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Happy Video Games Day everyone!!  Whether you’re a fan of Nintendo, PlayStation, X-Box, Sega, mobile gaming or even retro classics like Atari or the Commodore, today is the day to shut those curtains tight, stock up on snacks and game the day away!

In celebration I’m going to list the favourite gaming moments I’ve had throughout my life and would love to hear some of your own!

This is where it all started, my first ever video game on the NES!  A truly iconic game that has stood the test of time, I’ll never forget discovering the Mushroom Kingdom for the first time.  Mario is still going strong too, every one of his games is almost guaranteed to be an exciting play!

The very first Pokemon game on the Game Boy!  Everyone had their own favourite starter (mine was Squirtle) and who can forget catching their very first Pikachu!?  There were 151 to catch in this first game (did anyone manage to get a Mew?) which seems like a tiny amount compared to the 800+ there are now!

ROUND ONE, FIGHT! My first introduction to Street Fighter was with the second game on the SNES, with only eight characters to choose from it was easy to try them all out and find your favourite, Chun-Li FTW!

The very first Mario Kart!  One of my all time favourite series, from humble beginnings on the SNES we are now up to our eighth instalment with a deluxe re-release on the Nintendo Switch which I think is the best in the series.

“Kick! Punch! It’s all in the mind” I was obsessed with this quirky PlayStation game when it first came out and have fond memories of free-style rapping over every song (usually messing it all up!)

Being a huge fan of Japanese RPGs, Final Fantasy VII came along and blew me away!  A huge expansive story and world to explore that I probably sunk 80+ hours into and probably my favourite selection of characters from the Final Fantasy world.  A remake is due to hit the PS4 in the next year or so and I can’t wait to play it again with updated graphics!

Bringing us bang up to date is the brand new Legend of Zelda game on the Nintendo Switch, possibly the finest game of the whole series (although I’ll always hold a candle to Link’s Awakening on the Game Boy!) it’s a perfect example of how exciting video games can be!

If all this talk of gaming has got your trigger finger itching for some goodies it would be well worth checking out our selection of Gamer Clothing and Gamer TShirts as well as some of the other assorted giftware we have.  We’ve got a great selection and I’ll include some of my favourites below.  Enjoy Video Games Day everyone!!

Men's Old School Gamer T-Shirt

Pokemon Pikachu Crew Socks

Nintendo Super Mario Brothers Question Block Light

Men's Off White Street Fighter II Ryu T-Shirt

Nintendo Super Mario Brothers Set of 20 Coasters

The Legend of Zelda Boss Key Door Mat

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Wall art is a really simple and easy way to spruce up any room and we’ve got a very cool selection that can give your home a stylish and retro touch, you’ll be the envy of every visitor!

Whether you’re a movie buff, retro gamer or music lover we’ve got all bases covered with fab original art for such retro icons as Labyrinth, Back to the Future, Marvel Comics, Sega, David Bowie, Roald Dahl, Coca-Cola and sooooo much more! Whatever your taste, there’s definitely something for everyone at a range of prices that really won’t break the bank! Let’s take a look…

We’re particularly proud of our Harry Potter art collection with a range of magical framed prints featuring the likes of Sirius Black, Bellatrix, Lucius and of course Harry himself.  We also have a Hogwarts crest for those of you wishing to be a wizard in training!

And below are a few of my favourite movie prints that I’m planning to adorn my walls with, let us know which prints would look perfect in your home!

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Well….we’re stunned! This doesn’t happen very often, but every once in a while we learn a cheeky fact or stat that leaves our eyes wide and our mouths open. Today is one of those days.

Yes indeediedodie, as hard and possibly scary as it might be, the humble PlayStation (or magic grey box of awesomeness as we like to think of it) turns a whopping 20 years old today! Yep all those years ago, kids and big kids all over Europe first got their eager hands on this little CD playing moment in gaming history and well…. things were never the same again.

Bringing us some of the best game ever including the likes of Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, Tekken, MediEvil, Gran Theft Auto, Gran Turismo, Tony Hawks, and soooooo many more, this console has played such a huge part of many of our lives which countless hours spent and many amazing moments with friends.
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Put simply, along with others we simply cannot imagine growing up without these little bundles of cool around and would also like to say a huge thank you to our and all the parents out there who went out and made our dreams come true all those years ago. You rock!

To help you guys celebrate this milestone in style, we’ve picked our just a few of our very favourite PlayStation T-Shirts and PlayStation Accessories including bags, coasters (that look like games!), Keyrings and so much more. Take a peep…

PlayStation Shaped Backpack PlayStation Coasters
PlayStation Logo T-Shirt PlayStation Set of 3 Pairs Of Socks
PlayStation Shaped Bi-Fold Wallet Men’s PlayStation Controllers Sublimation T-Shirt
PlayStation Logo Cityscape Sublimation T-Shirt PlayStation Console Keyring
PlayStation Shaped Messenger Bag PlayStation Knitted Fair Isle Jumper
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So what are you biggest PlayStation memories? Which games did you love and play the most? Let us know by posting in the comments box below.

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Calling all you gamers! With the iconic PlayStation celebrating it’s 21 years of existence later this year (now we feel old!), this 90s legend has really been a part of all of our lives (probably) and has certainly given us more hours than we’d like to publicly admit worth of fun.

Hitting scene back in December 1994, barely a week after Sega’s rival Saturn console, PlayStation was born and has been leading the way for gaming ever since!

With some of the coolest games to its name and with a whole army of die-hard fans, we thought we would bust out another of our ‘10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About..’ posts and dedicate it to this console giant.

Check out some of the awesome things we’ve pick up about this amazing brand…
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1- The controller symbols have meanings! Yep each symbol has its unique meaning and reflects what it’s often used for. The green triangle refers to a viewpoint, ahead of the player’s head, pointing the direction. The square refers to a piece of paper; which refers to a menu or a document and is, therefore, pink. The red circle and blue X mean yes or no for decision making.
2- PlayStation was actually the result of a failed collaboration with Nintendo. Working on a new version of the SNES, complete with a CD-ROM drive, Nintendo later pulled out. Sony’s president Norio Ohga wanted to continue and even after SEGA rejected them, PlayStation was born.
3- So why the name PlayStation? In the 1980′s the Japanese used the imported English word, “Workstation” to mean an office computer. Ken Kutaragi, the father of PlayStation thought that if a computer for work is called a workstation, then a computer for play should be called a PlayStation. Simple as that!
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4- Speaking of Ken Kuturagi, he actually earlier kicked off his video game life by designing the revolutionary SPC700 sound chip for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System!
5- The original PlayStation console was the first to sell over 100 million units. Later in 2014, the PS4 became the fastest selling console ever too, selling over 1 million in a single day! Yeeesh!
6- The best-selling game on PlayStation was the racing game Gran Turismo which sold just over 10m units, followed by Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil, Tekken 3, Tomb Raider and Crash Bandicoot.
7- Remember the old PS2 load screen? Well! You might not have spotted that the number of blocks you saw and the higher the towered depended on how many games you played and how long you played for. Spooky!
8- Spoilt for choice! There were a massive 2,418 games released for the original PlayStation!
9- All the games ever made for the original PlayStation (2,418 titles) could now fit onto just 31 PS4 game discs. They should make these!
10- The blue logo on a black console was inspired by the sight of the earth in space and it’s shape was inspired by and old Atari PC prototype.
Wowzers! So much to learn! Hopefully we’ve shown you a little more into the history and inspiration behind one of the biggest console ranger ever. So much to love about this amazing brand.

Why not add some PlayStation love to your style with our amazing range of PlayStation T-Shirts and accessories including bags, phone cases, wallets and more.

So what are your favourite PS games ever? Do you have a soft spot for the classics or a passion for the bang up to date releases? Let us know below.

xoxo

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In our office it’s easy to spot the My Little Pony fan because she’s wearing a ‘Daddy I want a pony’ hoodie or the office geek because he’s wearing the latest Big Bang Theory t-shirt and our gamer t-shirts are being sported by our in-house Xbox addicts and Playstation junkies. But even with these very different fans occupying our office space every so often theres something that causes the office to act like crazed lunatics, the latest smartphone game.

With smartphones being all-the-rage in our office its meant that we could battle over Angry Birds, puzzle over Word Press and tactle Tap the Frog. Although these popular games cause commotions and comradery, there’s some games we just keep coming back to for settling arguments. Here’s the top 3 retro smartphone games to keep rivalry rife in the office…..

Snake - Due to the average age in Truffle Towers being 30 we don’t really remember the original 70s release of this infamous game so this one takes us back to those ‘First Mobile Phone’ days of the Nokia 6110 and the argument with your mates about how long your worm is (ooh matron) and the best technique as not to bite your own tail. Everyone’s an expert at this game…..

Snake on a Smartphone
Men's Retro Phone And Snake Ringer T-Shirt Ladies Retro Phone And Snake Vintage T-Shirt
Men’s Retro Phone And Snake
Ringer T-Shirt – £14.99 >
Ladies Retro Phone And Snake
Vintage T-Shirt – £19.99 >
Download Snake from iTunes here.

PAC-MAN - Even 32 years after it’s original release the yellow-bodied arcade icon Pac-Man turns even the most sedate financial director into a gaming demon chasing that illusive top spot on the in-house score board. Wakka-Wakka-Wakka

Pac-Man on a Smartphone
Men's Pac-Man Logo T-Shirt Ladies Grey Pac-Man Abbey Road Swing Vest
Men’s Pac-Man Logo T-Shirt – £16.99 > Ladies Pac-Man Abbey Road
Swing Vest – £19.99 >
Download Pac-Man from iTunes here.

Space Invaders – You can keep your Call of Duty kill ratios, in our office its all about defeating alien invasion of the simplest (most 2 dimensional) kind. Not only did it single-handedly turn the games industry from a novelty to a global industry its turned a whole office into a majorly competitive gaming arena. Space Invaders is a true gaming classic….

Space Invaders on a Smartphone
Men's Space Invaders Logo T-Shirt Ladies Black Space Invaders T-Shirt
Men’s Space Invaders
Logo T-Shirt – £19.99 >
Ladies Black Space
Invaders T-Shirt – £19.99 >
Download Space Invaders from iTunes here.
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