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Gifts for Starcraft Gamers
What gifts to get for the Starcraft Fan?
The holiday season is right around the corner, and we all know how difficult it can be buying gifts for everyone on our list. This is especially true for people who have different hobbies than us. Do you know someone who is a hardcore gamer, and in particular, loves the computer game Starcraft? Or perhaps you know someone who doesn't play Starcraft that much, but is a huge fan of watching Starcraft 2 tournaments and eSports like the GSL, MLG, NASL, and IPL. If so, this article will cover some of the best Starcraft gifts available so that you can find that perfect little something for that special someone. We'll go over the gifts in various price ranges so that you can find the right gift for the gamer in your life.
Inexpensive gifts for the Starcraft fan
There are plenty of gifts in the $10-30 price range. Many of the best gifts for this amount are t-shirts. Figure out what race the Starcraft Fan you're buying for plays (Terran, Zerg or Protoss), and get an appropriate race-specific shirt!.
Keep Calm and Build Turrets T-Shirt - Terran Starcraft T-Shirt: $19.99
Starcraft fans often love to show off their nerd pride, and what better way to do it than with a Starcraft t-shirt. This is a great Starcraft tee that won't break the bank. With a play off the Keep Calm and Carry On posters, but applied to mutalisk harass and building missile turrets. This t-shirt in particular is high quality in terms of the professional printing and the amazingly soft shirt itself. Great for Terran players.
I'm Not Lazy, I'm Just Low on Energy - Starcraft T-Shirt: $19.99
This is a great Starcraft t-shirt that any Starcraft player will love. Just because you're special someone isn't really doing much doesn't mean they're lazy. Energy regenerates slowly in the Starcraft Universe (about 1 energy every 2 seconds). Lots of Starcraft units run out of energy (ghosts, banshees, sentries, infestors, high templars, queens) and no one blames them for being lazy. So give them some time to recharge and, maybe, they'll start being productive. Although, no guarantees.
Table Flipping T-Shirt - $24.99
This one is a little bit more obscure. The table flipping ascii meme has become very popular around Starcraft players and eSports, largely through the stream of the very popular Starcraft Pro Gamer, Destiny. So many variations have spun off of this original meme, and it's really taken a life of it's own. If you know a Starcraft fan who is really into spectating professional Starcraft, this might be just the shirt you'll want to get.
Starcraft 2 Steelseries Mousepad - Smooth and precise mouse movement
For the serious Starcraft gamer out there, having precise and accurate control of your mouse in tantamount in achieving your full potential while gaming. The mouse is, of course, very important, but just as important is the mouse pad. This relatively inexpensive gift is perfect for any Starcraft gamer who love to play and need the precision to do their best in multiplayer games.
Starcraft 2 Strategy Guide - Everyone love a those little tips
So the person you're shopping for already has Starcraft, but is having a little trouble with the single player game. Or they're a huge eSports fan and want to continue improving their multiplayer gameplay. Well, this strategy guide will help any Starcraft player with either aspect of their game, and is an awesome addition to their library.
Mid-range Starcraft Gifts
Here are some of the gifts in the middle $30-50 range. These include Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty itself, which is probably the most important thing any Starcraft fan should have. But, if the person you're buying is mainly a spectator and doesn't own the game, this would make the ultimate gift.
Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty
In the unlikely event that the Starcraft fan you're looking for a gift for doesn't actually own Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty, then this is the absolute gift. In this time when eSports and spectating professional gaming is becoming more and more popular, it isn't uncommon for Starcraft 2 fans to not even actually own the game. Why not get them this amazing game and let them play one of the best new games of all time.
Razer Spectre Starcraft 2 Gaming Mouse - Precise Control and APM lighting
This gaming mouse is made by Razer and is what any high level Starcraft player needs. This mouse has a high precision laser and various polling modes which allows for very accurate and very fast responses. I own this mouse and have been very happy with its responsiveness and accuracy. The thing that sets this mouse apart, however, is the lighting system displayed on the mouse that changes color with the speed of play (APM - actions per minute). This feature looks extremely cool, and the colors glow from a cool blue to a hot red when playing as fast as the top pro-players. This gift is something that will definitely be a worthwhile addition to any Starcraft gamer's collection of hardware.
Starcraft Gaming Hardware
Here's where you'll get some of the gifts that most Starcraft players and fans are dying to get their hands on. This gaming gear is typically stuff that many Starcraft players can't afford for themselves, but make absolutely perfect gifts. Get any of these gifts and you'll make one Starcraft player a very happy person indeed.
Zerg Messenger Bag - For the Starcraft Fan on the Go
This messenger bag is made by Razer, the maker of some of the best gaming peripherals, and is designed to store a Starcraft 2 Gamer's hardware from place to place. Whether that's mouse, keyboard, and headset, or books, laptop, and notes, this bag is quality. I actually use this bag every day on my commute from home to work, and it's held up wonderfully. Plenty of space with the Queen of Blades and the Zerg logo displayed on the front flap make this bag a must have for any Starcraft gamer on the go.
Razer Banshee Starcraft 2 Gaming Headset
The Starcraft Banshee Gaming Headset is made by Razer, THE leader in gaming peripherals, but is made specifically with Starcraft in mind. The over-the-ear design of the headphones makes them very comfortable (I've been able to wear them for hours on end without any discomfort) and the sound quality is superb. There's also an adjustable microphone boom which allows for natural in-game voice chat. But the thing that distinguishes it from the others is the lighting system on the side that changes color with the speed (APM - actions per minute) of your gameplay. It ranges from a cool blue (when you're lifeless) to a hot red (when you're at the insane pro-level), and these headphones are used all the time at the GSL (Global Starcraft League).