, milky crap.
That being said, you should have a cup of egg nog in your hand while you read this and I'm all sorts of serious. Go get one. I'll wait. ...if you have to drive somewhere first to get some, I'll wait longer.
So anyway, you're probably hoping to receive some gaming-related gifts this year and if you are, you should probably be aware that it's once again the time for possible conversion. Oh yes, the time when togetherness and good cheer open the door for a non-gamer to, wonder of wonders, become a full-fledged gamer right before your very eyes. For most, it's the girlfriend or significant other who has always tolerated your hobby, and perhaps even feigned a bit of interest here and there. But in reality, she's never done more than glance at the screen as she walks through the room, despite the fact that you know there are certain games she would enjoy. There's just such a massive variety available these days; it'd be impossible for her to dislike them all.
And besides, isn't that whole Blu-Ray angle the perfect way to get a PS3 into your home if you don't already have one? I see all these gift giving holiday guides everywhere, and not surprisingly, the PS3 is a hot item even amongst the non-gamers. Remember that Uncharted 2 commercial where the hot girlfriend keeps watching the game 'cuz she thinks it's a movie? Wouldn't it be bad-ass if she started playing soon after? Isn't that what you've always wanted? Well, take a chance and pick up something like LittleBigPlanet for the lil' lady; it may not be diamond earrings but attach a note that says, "you'll love it, I promise." I have yet to find a girl who wasn't at least intrigued by the ridiculously cute Sackboy; that character is like chick catnip. But this is only one example; there are many ways you could shift someone's gaze to the gaming world, and all you need is a bit of ingenuity.
But if she is expecting diamond earrings and she gets LBP instead, you can't blame me. You dug your own grave, Mr. Cheapo. Maybe a copy of LBP in addition to...
What, the picture? Oh, that's just my gift to you. Sorry, I couldn't wrap it.
12/17/2009 9:28:29 PM Ben Dutka