Nerdvana Presents: Gifts for the Geeky – PC gaming edition

Yesterday I offered some gift suggestions for the PlayStation 3 and PSP owners on your holiday shopping list. Today we wrap up the video game portion of this feature with PC (and Mac) games.

World of Warcraft Alliance SteinTwo of the biggest computer games out there right now are the innovative life-creation game Spore ($50) from Sims creator Will Wright and the World of Warcraft expansion Wrath of the Lich King ($40). But if your gamer is hardcore, they already have these.

But wait! There’s hope! Your WoW addict might be drooling over the limited edition Alliance (pictured) and Horde beer steins — they just might not know how to put the desire into words. (Blame it on all that powergaming.)

Why not give them something they can use to toast their favorite character, out of game? It doesn’t hurt that they’re really, really cool to look at. For $80, they’d better be …

Portal for WindowsPortal ($9.99) is an innovative title that a casual PC gamer might have missed. It blends platforming and first-person-shooting with one of the best-paced and most emotionally compelling storylines in recent video game history. In this single player game, you’ll solve puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuver objects and yourself through space. Introduced last year in “The Orange Box” collection of games for Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Portal is now available separately and is an inexpensive choice.

Thanks to Scott Kirchhofer and Chris “KeL” Adams for their ideas and contributions!

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Scott Kirchhofer

One of Nerdvana's founding bloggers, Scott Kirchhofer is a graphic artist and designer of the Nerdvana logo, as well as a gamer and comic book movie fan.