Gift Guide for the Classic Video Game Lover
Youngsters today may gush over the latest triple A game or brag about how they totally pwned their opponents or their epic kill ratio on the latest FPS. However for ideo gamers who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s or even younger gamers who appreciate the history of video games, nothing will ever top classics such as Space Invaders and Asteroids; characters such as Mario, Sonic and Ryu; and consoles like the NES and Genesis.
Everyone of us know of someone who still remember the age old ritual of blowing on the contacts of game carts whenever they stop working. If you want to put a smile on this someone’s face, we suggest that you send him or her a gift from our Classic Video Game Lover gift guide. We would like to think that the experience of receiving a gift from this list is akin to learning how to do the Hadouken for the very first time – a sense of pure joy, surprise and wonder at the same time.
Not only is the Stackable Tetris LED Desk Lamp made up of 7 different pieces, each modeled after one of the famous falling blocks from this classic game but what totally blew our minds away was the fact that each piece will light up individually when it is stacked on the rest of the blocks. Add more sets to create an even bigger Tetris wall.
Though the title may say Earth Defenders but fans of Space Invaders will totally recognize the design of the classic Space Invaders arcade machine. The Space Invaders Money Bank is a mini replica of the classic video game cabinet plus it is also a money bank. Inserting the coin in the bank will let you play Space Invaders for 30 seconds. Before the time limit expires, an alarm will sound urging you to insert more coins.
Video game arcades brings back sweet memories of dark rooms, flashing neon lights and sticky floors. And nothing brings back the memories of the video game arcade like the arcade joy stick. Almost every video game cabinet had these controller sticks with the big (usually red) knob on top and the round plastic buttons.
The Power-Up Arcade Light Witch Plate is an arcade joystick shaped light switch that fits over your existing light switch. Flip the joystick to turn the lights on and off. Press the buttons for authentic arcade sound effects.
For the classic video game lover, the A380e Pocket Retro Game Emulator is like a dream come true. It is a NES, SNES, GBA, Sega Genesis, and Neo Geo emulator that is about the size of a GameBoy Micro and comes complete with all the buttons that you need for playing all your favorite games including 2 shoulder buttons. A built-in SD slot allows you to save all your games on a 32 GB card.
The Space Invaders Playing Cards are an officially licensed Taito product that any fan of the classic game will truly appreciate. The makers of the cards didn’t just slap on some Space Invaders graphics on the cards and called it a day. These cards have a unique perforated design that gives the card an 8-bit look plus that semi-transparent property. It feels like your opponent can see your cards but don’t worry, it only looks that way.
One of the best uses for your Android and iOS phone? Install a video game emulator and play all your favorite classic games on your phone. The biggest problem? On screen touch buttons and directional pad just doesn’t cut it. The solution? The 8Bitdo Wireless Classic NES Controller. A faithful wireless Bluetooth reproduction of the classic NES gaming pad. Works with all games, not just the 8 bit ones.
Are you still keeping your collection of video game cartridges somewhere in your attic or bank vault? Well it is time to dust the carts, blow on the connectors and play them all over again with the Hyperkin RetroN 5 Gaming System. This classic video game console on steroids has five game cartridge slots and supports NES, SNES, Genesis, Famicom, Game Boy Advance, Super Famicom, Mega Drive, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy cartridges. It will even boost the graphics to 720p when connected to your flat screen TV.
No, that is not the world’s biggest GameBoy with a battery large enough to last through the longest inter-continental flight. It is just the Travel Boy Carry on Luggage, a cabin luggage sized bag that is designed to look like a GameBoy. Sorry to disappoint you but it is the perfect luggage bag for the GameBoy aficionado.
Nothing beats a physical controller for playing classic video games on a phone or a tablet. However, carrying around an extra physical game controller may not be the best of ideas. A good compromise is the Fling Mini Controller. The Fling Mini Controller is a physical joystick or directional button that you can mount on your phone or tablet touch screen using suction cups.
You are still using the touch screen for control but the mounted controller gives you physical feedback plus it is self centering just like any physical controller. It is as close as you can get to an actual game pad without actually using one.
To round up the gift guide, we have the quintessential coffee mug. There are tons of gaming related coffee mugs but we feel that the 3D Arcade Mug makes the best representation of the classic gaming era. It features a game screen from Space Invaders, the very first blockbuster arcade video game and it is the game that heralded the golden age of video arcade games. Furthermore, the handle is made to look like the classic arcade joystick.
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