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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 12/15/2010

Christmas gift ideas for all kinds of gamers

By Hayley Tsukayama

A battle rages in the city of Hue, Vietnam, during the Tet offensive in a scene from,"Call of Duty: Black Ops." (AP Photo/Activision)

Got a gamer in your life? I do. (Plus, I kind of am one, myself.) And I know that even the best intentions from game-givers can lead to some mismatched gifts.

KidsPost did a great round-up of the best video games for kids this holiday season, but here are some suggestions for the older game enthusiasts.

The Armchair General: The chess-players of the video game world, strategists like to calculate, assemble and conquer. The Civilization franchise from 2K Games turns out consistently great material, and their fifth and latest installment lets users play world leaders ranging from Catherine the Great to George Washington. PC and Mac.

The Shooter Fan: This gamer likes to use guns, fight evil and wreak havoc -- preferably with a few buddies. Beloved by frat boys and their ilk everywhere, Activision's Call of Duty franchise released its latest, Call of Duty: Black Ops, last month. The game boasts online multiplayer and Call of Duty: Black Ops, or Blops, opened to huge sales, but it's a great choice if your player missed it. All major consoles, Nintendo DS, and PC.

The MMO-Lover: You may not know the term MMORPG (in English: Massively multiplayer online role playing game), but if someone you love plays one, you definitely know about them. These games require time and effort, and World of Warcraft continues its reign at the the top of the MMO market. Lucky for you, oh gift-giver, Blizzard just released a new expansion pack, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm in time for the holidays. The largest expansion yet, this latest add-on introduces two new races, the goblins and the worgens. PC and Mac.

The Storyteller: Finally, there are some gamers who just like a good story. With developers thinking more about branching storylines and drama, there are some games that almost make you want to bust out the popcorn. Fallout: New Vegas, from Obsidian Entertainment puts players in an alternate version of Las Vegas, post-nuclear war. Look for the iconic "Fabulous Las Vegas" sign and listen for the golden voice of Mr. Vegas himself, Wayne Newton, who narrates. PS3, XBox 360, PC.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 15, 2010; 10:32 AM ET
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