42 great videogame shirts you can wear in public

Some online sellers make actual funny shirts

In my exhaustive search for new shirts to waste money on I’ve come upon so many sites, most of which I’d rather not name, because nearly all of them had the shitty, unfunny garbage I featured in the last feature. But two sites, while by no means perfect, have a pretty good ratio of wearable to crap.

We’ll start with SplitReason, which I’ve been a fan of for at least the last year. In the spirit of disclosure, it’s true that we’re involved in doing contests with them for our amazing podcast TalkRadar, but I’ve been frequenting the site long before that. Even though their best shirts can be more geeky than cool, but more often than not they pull off legitimately funny jokes, so long as they AVOID ANY WORDS. Otherwise, this Canadian seller has some kickass shirts. (Wanna win that Mega Man shirt? Check out the TalkRadar page for details.)

But if your tastes skew towards the hipster, then Threadless is probably a better fit (haha, pun). Now, they still have more than a few stupid joke shirts, but when their shirts have a simple enough concept that words don’t sully the intent, they have some real winners. The best thing about both these sites is that they are continually updating and that the designs are user supported, so they can really surprise you with the new things they produce, instead of boring you with the same old tricks.

Lastly, we want to briefly spotlight the only good shirt on I felt a little bad for kicking them for having so many unfunny shirts, so instead of kicking them when they're down, I want to celebrate basically the only good gaming shirt they have. Now that they’ve shown they can do good work, maybe they’ll use this as inspiration to stop making trash like this.

When words are forgiven: Part 3

We have one final exception to the no writing rule, and that’s when the letters aren’t just foreign, but made up.

It probably helps that this shirt is attached to one of the best games ever (Ico for the philistines out there). That writing below probably says something, perhaps even a dumb joke, but we don’t feel like going to the work of translating it. Either way, that’s a really cute image that isn’t sullied by the text, what more can I ask for?

What have we learned?

So what have we learned today about worthwhile game shirts? That simplicity is where it’s at, that rules are meant to be broken, that jokes are funnier the less you explain them, and that any shirt that features phrases in English are pure garbage. Perhaps you commenters can alert me to a single good shirt with writing on it that breaks my word rules, but I haven’t come across it yet after dozens and dozens of hours of searching, so I’ll be shocked if you do. Happy hunting kids.

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  • 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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