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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
noun
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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Evaluating Fallout 76’s Value in 2024

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If you’ve been keeping up with the new Fallout show on Amazon Prime, chances are you’ve been relying on PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium to access and enjoy one of Bethesda’s legendary RPGs. We decided to bypass the highly acclaimed Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3, opting instead to explore the vast landscapes of West Virginia in Fallout 76. Infamous for its initial reception, Todd Howard’s “Fallout with Friends” has evolved significantly over the past six years. However, does that imply the game is of high quality? Is it worth playing in 2024?

As we ventured out of Vault 76 for the very first time, we were determined to find the answers to those burning questions. Recalling our escapades on the Push Square YouTube channel, we encountered quest-giving NPCs—a feature that was surprisingly absent upon release—awe-inspiring bases built by fellow players—and an abundance of loot that could easily burden us 76 times over.

In the midst of the vast array of open-world online experiences, we found ourselves quite enthralled by the combination of 50s classics playing in the background as we obliterated the heads of ghouls. And to top it off, we were able to enjoy all of this with our friends. Exploring the wasteland in the company of a ragtag band of survivors adds a unique element to Fallout 76, setting it apart from other games in the series. However, does it manage to prevent us from uninstalling and transitioning to one of the mainline entries in the series? To discover more, be sure to watch the complete video!

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The cast of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 film has added an exciting new addition with the inclusion of Shadow, who will be voiced by the talented Keanu Reeves

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After a long wait, it appears that the search for a capable Hollywood actor to bring the brooding Shadow the Hedgehog to life has come to an end. Keanu Reeves, a renowned actor known for his iconic roles in film franchises such as The Matrix and John Wick, as well as his involvement in the highly anticipated game Cyberpunk 2077, has officially been cast for the role.

Speculation has been running wild lately, but The Hollywood Reporter has officially confirmed the casting, citing reliable sources in the know. News of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 being showcased at Cinemacon has quickly spread. Reeves is sure to bring his own special touch to the role, but it’s uncertain how well he will mesh with the mustachioed Dr. Robotnik, as Jim Carrey is set to reprise the character.

What are your thoughts on Keanu Reeves being cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 3? Please avoid sharing fan art in the comments section below.

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Get ready for a metaphorical rollercoaster ride with ReFantazio Livestreams!

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ATLUS has just announced their latest event, the “ATLUS Exclusive: Metaphor: ReFantazio” broadcast. Fans can look forward to an exciting 30-minute showcase of never-before-seen gameplay from the publisher/developer. How exciting is that to anticipate?

According to Gematsu, director Katsura Hashino will serve as the host of the broadcast, which will debut on YouTube on April 22. The English version will include dubbed audio and English subtitles, and we have also expanded the list of timezones available.

  • North America: 3 pm PDT, 4 pm MDT, 5 pm CDT, and 6 pm EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 11pm BST
  • Europe: 12am CEST / 1am EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 7am JST, 6am AWST, 8am AEST.

Additionally, there is a scheduled stream for the next day, April 23rd, with the specific times listed below. Get ready for the “ATLUS Exclusive Debut Commemoration Special—Metaphor: Stalkers Club Final,” where fans can indulge in the captivating presence of hosts Mafia Kajita and Tomomi Isomura. They will thoroughly analyze and delve into all the information disclosed during the initial broadcast. Sayawaka, a visitor who is the author of the associated manga’s story, will be with them.

  • North America: 7 am PDT, 8 am MDT, 9 am CDT, and 10 am EDT.
  • UK/Ire: 3pm BST
  • Europe: 4pm CEST / 5pm EEST
  • Asia/Oceania: 11pm JST, 10pm AWST, 1am AEDT

What are your thoughts on the influx of information about Metaphor: ReFantazio? Are you planning to watch any of the upcoming broadcasts? Share your authentic thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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