This father's day, your gamer dad needs the perfect gift, whether he's busy Smashing, Crashing or Diner Dashing.
It could be a shiny new controller or fancy gaming speakers, but whatever you choose, these ideas are sure to help you find the right fit.
If your dad is a classic gamer, chances are he's got history with Nintendo. This nifty little controller is designed after the classic SNES remotes and is compatible with everything from a home PC to a Nintendo Switch, a Raspberry Pi and an Android phone. It's also highly programmable and can be adjusted for responsiveness.
Not only will it bring a sparkle to your dad's eye, it'll also bring back the good old days of gaming.
Do you love your dad? Like, really a lot? If you do, then the PSVR Mega Bundle is the gift for you. At $492.95, it might just break the bank, but it'll be worth it for the looks of amazement and glee as your dad enters the magical world of VR for the first time. (When I showed my dad the PSVR, he giggled and it was delightful.)
This pack includes everything you need to get started on PSVR (PlayStation 4 not included) and contains a great selection of the best PSVR games around including Skyrim VR, Doom VFR, Astrobot Rescue Mission, PlayStation VR Worlds and Wipeout Omega Collection. Alternatively, you might want to consider the $790 Oculus Quest for mobile (if you really love your dad) or the $657 Oculus Rift S for PC.
Sometimes, an IOU is just fine, particularly if it means dear old dad can get his grubby mits on the Sega Mega Drive Mini on release in September.
This baby's packed with 40 classic Mega Drive games including the iconic Sonic the Hedgehog, along with games like Ecco the Dolphin, Castlevania: Bloodlines and Toe Jam & Earl. It's everything you could want in a throwback retro console, and it's great fun to boot!
Adult life is busy, and sometimes there's just not enough time in the world to organise game pre-orders. Help your dear old dad out this father's day and put down a pre-order or two for his favourite games. Head on down to EB Games and you can put a $10 deposit down on a few of his favourites — or, you can jump on Amazon and pay down a few pre-orders outright.
Sony has a range of funky controllers to go along with their PlayStations, and if your dad is looking to diversify, there's a heap of great options for him. I'm quite partial to the Gold, Steel Black and Berry Blue controllers myself, but your dad might like this great Crystal controller instead.
There's just something so satisfying about seeing the guts of a machine running, and the clear plastic case means this controller bares it all. It's very nifty, and great for the technically-minded.
You know what's better than a Nintendo Switch? A slightly smaller Switch that does less, but is slightly cheaper. I pre-ordered a Switch Lite myself, because their portability means I can take it for a squizz on my morning commute and not worry about weighing myself down too much. For the working dad, a Switch Lite is the perfect distraction because it can be played to and from work and in convenient lunch breaks.
If your dad is a relapsed gamer, he's also sure to be sucked in by the sheer number and diversity of games (including indies) that are available.
If your dad is constantly putting you to shame with his sick headshots and chicken dinners, he might just be a 'leet' gamer. If that's the case, he needs 'leet' tools, and the Xbox One Controller Elite is hard to go past as a thoughtful and practical gift. It's got sleeker ergonomics than the generic controller and a range of great features designed to help your dad get the edge he needs.
It's also reinforced to reduce wear and tear, so it'll probably survive the apocalypse.
The older your dad gets, his hearing may start to wane. Or maybe he just likes to blasting them sounds extra hard? He can just crank the volume right up with the Razer Nommo Chroma gaming speakers. These nifty little speakers have all the boomers and tweeters that you need for a rocking and shocking gaming sesh.
They're also Razer Chroma compatible, so you can set some dazzling light effects to go alongside your gameplay. Alternatively, they're available for $50 less without the fancy lights.
Smart lights are all the rage nowadays, and it's time your dad got with the times. These are the perfect addition to a PC gaming set up, and also sync directly up with both the Philips Hue light app and Razer's Chroma Studio.
Essentially, they're ambient lights, and when hooked up with a PC they can replicate whatever lights and colours are on the screen. They're sure to give a hint of epicness to any game.
This nifty little mouse is absolutely gorgeous and rocks that futuristic, edgy aesthetic. It's a budget version of the G502 Lightspeed, which our pals at Kotaku loved, but it keeps the same gorgeous aesthetic and high quality.
We all know that computer mice are subject to intense wear and tear (particularly after a long gaming session), and eventually they'll need replacing. The Logitech G502 is a hardy option for avid gamers, and one that'll last your dad a really long time.
A trusty mechanical keyboard is a gamer's best friend, and at $59, it's hard to look past the fantastic E-Element Z-88. It's compact and well-built, with Outemu Blue switches and a range of coloured presets.
In the heat of the moment, you need a keyboard that's fast and reliable, and the E-Element Z-88 is a great option for gaming that won't break the bank. It also comes in white!
Your gamer dad will love these additions to his gaming rig, and he'll be armed with all the tools to shame you in Call of Duty. With these gifts, you'd better start preparing to be pwned by a true l33t.
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