Blizzcon, D23, E3 — if you’re familiar with any two of these, welcome to the world of the gamer geek. Not to be confused with ‘gamer girl’, a problematic stereotype of women in the gaming world, we’re talking about the real girls (and guys) who game. You see, we don’t judge — PVP or RPG, whether you’re trolling virtual villagers on Untitled Goose Game or mashing keys on PUBG; performing malicious teabags on Overwatch, being the team carry, again, on DOTA, or lootin’ it up on Borderlands 3. Heck, Pokémon trainers, we see you too. So, for your gaming-obsessed buddy who has more of a social presence on Twitch than IRL, it’s time to go on the offensive and show how much they’re the MVP of your life too. Pay-to-win finally makes sense!
1. RAZER HUNTSMAN QUARTZ PINK, $229.90
Available at razer.com.
Give the gift of next-level gaming performance with this Razer gaming keyboard that has a 10-key rollover and is guaranteed to help any gamer rack up more keypresses at lightning speed.
2. RAZER KRAKEN QUARTZ GAMING HEADPHONES, $129.90 [GIVEAWAY]
Available at razer.com.
Pink gaming gear? Yes, please! Start your collection with this iconic gaming headset that has clear, powerful audio, 7.1 surround sound software, a comfortable thick, padded headband, and an in-built microphone so your teammates can hear every instruction you bark out. Best of all, these allow for kitty ear attachments! Because cute.
3. FITLINK WASD STAINLESS STEEL KEY CAPS, $24.70
Available on amazon.sg.
Fading WASD letters on their keyboards — that’s a sure sign of a PC gamer right? With all those hard-hitting attacks, every keyboard deserves a break, which is where these stainless steel keycaps come in. Made with a wear-resistant, corrosion-resistant material and designed for long-term durability, plus a striking colour and smooth texture to identify the most functional keys, it’ll make any keyboard warrior — the gaming kind — ready for battle.
4. MASTER & DYNAMIC MW07 GO TRUE WIRELESS, $329 [GIVEAWAY]
Available at authorised Master & Dynamic Premium retailers such as TANGS, Takashimaya, Robinsons, Analogue+, Challenger, and online stores such as Lazada, headphones.sg, and more.
The only way to truly immerse yourself in a game is to make sure you’re never interrupted, and wireless headphones will definitely help with that. Move around freely on your roller chair without any risk of the unpleasant sensation of being abruptly pulled back because you forgot to unplug your headphones from your computer. The 9-hour battery life is also something that’ll make sure you’ll have great sound throughout any gaming session.
5. SECRETLAB OMEGA D.VA EDITION, $549 [GIVEAWAY]
Available at secretlab.sg.
Michael Jordan swears by his Air Jordans; while Federer and Nadal never go on without their prized rackets, so what about e-sport athletes? If tools maketh man, then consider homegrown brand, Secretlab, an open secret for gaming enthusiasts. Custom SoftWeave™ fabric, firm but comfortable Cold-Cure Foam, and four-directional armrests keep you on top of your game, while the bubblegum palette of Overwatch’s lovable D.Va is immortalised in this limited edition bum throne. You’d better be raising your APM!
6. SUPER MARIO BROS. WARP PIPE MUG, $58
Available on Carousell.
If you’ve got that addictive Mario music playing in your head right about now, you’re the exact target audience this cup’s appealing to. Sip on your morning coffee, in full 8-bit glory. And don’t worry, you won’t suddenly disappear into a secret underground lair.
7. KEYBOARD WAFFLE IRON, USD69.90
Available at thekeyboardwaffleiron.com.
Know someone who’d love a reminder of #gaminglyfe in the kitchen too? Send this unique waffle iron their way then! It’d be the best way to get some food into their system after a night of intense keyboard mashing — hopefully they won’t have the instinct to crush these ones.
8. MOSCHINO SIMS PIXEL CAPSULE ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT, USD$291
Available at moschino.com.
Sure, you might not be able to live out your Sims dreams in real life, but having the wardrobe of your character is probably the next best thing. It’s 2019, and we can wear whatever we like. Start off with the Moschino x Sims lycra one-piece swimsuit with pixelated biker jacket print.
9. PALADONE PAC-MAN GHOST LIGHT, $49
Available at Lazada.
Pay homage to the world’s most iconic arcade game with this classic, a PAC-MAN Ghost Light that has 16 phasing colours you can choose from. There’s even a Party Mode where it flashes and changes colour in time to music — who cares if it’s a party for one!
10. PUBG AIRDROP PORTABLE HUMIDIFIER, $31
Available at lazada.sg.
For that one gamer friend who is always cooped up in his or her room playing games, a good humidifier is necessary to freshen up the room and what better than a PUBG-themed humidifier? The humidifier emits mist that very much resembles the smoke that is released when the airdrop crates land in the game, plus points for novelty!
11. SWANWICK CLASSIC DAY SWANNIES BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING GLASSES, USD65
Available at Swanwicksleep.
We all have that one friend who spends most of his time glued to his screen. Whether he’s gaming at home or scrolling through his ‘gram’s feed even when he’s out, the only connections he make are online. A thoughtful gift — enter these Classic Day Swannies. It protects your eyes against harmful blue light and eliminate the symptoms of digital eye strain including dry, sore eyes and headaches. Trust us, they’ll thank you later.
12. LENOVO STAR WARS: JEDI CHALLENGES, $379 [GIVEAWAY]
Available at lenovo.com.
Imagine having a lightsaber battle in your living room; yea, we did that last year in the NYLON office with this VR headset and the game app loaded onto our smartphone. This year, the app gets a super fun update, which offers 1-on-1 local multiplayer battles! You’ll need two separate sets of the Star Wars:Jedi Challenges headset for this, so gift one of these to your BFF for Christmas, and have a more wholesome swinging party this year.
13. ARCADE1UP STREET FIGHTER ARCADE CABINET, USD249
Available at arcade1up.com.
Remember the days where you’d spend all your pocket money playing in arcades? Now, whoever gets to own this can invite their friends over and bask in the glory of having a personal arcade — you’re lying if you say you’ve never wanted one. This edition comes with three built-in Street Fighter games, and you can choose to battle against the computer or play with friends! Arcade1Up’s Arcade Cabinets are surprisingly affordable, and the perfect addition to any game room.
14. SONY PLAYSTATION 4 PARTY BUNDLE, $479 [GIVEAWAY]
Available at Sony Playstation Retail Stores.
We can always count on Playstation to release great promos just before Christmas! This Party Bundle consists of a Jet Black 500GB PS4™, two DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controllers, two disc games: EA SPORTS™ FIFA20 and Crash™ Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, and 1+1 Extended Warranty.
15. PLAYDATE PORTABLE HAND CRANK POWERED GAMES, USD149
Available at Playdate.
It’s time to crank things up! Playdate just upped the ante in the world of game consoles with a brand new hand-held game system that’s big on charm with a crank that isn’t meant to power it up, but to be used as a game controller — you heard that right. Though it may seem strange to some, the retro-yet-modern appeal hits the sweet spot if you’re looking for something that’s cool and old-school — Gameboy, who?
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