Whenever my wife or my parents ask me what I would like as a gift for some occasion like Christmas or a birthday, my response is always the same: "You don’t have to get me anything, but if you do, surprise me." In this regard, I love surprises, and most of them have been very pleasant and unexpected over the years.
Yesterday, when my wife asked, I thought about it for a few seconds and replied: "an Xbox 360." Yep; I want me an Xbox for Christmas, dammit. Good thing I asked before I read Karen’s scathing assessment, though I must confess that I’ve said or thought a lot of those same things about gaming — often about certain family members. But see, we recently had some work done on our cabin in the mountains, adding a bedroom, half bath, and an entertainment room — primarily to get the TV out of the living/dining room area where people are congregated when we have family over, especially at holidays and such.
We’ve got a pretty large wide-screen HDTV, but no cable or dish; just a growing library of DVDs, of which, some of my favorites are WWII documentaries, video encyclopedias, and news clips from that era. We also have a library of lots of books, many of them large-format pictorial histories of things as broad "the world" or as narrow as "skyscrapers." The idea is to be able to get beneficially into something enlightening and educational in an hour or two — especially if you’re a guest for only a day or two. Of course, I absolutely forbid lending anything out.
I think a game console will be a good addition, and in fact, I also want to add a real pinball machine and a refurbished original classic Asteroids arcade game, in time. Given that I have not a single game loaded my my computer other than the ones that came installed (and I never play), I doubt I’ll get hooked. But who knows?