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NZXT’s sleek Avatar S Laser Gaming Mouse has onboard memory for personalized settings ($39.99 at Try the hilarious new Reverse Charades ($23.99 at Instead of one person acting out a word, everyone in the room acts out words — and one person tries to guess as many as possible in 60 seconds. Joystick-It ($17.99 or a two-pack for $29.99 at is the world’s first retro arcade-style joystick for the iPad and many touch screen tablets. More interested in mind games? The New York Times Brain Challenger features puzzles and games like Suduko and Hangman ($49.95 at For more high-tech fun, Thrustmaster Ferrari-licensed Gamepad turns gamers into armchair racers ($39.95 at Legend has it that Captain Cook enjoyed playing a version of the classic Maritime Challenge Game ($39.95 at The goal: to connect four glass balls in a row while preventing your opponent from doing the same.


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