As a gamer you’ve probably spent a decent chunk of change on video games—maybe even literally in an arcade machine. But even if you’re up to date on all of the latest consoles, game releases and peripherals there’s still a ton of gamer swag out there to collect. (Think of it as a side quest.) From your morning caffeine intake to your phone accessories and even your decor, there are a lot of ways gaming can invade all aspects of your life.
Sure, handheld games have come a long way since the Gameboy, but there’s nothing wrong with showing off your love for the original with a mini Gameboy Watch. Created as a promotional item a few years back, these bad boys are now kind of hard to come by (so check eBay if you’re interested in one).
Inspired by everyone’s favorite plumber, the Mario Pipe Mug looks like it came straight out of the game, pixelated highlights and all.
If much of your youth (and allowance) was spent on arcades then you’ll appreciate being able to bring a little bit of the arcade into your home with a Working Arcade Light Switch. Of course now hitting your old button combos won’t earn you any extra points, it’s just gonna make the lights flicker.
If you haven’t touched your old NES controller in over a decade, it might be time to let it go. But if you think you’ll miss it, pick up a NES Controller iPod Dock for a little touch of Nintendo nostalgia.
The Mario Question Block Lamp is perfect for any game who wishes real life was more like video games. The lamp turns on and off by “punching” the bottom and plays the coin sound from the games… and every 8 times you toggle the light you’ll get rewarded with the 1-UP sound instead.
If you can get past the fact that Pac-Man looks kind of disturbing with fangs, the Pac-Man bottle opener is great to have around for opening tasty beverages during long gaming sessions.
It might not give you the power of Din’s fire, but this Zelda Triforce Zippo is still pretty hot.
There’s not a lot of reasons to hold on to your old video game systems and controllers. Especially since a lot of classic games are now available on newer consoles or on the PC. But Upcycled Controller Office Supply Holders give them new life.
If you miss the experience of dropping coins in an arcade machine and getting to play a game, then check out the Arcade Machine Bank. Every time you add a coin you get 2 minutes of Space Invaders style gaming. Sure it’s not exactly the same as playing it in the arcade, but you also get to take your coins back whenever you want.
When your energy is low, you need something to give you a power boost—this holds true in gaming and in real life. Pixel Heart Heat Changing Mug lets you refill your hearts with an energizing hot beverage.
You might not carry around a Gameboy any more, but things haven’t changed too much. You still have a gadget that comes with you everywhere and keeps you entertained on long car/train rides. The Gameboy iPhone cases makes your latest handheld obsession look more like your first one.
You may be able to play your favorite classic games on your shiny new iPad, but it hardly feels the same… until now. The iCade iPad Cabinet lets you convert your iPad into a mini arcade cabinet.
Designed by Felipe Morales, the Hang & Play hook gives your old joysticks a new purpose. Unfortunately these aren’t for sale, but if you can manage to find the parts a DIY project seems doable.
Etsy seller 8BitMemory repurposes old Nintendo and Super Nintendo game cartridges into cool retro gaming hard drives. Your old game cartridges may not have had a lot of storage space for game saves, but these Game Cartridge Hard Drives have plenty of space.
Did we miss any great game inspired gear or gadgets? Tell us in the comments!
Jenni Chasteen is a graphic artist and blogger who works full time for Dartboard Media editing and writing for Incredible Things. She’s passionate about art and pop culture and enjoys following the latest trends in social media and technology. When she’s not online she’s usually reading, drawing or gaming.