I am not a video gamer, but in my experience video gaming is undertaken mostly by boys. However, if I’m mistaken, or if you have a niece who likes gaming, add her to the list.

For the first time in my life, I’m about to recommend a computer game. As I say, I’m no fan, and I think that  gaming can be a massive time-waster. But, I have to admit that some of the finest young men I know speak very highly of a computer game called Deus Ex. If fact, one of them makes it a point to go back to it occasionally, they way he goes back to a great book.


Evidently, the first version of Deus Ex was widely acknowledged to have been the best game ever. The company made a lot of money. Then, if memory serves, they were bought by someone else, who fired the game’s brilliant designer, Warren Spector. As I hear it, version 2 was awful.

The producers of  version 3 (Deus Ex: Human Revolution), released recently, brought back Mr. Spector. And while the game is not as deep as version 1, I am told that it is excellent. And the graphics are stunning, as you can see above.

So, if you don’t know what to get your young relatives that are into gaming, Deus Ex and Deus Ex: Human Revolution have the best chances I know, to contribute to the young man/woman’s character.

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