Tempmas '16 Gift Ideas

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  1. Prans
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    It's that festive time of year again! Whether you're out of ideas, scouting for more gifts for your loved ones or just want to gift yourself, because why not?!, we've got you, gamers and technology enthusiasts, covered with this year's Tempmas Gift Ideas! Let's get started!
    Yup, I'd like to start this year's suggestion with an interesting smartwatch that has been gathering quite some attention lately.

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    Smartwatches? Those gimmicky notification wrist bands that cost more than an actual phones and barely last a few hours? That's the thought that comes to the mind of many when the term is brought up. The Tickwatch 2 however promises something different than the norm.


    Coming from Chinese AI startup Mobvoi, the Tickwatch 2 is actually the international version of the company's first smartwatch following growing interest. For this model, they launched a Kickstarter campaign which reached its initial funding goal of $50,000 in under 10 minutes and raised $2 million by the end of the campaign. Clearly people seem to like what they are offering. It is even touted as being one of "the most interactive smartwatch ever". And interestingly, it's more affordable than its competitors, ranging from $199 - $299.

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    Running on its own OS based off Android 5.1, the TicWear, the waterproof smartwatch features built-in GPS, music storage, heart rate sensor, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, a microphone, a speaker and even has a personal assistant, Tico! Another cool feature it has is the Tickle strip on its side which can be used for scrolling. Most importantly, it is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, so no one is left out. Nevertheless, it can still be used as a standalone device while you leave your phone at home and gives 1.5-2 days from a single charge depending on use.

    You can get a glimpse of the watch and its functions in the videos below:




    Visit this link to learn more and comment about your thoughts and queries below as we might give it a spin for a review.

    • Nintendo 3DS Console
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    (Almost) Everybody's favorite handheld is now half a decade old but still kicking strong! If the console had a slow initial lineup, with time it did compensate to bring games of everyone's taste; from classic remakes like Ocarina of Time to new indies like The Binding of Issac, the 3DS has it all. Better yet, it has backward compatibility with the wildly popular Nintendo DS, giving you the very best of two handheld's world! Several iterations of the console have been released over the years with the cheapest being the 2DS priced at $79.99 MSRP. Of course, check your local stores for the best deals.

    • PS4 Console
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    Starting from $249.99 MSRP, the PS4 is arguably the most compelling home console of this generation. With a plethora of games already available including exclusives and remasters from successful PS3 titles, you have even more to look forward to following the announcements made during Playstation Experience 2016.
    • Games, games, games!!!
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    What are consoles without games? Below are the latest games that we've reviewed and scored 8/10 or above:

    PC: Dark Souls III, Aragami, Firewatch, Killing Floor 2

    PS4: XCOM 2, Salt and Sanctuary, Bloodborne, Steins;Gate 0 (@Chary strongly advises you to play the original Steins;Gate before playing this midquel)

    XBox One: Dishonored 2, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Inside, DiRT Rally

    Nintendo 3DS: Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, Fire Emblem Fates, Zero Time Dilemma

    PSVita: Severed, Yomawari: Night Alone, Superbeat XONiC
    • NES Classic Edition
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    Feeling nostalgic in the cold winter? Nintendo's NES Classic Edition is here to help you relive those fond memories of your old NES while letting the new generation of gamers get a feel of the classic console. Including a a classic NES controller, this palm-sizedNES includes 30 of its classic games like Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy. At an MSRP of $59.99, it's hard to lay your hand on one but if you do, it'll sure make one hell of a gift!
    • RetroEngine Sigma - Mini Console & Media Player

    Still feeling nostalgic but don't want to break the bank? The RetroEngine Sigma might be the gift you're after! Having funded 2132% of its $20,000 goal on Indiegogo at the time of writing, this retro console packs a punch as it promises to emulate 28 consoles from Amstrad, Game Boy to even Playstation! And it fits in your palm, just like the NES Classic! Only caveat is that you'll need to back it and it ships mid-2017. If you can postpone your gift giving/unwrapping to then, then head over here to check it out!

    • Playstation Gear - Plushes, Apparel, and More!
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    Maybe you're not in the mood for Nintendo related gifts, but you're a fan of Playstation? Well luckily for you, Sony has a storefront chock full of all sorts of cool things! The Playstation Gear store has apparel inspired by The Last of Us, high quality action figures of Uncharted's Nathan Drake, and a wide array of plushies from series like Ratchet and Clank, Bloodborne, and Parappa the Rapper!

    [Special thanks to @Chary for her input! Apparently the Playstation Gear website isn't available worldwide :huh:]
    • Video Game Soundtrack Vinyls
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    Vinyls have regained popularity lately and video games' soundtrack seem only fit to be represented in this medium. iam8bit has an increasing collection of iconic video game soundtracks in vinyl format glory. The officially licensed, one-hour arrangement album by 64-piece Slovak National Symphony Orchestra based from The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time is up for preorder and ships in Q2 2017.
    • Video Game Related Books
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    Looking for something different, something more literary, yet still gaming-related? Fear not, there are books that fit your needs! In one of my recurring columns Gamers Can Read, I've been reviewing recent books like Metal Gear Solid and The State of Play: Creators and Critics on Video Game Culture. For a more diverse collection, I'd recommend books from the Boss Fight Books series which is a collection of books on classic video games. Each book focuses on a single game where the author(s) give a critical and personal look at the game. You can get the eBook or paperback version of each or buy the whole collection. Stay tuned for upcoming reviews in 2017!

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    We hope you've enjoyed our gift ideas and found something that interests you! Feel free to share your own gift ideas with the others in the comments section. The whole GBAtemp staff team wishes you a merry Christmas Tempmas and a Happy New Year 2017!

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    I don't think you should advertising products still in crowdfunding, like the RetroEngine Sigma. Even though it looks like a legitimate campaign, and I doubt it will fail to ship, I would be surprised if it did everything advertised. 4k movies? Yeah right.
     
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    Cool, only thing that looked out of place was a smartwatch....
     
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    It'll prob be a rasp pi 3 - can't that do 4k? if not meh, ill pass for the price. for $89 i can get a pi and a 128 microsd card for Reys image.
     
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    Typo where it says "XBox One" :D
     
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    If you wanna be technical, kind of. XBox is how the original console was stylized, but afaik, later dropped the capitalization.

    Cool list! Seeing the whole vinyl resurgence is pretty trippy, I gotta admit. Shame the PS Gear Store isn't for everyone, because they have some really cool things that I'm tempted to buy. (but so expensive!)

    If my linked review wasn't enough, gonna mention one more time that Steins;Gate and Shin Megami Tensei IV were absolutely fantastic games that released this year. If you're wondering what you should pick up for a handheld game stocking stuffer, they're both great picks.
     
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    Best gift imho is a bottle of liquor plus some one on one "playtime"
    Me bf will get that for Christmas~
     
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    Retro sigma is streets ahead of the pussy classic NES thingy. I'll take 2.
     
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    All this Kickstarter crap looks like a bunch of advertising to me...
     
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    Yeah, It doesn't really have a place with this tons of gaming items.
     
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    *Sees fully orchestrated Zelda vinyls*
    Hello yes I'll take five
     
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    First time I've heard of the device, but taking a look at the specs: It has an Allwinner H3.
    Listed video capabilities: Ultra HD 4k and Full HD 1080p video decoding of MPEG-2, MPEG-4 SP/ASP GMC, H.263, H.264, H.265, WMV9/VC-1, and VP8
     
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    How many Kickstarter campaigns do you see featured here? If you're talking about the Ticwatch 2, it's already been funded and has already been shipped to backers. You can order yours here if you're interested.

    There is only one indiegogo campaign and it has already funded 2132% of its $20,000 goal but you can still back it.
     
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    'tis a special time of year, time to show that certain someone you really care about them.

    "Fancy an average Friday night?"
     
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    That exactly is the average Friday night for us yep!
     
  16. rileysrjay

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    Great list of gifts, except why no Forza horizon 3 under the Xbox list?
     
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    Oh no, looks like the Playstation Gear store is temporarily down! :O

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    Now how am I supposed to order my Parappa the Rapper plushies?! :sad:
     
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    We don't have an official review for Forza Horizon 3 afaik. I've only featured games we've reviewed on GBAtemp and received our Temp of approval ;) The list is non-exhaustive and only intended as suggestions. Thanks for pointing Forza Horizon 3 to the others though, if you have a review, feel free to share it here!

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    Thanks for the update @Voxel! Hopefully it gets fixed soon!
     
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    How can you make him plushy if he is flat?:huh:
     
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