“Always stay home and play games.” scolded mom when we were younger. Now it’s encouraged.
PLAYSTATION 5 (PS5)
$599-$828.90, from shopee.sg
The PS5 is sold out globally, but stock is coming back in! Shopee will be adding a drop for a pre-order on 12 December at 12am. It’s going to sell out within minutes (if not seconds), so stand by.
OAKLEY PRIZM GAMING LENS
$510 for prescriptive lens and $169-$389 for eyewear frames, from Oakley stores at Marina Bay Sands and VivoCity
Don’t spoil your eyes staring at the screen all day playing games; invest in a pair of glasses that filter the harmful blue light emitting from your screen. These lenses claim to give sharper and clearer vision, while protecting the eyes from bad light. There’s also a slew of compatible frames from Oakley that you can match these lenses to.
RAZER KISHI FOR IPHONE
USD99.99, from Razer.com and Apple.com
Know an iPhone gamer? Here’s a gadget that turns the iPhone into a device that looks like a Switch. It’s a controller that fits onto the sides of the phone, and includes clickable analog thumbsticks, multi-function buttons and an 8-way D-pad. Fits most iPhone models from the iPhone 6 Plus onwards.
WD_BLACK P10 GAME DRIVE HDD
$119 (2TB) / $169 (4TB) / $229 (5TB), from shopee.sg
This external portable hard drive is built especially for gamers to expand their game library and to back up their game data in an on-to-go form factor. It boasts speeds of up to 140MB/s and has a 3-year limited warranty for some peace of mind.
SAMSUNG ODYSSEY G9 49” MONITOR
$2,599 (U.P. $2,899), from samsung.com
Any hardcore gamer will appreciate this massive curved screen with a 240Hz refresh rate. It apparently matches the contours of the human eye for a more realistic view and game play.
ASUS ROG STRIX SCOPE RX GAMING KEYBOARD
$179, from courts.sg
Gamers need a keyboard that’s built to last, and this one is dust and water resistant, and has a durable aluminium alloy top plate to make the keyboard structurally more rigid. Also, Asus studied the playing style of FPS gamers, and made the Ctrl key twice as wide so your friend can bash away at that key without worry; it’s now easier to find and hit. Best of all, this keyboard is lit! The keys illuminate and showcases the entire colour spectrum and a range of lighting effects that the user can customise as well.
$479, from secretlab.sg
Highly regarded in the gaming community for its high-quality seats, the gaming chairs by homegrown brand Secretlab deserve some praise for putting our little island in the spotlight. The 2020 version of the OMEGA, in the shade Stealth and done with a PRIME™ 2.0 PU Leather, is a classic look that’d appeal across all demographics: young, old, geek, pro, or noob. You’re also paying for comfort that lasts through intense hours of gaming (or working). Good to note: the company also has frequent tie-ins with big gaming titles, including World of Warcraft, Overwatch and League of Legends — head over to their website to peek these special-edition gaming chairs.
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RAVENSBURGER JAWS BOARD GAME
$63.22, from amazon.sg
This 60-minute game of strategy and suspense is for 2-4 players, and has clear instructions that means instant game play! There’s also great replay value as each person can play as the shark or cooperatively as a crew member. Perhaps watch the movie first if you haven’t yet.
NINTENDO GAME & WATCH: SUPER MARIO BROS
$175, from shopee.sg
The original Game & Watch came out in Japan in 1980, and any Gen Xer will have fond memories of it. But at $175 for a single game, it’s really for the die-hard retro gamer who wants to bask in nostalgia. You could of course top up and get an iPod Touch at $299, which can store all the games one could ever want.
THE ART OF PING PONG PRINTED WALL-MOUNTABLE PING PONG TABLE + BAT SET
$1,753 (table) / $159 (bat set), from mrporter.com
There’s only one of this table left on Mr Porter, and by the time you read this, it’s probably sold out. But what a gorgeous table this is; it’s made of durable plywood crafted in the UK, and has a high-pressure laminated net. You can also mount it on the wall to be displayed as a piece of art. Can’t afford the table, just get the bats.
POLYCADE WALLCADE LUX
$2,999, from polycade.com
Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, and Steve Aoki all have one. So does Cara Delevingne. If you miss 80s arcade games, this is the ultimate #aesthetic gaming set-up — a 2-player arcade you can mount on the wall, sleek and retro all at once, where you can play everything from old-school favourites (Pac-Man! Street Fighter!) to modern hits such as Ape Out. There’s a 27” Full HD 1080p monitor, sanwa buttons and a JLF joystick, even mood LED backlights for the full vibe.
AMONG US AIRPODS CASE
From $4,79, available at Shopee
You’d be really sus if you don’t know what this is supposed to be. Just about the hottest online indie game that took over the Internet during peak quarantine, you play these cute little astronauts in quick rounds of lying, deceit, and betrayal. Fun times to remember 2020 by.
LOUIS VUITTON GAME ON CARD HOLDER
$590, from ap.louisvuitton.com
For the poker fan — or really, just any fan of Louis Vuitton — this is a card holder in Epi leather and Monogram canvas, featuring a red heart on a white background in a design that incorporates the LV initials and a Monogram flower. Maybe when your friend runs out of poker chips, he can toss this on to the table as credit.
H&M PLAYSTATION JUMPER
$29.95, from hm.com
Didn’t manage to get your hands on a new PS5 for your kid? Here’s a jumper instead.
MICROSOFT XBOX SERIES S
$428.97, from krisshop.com
This is the smallest, sleekest and speediest Xbox ever. Also, unlike the PS5, it’s still in stock. Krisshop is taking pre-orders now for delivery from 16 Dec onwards.
OMO SKINS PASTEL HARD SHELL CASE — NINTENDO SWITCH
$26.68, from omoskins.com
Remember when the Nintendo Switch was sold out in the middle of this year, thanks to the massive demand created by Animal Crossing? Man, were those wild times. If you know someone still playing the game, and getting excited over Whale Sharks and Coelacanths, allow their Switch a pastel makeover that’d suit the colour of their avatar’s bubblegum pink hair. More Nintendo Switch accessories and ideas here.
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