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11 mostly amazing items of gaming paraphernalia we found when moving offices

We moved offices the other day at GamesRadar UK. I say offices, but it was actually just desks. We moved desks. We moved to some new desks that were about 10 ft from our old desks. But regardless of the distance, we still had to pack up all our crap and move it. And in the process we found a bunch of interesting items of gaming paraphernalia that we had completely forgotten about. I thought you might be interested in having a look for yourself. So here it is.

A hand-drawn Prince and katamari by Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi

Takahashi drew this for me when I met him at UK gaming festival GameCity in 2009. He's a lovely chap. Very softly spoken and with a very calm vibe about him. Probably one of the least awkward interviews I've ever done with a Japanese dev (often even the translator doesn't have a clue what I'm talking about). I asked him to do me a drawing and he obliged. I particularly like the fact that he ballsed up the first Prince and scribbled it out.

An actual real life N-Gage

It might be worth something one day. Although it might not. Still, we'll keep hold of it as a gaming curio to remind us of sidetalking. I thought we had a Gizmondo somewhere as well, but apparently not. Maybe someone stole it. We also found four PSPs. No one seemed interested in stealing them.

A box full of limited edition DS styluses from E3 2004

Nintendo gave away these swish touch-screen prodders to attendees at E3 2004. So they're super exclusive. They require three watch batteries and the tubey bit in the middle pulses with blue light. Despite being forgotten under my desk for over seven years, they still seem to work. I can't really remember how I acquired a box full of them. I don't think I mugged Reggie.

The GTA: San Andreas CD Box Set

The box is a bit faded, there's a coffee stain on one side and the K-Jah CD is missing, but other than that this San Andreas soundtrack has endured the last seven years incredibly well. A good excuse to fire up the CD player if ever there was one.

Xbox 360 gents toilet sign

I definitely did steal this one. It was on the gents toilet door at the Xbox 360 launch party at some club in London. I went for a pee at the end of the night and just took it off the door on my way out. I wish I'd got the one off the ladies toilet door as well. Would have made a nice set.

What other mostly amazing items of gaming paraphernalia did we find when moving offices? Check the next page to find out!

42 comments

  • PopRocksV - December 11, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    Dude.... How can I get my hands on one of those styluses? Totally would make an epic Christmas present for me. :p
  • metalgatesolid - December 11, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    I have GTA: SA soundtrack. One of the best albums of all time. Great collection and its the albums that got me into country and western. Bare foot and pregnant again? Just like my daddy, K-Rose.
  • ithurtstopoop - December 10, 2011 1:47 a.m.

    I used to collect gaming posters, tho they were just used to hide the 'lads mags' posters underneath. To this day looking at diddy kong racing gives me a semi :)
  • BackwaterRifle - December 9, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    The magic of cleaning! This happens when I clean place were I stash stuff.
  • R-ape - December 9, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    I want everything. Even Cundy's glasses.
  • blackbeltbap15 - December 9, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    hey can you send me one of those styluses they look real cool baptaekwondo@nc.rr.com
  • avantguardian - December 9, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    based on these comments alone, you guys are doing yourselves a disservice by not slinging those pillowcases for 10$ a pop.
  • jackthemenace - December 9, 2011 2:08 p.m.

    This article is the number one reason I want to go into Gamz Jarnlizm. I don't know which is scarier: That YOU guys are my role models, or that I'd never have it any other way.
  • Nodoudt - December 9, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    Am I the only one here who wants one of those DS styluses?
  • talleyXIV - December 9, 2011 2:22 p.m.

    Nope!
  • EnragedTortoise1 - December 9, 2011 12:20 p.m.

    WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
  • JSayonara - December 9, 2011 11:22 a.m.

    I'll take the DC Online press pack if it's just lying around...;)
  • cj12297 - December 9, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    I would love if you had competitions for this stuff. Please. Also don't forget Ireland if you do.
  • shawksta - December 9, 2011 10:48 a.m.

    "We also found four PSPs. No one seemed interested in stealing them." LOL "Some wool from one of Jeff Minter's sheep" BIGGER LOL When you clean your crap up, you can find ALLOT of things.
  • Ravenbom - December 9, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    I bought a replica lancer when Gears 2 was just about to come out. It's heavy, awkward and some bits on it are fragile. It's battery operated and also didn't do the noise when I got it and I had to McGuyver it into working. Also, the paint was partly stuck to the packing styrofoam like it wasn't dry when it was packaged. Basically it's a piece of shit that is a guarenteed cock-block and it cost more than twice the cost of the game. Yup, drunken impulse buys on Amazon late at night. Cheers.
  • stfueuan - December 9, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    I'll happily take that pillowcase off your hands...
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - December 9, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    Ha, this is really fascinating. Man, someday I hope I work in a games-industry office.
  • wampastompa - December 9, 2011 8:35 a.m.

    I have one of those pillowcases from when I visited the Gamesradar US offices last year. Still use it too, despite my girlfriend's protests
  • DannyMB - December 9, 2011 7:27 a.m.

    I have a box with 35 PSP's in my house somewhere. No one wants to steal those either.
  • rxb - December 9, 2011 7:16 a.m.

    Good read Cundy, sounds like you had a really hard time moving offices.

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