42 great videogame shirts you can wear in public

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.


  • JMarsella09 - August 7, 2010 12:26 a.m.

    The ico shirt just says i love you
  • andremurphy212 - June 18, 2010 2:24 a.m.

    thanks alot, now i can go buy these.
  • SolidSnyder94 - June 16, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    Hey! Help! That Threadless shirt with the multicolored skeletons; what is it from? Must...know!!!
  • Kruton - June 15, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    This is a great article, I really want that Atari shirt and the Pac-Man ghost shirts.
  • nyef - June 14, 2010 4:53 p.m.

    I has the shirt with mario in his tanooki suit... but it's a hoodie... and it has ears....... I LOVE IT!! good read... gotta get me one of those pac ghost shirts. prolly clyde. not pac man world 3 clyde(red), but old school, crazy eyed clyde(orange)
  • jamboy199three - June 13, 2010 6:44 p.m.

    all of these shirts are realy lame
  • DanAmrich - June 9, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    NerdyShirts' family tree is still a fail because it does not start with playing cards, then RadarScope/Donkey Kong cabinet, THEN the NES. I cannot believe that I didn't get the yellow astronaut/colored ghosts shirt until just now.
  • swarkles - June 7, 2010 8:46 p.m.

    I have that yellow mario shirt. I feel awesome.
  • sman990 - June 7, 2010 5:08 p.m.

    you forgot the shirt with the green one up mushroom and the text "get a life"
  • CrazyPhish - June 7, 2010 1:32 p.m.

    Cool stuff, although I'll have to admit that I thought the French t-shirt was a little pretentious.
  • silentmusic16 - June 3, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    that dead space one on the first page is a must-buy for me. i need to find that!
  • Catalyst - June 3, 2010 8:20 p.m.

    I got the Atari shirt for like $5 at FYE on sale, and i think Mega64 also deserves some credit for some of their tees (I have the one with link running at a robber who's holding a pot. Classic!)And this is my favorite gaming shirt:
  • RFswitchBlade - June 2, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    IT'S A PAC-MAN GHOST YOU SOB!!! (Still in disbelief that no one has said that before)
  • snothammer - June 2, 2010 5:14 a.m.

    I have and LOVE the Ceci n'est pas une pipe shirt! The best thing about it is that it weeds out people who don't have similar interests. If they don't get the joke, I have to explain it and they still don't get it. If they do get it, I've made a new friend. It really does work like that. It's wonderful.
  • camelfro - June 2, 2010 2:48 a.m.

    i dig the japanese atari shirt and the space invader shirt goes off!
  • SilentGiant - May 31, 2010 7:30 p.m.

    I actually have that yellow Mario shirt with the Japanese captions.
  • SilentGiant - May 31, 2010 7:30 p.m.

    Where's a "Ceci n'est pas un champignon" shirt when you need one? A "Ceci n'est pas une chauve-souris" for Batman would be cool, too.
  • PIZZAKING92 - May 31, 2010 6:21 p.m.

    I have that Japanese Atari shirt
  • Octoboy - May 31, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    So, a shirt featuring a silhouette of Master Chief is an acceptable gaming shirt? Seriously? Gamesradar should have the option to /blacklist certain editors.

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