There's nothing better than the feeling that comes from rambling on about a video game to someone who actually then tries it, loves it, then reports back. Sadly, that person is seldom your mum, and I think that needs to change.

So maybe you've left mother's day a little late this year and have now found yourself in a bit of a frenzied panic. Yes, flowers – the easy way out – are likely to go down well, and that pants Queen movie is probably out on DVD by now, but you could do better… You could buy your mum some video games.

And so here's a list of the best games to both convert your mother into a hardened gamer and get yourself out of a last-minute visit to the florist.

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