Nothing says geek like pixelated stuff in the real world. 8-bit is all the rage, because it playfully harkens back to the Atari/Commodore days of our youth. Plus, what’s cooler than holding in your hands something that Mario or Donkey Kong would use in one of their games?
If you strive to reach the heights of geeky-ness, go 8-bit with these awesome real-life tchotchkies you can have for your very own.
Guaranteed to make you the nerdiest guy (or skateboard punk gal) in your office. The downside? It’s a clip on. Then again, it’d be hard to get it to look just right if you had to tie it yourself. Comes in blue or red. $14.99 at ThinkGeek.
The perfect accessory to go with your 8-bit necktie. But I hope you’ve got money to burn: this bad boy will cost you 70 Washingtons. Available in black or white from ThinkGeek.
To bad Valentine’s Day is already over, ’cause I can’t imagine a better way for a geek to express his feelings for his lady love. $39 from Etsy.
Girls, have you ever dreamed of looking like Mrs. Pac-Man? Now you can, with this glossy plastic bow that comes with a metal hair clip in back. $9.99 from ThinkGeek.
Wedding Cake Toppers
Geeky guy wants pixelated cake toppers for his wedding cake. Guy calls custom designer I Do Cake Toppers and sends them an 8-bit design of his own creation. The result is a customized cake topper like no other. The cost? I Do’s website says that most custom jobs are in the $1,000 range. And the toppers are made out of polymer clay, so they’re not edible.
It’s wicked cool, but I wouldn’t get my heart set on it. Part of the “No Screw No Glue” line by designers Joost van Bleiswijk and Kiki van Eijk (which includes other pseudo-pixelated cabinets, a goblet, a chess set, and more), it’s only available at a handful of specialty boutiques in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. I wouldn’t even care to venture a guess how much an 8-bit barbecue runs.
An 8-bit oven mitt seems like a no-brainer, right? I was still surprised to find that it’s sold for a whopping $25 at ThinkGeek. How would Mario say “over-priced”?
Not long ago, we showed you these nifty pixelated plastic flowers, complete with vase. I like this one, too, even though it’s made of paper. That said, it’s way bigger than the plastic one, with seven flowers and optional leaves. $120 at Etsy.
It’s the only item on this list that you can’t buy, but it was just too cool not to include. Ranjit Bhatnagar created this thing as part of a personal project called “Instrument-a-Day.” And it really plays!
Another one that makes me question its practicality. It looks cool, sure, but won’t your coat slide off of something that has no upward-curving hook? If you’d like to find out, it can be yours for $20 at ThinkGeek.
Every good Apple devoté builds his or her own Steve Jobs/Steve Wozniak shrine, don’t they? Here are a pair of pixelated busts that will make that process mondo easy. You pop these out on your desk next to your iMac, and you’re good to go. They’re made by the space-age process of 3D printing (ooh! ahh!). Which probably explains why Shapeways has them priced at $125 for Jobs and $139 for the Woz. I just wish I knew why Steve Jobs looks so angry.