When it comes to gift shopping, the wide world of electronic gaming can be daunting if the only controller you’re used to just changes channels. This guide is a comprehensive list of can’t-miss gifts for the gamers on your holiday shopping list - made up of the year’s most highly acclaimed video game releases and Black Friday and online-only deals that will save you some scratch.
Part III | For the armchair athletes
The sports titles below were hand-picked by sports editor Shawn Curtis - he knows his stuff.
Prices were gathered via PriceGrabber.com and Black Friday ads. All deals are accurate as of publication.
Missed out on some of these savings? Plenty of online retailers will be running price drops and sales through December. Check out some of these reputable sites:
NBA 2K14 | X360/XOne/PS3/PS4/PC
On paper, NBA 2K14 is a roster update. In your console, NBA 2K14 is one of 2K Sports’ strongest efforts on the hardwood in the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 era. One of this year’s few sports titles to make both the current-gen and next-gen rosters, NBA 2K14 will keep gamers captivated with the simple act of playing a basketball game or by exploring the title’s incredibly deep modes like “Association,” “MyPlayer” and “Crews.” The addition of Euroleague teams to this year’s release adds a new wrinkle to the series’ gameplay.
Wal-Mart: Buy 2 top-selling games for $55 online (X360/PS3)
MLB 13 The Show | PS3/Vita
NHL 14 | X360/PS3
If you’re taking control of your favorite team or striking out on your own in NHL 14’s “Be a Pro Career Mode,” EA Sports’ latest hockey offering improved on the series’ steady improvement over the past few titles. Retro gamers will get a treat as well with a throwback to 16-bit madness in the game’s “NHL ‘94 Anniversary Mode.” One-touch dekes also make an appearance on NHL 14, giving novice gamers the opportunity to pull off highlight-reel moves with ease. Impact physics and an emphasis on enforcer roles drive this game’s rating to Everyone 10-plus. Online play in the EASHL can prove addictive once a gamer hones his/her skills.
NCAA Football 14 | X360/PS3
WWE 2K14 | X360/PS3
WWE 2K14 is full of surprises with the first being an alternate cover superstar - Daniel Bryan – for those who aren’t fans of The Rock or even those who are too young to remember when Dwayne Johnson earned his keep in the ring and not in Hollywood. A new publisher (2K Sports) hasn’t changed the heart of the series from its THQ years. The title, produced by Yuke's Media Creations, features depth in almost every mode with its showpiece mode – “30 Years of WrestleMania” – allowing gamers to unlock greats of the past while reliving some of the greatest moments in WrestleMania history.
Are America's biggest alcohol brands targeting the country's underage youth?
Underage drinkers - those between the ages of 18 and 20, most specifically - are more heavily exposed to printed alcohol advertisements than any other age group, according to a new study. And it's America's biggest booze companies that could be to blame.
Auto recalls break single-year US record with six months to go
With six months left in 2014, automakers have already recalled more vehicles in the United States than in any other year on record.
Mobile web siphoning revenue from U.S. cities as landlines fade
Tweeting, Facebooking, Skyping smartphone users are costing U.S. states and cities revenue as taxes rooted in old-fashioned telephone service fail to keep up with the Internet era.
More than one in every 10 vehicles on the road has been recalled since January
It's becoming the year of the recall: Automakers have recalled more than 28 million vehicles in the United States this year — more than one in 10 vehicles on the road — putting the industry on track to trample the 2004 record of 30.8 million.
Hospitals using consumer purchase data for information on patient health
Information compiled by data brokers from public records and credit card transactions can reveal where a person shops, the food they buy, and whether they smoke. The largest hospital chain in the Carolinas is plugging data for 2 million people into algorithms designed to identify high-risk patients, while Pennsylvania's biggest system uses household and demographic data.
Limit dies on New York's soda size
Michael R. Bloomberg's plan to limit the size of sodas in New York City, one of the most aggressive and controversial public health initiatives in recent memory, effectively died Thursday.
Americans falling out of love with shopping malls
Abandoned malls are hot: The Dead Malls Enthusiasts Facebook group boasts almost 14,000 members; a Google search of "dead malls" produces 5.7 million results; and the desolate interiors of these unused retailing meccas keep making cameos in thrillers and horror films.
Cattle at record signals higher beef costs for July 4th grillers
Cattle futures extended a rally to a record as Americans are gearing up to pay the most ever for beef served at barbecues over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Higher airfare, crowded planes likely to linger after summer
Air travelers are paying more to fly in the U.S. this summer on crowded planes as carriers keep capacity tight, conditions passengers will have to get used to beyond the vacation period.
Distracted? 3 desktop apps to save you from yourself
While we normally share mobile apps, this week's "special edition" piece includes three desktop apps to save your distracted self from social media scrolling, constant email checking and general lack of focus.
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