15 Great Gifts for Geeks: Games, Gadgets, and Gear
The Beatles Rock Band
You say you want a revolution? Would you settle for a superbly entertaining music game? The Beatles Rock Band comes with a deep catalog of songs, with new albums available for download every few months.
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There's an app for almost everything, but sometimes you just need a dang flashlight (or a spotlight if you're taking pics). This innovative case solves the problem.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
''New'' is almost a misnomer here: this latest Super Mario game is as old-school as they come, with that side-scroll goodness you remember from back in the day. But the long-awaited multiplayer option is finally in full force, pushing our beloved characters well into the 21st century.
Who wants to watch everything on a computer screen? The ludicrously simple Roku hooks up to your TV like a DVD player, but instead of you popping in discs, the magical Internet pops in movies and shows off your Netflix Watch Instantly queue or Amazon Video On Demand. The Internet has never been more entertaining.
Assassin's Creed II
Swoop through Renaissance Italy in this lush, complex third-person adventure game that incorporates a young Leonardo da Vinci.
Samsung DualView TL2200
The self-portrait is a major part of any shutter-bug's repertoire, and the DualView sports a screen on the front of the camera to make framing that perfect arm's-length self-shot a breeze.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
It's the fastest selling game ever and part of the most beloved FPS franchise of all time. CoD:MW2 lives up to its hype, packing the expected action and violence and new multiplayer options.
People sure do love their iPhones. Enough to frame them? Well...yes. Appstand lets you display your phone for a slideshow or any other arty app you may want to show off.
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
Part adorable cinematic story, part surprisingly challenging puzzler, Layton's a complete blast.
Sleek, sporty digital video recorders are everywhere, but this model boasts automatic infrared night vision and a hearty 8x digital zoom.
Plants vs. Zombies
We're almost afraid to recommend this game because it will suck you in. PopCap's bread and butter may be addictive arcade-style games like Bejeweld and Peggle, but this foray into more elaborate stories and structures is a raging success.
JVC 32-inch LCD with built-in iPod dock
Plug your iPod in to one more home gadget with this line of HD TVs.
Fuji Mini S7 Instax Instant Camera
Everyone else's camera can be digital. Make a more tangible impression with this adorable, dead-simple instant camera that prints credit-card sized photos right away.
Every day is Follow Friday with a fetching necklace (or tie clip) proclaiming your @ handle. #GeekChic.
Cute for kids and a mindblower for adults, Scribblenauts one of the most distinctive, original games in recent memory. "Scribble" what you want protagonist Maxwell to do as he makes his way through more than 200 levels and challenges — and then do it all over again. The game has a vocabulary of tens of thousands of words.