posted by Jon Campbell on Tue 11th Dec 2001 18:39 UTC
IconIt is always tough to find nice gifts for the holidays that your geek friends will appreciate. Even if you would like to buy something special this Christmas, just for yourself, we will help you choose. Jon Campbell has put together a list of... geek-oriented devices and softare to make your life easier when choosing gifts. Inside you will find which PC game, gaming console, software, mp3 player etc you could buy for the holidays.

PC Game
Max Payne
Over the course of the year I try out a lot of new games. Max Payne is a game unlike any other (review here). It's half a movie and half a game. Max Payne has a great storyline based upon you, Max Payne, being framed for a crime you never committed. This game isn't one of those games that are all happy and bright. The painted style storyboard fits seamlessly into the gameplay and keeps you involved in the game as you go along. The graphics and audio on max payne are top notch, especially the bullet time effects. Bullet time is a mode that allows Max to slow down time and dodge bullets, like on the matrix and other movies. When in bullet time everything slows down and you have time to make the moves that can save your life. Max uses painkillers to heal his wounds and also uses a huge arsenal of weapons throughout the game including sniper rifles, grenades, shotguns, and your standard pistols. Max Paynes only weakness is its lack of multiplayer support and below average game length. Average Price: $50 US.

Gaming Console
Microsoft Xbox
There's a lot of controversy going around as to what gaming console deserves your hard earned cash this holiday season. I've chosen the Xbox as the system of choice for many reasons. First off these holiday gift ideas are for geeks and most people who oppose the xbox say it's just a computer and only geeks will buy it. The xbox has a 733 Mhz Intel processor, built in Ethernet port, built in 8 gig hard drive, front loading DVD drive, high quality surround sound, HDTV support and more. Some of the top games for the Xbox are Halo, Dead or Alive3, Tony Hawk 2x, and NFL Fever 2002. Some people claim the controllers too large and bulky. I am a large handed guy and it fit my hands perfectly, but if you have problems with it there is other 3rd party controllers available. Average Price: $300 US.

Software
Microsoft WindowsXP
You may not like Micro$oft or Windoze but the majority of you still use Windows to get on the net and for everyday use. Windows XP offers better stability and performance for windows 95/98/Me users, and better compatibility and ease of use to Windows NT/2k users. The Windows XP Styles allow you to change the way your windows XP looks, from the start button, to the taskbar, to the close button on your web browser. The new folder views give you easy access to common tasks for whatever filetypes are in your folder. When your in you're My Pictures folder it can show the pictures in thumbnail view, when your in you're My Music folder it offers you the option to play your songs, look for music online, and more. Windows XP has great hardware installation improvements over windows 95/98 and NT/2k. I hooked up a digital camera to my USB port and 20 seconds later, without using a driver disk, I was moving pictures to my computer. If your going to be using a Microsoft OS why not have the latest, easiest to use, and least buggy version available? Prices vary depending on what version and license you require.

Table of contents
  1. "Geek Toys - Part I"
  2. "Geek Toys - Part II"
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