Strategy Guides For Video Game Players

In the compex world of girls video games, strategy guides aren't considered a luxury any more. If you want to be successful at any girls adventure game, a video strategy guide is a must have item. If you're a hard core gamer girl you more than likely want to be able to win the game on your own without a strategy guide. With today's extremely challenging games, you can get some high fives for facing such a daunting task. Your girl friends will be amazed if you don't have to consult a single video game strategy guide while playing your favourite game.

It's hard to believe but I've been using video game cheats and strategy guides since I had the original 8-bit Nintendo. The game cheats we used back in the day were pretty undeveloped. There were only eight buttons that you could push, so every video game cheat was a combination of up, down, left, right, b, a, select, and start. They were pretty easy to remember, and we were always trading them with my girlfriends. Sometimes we would even find one accidentally.

We also had some video game strategy guides that were published by Nintendo or the maker of the game. They were really useful for games like Pokemon or The Legend of Zelda. The video games would contain many riddles to decipher and adventures that needed completing. Being able to have the video game strategy guide available was great when you got stumped. These guides didn't emphasise cheats so much as explain how to solve the riddles.

Video game strategy guides come in handy for girls PC games that are available in mass quantities too. I remember that I used to relish playing the King's Quest games. The games were so hard it took a video game strategy guide to get your way through. A video game strategy guide for an adventure game like that could be a 10, 20, or even 30 pages long. They were more like books than “guides.” The games were already so many-sided that it was like reading a novel to find your way through the labyrinth.

The trends haven't changed as video game makers produce harder video games for us girls needing more complex video game strategy guides. I remember when I purchased the Empire Earth strategy guide a number of years ago. It was at least one hundred fifty pages long! I've heard that this is not abnormal for video game strategy guides nowadays either. Some of them are even more massive. Still, I guess that's what you need to get through a confusing video game.

If you have figured it out yet you would probably have to have the IQ of a female Einstein to be able to make it through the compexities of today's video games without a video game strategy guide. I would suggest not using them though until you absolutely have to so as not to take away the challenge that your video game offers you. You got the video game in the first place for that main reason didn't you? Break out your video game strategy guide when you don't know what to do next and get to where you need to go. Go girl!

Video game merchandise ideas for Christmas 2008

Christmas is coming, and video games girls everywhere will be stocking up on the latest titles for their beloved gaming platforms. So, what do you get for the diehard gamer girl who has all of the games, all of the consoles and all of the latest add-ons? There's much more to the games culture industry than just the games and games machines themselves, so there are always loads of great ideas out there for video and computer games related Christmas gifts. Let's take a look at a few ideas for different gift items from the biggest games around, all of which would make Christmas 2008 special for the gamer girls in your life. They would certainly make a change from just a pair of sore thumbs…

First up would be the officially licensed action figures that are available. Action figures are a fantastic and affordable item for any games fan, with all of the major releases represented in action figure form via your local specialty stores. 2008 saw the rise of Halo 3 figures and Gears of War figures (individual, box sets and 12 inch versions) storming the video games merchandise scene, but there are so many other games with licensed figures available that there is something out there for most diehard gamers' tastes, and we all know just how discerning they can be.

Final Fantasy is, as always, well represented on the scene. There’s action figures, statues, replicas and other collectibles available from the hugely popular franchise. This particular series of games seems to be the one with the most longevity, with each of the games from recent years proving to be very popular on the merchandise front. The action figures, from Square Enix/Play Arts, are some of the most beautifully made and packaged items on the market, and would make the ideal gift for any fan.

There are even high-end collectibles relating to games and video games culture from companies such as the masterful Sideshow Collectibles, who create some of the most finely detailed and highest quality collectibles on the global market.

Other classic games franchises with items available include Tomb Raider and its legendary leading lady, Lara Croft, God of War, the hit Metal Gear Solid games and more. Of course, as mentioned before, the big two this year are undoubtedly the all conquering Halo 3 and Gears of War, both of which have been immortalised as action figures, high quality statues, posters, calendars, clothing, messenger bags, prop replicas, comic books and more. There is much more out there for female games fans than one may at first think, and as you see, there are many superb ways to find games fans the perfect Christmas gift this year.