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The Best Gadgets for Mom and Dad

Got a mom who wants to get into gadgets? How about a father figure that could use a little help deciding what tech product to get next? Whether it be wearable devices or something to add to their entertainment center, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best gadgets to get for your parents.

Note: The prices compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

Your dad may have a trustworthy timepiece that he’s kept around his wrist for years, but as we move into a more connected age, he could get so much more from a Pebble. Now available at Best Buy stores, the Kickstarter-borne smartwatch connects to iPhones and Android devices to deliver notifications in real time. And if he’s worried about having to plug in yet another device, let him know that the Pebble battery can last around a week between charges.

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Horror Pics Were Hollywood's Best Bet This Year

Low-budget horror films gave Hollywood the biggest return on their investments in 2013.

According to TheWrap, Insidious Chapter 2 gave investors the biggest bang for their buck with a 31.1% return on their investment. The film’s budget was $5 million and earned $160.4 million worldwide.

Universal’s The Purge had the second best ROI (return on investment) with a worldwide gross of $89.3 million on a $3 million budget. In third place was The Conjuring, a $20 million horror film that had a global cume of $316.7 million.

Both Insidious Chapter 2 and The Conjuring were directed by James Wan.

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Best Home Theater Sound Bars

Sound bars are a great, space-saving solution when your television just doesn’t push the audio that your games and movies deserve—even better, most are less expensive than just about any quality surround sound setup. Take a look at some of the best sound bars for your home, bedroom, or dorm.

Note: The prices compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

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Best PlayStation 3 Controllers

Just because the PlayStation 4 is out, doesn’t mean you should stop playing your PS3. With the current lack of backward compatibility on Sony’s new console, using the PlayStation 3 is the only way to get access to the giant library of games available for the company’s last-gen system. Whether you’ve had your PS3 for years or if you just picked one up, make sure to take a look at some of these great controllers.

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Top Blu-Ray Players

You may have a console that plays Blu-ray discs, but not everyone wants to add additional wear and tear to their gaming machines. Standalone Blu-ray players are great companions to your home theater setups, and, thankfully, most devices currently available feature Wi-Fi connectivity for streaming content. Take a look at some of the top Blu-ray players.

Note: The prices compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

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Best Surround Sound Systems

If you want the absolute best audio quality for you television shows, movies, or games, you’ll definitely want a surround sound system. Available in the number of configurations to fit your needs, a surround sound system is the perfect way to complete your home entertainment system.

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Best HDMI Switchers

When it comes to organizing your entertainment center, cables are a necessary inconvenience. If you don’t have enough HDMI ports on your television or if you don’t have a properly-equipped surround sound system, an HDMI switcher is a great solution for cleaning up the clutter while making sure all of your high definition content reaches your TV without the annoying task of swapping out cables. Take a look at some quality HDMI switchers for your home theater setup.

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The Best All-in-One Arcade Game Cabinets

No game room is complete without at least one old-school arcade cabinet. But thanks to the ingenuity of emulator developers like MAME, you’re no longer restricted to just playing one title in your machine. Of course, you could always go the do-it-yourself route and build your very own multi-game cabinet, but here’s a list of ready-made machines filled to the brim with hundreds–if not thousands–of retro arcade games.

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Best Bluetooth Headphones

Listening to music while on the go is one of the great luxuries in life, but dealing with cords can be a pain. Thankfully, Bluetooth technology helps keep us connected to our favorite artists and music apps without the need to deal with tangled cables and annoying wires. Here are some great Bluetooth headphones for your wireless music needs.

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The Biggest Surprises of 2013

2013 was a massive year for video game news. But certain stories, like the launch of two high-end next-gen consoles, didn’t exactly catch us off-guard. So which 2013 video game developments actually surprised us more than anything else? Now there’s a more interesting question.

Read on for our thoughts on those wholly unexpected headlines & game details that bowled us over and delivered something we weren’t at all expecting.

The Last Of Us’s (Us’? Us-es?) multiplayer component. After finishing the fantastic (and extremely fun) narrative of the campaign, I was apprehensive about jumping into the game’s multiplayer mode. I had horrifying visions of randomized deathmatch games where Joel would be charging Ellie head-on with an AK-47, or David and Tess teaming up from (spoilers!) beyond the grave for a buggy game of capture the flag. I was delighted to find that all of these concerns were completely unwarranted – TLoU’s online component was not only fun to play and *relatively* glitch-free, but also made me appreciate the single-player story even more. Adding in the idea of managing a camp full of survivors, survivors you had to fight and kill for to keep alive, humanized the people labelled as ‘enemies’ or ‘bandits’ in single-player. It made me rethink some of the campaign moments wherein I gleefully snapped a guards neck or laughed while I crushed someone’s skull with a 2×4… I’m a terrible person. - Jon Ryan

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