I seem to have accumulated quite a few pieces of gaming merchandise/memorabilia. Some of it I am proud of, some have deep personal meaning and others are just cool. I do collect games and gaming consoles but they are practical. They serve a purpose in my hobby. These are items which serve no purpose but I have chose to keep anyway. Below I'll post a photo of each and describe what it is, and what it means to me.
I would also like to hear from the community about the gaming swag you have. Staff don't count, they must have a crap-ton of stuff.
Grand Theft Auto IV - Key to the City
Before GTA IV came out Rockstar Games announced a promotion via their social club website. Being eager I had signed up well in advance of the game. They were going to be giving out 'keys to the city' for people who completed the game 100% the fastest after release. At the time I didn't quite know what I'd be getting, much less a physical thing. It arrived, from New York, in a rather large Jewellery style box. All black and fuzzy. It has no function but it makes me proud. It's the only time I have achieved something related to gaming, so it sits proudly upon a shelf in my room.
Crysis - Random Crysis Swag
In October 2009 I entered a movie competition on Crytek's official modding site Crymod. Not only did I help organise it but I also made several submissions which were winning entries. For this I won several prizes. They arrived over 8 months late and were not at all the prizes originally stated but I was happy to finally get them. I wear the Crysis Warhead T-Shirt from time to time but the rest of it stays under my bed. Still, it's nice to be recognized by a developer and rewarded for it.
Sonic Chaos Emerald
I'm not sure if this one counts but it means a lot to me so I am posting it anyway. A couple of years ago my best friend Gareth purchased an ornamental set of Chaos Emerald replicas from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. He was always a massive fan. They sat for several years on a shelf next to his computer, looking very pretty. Unfortunately he passed away earlier this year at the age of 20 after a lifelong battle against Cystic Fibrosis. Having known his family for so long I've stayed in contact with them and they felt that distributing the 7 chaos emeralds among his best friends would be the right thing to do. So I have one sitting on my shelf, an eternal reminder of our friendship.
Giant Mario Statue
The function of this is supposedly a DS holder, and while it usually does hold my DSLite I like to think of it as just owning a giant Mario. My best friend who died as I mentioned above bought me this randomly earlier in the year. We were talking about it online and then one day he just showed up with a massive box. His generosity always melted my cynical heart. I don't care how geeky it is to have a massive Mario, I love it and it will always be a reminder of him.
Fallout 3 - Special Edition Awesomeness
Yes, I am sad. I purchased 2 separate special editions for Fallout 3 so that I could get the Lunchbox, Bobblehead and the Brotherhood of Steel statue. At the time I was super in to Fallout 3 and loved it so much. I don't regret the decision to buy 2 special editions, made all the easier due to the fact that I got them both incredibly cheaply. I have had my spiritis lifted many an evening while working furiously on a project when I look up and see the vault boy bobbing his head.
Gears of War - Wallet
This is just something I bought many years ago when I was really in to Gears of War. I'm not a fan of novelty things but it's actually a nicely made leather wallet that has served me well. Sure, it makes me look like a geek or a metal head but I don't care. I enjoy looking at the logo.
Assorted Gaming T-Shirts
I have a couple of gaming T-Shirts. Some I was sent by a developer such as the Little Big Planet and Crysis ones, others I bought such as the Rapture T-Shirt. I'm proud to display my affection for gaming emblazoned across my chest. It doesn't define who I am but at the same time I enjoy games and like to wear games I like. The Little Big Planet T-Shirt I was sent by Media Molecule is actually glow in the dark. Slightly uncomfortable to wear but still pretty cool. Not pictured is my Super Mario Brother Plumbing Service T-Shirt which I fell in love with. I may update with a photo of that once it gets out the wash.