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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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Making us feel waaaaay older then we’d like to think we are, can you believe that 2016 marks 30 years since the amazing Labyrinth first entered our lives and turned our world! Directed by The Muppets creator Jim Henson and produced by George Lucas, the 1986 fantasy film is pretty much the definition of cult classic – and boy, do we have a treat for you to celebrate this magnificent 80′s movie!

As if we didn’t spoil you enough with our huge range of exclusive Labyrinth merchandise all available exclusively at TruffleShuffle (sneak peek below!), it’s time to listen up you precious things because we’re giving away some aMAZEing prices.

The Prize

Up for grabs we have a whopping FIVE copies of the Labyrinth 30th Anniversary 2 Disc Steelbook worth a cool £29.99 each!

Set to be released this Monday, inside you’ll find two copies of the film, one in stunning Blu Ray and another in 4K Ultra HD greatness so you can enjoy the Bowie magic in more detail than ever before.

Plus, it also comes complete with ALL NEW SPECIAL FEATURES!

•    “Reordering Time: Looking Back at Labyrinth” – Jennifer Connelly and the Henson Family reflect on this classic film, 30 years later – recounting their experiences, the groundbreaking nature of the puppetry and the enduring legacy of the film.
•    “The Henson Legacy” – celebrate Jim Henson’s lasting imprint on the world of filmmaking, puppetry, and above all, imagination as his family discusses his work and takes us behind the scenes at the “Centre of Puppetry Arts”, which features The Jim Henson Collection and over 100 puppets from Labyrinth
•    “Remembering the Goblin King” – Remembering David Bowie with co-star Jennifer Connelly, and Jim Henson’s children Brian Henson and Cheryl Henson
•    Labyrinth Anniversary Q&A – Hosted by Mythbuster’s Adam Savage with participants Brian Henson, David Goelz and Karen Prell and surprise guest Sharl Weiser
•    Theatrical Trailer
•    The Storytellers: Picture-in-Picture Track
•    Commentary by Conceptual Designer Brian Froud
•    Making-Of Documentary “Inside the Labyrinth”
•    “Journey Through the Labyrinth: Kingdom of Characters & The Quest for Goblin City” featurette

Such a great prize or perhaps a gift for any Labyrinth fan right?

How To Enter

To enter, simply follow the directions below within the brilliant Gleam entry system. This system allows you to enter a few different ways like….checking out our Facebook page, sending a tweet, commenting on our blog, checking out our Instagram and more!

*Hint* The more ways you enter, the more chances you have of winning – just like tickets out of a hat.

5 x Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Edition Steelbooks

How long do I have?

This magical giveaway  closes midnight on Sunday 18th September so get entering fast peeps!

How will the winners be chosen?

Well…. totally at random! Keeping it all as fair as possible, the magical Gleam system will dive into all the entries (remember, you can enter more than once) and pluck out our five lucky winners at random. Simple as that! We will then share this on our social pages and get in touch with the lucky winner directly too just to be sure.

So that’s it Labyrinth fans! Get your entries in now and help us celebrate the 30th anniversary of this beloved fantasy classic from visionary filmmaker Jim Henson!

T+C’s
Only five winners will be chosen at random.
There will be no cash alternative to prizes offered.
If we do not hear back from the winner after 1 week, another will be chosen at random.

TruffleShuffle.co.uk reserve the right to close/cancel the competition at any time.
Prizes will be posted ASAP, however may take up to two weeks to arrive.
The set is Region B/2 and for playback in 4k with HDR, you will need a 4K UHD TV with HDR, Ultra HD Blu-ray player and a High speed HDMI 2.0A cable
Winners decision is final.

Good luck!

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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.

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