Holiday Gaming 2012: Awesome Extras

Shopping for the gamer on your list should be the easiest part of your holiday gift gathering. Buy a good game and, bam! You’re finished, right?

Not necessarily. Gamers have the annoying habit of buying the best games right when they come out, ruining the plans of well-meaning gift givers. And if you don’t know precisely what game they’re looking for, you could inadvertently pick out a dud.

Gaming culture, thankfully, extends beyond games …

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Sifteo cubes hope to build into holiday hit

If video games and traditional toys were to have a secret love child, it might look a lot like the Sifteo cube.

Introduced as a prototype at a TED conference in 2009, the gadget/toys are a fusion of classic building blocks and cutting-edge tech. And while it’s a bit early to label the Sifteo this year’s frenzy-inducing hot holiday toy, don’t be surprised if it ends up on a lot of gamer wish lists.

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Interview: Sifteo Founders Pursue Wii-Like Enchantment

Gamasutra editor-at-large Chris Morris talks to Sifteo co-founders David Merrill and Jeevan Kalanithi about their new gaming system that plays games via small electronic blocks communicating wirelessly with a PC.

Long before people take a side in the Sony vs. Nintendo vs. Microsoft vs. Apple snipefests that so often dominate forum and comment chatter, they start with much simpler gaming interests.

Blocks… Sticks… Rocks… In many cases, board game pieces… Love of gaming often begins with some sort of tactile sensation. That physical connection sometimes fades once players get exposed to video games, but David Merrill and Jeevan Kalanithi are hoping to bring it back, by fusing the best parts of traditional and video gaming.

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