The 5 Hottest Holiday Gifts for Gamers

Video games are always a popular holiday gift idea, but this year is like a solar eclipse in the gaming community. The debut of the Xbox One and Playstation 4 have given us a holiday like we haven’t seen since 2007 (when the previous consoles were released). And along with the latest hardware is a bundle of new games to show off their prowess. If you’ve got the budget and the will, it won’t be hard to find ideas for gifts this year.

Playstation 4

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The PS4 was the first to launch during the console wars in mid-November and was the most successful release in Playstation history. Many of PS4’s features are an answer to the Xbox One: a gaming enthusiast’s machine without all the multimedia features Microsoft’s been touting for months. It’s $100 less than the Xbox One, which is a significant advantage during the gift buying season when wallets are slim. Retail price is $399.

Xbox One

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Where the PS4 aimed to be a master of one trade, the Xbox One looks to be a jack of them all. The One is an incredible gaming machine, but it also makes a great media center as Microsoft looks to make its newest console the centerpiece of every home’s living room. While it does cost $100 more than the PS4, the Xbox One includes the newest version of the Kinect, the motion sensor and camera, which is leaps and bounds better than the first connect for the Xbox 360. It will be interesting to see how gaming developers implement it with future titles. Retail price is $499.

Wii U

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While shoppers are flooding retailers to pull the newest consoles off the shelves, the Wii U remains plentiful in stock and much cheaper than its cousin consoles. The console from Nintendo might be a little childish to satisfy gamers in high school or older, but it’s the perfect gift for young kids. Pair it with Super Mario World 3D and you’ve got a present they’ll love for years. Retail price is $299.

Battlefield 4

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The newest in the popular franchise from Dice and EA is available for almost every platform (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One and PS4). Battlefield 4 mixes the run-and-gun pace of a typical first-person shooter with the open world atmosphere of a more realistic war simulator. One of BF4’s most appealing features is its destructible environments. You can blow up buildings, knock down walls and even level dams to flood entire towns. The variables on these maps will keep each game on the players’ toes. Retail price is $59.

Alienware Custom PC

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This is a bonus for anyone in need of a desktop computer for the holidays. Alienware, a Dell company, builds custom gaming PCs that start at a respectable $1,200 and go up to well over $5,000, if you want some real power. Gaming PCs seem expensive compared to consoles (mainly because they are), but if a computer is already on the list, this is a good chance to knock out two birds with one stone. PCs can also be upgraded over time giving this gift some serious longevity.

Have you ‘ZAPPED’ your favorite gadget this festive season?

The only fun-filled online gadget store in India, ZAPstore gives you the opportunity to buy the product of your choice at the price that you want. ZAPstore.com is a shopping website retailing electronic gadgets like mobile phones, cameras, music players, tablets and accessories.

At ZAPstore.com, you don’t ‘BUY’ products, you ‘ZAP’ them. Every customer gets their own unique price for each product. Click on ‘ZAP it’ to reveal ‘Your price’ on the product of your choice. Every customer has 10 seconds to decide on purchasing the product. If a customer is not satisfied with the pricing, he / she can ZAP again on the same product to reveal a new price. Every time a customer ZAPs they get an opportunity to buy the product at the new price. On every ZAP the price goes down from the Market Price. To know more about the ZAPPING concept, watch ‘How to ZAP’ and Explore ZAPPING!

At ZAPstore.com, we have made sure that every customer is satisfied. ZAPstore has an in-built refund system that would refund the ZAPs to the customer, if somebody else buys the product for a higher price than his / her ‘Your price’. ZAPstore.com also has an in-built reward points system, where-in customers gain reward points for every ZAP which can be redeemed for goodies.

ZAPstore has made sure that customers have various contact points. ZAPstore has an interactive feedback system which helps you get answers for your queries, Live Chat, Free Call option and a robust customer support team.

“eCommerce in India is not fun and that’s why we are introducing the ZAPPING concept,” said Balaji Gopalan, CEO, ZAPstore.com. ZAPstore was founded by Balaji Gopalan and Gokulraj.GK, two Master’s graduate from USA. Driven by passion to make an impact in the eCommerce industry, ZAPstore thrives to maintain a high quality from the day one by making sure all customers are happy. To know more about the founders click here.

Also, don’t forget to check out the ‘HOT’ Commercial of ZAPstore.com!

You can avail 30% off on purchase of ZAP packs @ ZAPstore by using the special discount coupon ‘zapfs30’ made available for our loyal visitors here at Firstain. The coupon is valid till Jan 5th 2012 so make sure you hurry up. Minimum checkout price is Rs.20/-.

Enjoy the holidays!

Holiday Deals: 100+ top Android apps available for FREE [Limited period offer]

This is one of the big reasons why everyone loves the holiday season: because of the gifts and discounts everyone get. Today, an Android Market alternative and one of the most popular sources of third-party apps, GetJar, is giving away more than a hundred top paid Android apps for free. Some of the freebies include Beautiful Widgets, Unlock with WiFi, BeWeather Pro, Smart Office, Tapatalk, Paper Camera, Alarm Clock Xtreme, Backbreaker, Smart Office and games like Fruit Ninja HD (exclusive to Tegra-based devices), Age of Zombies, Samurai 2: Vengeance, and many more. It sure is one hell of a deal to miss out on.

We don’t know how long this offer is valid up to but usually these sort of deals are almost always for a limited time period only so get downloading while you can.

You can download the apps from here: GetJar Gold Apps For Free [Official Website]

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Video: Apple airs new iPad 2 commercial – “Love”

Apple has released a new iPad 2 commercial titled Love which has now gone on air. In the ad, Apple demonstrates how the device is used by people in their day-to-day activities, such as editing videos through iMovie, mixing and editing music, designing, etc. In short, the holidays are coming and Apple wants to prove to you why buying the iPad 2 will be a wise call, fending off competition from cheaper alternatives like Amazon’s Nook and Fire, and the various Android tablets out there. Love.