The gaming industry gears up for Christmas with new releases but also revamped old-school gaming gear. Whilst new games like Overcooked All You Can Eat, Cyperpunk 2077 and Fahrenheit 15th Anniversary Edition will be hugely popular, so will the retro games that launched a passion for gaming that has lasted some gamers decades since their launch in the 1980s. From arcades to eternity roses, here are some timeless Christmas gift picks for gamers.
Whilst current games on the market have improved graphics, storytelling and game mechanics, the games released from the 1980s up to the 2000s are special to most of us, even if they were relatively simplistic, to what is around now. From Pac-Man, Tetris, Super Mario, and Sonic the Hedgehog, it is now possible to play these games on an Android or iPhone. The classic version of Sonic the Hedgehog remains a lot of fun, as is the class Tetris and Space Invaders, which has not changed at all in the mobile version. Even the sims games are now available on smartphones, with RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic gameplay the same, with players creating the craziest rollercoaster designs they can.
Roses are red
For the lady in your life who loves gaming from Fallout to Call of Duty, impress her with your romantic side with a few lines of poetry “Roses are red, super mutants are green, do you really need 5 rifles to be a killing machine?” To make your Christmas gift for her extra special, include a red rose gilded with 24 karat gold that she can display at home as a reminder of your love for her and appreciation of her enjoyment with gaming. Alternatively, choose a red rose pendant that she can wear close to her heart.
For those who already have an impressive gaming TV, a fleet of consoles or top-rate gaming desk, the gift of a full-sized arcade cabinet preloaded with an assortment of classic titles with the same elements as their original counterparts will be a great gift for their gaming space. If space is limited, create retro fun with a mini or tabletop arcade cabinet. From Creative Arcades full-sized cabinet arcade machine with its 3,500 games including Mortal Kombat, Robotron, and Moonwalker classics, through to Tiny Arcade Space Invaders where high definition colour graphics, full arcade sounds, light-up headers, and authentic cabinet art is the same as the original arcade games, all in the palm of your hand.
Raspberry Pi 400 and RetroPie 4.7
The Raspberry Pi 400 and RetroPie 4.7 were launched at the beginning of November 2020, perfectly timed for the Christmas gift picks for Gamers. The Raspberry Pi 400 is a complete personal computer built into a compact keyboard that features a quad-core 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, wireless networking, dual-display output, and 4K video playback, as well as a 40-pin GPIO header.
RetroPie 4.7 is compatible with the new Raspberry Pi 400 and is an upgrade from RetroPie 4.6. For the tech geek gamer, the RetroPie can be installed on top of an existing Raspberry Pi OS set up, or on top of Ubuntu on PC/Odroid-C1/C2/XU3/XU4.
This is a Christmas pick that you will have to wait to use but gives you something to look forward to with a vacation at the Atari Hotel in Las Vegas, which aims to combine the brand’s retro appeal with video game-centric hospitality when it opens in 2022. The building will have a neon-accented take on the A-shaped Atari logo, with a planned aesthetic mixing cyberpunk dystopia and ’80s-era nostalgia.