Christmas Gift Guide – gaming

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Filling a stocking for someone who knows the names of more people in World of Warcraft than in real life is a daunting task. Console yourself with our easy guide to the things every gamer’s written to Santa for this year…

3rd Space FPS Vest (PC)

£130, www.iwantoneofthose.com

Black Ops not realistic enough for you? Is your motto “no pain, no gain”? This vest has eight pneumatic “impact cells” to punch your body as you’re shot, hit, stabbed or blown up. If your inner first-person shooter is a bit of a masochist, this is what he wants for Christmas.

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Filling a stocking for someone who knows the names of more people in World of Warcraft than in real life is a daunting task. Console yourself with our easy guide to the things every gamer’s written to Santa for this year…

Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor

£130, www.argos.co.uk

“You are the controller,” Microsoft keeps telling us. And, yes, our stiff muscles and tennis elbows bear testament to that. Do we pine for the sore red thumbs of gaming’s yesterday? Not a bit. Kinect had us at its Minority Report-style menus. Read our review here.

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Filling a stocking for someone who knows the names of more people in World of Warcraft than in real life is a daunting task. Console yourself with our easy guide to the things every gamer’s written to Santa for this year…

Playstation Move: Starter Pack

£50, www.play.com

The Wii is so 2007. Move is Blu-ray to the Wii’s VHS, broadband to its dial-up modem. Tracking 1:1 motion in 3D, it uses the PlayStation Eye (included) to transmit your every flail to in-game antics. Games aren’t abundant (yet), but they’re more adult orientated than Kinect’s offerings. Read our review here.

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Filling a stocking for someone who knows the names of more people in World of Warcraft than in real life is a daunting task. Console yourself with our easy guide to the things every gamer’s written to Santa for this year…

Rockband 3 with Wireless Pro Keyboard

£100, www.amazon.co.uk

Lost the cat under your ever-growing pile of plastic instruments? This just isn’t going to be kitty’s Christmas. It’s time to load Rock Band 3’s keyboard to the heap, a fully functioning 25 key MIDI Keyboard to help you rock out Midge Ure-style to RB3’s new tunes.

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Filling a stocking for someone who knows the names of more people in World of Warcraft than in real life is a daunting task. Console yourself with our easy guide to the things every gamer’s written to Santa for this year…

Novint Falcon with Pistol Grip

US$270, www.novint.com

Although resembling some kind of mini doomsday contraption from the future, the Novint Falcon is actually simple to use; just grip the handle and aim as if you were holding a real gun while the in-game crosshair accurately matches your movements. The built-in motors also offer varying degrees of resistance and recoil allowing impressively slick texture feedback.

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Filling a stocking for someone who knows the names of more people in World of Warcraft than in real life is a daunting task. Console yourself with our easy guide to the things every gamer’s written to Santa for this year…

Special Edition Red Wii with New Super Mario Bros Pack

£165, www.gameplay.co.uk

Even your granny has a Wii. She doesn’t? Now might be the time to give her this this special edition varnish red console. She and up to three of her mates can get to grips with New Super Mario Bros, while Donkey Kong and Wii Sports are on hand for some old-school relief.

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Filling a stocking for someone who knows the names of more people in World of Warcraft than in real life is a daunting task. Console yourself with our easy guide to the things every gamer’s written to Santa for this year…

Logitech G Series Bundle

£225, www.logitech.com

Despite their slobbish reputation, there is a certain tranche of gamerland that likes thing to be just so. This bundle – customisable backlight LCD infused keyboard, tweakable gameboard with joystick and mouse with interchangeable weights and grip – presents OCD gamers with the ultimate festive frag pack.

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Filling a stocking for someone who knows the names of more people in World of Warcraft than in real life is a daunting task. Console yourself with our easy guide to the things every gamer’s written to Santa for this year…

Gran Turismo 5

£36, www.amazon.com

Arguably the best driving sim ever to grace our consoles, the hype surrounding GT5 is unrivalled by any other racer. New weather and environment physics are at the heart of the long-awaited – and just released – latest instalment. Two reasons for this game to hit a PlayStation petrolhead’s stocking this Christmas. Read more about GT5 here.

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Filling a stocking for someone who knows the names of more people in World of Warcraft than in real life is a daunting task. Console yourself with our easy guide to the things every gamer’s written to Santa for this year…

Blaze Sega Ultimate Portable Console

£40, www.blazeeurope.com

Twenty classic games in one device with a 3in display and SD expansion. The update to Blaze’s ace first pocket Mega Drive simulator comes pre-loaded with Sega nostalgia: Sonic Spinball, Sonic and Knuckles, Golden Axe, Echo the Dolphin and 16 more.

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Filling a stocking for someone who knows the names of more people in World of Warcraft than in real life is a daunting task. Console yourself with our easy guide to the things every gamer’s written to Santa for this year…

Turtle Beach Ear Force X11 Headset (Xbox 360)

£40, www.game.co.uk

Treat the other half to a quiet night’s sleep sans (non-metaphorical) explosions and gunfire with this gaming headset. Not much we can do about “sniper at your four o’clock!” being barked into the built-in mic, mind.

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