Unless you know an executive at Sony or decided that camping out for nine days in the cold was worth the privilege of spending $699 on a video game, just admit it: You’re likely not getting a PlayStation 3 for Christmas. So what do you do now? You have $699 burning a hole in your pocket, and a big empty spot under your tree.nn
In the spirit of public service, I’ve compiled a gift list for the gamers in your life. Sure, you won’t be playing Rainbow 6: Vegas on your new PS3, but you’re going to have a whole lot of stuff that will make your next year of gaming better than the one where you discovered the Grand Theft Auto sex scene.nnStocking stuffers
- Madden 2007. The solution is a subscription to one of the many services that allows you to take out a game, keep it as long as you want, return it and get the next title on your list. This price was based on the $8.99 per month rate from GameZnFlix.com. There are other choices out there, but this is the cheapest and also offers DVD rentals. It’s the gift that keeps on giving'as long as you pay the bill.
- Halo. And companies like Rockstar often release titles like Grand Theft Auto on PS2 first. It’s just nice to have options. And now that the PS3 and Xbox 360 are on the market, these have gotten a whole lot cheaper.
- for Nintendo DS; $29.99: Now that you have the new DS, get a top title for it. This was one of my favorite games of the past year, and it’s great to have a version to take on the road.
- for PS2; $39.99: This Rockstar title was not one of my favorites of the past year'it was the favorite. It has wide-open game play with tons of areas to explore like GTA and others. This game'focusing on main character Jimmy Hopkins and his new school Bullworth Academy'got a lot of negative pre-release press because it features a setting that we know all too well: the horrors of high school and the desire to fit in. But in the end, what you get is an enjoyable, entertaining game with long-term replayability.
- Bundle; $79.99: Who doesn’t want to be a rock star? Also, who doesn’t want to play a completely different and completely original game? Guitar Hero II comes with a plug-and-play guitar that you learn to play as you climb your way up the ranks of rock stardom shredding the hits of bands like Nirvana, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen and Aerosmith. For $79.99, you get the game and the guitar. You need to score your own drugs and groupies.
- delivery joint (note the importance of delivery) and put a fridge right next to the console.