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Some people are content to express their love of video games by just plain playing, but others want to take that love one step further by purchasing video game merchandise. However, some are easily overwhelmed by the amount of merchandise available. Well, don’t fret, young grasshopper, because I’m here to introduce you to the wide world of video game merchandise. This is by no means a complete list, as it would be impossible to include every single piece of merchandise ever, but at the very least I can give you a good idea of stuff you might never have known existed.

Toys

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Toys are probably the first thing that springs to mind when people think of “video game merchandise,” and for good reason, since video game-related toys have been around for a long time. Toys comes in all shapes and sizes (and prices). Tomy and Jakks Pacific toys are inexpensive, designed for children, and have limited or no articulation. Meanwhile, NECA, Figma, McFarlane, Revoltech, and S.H.Figuarts toys are far pricier, highly poseable without sacrificing detail, and come with “Not for ages 15 and under” warning labels. And then there’s 3A, with its massive and beautiful $180-$300 toys. Google is your friends when it comes to searching for video game toys; you usually can find what you want on Amazon, but I also recommend BigBadToyStore.com.

Plush

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Much like toys, plushes come in a wide variety shapes and prices from an equally wide variety of makers, including people who sell on Etsy. Unlike toys, however, plushes are almost exclusively for children with very few exceptions; one of which is the absolutely gigantic (and pricey) Snorlax plush that doubles as a bean bag chair. Or is it a bean bag chair that doubles as a plush? Regardless, plushes are an excellent gift for your burgeoning little Pokemon Trainer, Monster Hunter, or Freddy Fazbear’s Nighttime Security Guard.

Toys to life

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Toys to life are unique, because they wouldn’t exist without video games. Toys to life are a weird combination of toys — mostly statuettes — and video game DLC. While statuettes of video game characters aren’t anything new, toys to life actually have a function within their video games, specifically unlocking certain characters. These toys are usually a gamer’s first introduction to a character, and in order to play as that characters in games such as Lego Dimensions and Skylanders, gamers have to buy a specific toys to life figure. This is at odds with most other video game toys, as those are bought out of an attachment to the characters. However, some toys to life change the formula, as Nintendo’s Amiibos unlock features instead of characters; Lego Dimensions toys are actual Legos that are compatible with other Lego sets, and the Lightseekers toys customize playstyles within the free Lightseekers: Awakening mobile app. Oh, and unlike other toys to life toys, Lego Dimensions and Lightseekers toys are actually poseable.

Prop Replicas

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These aren’t your son’s Nerf guns; these are expensive, life-size props you either proudly display in your house (or work space) or use to complete your cosplay costume. These replicas tend to be weapons or items used by video game characters and include guns, swords, helmets, and other iconic items. Prop replicas are some of the priciest and rarest pieces of video game merchandise on the planet, usually limited to several hundred or thousand copies. Consider yourself lucky if you manage to find and buy one. Of course, if what you’re looking for isn’t available on NECA or ThinkGeek, you can always shop on Etsy, or better yet, find a 3D model of a prop replica and print it with a 3D printer. And then paint it, of course.

Statues

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I know I said prop replicas are rare and expensive, but they’ve got nothing on statues. Statues are to be displayed in a place of prominence and are considered centerpieces of collections. An ungodly amount of time and effort goes into making these statues, and as such they are arguably the coolest pieces of video game merchandise on the planet. However, they also cost an ungodly amount of money and are extremely limited in availability; if you don’t find that one statue you’re looking for, you’re sadly SOL. Such is the power and attraction of a statue of a video game character. However, some statues are relatively cheap, but remember that you get what you pay for; don’t expect the quality of Dark Horse Comics’ $40 Geralt of Rivia statue to be anywhere near the quality of Sideshow Collectibles’ $770 Geralt of Rivia statue.

Clothes and Accessories

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Clothes and accessories are probably the most common of all video game merchandise. Video game-inspired clothes and accessories include t-shirts, hoodies, hats, underwear, backpacks, watches, and so much more. Video game clothes and accessories are not only practical, but they are eye-catching to boot. Whether you want a t-shirt that proudly displays your preferred type of starting Pokemon or a backpack that looks like a shield from World of Warcraft, you can usually find what you’re looking for somewhere. Start your search at ThinkGeek or Hot Topic and continue from there with Google.

Soundtrack

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A soundtrack can either make or break a video game, and sometimes the songs are just as iconic as the characters and locations. When that is the case, buying a soundtrack of the game is downright necessary. Video game soundtracks usually come in a digital format but are also available on CDs and, in very special cases, vinyl records. Nothing says “video gamer” like rocking out some classic DOOM tunes during a road trip.

 

Books

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Some consider books to be the antithesis of video games, but that doesn’t stop books from being based on video games. The most obvious kind of video game book is a strategy guide, but guides are not the only books available. Plenty of novels, comics, and graphic novels are written to help strengthen the lore of the game’s world, but if those don’t tickle your fancy, you can always buy an art book. I personally love looking at the the concept art used in the development of a game, examining how the characters, enemies, and environments evolved throughout the development process, and imagining what could have been if one design had been used over another.

 

Board Game

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You can’t play a video game when the power’s out, but you can play a board game based on a video game. Some of these board games do their best to ape the mechanics of the video game they are based on (The Witcher Adventure Game, World of Warcraft); others add their own touches and gameplay mechanics (DOOM, Dark Souls), and a few are just the same old video games you grew up with but with redesigned game pieces and maps (Mass Effect Risk, Legend of Zelda Monopoly). As always, Google is your best friend, but if you want to buy a board game, I highly recommend visiting your local comic or hobby shop first; you might find what you want in stock and meet some people interested in playing the game with you.

Furniture

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Well now, isn’t this a weird bit of video game merchandise? Think of a piece of furniture. Go ahead, think of one. I can guarantee you someone, somewhere, made a video game-inspired version of that furniture. Space Invaders sofas, Donkey Kong bookshelves, Pac-Man ottomans, and an NES controller-shaped table that doubles as a fully-functional NES controller are just a few examples of what people have created. Sure, most of these furniture items are expensive as hell and are made-to-order from sites such as Etsy, but ask yourself one question: wouldn’t it be worth it to own a toaster that looks like an NES console?

Tchotchkes

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Tchotchke
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A knicknack or trinket

In other words, a tchotcke is a catch-all term for small, inexpensive objects. Tchotchkes include those Call of Duty Dog Tags every GameStop has in its bargain bin, as well as the Five Nights at Freddy’s keychains and pencil toppers on sale at Target. Tchotchkes also include those small, vinyl, blind box figures from Funko, Kidrobot, and Titan Merchandise. If it can fit in your pocket and costs around $10 or less, it’s a tchotchke.

 

I am sure I missed quite a few examples of video game merchandise, but that’s where you come in. As I have pointed out numerous times, do your own research, and you will find plenty of items you will love and make you say that you’re proud to be a gamer.

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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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