By its very definition, gaming lends itself to using all manner of exotic and unnecessary electronic toys, but that doesn't make it any less fun to try out the really superfluous stuff that goes along with it. If you've got some cash to blow and a gamer on the list, here are three ideas.
DreamGear's Dual Glow Sabers
If you thought all those Wii Sports attachments were extraneous, try out the Dual Glow Sabers for your Wiimote. If you're breaking in a new copy of Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels, give these attachments a try — you'll feel just like a Jedi knight. Or maybe a Sith. Or maybe just a dork swinging a light stick. But watch your distance from the screen, in any case. At electronics stores and online (www.dreamgear.net).
Gears of War 2 Lancer
If your recipient is a big Gears of War fan, this replica of Marcus Fenix's lancer rifle from Neca is a perfect gift: It's gory, well-made and something you wouldn't buy for yourself. The 3-foot, 13-pound heater is made of weapons-grade plastic and features motorized sounds and vibration for its chain saw bayonet. And if you give it with a copy of GoW2, which came out in November, it'll keep the recipient mowing down the Locust Horde for months. (Amazon.com exclusive.)
Ion's Drum Rocker set
If budding musicians using your console can't be torn away from Rock Band 2, maybe they need some heavy duty equipment, lest they wear out the drum kit. Ion's Drum Rocker set replaces the chintzy original set with high-durability pads and a metal-reinforced kick pedal. Plus, the cymbals seem like cymbals. It also reconfigures just like a real electronic drum set. Available for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. At electronics stores and online (www.drumrocker.com).
Joshua Gillin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.