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I Almost Want This Mario-Inspired Hoodie

So cool, but... nope. Can't do it.

"Hoodie" is short for "hooded sweatshirt." You're welcome.
Only people who look like they don't play a lot of video games can truly get away with wearing game-related clothing. When some scruffy, stoned-looking skater guy is all "dude, Mario hoodie," people are all "oooooh, niiiice." When I wear it, people are all "yeeeeeeeah, okaaaaay, we get it."

Some years back, I decided to retire nearly all of the game-related clothing from my wardrobe. Most of it was a bunch of crappy free T-shirts that consist of the game logo on the breast and... the same logo on the back, but bigger. I've since kept a Halo 3 shirt, mostly because it doesn't immediately look like it's a game shirt. And, when I forget to do laundry and get down to the bottom of the drawer, I still occasionally wear my Maximo underwear.

This Mario-inspired hoodie from Enclothe is quite a bit cooler than most purely promotional items, but not quite cool enough that I can pull the trigger on it. Plus it isn't official, so the art is all, like, hand-drawn or whatever. If I'm getting some Mario 3-era style, I want hard, pixelated edges all over that piece.

Still, it's pretty awesome. They've almost got me.

Oh, and those of you who are into cool designs and not so into logos will be happy to know that we aren't doing that whole "logo on the sleeve" thing that most places do. The logo will be applied tastefully when appropriate on our stuff. Speaking of which, I think we're going to be ready to start taking shirt and hoodie orders pretty soon. So there's your Giant Bomb merchandise update!

(This is the part of the story where I tell you that I originally saw this on Geekologie because that would be a nice thing to do)
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Posted by Jeff
"Hoodie" is short for "hooded sweatshirt." You're welcome.
Only people who look like they don't play a lot of video games can truly get away with wearing game-related clothing. When some scruffy, stoned-looking skater guy is all "dude, Mario hoodie," people are all "oooooh, niiiice." When I wear it, people are all "yeeeeeeeah, okaaaaay, we get it."

Some years back, I decided to retire nearly all of the game-related clothing from my wardrobe. Most of it was a bunch of crappy free T-shirts that consist of the game logo on the breast and... the same logo on the back, but bigger. I've since kept a Halo 3 shirt, mostly because it doesn't immediately look like it's a game shirt. And, when I forget to do laundry and get down to the bottom of the drawer, I still occasionally wear my Maximo underwear.

This Mario-inspired hoodie from Enclothe is quite a bit cooler than most purely promotional items, but not quite cool enough that I can pull the trigger on it. Plus it isn't official, so the art is all, like, hand-drawn or whatever. If I'm getting some Mario 3-era style, I want hard, pixelated edges all over that piece.

Still, it's pretty awesome. They've almost got me.

Oh, and those of you who are into cool designs and not so into logos will be happy to know that we aren't doing that whole "logo on the sleeve" thing that most places do. The logo will be applied tastefully when appropriate on our stuff. Speaking of which, I think we're going to be ready to start taking shirt and hoodie orders pretty soon. So there's your Giant Bomb merchandise update!

(This is the part of the story where I tell you that I originally saw this on Geekologie because that would be a nice thing to do)
Edited by BiggerBomb
Only people who look like they don't play a lot of video games can truly get away with wearing game-related clothing. When some scruffy, stoned-looking skater guy is all "dude, Mario hoodie," people are all "oooooh, niiiice." When I wear it, people are all "yeeeeeeeah, okaaaaay, we get it."

100% true. I couldn't get away with it, unfortunately. But, dude, I want a GiantBomb hoodie already! You guys could get a lot of money if you started selling them.

One of those Brotherhood of Steel, Fallout 3 T-shirts would also look pretty cool. I have to find a place that has them in stock...
Edited by SuperMooseman

I am welcome.

Posted by MasterSplinter

"Only people who look like they don't play a lot of video games can truly get away with wearing game-related clothing."

That was really all that needed to be said.

Posted by brukaoru

I like gaming apparel. I don't care if I look like a total nerd. :P

Speaking of which, I think we're going to be ready to start taking shirt and hoodie orders pretty soon. So there's your Giant Bomb merchandise update!
YES!
Posted by I_am_Lono

Not even that  stoned-looking chav gets away with wearing that. . .

Posted by CleverLoginName

Eh, I hope the stuff you put out isn't that flashy. I just want to be warm. not be an attention whore.

Posted by JoblessTerence

I can't wait for the GiantBomb merchandise!

Posted by darthzew

Ow! That hoodie burns my eyes! 

Edited by Krelle

I can usually pull off the odd gaming related garment if I dress up, fix my hair etc and try to look good overall. Not just like some geek with cheap jeans and a tshirt.

But then again, Im rather good looking.. (:
Posted by AdventChild

I need a GiantBomb hoodie.  I'll pay you in Gil, coins, gems, rings, rupees or galactic credits.  Question regarding the Giantbomb merch stuff, will it be shippable to Merry Ol' England?  And will a life-size replica cut-out of Vinny be available?

Posted by Sweep

Is that Snide in the picture? It looks like Snide....

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Posted by Walreese55

i just happen to have brown skin, so i'm going to have to think twice before putting giantbomb on my chest.

Posted by TripMasterMunky

That looks alot like Snide lol. And I'm glad you guys are doing the slightly-hidden-logo thing. Because while I'm all up for supporting GB, I don't really want to be walking around with a huge logo shirt that says GIANT BOMB over the entire front of it.

Posted by ZenaxPure

Man, I really like that. But holding out for (hopefully) a nice GB hoodie to replace my current one.

Posted by Crono

That hoodie looks awesome... too bad i don't need warm clothes where I live :(

Posted by Roto13

"I've since kept a Halo 3 shirt, mostly because it doesn't immediately look like it's a game shirt."

Would that happen to be the black one with the white Halo 3 logo near the back of the neck and the white Master Chief kind of on the side? I got one on Halo 3 launch day because I was working for Xbox at the time.

That's actually the only game shirt I have that I don't wear. :P

Posted by Bruce

Wow, is that the bass player from The Killers?

Posted by trav3ler

I was going to buy it... until I noticed it cost 65 dollars.

Balls to that.
Posted by Jotun

That thing is effing hideous.

Posted by Scooper

I completely don't want a video game hoodie unless it's all the way up the ass video game sprites and textures.

Posted by TadThuggish

I really can't retire my game-related clothing (consisting of flat NINTENDO and ATARI t-shirts) because I spent my whole goddamn middle school career collecting junk like that.  If I throw it all out now, I'd have to do laundry twice a week!  But that hoodie is effin swank and I can't believe I want it this far past seventh grade.

Posted by Phished0ne

i would buy it...if it wasnt 65 fxing dollars..plus it looks like an uneffective hoodie, zip-ups can never keep me effeciantly warm.

Posted by Coldbrand

I suppose that one's nice but I thought it was funny that I could immediately identify who wrote this article from the home page after only just recently becoming familiar with the Giant Bombcast.

Posted by MrAlonzo

This is wack.

Edited by MachoFantastico

I don't usually go for videogame styled clothing as it usually looks stupid on me. Though I couldn't say no to the 'The Cake is a Lie' T-Shirt I bought a few weeks back.

I will be picking me up some GiantBomb clothing though. That's for sure.

Posted by ElectricHaggis

Please sell your Giant Bomb merch in the U.K.

Edited by Nintendude

Too colorful for me and the art is a bit too all around the place. I really like my DJ Max Portable shirts, bought all 3 from play-asia. Actually I got 1 of them twice since I use that shirt so much that the lines are getting cracked from all that washing.

Posted by krazychris

Don't really like the hoody. I guess if it was a level from the game wrapped around him then it be really novel but it's just a bunch of non-offical artwork all over the place isn't it?
Either way I don't wear game stuff since I don't like shoving it down peoples throats that I like a certain game or somthing (though I do do it with bands I guess)
Although a certain mexican wrestling deer wouldn't go amiss on my chest/back/underwear

Posted by Chicken008

There are thumb holes? WTF!

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

Pshtttt. I have a whole outfit of nothing but licensed clothing. I totally pull it off. But i am an unusually sexy nerd.

But thats pretty awesome. I wants it. Bit brighter then most things I wear, nice change of pace or what ever.

Posted by sionweeks

Omg YES! I NEED IT!!!!

Posted by VilhelmNielsen

But Jeff, you promised that your logo wasn't gonna be on ALL the stuff. But now you say they are?

Posted by hughesie27

Look at the thumb holes!!!
Quite a cool jumper that I could get away with if it wasn't green! ewwwww

Posted by JonathanMoore

...So I am the only person who still wants one of those?

Posted by Death_Burnout

I know what you mean about game clothing not looking good on people who actually like games.

Posted by ManMadeGod

While that hoodie looks like crap, I'm ready to order up some Giant Bomb gear: glad the wait is almost over.

Posted by jakob187

LUCHADEER HOODIE!!!

I still haven't purchased my yearly hoodie yet, Jeff.  MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!
Posted by Aaron_G

I don't wear game-realted clothing either. 

Posted by RelentlessKnight

Kinda embrassing but I wear nintendo t-shirts that I brought from Nintendo World, maybe that's the reason why people think I'm crazy..

Sweet, Giantbomb Appeal? Me wants

Posted by TomboDemon

we use the word hoodie in aus,
what countries dont?

Posted by fresh2deafbill

i want a giant bomb hoodie badly

Posted by Terrell

I definitely want the mario hoodie. Definitely fire right there!!!

Posted by dsplayer1010

Am I the only won who thinks that is somewhat cool?

Posted by WholeFunShow

Will you be doing big bathrobes with big logo's? That'd be "pimp" as the kids would say (last time I checked at least)

Edited by Brackynews

BUNNYHUG, SON!
Regional terminology aside, I just received my Earthbound Tee from fangamer.  Very nice, sporty, subtle even with the awesome baseball motif on the back.
Seeing as nobody really seems to be getting sued by using game art on clothing, maybe it's time to finally put my design hat on and roll wid it.
The key is alluding to a game without ripping the art wholesale.  An ocean of triforce symbols looks almost like argyle, but if you add one Hyrulian chicken on the lapel... that's hip my friend. ;-)

Posted by HatKing

I'm sorry I have to say it...I HATE the guy in the picture wearing the hoodie.

Posted by zoozilla

A Giant Bomb shirt would be so jokes, man.

Posted by Homer39

sweet GB hoddies need to get me one of those. 

p.s, sweet icon Jotun thats a great album.  
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