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Holiday Games Guide 2013 - Awesome Extras

Holiday Games Guide 2013 - Awesome Extras

While we'd all like to get our favorite gamer an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 this holiday season, the laws of supply and demand - not to mention simple economics - make that impossible. That doesn't mean you're stuck searching for a game he or she may or may not already own, though.

The video game culture extends far beyond games. There are loads of accessories and extras that will make you a holiday hero. Here are a few alternate suggestions worthy of your consideration:

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Gunnar Glasses

Gunnar Glasses (Price: $69-$99): With a plethora of new titles keeping players hooked to the screen for up to 100 hours (or more!) - and two new consoles (each with a bountiful number of launch titles), core gamers are going to be firmly planted on their sofa, controller in hand through much of December and January.

[ Related: Holiday Games Guide 2013 - Hot Toys ]

Gunnar glasses are designed to reduce the eyestrain of staring at the screen for extended periods (when we tend to blink less) and reduce the glare while increasing contrast. The end result, says the company, is better gameplay. We can't vouch for whether they make any sort of dramatic impact on your performance, but your eyes really will feel better after a marathon session. The Intercept model will make you look hip while doing so, but there are plenty of other styles to choose from.

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MOGA Ace Power

iOS mobile game controllers (Price: $100): If the gamer on your list loves playing on his or her phone, but complains that their fingers block them from seeing what's happening on screen, relief is here!

MOGA and Logitech have both released devices that let you play iOS games with the thumbsticks and button combinations you're used to on consoles. Build for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS 7, the MOGA Ace Power and Logitech PowerShell both provide supplemental battery life to the phone, while not compromising any of the phone's features.

[ Related: Holiday Games Guide 2013 - Family-Friendly Games ]

This is a gift that could go beyond mobile gaming, too. It opens up Apple gaming on the big screen when combined with AirPlay on iDevices - something Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have all been watching carefully.

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Game Art Books

Coffee table game art books (Price: varies): While we've seen a few games this year where the story was what stuck in our mind at the end of the day, generally graphics make more of a lasting impression. With current generation games hitting their heights and next generation titles launching, there are a slew of art books detailing some of the year's biggest releases.

Two of the best we've seen are The Art of Battlefield 4 and The Art of Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag ($22 each). Fans of Capcom's fighting (and other) games might enjoy the Capcom Character Encyclopedia ($17) - while Pokemon addicts might enjoy the upcoming Pokemon Visual Companion ($13).

PlayStation Plus/Xbox Live Gift Card (Price: $50/$60 - less on sale): While you could get by without a subscription to Microsoft or Sony's premium service in the current generation, it's a lot harder with the Xbox One and PS4. Buying a one-year subscription for your gamer of choice is a sure-fire winner - since even if someone else does so, it will still be useful, since subscriptions can be stacked.

Even better, GameStop, Amazon and other big retailers frequently offer greatly reduced prices on the cards at this time of year.

GTA V Soundtrack (Price: $25): When a game involves as much driving at Grand Theft Auto V, it had better have a diverse, full soundtrack. Fortunately, Rockstar knocked it out of the park. This collection of songs, available exclusively on iTunes, is made up of three albums - one with the game's original music, one with the game's score and one with 19 of the songs that are heard on the in-game radio.

Artists on that third album include Bootsy Collins, Flying Lotus, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Jai Paul, Toro y Moi and Waylon Jennings. Don't want it all? You can also buy any of the three albums for $10 each - again, on iTunes.

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Game Room Accessories

Game room accessories (Price: varies): Gamers aren't shy when it comes to discussing their favorite titles. Some get a bit ... obsessive about them. If you know what they love, why not just give 'em a real-world extension of that universe?

Fans of Fallout, for example, will flip over the seven-piece Fallout Bobblehead collection ( $15 for one, $84 for 'em all) or Vault 101 hoodie ($58), track suit ($85) or sneakers ($85). Know someone who loved this year's Bioshock Infinite? Pick them up one of the rare Devil's Kiss vigor bottles ($350) - or a Songbird plushie ($55) if you're on a tighter budget.

Grand Theft Auto fan on your list? The brass knuckle coffee mug ($20) should be their cup of tea. Or if this year's Tomb Raider won their heart, there's plenty to choose from in the Tomb Raider Store.

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