It’s okay to get a little complicated
Again with the rule breaking. Once you’ve proven that you can find and wear shirts that simply state your love for said game, it’s time to take it up a notch and experiment with shirts that may be a little more complicated in design, but are better for it, instead of just being confusing.
All of these take a few moments to make their intentions clear to the viewer, but once they do that person will appreciate such extremes that were taken to state one’s love for gaming shirts. My favorite, and the only of those four I own, is the red Mario shirt. I love that the classic mushroom image is composed of tons of character art from Super Mario 3, which has scientifically been proven to be the best Mario game ever. My only problem is that the lines are so fine on it, that the images will wear out even faster than on a normal shirt. That makes it an extra -special treat every time I wear it. Oh the pains of being a trend-setter.
How to be super obscure and complicated
Recently the site LowRez was brought to our attention, and while its choice of normal gaming shirts ranges from good to hacky, we fell in love with these incredibly obscure shirts.
Only super-retro arcade freaks will recognize those as the images that appear on the monitors when some classic arcade games boot up. It’s so deliciously obscure, weird, and confusing to all but your gaming friends that it proves your retro cred without using tired images from Pong or Pitfall. Yes, these are a little pricier than the average shirt, but we’ll bet you’ll be the only person you know that owns one, and isn’t that worth something?
When words are forgiven: Part 2
Just as we allow logos to avoid our “writing is shitty” rule, that rule can sometimes ignore writing if said text is in a foreign language. And if that foreign language doesn’t use Roman characters, that’s even better.
We’ll admit that wearing shirts with Japanese writing is sometimes akin to Sorority Girls getting a tramp stamp of the word “love” written in Kanji, but all the above examples just have the character's logo and other plain details written in Japanese script. But be careful: have someone who knows the language make sure the words on it are innocuous and not some bad joke in another tongue, or else you defeat the whole purpose of getting the shirt in the first place.