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Posted by JJOR64 (19065 posts) 1 year, 1 month ago

Poll: Do you still ask for video games for Christmas? (353 votes)

Yes 53%
No 47%

So I was talking to a friend of mine about Christmas. When I told him about maybe waiting to play Assassin's Creed IV till Christmas, he said "You still ask for games?"

My parents and other family members always insist on me making a Christmas list. I have always asked for video games for Christmas and they don't care. Since I was a kid and to now, being 23 I still ask for some games.

So I figured I would make this poll to see if you guys still ask for video games for Christmas, young or old.

#1 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

You're assuming that I celebrate Christmas.

#2 Posted by BisonHero (7036 posts) -

I haven't really asked for video games for Christmas since I was a teenager. I mean, my friends and family are welcome to find some weird video game-themed present, like one of those books about the history of the video game industry or something, but I tend to stay on top of new releases enough that my backlog is bad enough with the games I buy for myself. I don't need more games added on top of that.

#3 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

I'm in my thirties. When my family asks me what I want for Christmas, there's usually at least one game I'll ask for. There's no shame in asking for a video game for Christmas if that's what you want. I don't know where people get that idea. It's up to others if they feel like giving you that particular gift.

#4 Posted by mlarrabee (3060 posts) -

I never did. Getting the Need for Speed Triple Pack was a shot from the blue.

#5 Posted by JJOR64 (19065 posts) -

You're assuming that I celebrate Christmas.

or any Holiday. Can't edit my post for some reason.

#6 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1216 posts) -

Yeah, It's usually the easiest thing to ask for because other things I want/need are quite often much more expensive and I don't want to ask for them.

#7 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -


.....What else would I ask video games for?

#8 Edited by JJOR64 (19065 posts) -


.....What else would I ask video games for?

Some made up Holiday you made that takes place at the end of the year that involves giving gifts to others and/or receiving gifts.

#9 Posted by Ezekiel (545 posts) -

We've long stopped celebrating Christmas. And birthdays. It's all arbitrary to me now.

#10 Posted by PolyesterKyle (134 posts) -


.....What else would I ask video games for?

Dear video games, could you please be fun to play and worth my money? Please and thank you!

#11 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@jjor64 said:

@video_game_king said:


.....What else would I ask video games for?

Some made up Holiday

As opposed to a real holiday that you find crystallized in nature?

#12 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

MY best friend and I are buying video games for each other and as for my parents if I do not get something like clothes I will get money which I will probably spend for video games XD

#13 Edited by HerbieBug (4208 posts) -

No. Looking back on it, I only received games for Christmas maybe once or twice in my entire child and young adulthood before I could afford to feed the habit myself. Money was tight in the herbiebug household.

#14 Posted by crithon (3441 posts) -

yup, even though I'm 30, there are children around who often ask me to join in on unwrapping gifts from "santa". Because it SUCKS to get a new monogram PEN, or a shaving kit.

#15 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5985 posts) -

I still have the compulsion, but I usually have all the games I've wanted to own by the time Christmas rolls around. I see nothing wrong with asking at any age though.

#16 Edited by RoyaleWifCheese (559 posts) -

@video_game_king said:

You're assuming that I celebrate Christmas.

The most correct answer.

Honestly, I'm a grown-ass adult with a disposable income. If I want to play a game, I won't wait until I receive it during a gift-giving holiday. There's no shame in asking, I just won't.

#17 Posted by Gruebacca (570 posts) -

I usually don't wait for the holidays to receive video games, but I will affirm this practice in the case of hardware. Getting computer parts and video game consoles for Christmas is generally what I do.

#18 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3986 posts) -

Right now I'm asking for rent money!

#19 Edited by RandomHero666 (3183 posts) -

In my family, starting about 5 years ago we don't even bother buying gifts for each other.

I buy something for my 8 year old nephew and 3 year old Niece but other than that, we just split the cost of food.

Saves money, and no need to be out in the silly xmas shopping shenanigans

#20 Posted by MaxMikado (51 posts) -

I usually buy my own video games and will throw stuff I'm only vaguely interested in on my wish lists -- but, to be honest, haven't really wanted anything I wasn't willing to buy myself ever since I got a job.

My wish lists are just going through the motions for friends and family. I usually discourage people buying me gifts.

#21 Edited by Redbullet685 (6085 posts) -

Eh usually one or two in the past few years. Not sure what I want for this year's Christmas. Maybe AC4? Probably get a psn card instead and get some downloadables.

#22 Posted by Hunter5024 (5962 posts) -

My family hasn't bought me any presents since I was like 12 so I don't ask for anything. If I did though, video games would probably be on the list. I might go for something a little more practical though since I do a pretty good job of keeping up on the games I want on my own. Personally I think the best presents are the ones that you really want but would never buy. Nunchaku: The Ultimate Christmas Gift.

#23 Posted by BlatantNinja23 (928 posts) -

Nope, amazon money that I than use for games. I actually continue to tell my family not to get me anything but they don't listen.

#24 Posted by mina_mina752 (121 posts) -

no...becoz i can get any game any time of the year...i ask for raw pure money now xD

#25 Posted by mrcraggle (1979 posts) -

I used to get gaming stuff every Christmas when I was a kid and into my teens but the last game my parents bought me for Xmas was AC2. I didn't ask for it but it was a nice surprise. Every year since then though my mum has asked if I would like the new one but I've declined since, usually asking for more "adult" things.

#26 Edited by SaturdayNightSpecials (2443 posts) -

Yeah my mom has always insisted on getting things for everyone, so I ask for a couple late-year releases (usually ends up being Nintendo games). No one enjoys having to guess what someone would like, especially if it's an adult with expendable income.

That said, I fully admit that I still enjoy unwrapping gifts.

#27 Edited by ArtelinaRose (1857 posts) -

No. I don't ask for anything because I know I won't get anything anyway. Nobody remembers me when Christmas time rolls around.

#28 Posted by davidwitten22 (1708 posts) -

I'm 23 and my parents aren't super fond of video games, so no I don't ask for them for Christmas. There's lots of other stuff I need and honestly, I haven't wanted to ask for a game for Christmas since I was 17 or so.

#29 Posted by evanbower (1216 posts) -

@jjor64 said:

@video_game_king said:


.....What else would I ask video games for?

Some made up Holiday

As opposed to a real holiday that you find crystallized in nature?

I guess your day was pretty open, huh?

#30 Posted by Sanity (1949 posts) -

My parents usually insist on getting me something but i stopped getting games years ago as i just buy what i want now, its better to let them feel like there getting me something useful or something i wouldn't go out of my way to buy anyways, they actually bought me a gun safe one year so that was a cool surprise. Moneys tight and i usually dont want them to get me anything though.

#31 Posted by Fattony12000 (7564 posts) -


#32 Posted by CaLe (4052 posts) -

If there's nothing else I want, sure, why not.

#33 Posted by TobbRobb (4841 posts) -

I got asked to stop wishing for toys and games a long time ago. So I just stopped wishing for things. I buy whatever I want anyways, so it's not really a big deal. I'm not much of a traditional person anyways.

#34 Posted by captain_clayman (3328 posts) -

Well, since I'm 18, still living at home and don't have enough of my own income to buy a ton of games (I can buy about 1 a month) I'll typically ask for a few games for christmas. My parents are still doing santa stuff for my youngest sister (which will probably come to an end soon) so I ask "santa" for a game, my parents will usually get me a game, and then everyone else I'll just say "cash please" if they ask me what I want (They know the drill at this point). I can't get one individual person to buy me a new console, or a PC part, or a piece of music equipment because that shit's expensive. But if all of the aunts and uncles and other relatives give me 20-50 dollars (or 100 from my grandparents :D) I can combine those funds to buy something during the post christmas sales. Games are really the only specific gift I ask for anymore.

#35 Posted by Blomakrans (151 posts) -

No, I don't. Console games in my country cost about 100 $ so asking for some ps3 game is asking a lot. Instead I just buy them on steam for a fraction of the cost.

In my family, starting about 5 years ago we don't even bother buying gifts for each other.

Ah that sounds so great. I wish my family would do this as well. Honestly I feel like the whole gifts part of christmas brings me down and stresses me out much more than I enjoy it. Sure one out of every 20 gifts is awesome, but I feel like it's really not worth it.

#36 Posted by Humanity (10065 posts) -

Yah but I'm 29 so my mom just laughs..

#37 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4882 posts) -

@artelinarose said:

No. I don't ask for anything because I know I won't get anything anyway. Nobody remembers me when Christmas time rolls around.

But seriously I have the opposite problem. Being one of the few people in a giant family of bums to have a job and thus, money, everyone expects me to hand it out like candy. I ain't Jesus, motherfuckers.

#38 Edited by falserelic (5407 posts) -

I haven't actually celebrated Christmas ever since my brother died. Those days of asking what I want for Christmas is long gone.

#39 Posted by redefaulted (2829 posts) -

I ask for expensive collector's editions and such. I can afford the normal versions generally on my own.

#40 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3085 posts) -

Sure, but not in the volume I used to. I get maybe one or two.

#41 Posted by mosespippy (4441 posts) -

I specifically ask that they don't get me anything as I'd rather not participate in rampant consumerism. I still get video games anyway. Usually gift cards or bargain bin stuff. Last year was a Winter Olympics knock off from Deep Silver and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. That Winter Olympics knock off was pretty good.

#42 Edited by Lydian_Sel (2501 posts) -

I never had the luxury as a kid because the only games my parents felt confident in buying where yearly Fifa entries or whatever the clerks were pushing on naive shoppers.

#43 Posted by Ben_H (3430 posts) -

No. But my brother usually gets me one anyway. He knows what I like so it is always something good. My parents haven't bought me a game-related thing since they got me a DS in 2004. My mom somehow got me a launch one. I didn't think I would get one because they were so hard to find. I was so happy.

#44 Posted by spookytapes (269 posts) -

I usually ask for one or two still and I'm in my late 20s. This year I'll get my Mario 3D World fix this way.

#45 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2030 posts) -

Clothes and cash are usually what I ask for, because I'm an exciting person. I wear the shit out of my shoes by the time Xmas rolls around anyways, and I could use a toaster. If I end up not spending my money on shit like that I usually buy a game or two on Steam.

My mom, however, still asks for a few games every year. I usually end up buying her the new Assassin's Creed or Batman, dunno which I'll do this year.

#46 Posted by OneKillWonder_ (1832 posts) -

I can usually afford my own games, so I never really ask for any. If I do ask for one, my brother is usually the one who'll get it. A couple of years ago, we both ended up getting each other NFS Hot Pursuit out of coincidence.

I don't see any problem in asking for one no matter your age. It's your hobby and if you have the opportunity to have someone else fund it for you, then why the hell not?

#47 Edited by Brodehouse (10129 posts) -

Yes because 60 dollars is the appropriate value for gifts in my economic situation. I'd also be uncomfortable receiving anything worth more than a hundo.

#48 Edited by SMTDante89 (2582 posts) -

Usually one or two, one if it's a full-priced game (or a little extra in the case of Disney Infinity for my birthday earlier this year) or maybe a couple if they're discounted games or full-priced handheld games.

#49 Posted by Guesty_01 (382 posts) -

Yes, it's the only thing I ask for at Christmas. This year I'm hoping to get an xbox 360 (£80-£90) and a couple games (£10-£15)

#50 Posted by MildMolasses (3229 posts) -

I usually buy my own stuff, but there is seldom anything I actually want outside of games, so I'll leave something for my mom to get me just because she really wants to give me stuff