The 2010 Chrismahanukwanzakah (Thanks Virgin Mobile) Gift Guide

Posted December 2, 2010 in
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 Now that we’ve stuffed our faces full with the souls of bloated poultry (Tofurky if you’re a hippie, Wild Turkey if you’re a lush), it’s time to start thinking about the holidays and how you’re going to spend your hard earned cash on shit you probably don’t need, but certainly love to have in your possession. Let the consumerism begin!


WD (Western Digital) TV Live Hub

This media player is 1080p high-definition with a 1TB built-in hard drive that allows users the ability to instantly view new releases through Blockbuster On Demand and Netflix, as well as the ability to use Facebook, without having the annoyances of leaving their homes and actually interacting with society. Only available at Best Buy and their online store, many of the features can be found on today’s modern game consoles, but for those hoping to avoid being sucked into that wallet-emptying world it’s an adequate alternative. ($199.99)


DVD/Blu-ray Titles & Collector’s Sets

Nothing says the holidays like having the entire family over and plopping them in front of the television to mesmerize them with movies and television shows so as to avoid those awkward conversations about responsibility, relationships and restraining orders. This year has seen the release of some fantastic programming, both old and new, that’s sure to keep order within the household.


·      Lost: The Complete Collection (ABC Studios) – $194.99 – Blu-ray / $148.99 – DVD

·      Space: 1999: The Complete Season One (A&E Home Video) – $91.99 – Blu-ray

·      Iron Man 2 (Paramount) – Blu-ray Three Disc Combo $24.99 / DVD – $21.49

·      Back To The Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy (Universal) – $34.49 – Blu-ray / $23.49 – DVD

·      Alien Anthology (20th Century Fox) – $69.99 – Blu-ray

·      WWII: The Essential Collection (A&E Home Video) – $105.99 – DVD

·       Seven Samurai (Criterion Collection) – $35.99 – Blu-ray

·       The Goonies: 25th Anniversary Edition – $34.99 – Blu-ray

·      How to Train Your Dragon (Paramount) – $17.99 – Blu-ray / $17.49 – DVD

·      The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series (Shout! Factory) – $98.49 – DVD


Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor

In an attempt to put the final nail in the Nintendo Wii’s coffin, Microsoft has taken interactive gaming to the next level by abolishing the need for any controllers at all. The Kinect sensory system recognizes users’ body movements and vocal commands and allows for an all-new type of game play. While the games currently available mimic the childlike quality of their competitor with titles like “Kinect Adventures!” and “Dance Central,” it’s only a matter of time before more adult oriented games make their way to the system’s new accessory. I’ve always wanted to strangle a virtual enemy with my bare hands! ($149.99)



Video Games Galore

While the family is glamorized by the beauty of high-definition, feel free to sneak into your personal hideaway and play everything the gaming community has to offer—either by yourself or online with a trash-talking teenager in Iowa who knows exactly how to push your buttons … damn kids.


·      Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (Konami) – Xbox – $59.99

·      James Bond 007: GoldenEye (Activision) – Wii – $47.45

·      Gran Turismo 5 (Sony Computer Entertainment) – PS3 – $59.99

·      Rock Band 3 (MTV Games) – Xbox & PS3 – $59.99 / Wii – $49.99

·      Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar Games) – Xbox – $39.99

·      TRON: Evolution (Disney) – Xbox & PS3 – $59.99 / PC – $39.99

·      Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision) – Xbox & PS3 – $59.99, Wii – $49.99

·      Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda) – Xbox – $59.99

·      Need for Speed Hot Pursuit (Electronic Arts) – Xbox & PS3 – $57.99 / PC & Wii – $49.95

·      Epic Mickey (Disney Interactive) – Wii – $49.99

·      Halo Reach (Microsoft) – Xbox – $59.99

·      Splatterhouse (Namco) – Xbox & PS3 – $59.99

·      Fable III (Microsoft) – Xbox – $55.99