In 1966, TV station WPIX filmed a a fireplace at New York's Gracie Mansion, canceled $4,000 worth of advertising, and broadcast it for two hours on Christmas Day as a gift to viewers who had no fireplaces in their apartments. Its spirit lives on screens large and small to this day.
You can give your games console, PC or mobile device the same cozy holiday cheer with these suggestions, ranging from free to $3. Happy Holidays.
• Leviathan Games offers the Crackling Fireplace Dynamic Theme in the PlayStation Store for $2.99. "This winter both the comfort and chaotic beauty of a roaring fireplace can be yours with this dynamic theme. Warm both your body and soul as tongues of flames embrace the crackling logs and dance across your screen."
• Your best bet is still the original Fireplace, released in 2008 by SniperED007 in the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace. It's 240 Microsoft points. "With realistic smoldering embers and flickering flames it sets the perfect backdrop for a relaxing evening." Plus it's rated 0/3 in violence, sex and mature content.
• The Wii has probably the most fully featured yule log app of the three consoles in Cozy Fire by dtp young entertainment, for 500 Wii Points. "Select from a variety of logs and use the Wii Remote controller to stack them up. Next, light the virtual match and your home will soon be snug and glowing." Six available fireplaces are there for you to poke and tend, or put it in "Butler" mode and the App will take care of that for you.