8bit Christmas T-Shirts are becoming very popular. As we are in the midst of the Holiday Season it is especially relevant. We offer our own high quality 8bit Santa and reindeer T-Shirt but we’ve spotted some amazing UGLY Christmas sweater designs too. Most noteworthy is a new trend of the Ugly Arcade Christmas Sweaters. These festive designs seem to be dominating the internet right now. It seems like the ugly Christmas sweater is now a Holiday tradition. Furthermore, home gaming goes into full swing in the Winter months. So what’s the level up from this?! Let’s investigate further…
The Best Ugly Arcade Christmas Sweaters
Combining the ugly Christmas Sweater with arcade T-Shirts and we get the Ugly Arcade Christmas Sweater T-Shirt super hybrid. What a genius combination!!! It’s an ugly Christmas sweater that’s a T-Shirt and the content is arcade related. This may become fashion because, who knows, maybe not so far in the distant future people will wear the T-Shirts Year round.
Prepare for the Holiday Season
First of all, don’t fall into the trap of having to show up for the family Christmas gift opening in some fancy clothes. You are an arcade enthusiast with a passion for arcade tees. Show up at the family Holiday gathering in one of these great Ugly Arcade Christmas Sweater T-Shirts. At that point, the family will know. Aunt Gertrude will say wow, this is a person who has some serious 8bit presence. If she or anyone else gives you a stupid gift, in that moment they will know that they majorly f’ed up. They will know as they are looking at your awesomely designed apparel in contrast to the usual garb. The following Year, they won’t make that same mistake because you have worn the banner of your passion in true Holiday spirit. Be proud of arcade gaming and, as always, wear it on your chest.
Need a Halloween arcade costume or T-Shirt?! Boo! Yes, we’re getting to that time of year again where, for people in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s getting cooler outside, plants are dying, trees are starting to lose their leaves and the days are getting shorter. It’s right about now in late September, early October people start thinking about Halloween. For gamers, it’s also an exciting time of year, you don’t need an excuse any longer to stay inside and play games. As we think about combining two things that we really like, Halloween and arcade gaming, it’s not an easy synergy. We spent some time trying to come up with some ghoul ideas to lend a scream to the arcade world this Halloween season.
Traditional Arcade Costumes
Normally, when people think of Halloween dress up, they think costume. We’d venture to say that if you are going trick or treating or to a costume party, you’d go costume. So let’s go that route first. A quick search on Halloween costume stores gave us some interesting results.
Typical costumes you will find include Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat (Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Katana), Pac-Man, Q*bert Space, Invaders and Wreck it Ralph costumes. Some of them are, honestly, not bad. We then looked on Amazon and that’s when we found Super Snake. Not sure what to say about that one but it is definitely humorous. There are other similar legit arcade versions like Tetris and Pac-Man but the reviews indicate cheap foam that doesn’t hold it’s shape.
Halloween Arcade T-Shirts
The visit to Amazon opened up another Halloween angle that spirited more investigation. Every Halloween there is always that someone who refuses to wear a costume to a costume party and, when forced, they show up with the typical “This is my costume” T-Shirt. With a little creativity and taking the T-Shirt angle, we thought we might be able to dig up a few ideas.
Go Mario (or Luigi)
A simple green or red shirt and matching hat mixed with a fake mustache would get you looking like Nintendo arcade legends Mario and Luigi. They sell pre-made shirts and hats with the letters “M” and “L” if you don’t feel like putting the time into it. We added an image with a link to a cheap but good hat and mustache on Amazon for Luigi. Mario will be suggested when you go to the page if you are looking for him instead.
Aside from that, you would just need some darker blue jeans or navy pants, black shoes and some suspenders and then your set to start stomping turtles, cleaning pipes, rescuing princesses or whatever your thing is. NOTE: Please don’t stomp real turtles, just arcade ones.
Pac-Man Face Tee
Just like Mario and Luigi, Pac-Man is universally recognized. If you want to be a little lower profile but still get the point across, maybe try a bright yellow Pac-Man face shirt. Wear some dark pants and shoes and the focus will be on Pac-Man. Have the kids wear blue, red, orange or pink blankets or shirts and you can go as a Pac-Man family. Sting some foam balls in between you and the kids and it will add to the effect and you won’t have to worry about losing them. Don’t get tangled!
Amazon also sells ghost costumes for kids but if your crafty, the T-Shirt of blanket idea would be way more awesome!
The 8-bit bit
The 8-bit graphic trend has been in full swing for some time now. There are plenty of 8-bit shirts out there. You can go 8-bit pumpkin or skull but we found an awesome 8-bit ghost shirt that looks cool. Maybe wear some black pants and shoes and that’s all you need. You could always get one of those all black hoods that hides the face if you wanted to take it a step further.
Whatever way you slice it, there are many cool ideas you can use for Halloween arcade costume ideas. Maybe we’ll add some more arcade costume ideas as time passes.
Have any ideas of your own for Arcade Costume ideas?
Feel free to place a comment below, we would love to hear from you!
Our Halloween Arcade Video Pick
We thought it would be a bit of a bummer if we didn’t at least show some real arcade action in relation to Halloween. First thought was Konami’s Castlevania but one game in particular that we love from back in 1985 was Capcom’s Ghosts ‘n Goblins. Check out this video of a rare arcade cabinet and it’s gameplay:
I stumbled upon a phenomenon last week that I wasn’t prepared for. I thought I had seen the pinnacle of arcade excitement back in the 80’s but was floored when I found out otherwise.
The Killer Queen Arcade Tournament
On 8/13/2016 my friends and I traveled to Logan Arcade in Chicago to play some games for the day. We arrived early since we had almost an hour and a half drive back home. We were expecting a minimal crowd as we walked in. Megadeth’s Rust in Peace Polaris was playing on the sound system and there was electricity in the air. We turned the corner and looked into the main pinball room and saw hundreds of people losing their $h!t playing in the back corner. Well, actually, only a small handful were playing and the rest were watching. What was going on?! Killer Queen arcade was what was going on.
What is Killer Queen?!
Killer Queen is more than just a new arcade game, it is a phenomenon. Never in the years that I have been arcade surfing have I EVER saw such excitement. It was more like experiencing a championship football game on a smaller scale. According to their website, Killer Queen is “The world’s only 10-player arcade strategy game.” Killer. The event we experience supposedly had players from 10 different States and certainly encompassed numerous strategies. The game itself has three ways that each side can win. My apologies ahead of time for those that understand it better but these are the ways I gathered that you could win:
Kill the enemy Queen 3 times
Fill your “hive” with purple balls
Walk the snail slowly across the screen to your goal net.
Once the tournament was over, I had to sneak in and figure all of this out. The first few games I got crushed, there was too much going on. After getting the hang of it, it felt like Joust but much more cerebral. When I started communicating with my teammates we actually started winning. Playing the Queen has a lot of responsibility associated with it. If you have an ineffective Queen you are almost guaranteed to lose. I found that I liked playing one of the 4 other drones. I started trying the snail trick but the opposing Queen was too smart for that. However, once I started to get in a rhythm with collecting the purple balls and we were communicating, we won almost every time! An absolute blast either way!
Killer Queen T-Shirts
So how does Killer Queen arcade relate to T-Shirts? Well, not totally directly, but in Chicago and all around the World, social arcade gaming is gaining intensity and is become more a part of Pop Culture.
If you want to show excitement about something and want it less permanent than a tattoo, most people go for a graphic T-Shirt. A cool Killer Queen arcade shirt can open up a discussion with a stranger and lead to more excitement for that game and other social arcade gaming. It’s all around us now, people LOVE it, so embrace it on your chest 🙂
Our Killer Queen Arcade T-Shirt Pick
The more we pay attention to the current arcade culture and Killer Queen in particular, the more passion and excitement we see. We received an interesting email yesterday from General Manager of BumbleBear Games. We had linked to an Amazon Killer Queen T-Shirt that we thought was legitimate but it wasn’t. After communicating via email we have that rectified and now have a link to the official Killer Queen Arcade T-Shirts.
Where are we going with this? Why are we talking about this? There is a point here that we are very passionate about: the protection of copyright and intellectual property. All too often we see pirated T-Shirt designs that are blatant frauds. We’ve had images of our own copied off of websites and put on other products. This just isn’t cool.
As we support this evolving industry be sure to support official and original merchandise. We will do our part to try and make sure we link to legitimate sources. If you see something we posted that is in question, please contact us here. Likewise, if you see something someplace on the internet that isn’t legitimate, speak up, it’s the right thing to do. Together we can make the internet a more awesome place!