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Tips for the “Nerd” and “Techie” Shopping for the Holidays

Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s the holiday season and much like Taylor Hassa and the fashionistas of the world, techies, or nerds, can be very hard to buy for. Luckily, I am one of those nerds, and I am now taking the time to try to help you out in terms of getting your beloved techie something they will love for Christmas.

Nick Lovett
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Photo Courtesy: Battlefield 4 Facebook Page
Photo Courtesy: Battlefield 4 Facebook Page

Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s the holiday season and much like Taylor Hassa and the fashionistas of the world, techies, or nerds, can be very hard to buy for. Luckily, I am one of those nerds, and I am now taking the time to try to help you out in terms of getting your beloved techie something they will love for Christmas.

Video Game Lovers:

We’ll start here mainly because it is the largest group of the ones I’m about to cover. Video game lovers are tough to buy for because each gamer has their own personal genre of games they like the most. While the genres are broad, the games they like inside the genre are limited. Here are some games from each genre that should work.

Sports:

Madden NFL 25 – It’s the yearly installment of Madden and, yes, they do need it because of updated rosters/rookies. You should be able to find this relatively cheap on Amazon or at Gamestop.

NBA 2K14 – This game has made huge strides in the gaming world after NBA Live took a nose dive. It is a great game for any basketball fan and is very addicting.

NHL 14 – For any hockey fan, this is a must have. This game is the best it has been in years and also has an NHL 94 Anniversary mode which is really fun to play.

Shooter:

So, basically there are two options here for multiplayer shooters, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4. They are EXTREMELY different with two EXTREMELY dedicated fan bases, so make sure you know which one your recipient likes so as not to have them trading in the game the day after Christmas.

For more of an adventure/shooter, look at Bioshock: Infinite. It came out back in March, but if the gamer you’re buying for doesn’t own it, make sure to give this a look. This game got rave reviews and with the Burial at Sea DLC (Downloadable Content) coming out, it’s about to be even better.

Open World/Adventure:

Batman Arkham Origins – A great game for any Batman fan. I reviewed it and it was awesome.

Grand Theft Auto IV – Probably going to be the Game of the Year in many circles. It was amazing (again, I reviewed it) and is an instant classic.

Last of Us – This is the other major contender for Game of the Year. This game is only for the PS3, which hurts it some, but it is definitely a must-get for any gamer who loves a strong story and character development.

RPG:

There weren’t too many of these games that came out this year, but Pokemon X or Y would be a great gift for fans of the series. They have the same great formula the other games have had, but now with gorgeous graphics courtesy of the Nintendo 3DS.

Systems:

The new generation of video game consoles started this past November as Sony released the Playstation 4 and Microsoft released the Xbox One. Both consoles have their benefits, but both also come with a very hefty price tag. You really have to love your techie/nerd to pick them up one of these for Christmas.

Gadget Lovers:

Gadget lovers are a little easier to buy for because they generally just want the newest items on the market.

Phones:

Apple iPhone 5S/C – Apple released the iPhone 5S and 5C this past year as well as a new operating system. These phones have always been great, and they now come in cool new colors.

Samsung Galaxy S4 – The new version of Samsung’s cornerstone phone has come out and it has received fantastic reviews (I love mine). The phone itself is bigger than the iPhone and its screen is crystal clear. The S4 comes with some standard apps that are really cool, like the remote app which lets you control your TV with your phone.

Samsung Galaxy Gear – The future has arrived. Now you can finally own a watch that doubles as a phone. The Galaxy Gear can be paired with the Galaxy Note or the GS4 and is a very cool way for people to be connected.

Tablets:

iPad Air – Apple released its new iPad recently called the Air. It is your standard iPad just in a much slender form.

Microsoft Surface – The Microsoft Surface took the world by storm a little over a year ago and they released the Surface 2 recently. The Surface is a tablet that can run Office and doubles as a laptop with a detachable keyboard.

Movie Lovers:

There were some awesome movies to grace theaters this year and these are just a few that your recipient may like.

Man of Steel – Superman has been rebooted yet again, this time with Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) at the helm. Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) is a producer on this film.

Elysium – Matt Damon stars in this futuristic movie about a dying man who is trying to break into the most heavily protected paradise in the universe, Elysium. The same team that brought us District 9 returns with this visual masterpiece.

The World’s End – Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (both in Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) are back at it again in this movie about a group of long lost friends that return to complete a pub crawl that spans 12 venues and ends at The World’s End. As with any Pegg/Frost movie, the protagonists run into some trouble along the way.

This Is The End – This blockbuster comedy was one of the biggest movies of the year and sports one of the most star-studded casts in recent history. Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jay Baruchel are just some of the notable names from the film that is about a group of friends that face the apocalypse together in one hilarious adventure.

I could have included much, much more on this list, but decided just to highlight things in the major categories. Hopefully this list can help anyone who cannot find something to get their beloved nerd. Have a great break and a happy holiday season everyone!

Nick Lovett can be reached at nlovett@springfieldcollege.edu

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