It has become a tradition here at PSXE: after all the presents have been unwrapped and all the egg-nog has been drunk and all the roast beast has been devoured, the readers list their much-appreciated goodies.

I ended up with all sorts of stuff, including a new desk chair (which I desperately needed), a couple new framed pictures for my new place, leather and cashmere-lined driving gloves, a whole lot of books, a few new shirts, Gears of War 3 , the ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection , an assembly of Blu-Ray stuff ( Rocky collection, Avatar , Firefly seasons), and plenty of sweets and gift cards/money. I've still got to put it all away, actually.

So how'd you do? Santa bring you everything you wanted? Or is it less about gifts and more about family traditions? Feel free to tell us those, too; they can be awfully bizarre but then again, that's the way most traditions are: bizarre and heartwarming. If you have a good story to relate, go ahead and do that, too. We're all just sort of relaxing and reflecting now, so it's a good time to chat with everyone and swap loot tallies and tales. 😉

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Milonakis
Milonakis
10 years ago

I gotta a cool dremel tool, a set of klipsch s4 headphones, skyrim, and an assortment of clothes and what not. Also I got a sweet set of drum microphones from a friend. Now I just need some drums to mic xD

Beamboom
Beamboom
10 years ago

Dremel tools! Awesome. What will you use it for? I use my set with my RC cars. Excellent tools.

Milonakis
Milonakis
10 years ago

I'll probably use it for my guitars i work on and build, but also on other round the house projects for sure

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
10 years ago

Times are tough so I did not get a lot this year. But at least I got Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" so I'm a happy camper 🙂

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

One of my absolute favorite books.

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
10 years ago

You saying that makes me more excited over it! LOL This would be my introduction to Leo Tolstoy's works as I've never read anything of his before, although I've certainly heard of his name.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

War and Peace is his defining novel, but it's also the greatest book ever written as far as I'm concerned.

Still, I have a soft spot for Anna Karenina because the character of Anna is amazing; my second-favorite character in all of literature (second only to Maggie Tulliver in Eliot's "The Mill on the Floss").

Gordo
Gordo
10 years ago

I got a Kindle from my work so am pretty happy with that.

I have downloaded Dickens, Tolstoy, Conrad, Dostoevsky, Stevenson etc for free and now have a pretty extensive classic literature collection ready to read.

It takes a little while to adjust to reading but after a while it becomes second nature. Won't replace my book collection but it is good for the train and reading in bed.

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
10 years ago

I was actually looking for War and Peace but it seems a bit hard to come by in my country. I will probably just buy it online after I finish reading Anna Karenina.

Good to see that there are still folks here who actually read books. You guys rock! 🙂

Mr Bubbles IGR
Mr Bubbles IGR
10 years ago

Uncharted 3 and a pair of the north face missoula boots

JDC80
JDC80
10 years ago

NBA 2k12,Uncharted 3,the first edition of the new black Ultimate Spider-Man,Red Wing and Wolverines sweat shit, Axe body spray set, blue jeans, black Nikes and I just got myself Enslaved off Gamefly for 9 bucks.

DeadReaper
DeadReaper
10 years ago

Didnt ask Santa for much, got Saints Row 3, Breaking Bad seasons 2 & 3, The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series, and various candy.

Lemon_Saint
Lemon_Saint
10 years ago

Rocksmith, Batman:Arkham City, a few gift cards, Garfield minus Garfield book, a Flip Mino HD, cologne, "Machete" on Blu-Ray, the full set of TMNT trading cards:series 1 from the early 90's … these were a few of the highlights. Various other things, but surprisingly no clothing. Dammit, I always get clothes! My friends and family and wife really took to the geek in me with my presents this year!

telly
telly
10 years ago

Santa was too kind this year: tally from parents, grandma and girlfriend includes Arkham city, super sf4 arcade edition, a sweet bottle of single malt scotch aged 16 years, oh yeah AN IPAD 2 that I desperately wanted but didn't even ask for since they're awfully pricey, the new chuck klosterman book, two Werner herzog box sets,a herzog interview collection book, the fantastic mr. Fox (DVD and not blu-ray, unfortunately, but love my gf for noticing I talk about that film often and don't have it in my collection:)), awesome new black leather shoes, a sweet vintage-flavored 76ers t-shirt, a nice plaid shirt, 100 bucks cash(new years is covered! Woo!), more candy and treats than I will possibly be able to eat, new over the counter medicine to get me stocked for the upcoming cold season (a family tradition!), a bag of Starbucks Christmas blend coffee, a charitable donation to a fantastic charity made in my name, and a picture frame for a pic of my just born nephew. PHEW. My loved ones were too, too kind. I'm not buying anything more than five dollars until march 😉

PoopsMcGee
PoopsMcGee
10 years ago

Herzog! Score for you!

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
10 years ago

Family, food and the big dough (money).
Thank you santa, now I can buy what I want.


Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 12/25/2011 11:23:42 PM

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
10 years ago

I got Stephen King's new book 11/23/63, a Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer(I've always wanted one), Green Lantern & Transformers: Drak of the Moon blu-rays, DJ Hero 2 w/2 turntables and a microphone(PS3), The Walking Dead Book 1 HC, and Across the Universe dvd (wanted blu-ray but wife did a great job just getting it).

I also got a picture collage of my dog that past away recently from my mom. We had the dog for 15 yrs and she just took off one day and never came back when my parents had her down at our property in Arizona. Never could find her. We think she went away to die. The picture was awesome and was very sentimental.

Overall Christmas was great this year and the whole family had a lot of fun. I loved seeing the excitement in everybodies eyes when the opened their presents. They all got stuff they really wanted.

cLoudou
cLoudou
10 years ago

Sorry for your loss. I understand that she was not just a dog but also family.

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
10 years ago

Thanks. Ya it happened earlier this year but man did it hit me hard when I opened the present. My mom even put that it was from my dog.

Getting things like that I think can really make a Christmas or any day for that matter.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
10 years ago

Got some clothes and beanies, money, gift cards to restaurants and that's great because I love food! Got some tools and a new bat bag for my softball gear.

Other than just spent a lot of time with family and friends! It was a good Christmas! Very thankful!

Didn't get anything as far as games or electronics go which is fine by me. I have most the games I want, minus Resistance 3 and Portal 2 which I'll buy when I'm done with Skyrim whenever that happens…


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 12/25/2011 11:59:59 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

I got a coffee grinder and some Christmas blend coffee from the folks. I got some nice exfoliating soap and face wash from my sister(she works at a beauty store) and a Recorder. LOL! Don't know how to play a Recorder but I will learn. She was going to get me an Ocarina instead but she didn't have enough money I guess.

From the wife I got Mario Kart 7(awesome), a second Wiimote with Wii motion plus built in and Nintendo themed Monopoly. HA!

We didn't do much. Just hung out with my parents, sister, my wife and baby. Ate some ham and hot tamales, watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes and played with the baby. Back at home now playing Zelda.


Last edited by Jawknee on 12/26/2011 12:02:39 AM

Ludicrous_Liam
Ludicrous_Liam
10 years ago

Heh, I got some exfoliating face wash too. Can't say I was excited when I opened it xD

Condemnedsoul23
Condemnedsoul23
10 years ago

I don't celebrate any holiday so didn't get anything which is fine and of course expected.

cLoudou
cLoudou
10 years ago

I only got the Skyrim…and family time. Can never have enough time with the people you love most.

Buckeyestar
Buckeyestar
10 years ago

I typically don't get much, and I never get tech or games. This year I got new dishes, towels, and a sweet Penguins sweatshirt.

What makes me shake my head is how my 3 year old nephew's one grandmother goes overboard outdoing us. She got him a Wii, an iPod touch, and his own HDTV.

Oh, and Ben, enjoy the hell out of those Firefly blu-rays. Best gorram show in the 'verse.

Fane1024
Fane1024
10 years ago

Only 3 games this year (inFAMOUS 2, L.A. Noire, and R&C ACIT), but with my backlog that's probably for the best. X-Men: First Class and Harry Potter 7 (both parts) on Blu-ray, plus a few other movies.

My main gift is an oak cabinet(-ish) which should have been ready for Christmas, but the carpenters didn't build it to specs, so we had to get them to re-do it. It was supposed to match one I have already and it just wasn't even close. I'll get it eventually…I hope.

Our family tradition is chili con carne and movies on Christmas Eve.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 12/26/2011 1:07:26 AM

Fane1024
Fane1024
10 years ago

Add AC Brotherhood and LBP2 to my list, thanks to Boxing Week deals.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
10 years ago

I would say I did awesome. Somehow I am now the owner of a limmited edition 250 gb Xbox 360 Halo: Reach bundle. My sister bought it for me. I feel terrible because I only got her a microwave and a new tire for her car. She found it at Best Buy on Black Friday and said she just decided to get for me because she knew I loved gaming, and that I already had a PS3.

I am headed out to buy The Lost Odyssey first thing tommorrow…a game that is widely viewed as being the best JRPG of this gen. I'll probably "upgrade" to the 360 version of Fallout 3 while I'm at it. Oh, yeah. I will try to buy Alan Wake and at least 1 of the Gears of War titles if I have enough money.

Never thought I'd own a 360 to be honest. No fan of Microsofts, but I now feel excited to have a chance to play some of the 360's titles. Especially LO, AW, and Gears.

Riku994
Riku994
10 years ago

Skyrim, Dark Souls, White Knight Chronicles 2 (Bye University…), Lord of the Rings Extended trilogy on Blu-Ray, random assortments of clothes, about $570 worth of cash and gift cards, and my absolute favorite, my girlfriend got me a replica of the One Ring. I've never been so happy 😛

PoopsMcGee
PoopsMcGee
10 years ago

I got those three games too! 🙂

…and I wants my precious back!

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
10 years ago

Money. Which is more than good enough for me.

Dridion
Dridion
10 years ago

I actually got Skyrim…YAY! Having so much fun with it right now but I have a small prob. I got it for the pc and ever so often it crashes the computer ENTIRELY! Not sure what the prob is as no one can re-create the scenario. Either way totally happy. All I have to do is save constantly. Also got the underworld essential collection which I absolutely love and a pet pom named winter(fave season…love the cold).

To top it off, mega time with friends and family. We played a ton of board games 😛 It was super fun being around them and that's what really counts. Hope everyone had an awesome day, I know I did.


Last edited by Dridion on 12/26/2011 2:04:27 AM

ulsterscot
ulsterscot
10 years ago

wife got me a nice leather desk chair and Skyrim for my PC – always been an fps guy – never really tried rpg's apart from the excellant ME2 but looking forward to giving this a go. Unfortunately Im working the xmas period.

Oh and I got a lovely bottle of Balvenie to drink with my skyrim!

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
10 years ago

Only thing I unwrapped was tamales.

hellish_devil
hellish_devil
10 years ago

The only time I ate tamales, I hated them.

piratedrunk
piratedrunk
10 years ago

I recieved a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black, some books, way too much chocolate, a collection of malt shop music (shut up, it's awesome) and surprisingly the only thing videogame related was the fantastic umbrella corp. mints in my stocking.

A great haul in my books.

Gordo
Gordo
10 years ago

I gave my brother my 80GB PS3, steering wheel, rockband guitars, buzz controllers, and a good collection of games for Xmas.

He is a policeman with a young family and I thought he deserved a good present.

So, probably for the next six months (until I can afford to buy a new PS3) I'll be relying on my PSP for my gaming fix.

Sometimes in life you get more joy from giving than receiving… 🙂

JMO_INDY2
JMO_INDY2
10 years ago

I wish I had a brother like that. I didn't see even one of all three of my older brothers this year.

JMO_INDY2
JMO_INDY2
10 years ago

As for my gifts. I received a $150 Visa Debit card. I bought myself a nice peacoat, new jeans, new Adidas Sambas and a couple shirts. And my special lady friend came over and we hung out for the majority of the day yesterday doing absolutely nothing but listening to music. Best gift of all 🙂 I also received an iPad 2 which I promptly returned for store credit and putting towards a nice gift for my lady.

Nerull
Nerull
10 years ago

All I got was clothes, a calendar, and a decent turkey but I actually prefer it that way. I'm not a fan of buying or receiving anything that's just going to collect dust, and I already get myself the few games I have time for.
Still ended up with a somewhat sore wallet though.
Happy holidays dudes and dudettes.

___________
___________
10 years ago

vita, some clothes and a few music CDs and vouchers.
still tossing up if i should download MVC3 for the vita or not.
just not sure if i would enjoy it or not, but its really the only game besides mina golf 6 that id be interested in.
shame escape plan is not out on the store yet, i was really looking forward to that!
looks so cool!
i miss those styled death trap games, we use to get allot of them on the old arcade systems like the classic splatterhouse.
still one of my favourite games this gen!
sure its buggy as hell, but i love a game that throws sand in your eyes then kicks you in the balls and runs off with your wallet!
it was so brutally unforgivably hard!
i really should try out dark souls, just have not had a chance yet.
i miss the good old days where finishing a game was actually a accomplishment!
like the original mortal kombats, saying you finished those was like saying you saw jesus no one believed you because it was so bloody hard!
nowadays though, the newer MK a 5 year old could finish with his eyes closed!
i wish games would go back to being tough as nails!
nothing more rewarding then spending months trying to finish something, then finally doing it!
i remember playing DMC3 on the hardest difficulty, i was stuck on the final boss battle for like 6 months!
then i finally finished it and screamed so loud i woke up the whole street!
those were the days…….

Mog
Mog
10 years ago

Inspiration.
I've suddenly felt inspired to learn how to play 'to zanarkand' on the piano and learn how to do a backflip. Hopefully I'll be able to achieve it before the end of the holidays.

If your wondering about the materialistic things I got, all I got was a toothpick………. which I already used.

Warrior Poet
Warrior Poet
10 years ago

Doing a backflip is easy. Just make sure you keep your center of gravity fairly stable – if you lean to the left or right you'll be in real trouble. The best way is to just land with your body above your feet, but if you can't jump high enough you should practice that first.

Good luck!

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
10 years ago

To Zanarkand is fun to play! I'm not that good at piano, but I do play that song often so it's one that I know fairly well.

Jutter
Jutter
10 years ago

I got some good stuff. I got a Dance Gavin Dance CD, a couple gift cards, a Of Mice & Men (the band) Shirt, The Hangover Part II and Resistance 3. I gotta say I feel absolutely ashamed I didn't pick up R3 a long time ago. Simply put the best FPS this year, at least for me that is. Just beat it and I couldn't put it down for a second.

Bjorn77
Bjorn77
10 years ago

I got the Game Rage wich is very awesome and a very nice wallet from "Fossil" .. very nice gifts

Qubex
Qubex
10 years ago

I had an awesome Christmas, however I did not receive anything game related specifically. This is mainly due to the fact that no one in my family is into gaming and they don't understand the hobby all that well. I am also not much into actual gift buying. To be honest, I am not into the commercialism of Christmas… and what it has become today.

Nonetheless I am happy for all who got what they wished for, but more importantly, that the majority of you spent time with the people that matter in this world… your families. This has to be the most celebrated point of Christmas if nothing else, especially if one is not particularly religious. It is these precious moments with family that count ultimately.

As far as the few gifts I did receive; I received about $150 of gift cards, Kelvin Klein gear and Prada sunglasses… which, I must admit, look cool.

I will add some cash to the gift cards and pick me up some games in the coming weeks when specials drop.

Today I spent time with Skyrim on the PC… and yes, I finally received my new laptop from work that has a half decent GPU allowing me to play some games on it. I must admit though, I am not enjoying it as much as I thought I would… I may need to a little more time with it…

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

kevinater321
kevinater321
10 years ago

I got a new coat and snowboarding stuff, like boots and a carrier. Pretty good Christmas overall.

SolidFantasy
SolidFantasy
10 years ago

Well let me just make this clear!! I got a nice soft toilet seat… The porcelain ones have a high specific heat and they are a real pain in the ass on a cold morning. This new soft one is a real treat. No hemroids for me when I get older. HA!

Also I got the BluRay extended edition of The Lord of the Rings and MGS HD collection. It's so nice replaying some of the best games of all time, but man the control mechanic has not aged well.

On a side note: Eggnog and Kahlua happen to be two great things that go more than good together.

Antu
Antu
10 years ago

Very bad time for me bro!My ps3 blu-ray drive doesn't work! LOL i just got 100% on noby noby boy! WTF all i wanted is to get uncharted 3 100%. Very bad time indeed!