Blog #10 - My Collection of Gaming Stuff Photoblog

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

GTA 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

Crytek Prizes
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

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

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

Fallout 3 Swag
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

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.
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Posted by AlisterCat

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

GTA 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

Crytek Prizes
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

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

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

Fallout 3 Swag
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

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.
Posted by Video_Game_King

There's another reason why they distributed the Emeralds: they don't want you going into Super mode :P.

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong

I want the Mario statue!
And the emerald thing is beautifull! Sorry for your loss!

Posted by AlisterCat
@Video_Game_King:  We're thinking of bringing them all together on his birthday in the hopes that one of us will turn super sonic.
Posted by YoctoYotta

Nice collection. The Chaos Emerald and Mario Statue are especially cool, and I'm sure even more so to you with the sentimental value. Also, that GTA IV key is neat, it's not every day people get recognized for enjoying some entertainment. Kind of similar, but not nearly as reasonable as your Fallout 3 double purchase (I got the bobble head in the lunch box, where's the BoS statue from?), I bought the 360 and PS3 CEs for GTA IV, not because of any differences between the sweet lockboxes and dufflebags, but because I wanted to make sure I had the best running version of the game on day one.
 
I got a bunch of collectors editions pack-ins which required no effort to get and therefore aren't worth mentioning, but I've always been proud of my Ghaleon punching judy from pre-ordering Lunar: SSSC way back in the day on the PS1.
 

Posted by Video_Game_King
@AlisterCat: 
 
Why his birthday? Are you planning on making a zombie?
Posted by guiseppe

I envy you! I want a Brotherhood of Steel guy too!

Posted by AlisterCat
@YoctoYotta:  The Brotherhood of Steel statue I got from the PC Game exclusive special edition. I'm sure it was retailer exclusive in other countries as well. I do have loads of other special edition stuff that isn't worth showing. I haven't heard of that game, but that doll looks scary as hell!
 
@Video_Game_King:  Why yes, yes I am. 
 
@guiseppe: You could probbably find one on ebay.
Posted by zyn

Wow. You have a lot of cool stuff.

Posted by teh_destroyer

I want that wallet.

Posted by Chirag4

This stuff is epic as fuck.