The Top 50 Greatest, Brilliant Video Game Shirts Ever!
Today I want to bring you my top 50 video game shirts, these are the shirts I think that you can wear without looking like a nerd, but will look trendy and it won’t put off the opposite sex seeing you in one of them.
If you have read any of my previous articles, you will know I love my video game shirts but there are certain shirts I personally think are tacky or just make you look like an overgrown kid or worse still a middle age nerd, thinking he is eighteen again, like that 40 year old virgin.
While researching this article and writing my previous posts, I have noticed the number of smaller video shirt designers out there starting out and creating some great shirts. I will be publishing an article for my top 10 video game shirt websites at some point as well, so watch this space! Some of those shirts and designers are featured in this list.
Some of you might not like the shirts that I have mentioned and have your own choices, if there is a shirt you like and it is not in my list please leave a comment below after the article and I will review the shirt, if I like it, I will include it in my list at a later point.
By the way, this article will be getting updated on a regular basis. This will be my definitive best of the best video game shirts list.
There will be video game shirts to cover all tastes, retro video game shirts, funny video game shirts, graphic video game shirts, game over video game shirts.
Now you might be wondering what I think makes a good video game shirt, well you can read one of my earlier articles What makes a great video game shirt.
But let me briefly summarise for youwhat I think makes a great video game shirt.
- Keep the design simple – There are exceptions to this but the simple designs are normally the best.
- Keep lettering to a minimum – Try not to have too much wording on the shirt, unless it is an integral part of the design, as video gaming relies on imagery to market itself, so do video game shirts
- Screen shots of games are just lazy – If the t shirt that you have is simply a screen shot of the game, this is lazy design, the only way this will work, if it is a classic iconic retro game.
- Looking for Shirts with Japanese Lettering. – I know I mentioned earlier that shirts with lettering should be kept to a minimum, but certain shirts with Japanese lettering, look good and authentic.
- Funny Video Game Shirts – try to keep away from these, as most of them should only be worn by young kids, there are some that are good but these are not always the obvious ones.
- Try and keep logos to a minimum – there are some video game shirts that are just a logo of the game, these I tend not to include, again I think this is lazy t shirt design, like a screen shot of a game, but again I think only the classic retro games look good with just the logos. There are some shirts in the list that have the gaming logo, but they tend to be small and not the main focus of the shirt. I find shirts that just have gaming logos are a marketing exercise for the game developer as no real thought has gone into the design of the shirt itself
- Taking one idea from a game – I find some of the best video game shirts out there take a single element from a game and expand on it further, I find these are excellent video game shirts as it is not always obvious these shirts are video game shirts.
If you follow the guidelines I have listed, I think you won’t go wrong when looking for a great video game shirt.
When deciding on which video game shirts I was going to include in this article, I found very quickly my list exceeded the 50 limit I set myself.So what I have done is tried to take the best t shirts out of each game and represent them here, now some games have a lot of awesome t shirts, but some other games do not have video game shirts that I would wear. Fear not, I have not included these, but tried to get as many shirts I personally would wear and as I think are great shirts. I have not included in the list a shirt that is average, just because I have not featured the game.
I have tried to include as many shirts based on video games as possible, now I know you might be thinking Duh!!! obviously because this a Top 50 countdown of the best video game shirts available, the shirts won’t be based on anything else.
There are a few shirts in the list based on video game culture and not based on a specific game. I have included them as they are either an integral part of the video game industry or heavily influenced by the video game industry.
I think I have bored you enough, now lets get on with the actual shirts, I have not listed them in order of importance, as there is so much choice out there, it will take forever to decide which is my favourite shirt as it does change from time to time. I am a man after all.
So in no particular order let’s get on with our countdown! Cue the music… erm that is right there is no music, it is an article!
If You Want To Look Good In A Video Game Shirt Try One of These
50. Nintendo Game Over Shirt
A game over shirt with a simple classic design that features the mushrooms from the Mario games.
49. Nintendo Mario Montage T shirt
A screen printed t shirt with great artwork, it doesn’t try to be funny. Just a cool t shirt.
48. Mario Brothers Plumbing Services
Another Mario shirt that is is not at first glance a video game shirt
47. Dark Pong T shirt
The granddaddy of all games in a classic video game shirt
46. Donkey Kong Level 1 t shirt
A retro t shirt classic, with a screen shot of the iconic Donkey Kong original game.
45. Dig Dug T Shirt
The classic Dig Dug game now immortalized in a shirt.
44. Pac-Man Japanese t shirt
This Pac Man t shirt features an image of Pac Man on his way to eating the classic cherry bonus. Also has the Japanese Pac Man logo above. This is black 100% cotton Pac Man T-shirt.
43. PAC Man Gold Foil Tshirt
The simple iconic image of PAC man in distressed gold foil. A simple t shirt with a twist.
There are More Iconic PAC man shirts in my article Pacman The Ultimate Video Game Shirt
42. Atari Japanese Katakana T shirt
This is a cool t shirt with a retro feel. Any video game shirt with Japanese writing is considered the dog’s b******.
41. Atari Pop Art T shirt
Now I was going to include the standard Atari Logo with the English lettering but I liked this t shirt a hell of a lot more.
40. BRUTAL DLX (Silver)
This game is one of my favourite games of all time speed ball 2, this shirt has a great retro feel and is a fitted shirt, which would not look out of place on the most fashion conscious of physiques.
For more excellent Speedball t shirts check out my article Speedball2 Brutal Deluxe, A Retro Video Game Shirt Classic
39. Faded Sonic Shirt with Japanese Lettering
I love the faded image of Sonic on this shirt with the Japanese lettering, the faded design, gives it an authentic retro look. Check out my article on Sonic The Hedgedog For More Classic Sonic Tshirts
38. Hadouken T Shirt
I love the design and the colour of this shirt. Taking its inspiration from the Streetfigher Franchise, this shirt describes, arguably the most famous of the special moves Hadouken! And with Japanese lettering, making looking even more special.
37. Streetfigher – Line up Tshirt
Grey image of everyone’s favourite character – Ryu. At the bottom of the tee there is a full colour line up of other SF characters – Blanka, Zangief, Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and newcomer Crimson Viper. The back of the tee features Guile, Abel, Dhalsim, E. Honda and El Fuerte. The artwork is all in the painted style of the new Streetfighter IV game. This is a white Streetfighter t shirt.
36. Marvel vs. Capcom Box Art Shirt
A great piece of box cover artwork reproduced on this classic t shirt. If you are a fan of these shirts, check out my article for more Marveel vs. Capcom Shirts
35. Fate Unlimited Codes Collector’s edition t shirt
This is a great collector’s edition shirt.
34. World of Warcraft WOW Lich King Black Tee Shirt
This Shirt has a simple yet effective image that really does stand out. I find WOW have created some fantastic t shirts
33. World Of Warcraft Hunter Legendary Black
Here is another cool WoW t shirt. I had to limit the number of WoW I was going to list here as they are one of the few licensed products that ar e a great selection of shirts. For more information, check out my articleon World of Warcraft
32. Space Invaders White – Dark T shirt
This is another example how a classic game that has been made into a great video game shirt. For more information on Space Invaders video game shirts, check out my article A Retro Video Game Shirt Classic – Space Invaders
31. History of Zelda College T shirt
I am not a fan of the game but love the intricate design of this shirt.
30. Diablo 3 Special Edition
A stand out design and a must have for a hardcore gamer
29.Junkie Pop Art Jet SeT Black T-Shirt
The shirt has a pop art design with a video game theme. I really like this t shirt, It is simple yet effective.
28. Pyramid Head Silent Hill T Shirt
A great t shirt with a retro feel in great brown
27. Welcome to Rapture T shirt
26. Bioshock 2 T shirt
Two great Bioshock t shirts that I think capture the atmosphere of the game perfectly.
25. Devil May Cry 4 Shirt
An officially licenced product with a great screen printed design
24. God Of War Open Your Eyes T Shirt
One of the best gaming shirt with a small discreet logo of the game but the graphic says it all. One great shirt that any gamer would never be ashamed to wear.
23.Retro Tekkin T Shirt
The Japanese lettering has given this shirt the feel of hardcore gaming level.
22. Doom Weapons T shirt
A great design that taking an element of the game to make a great shirt.
21. Joystick Junkies (Light Cycles) T-Shirt
This is a video game shirt for the style conscious, would not look out of place in a GQ photo shoot. The minimalist look is great.
20. Gauntlet T Shirt
Another retro classic made into a great video game shirt.
19. Gears Of War t shirt – Warzone
This Gears of war t shirt features a distressed red print of the skull gear motif from Epic Games “Gears of War”, the smash hit Xbox game.
18. Gears Of War Red Solider T shirt
This Gears of War t shirt features a side printed image of Marcus Fenix who the player takes control of in the game in order to deal large amounts of death to the evil alien Locust hordes.
Marcus Fenix is an ex-con turned kick-ass commando who leads his Delta Squad through the game, slaying countless Locust baddies along the way. Gears of War is a hugely successful game, the first instalment was the fastest selling video game of 2006 and the sequel set the record for the most simultaneous online players (over 1.5 million). This is a red Gears of War t-shirt.
17. Call of Duty Black Ops Classified T shirt
All the COD have some great designs but this has to be one of the best. for more fantastic COD t shirts check out my my article Is Call of Duty Cool? Does COD Video Game Tshirts Lived Up To The Name
16. Guitar Hero Rock Band Axology Black T-shirt
This is a t shirt that does have a large Guitar Hero logo at its centre but with a far out design that eclipse even the epic reputation of the game. I highlighted other great Guitar Hero T shirts, you can check it out at my article Can Guitar Hero Video Game Shirt Make Even A 40 Year Old Virgin Look Good
15. Halo 3 Master Chief T Shirt
A one of a kind designed t-shirt with a fabulous screen print.
14. Dirk Daring Dragons Lair T shirt
This t shirt features the main protagonist from the classic Dragon Lair game.
13. Assassin’s Creed Block T shirt
An officially licensed Assassins Creed t-shirt in which these Assassins Creed shirts have been screen printed with the Assassins Creed image on front. These Assassins Creed t-shirts are usually made from heavyweight preshrink 6oz. cotton tee shirt blanks.
12. Metal Gear Solid Box Art T Shirt
A fantastic design that was so good, it was made into a t shirt!
11. Grand Theft Auto Evolution T Shirt
It has taken millions of years to evolve into a car thief. A great t shirt
10.Deaths Red Rings T shirt
A unique shirt with a wicked design, it is eye-catching to anyone but if you are a gaming geek you will get the Xbox Red Ring of Death Reference. It is subtle but not too subtle.
9. Arcadeology T shirt
A Deviant shirt that highlight fantastic twist on the Pac-Man theme. Love it or hate it.
8. Revenge Of Yars T Shirt
This shirt provides a great simple design taking its inspiration from the classic game.
7. Zerg Logo StarCraft 2 T Shirt
An example simple design shirt yet highlighted an important element from the game.
6. Umbrella Cooperation T shirt
A shirt from the Resident Evil Franchise. A definite Classic and Epic.
5. Fable 3 Paint The Town Red T Shirt
This t-shirt gives off a cool image but isn’t too in your face about it. A gaming geek wouldn not have second thought in wearing this on a sizzling date and paint the town red with his HOT chick.
4. Super Mario Brothers Characters T Shirt
A shirt that show All the Characters from the Mario Franchise. I know I have more Mario Shirts in this list but the artwork and colours are different from a lot of other Mario T shirts available.
3. Space Harrier T Shirt
Remember Space Harrier, that old eighty’s coin-op, If you do, you will love this shirt, if you don’t or were too young, I think you will still love this classic t shirt.
2. Wii T Shirt
A shirt inspired by the Wii, depicting an exploded view of the controller.
1. Money Power Women T shirt
I am not a huge fan of funny t shirts, but this one is a great shirt, inspired by Mario. For more information on this shirt, check out this article Money Power and women
There you go, my top 50 favourite shirts, I tried not to list too many shirts from the same game as I have my favourite games and this could influence my list. I hope you enjoyed the list, please leave any comments below and if there are any shirts you think may make it into my list please let me know.
These shirts are all shirts that I love, some of which I own but I admit I don’t own all the shirts. To begin with I don’t think my wife will be too happy with me spending all my money on video game shirts. I don’t know if all the shirts are fully licensed by the gaming manufacturers.
Please Note, this article will be updated, so some shirts COULD be replaced by new shirts that I think deserve a place in the top 50. This will be done every couple of months so to keep this article fresh and relevant to all the people who love well designed shirts, not just well designed video game shirts.
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