Downsizing Play

Designers opt for cheaper vintage fun over pricey modern innovations

Implications - The global financial crisis has many consumers feeling less comfortable spending money on entertainment. The worlds of gaming, fashion and business are seeing the effects of the decision to downsize enjoyment; instead, people are longing for vintage favorites and a return to more simplistic fun.
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Mar 09 - Jun 09
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Cartoons Behaving Badly - 'Magic Mushroom' Shirt Reveals the Truth About Mario & Luigi
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Warm 291,734 Clicks Pub: May 22, 09
Cartoons Behaving Badly
'Magic Mushroom' Shirt Reveals the Truth About Mario & Luigi
Who knew the 'Super Mario Bros.' were such bad influences? Threadless Tees did, I suppose. The company has created the ‘Magic Mushroom’ t-shirt, which features two unnamed and shadowed characters… [More]
Cartoon Corsets - Vintage Doctors Show Super Mario Brothers' Style
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Average 15,295 Clicks Pub: Jun 5, 09
Cartoon Corsets
Vintage Doctors Show Super Mario Brothers' Style
Super Mario Bros. is a classic game and just about everyone has had an addiction to it (I know I did.) However, most fashions made with the Super Mario Bros. image are for men. The Vintage Doctors are… [More]
Retro Gaming Tees - Tetris Skyline T-Shirt Celebrates 25th Anniversary
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Mild 12,813 Clicks Pub: Jun 9, 09
Retro Gaming Tees
Tetris Skyline T-Shirt Celebrates 25th Anniversary
In celebration of Tetris’s 25th Anniversary, the Tetris Skyline T-shirt is now available at Red Bubble. This retro tee is a portrayal of the old-school Tetris game and displays what a skyline would… [More]
Cheeky Pacman Headgear - Geeky Girls in i-D Magazine's 'Everywhere Kiss Me' Editorial
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Mild 14,579 Clicks Pub: Mar 27, 09
Cheeky Pacman Headgear
Geeky Girls in i-D Magazine's 'Everywhere Kiss Me' Editorial
Now this editorial is a geek’s ultimate dream. A hot and sexy model, flashing her breasts and wearing Pacman headgear! Entitled ‘Everywhere Kiss Me,’ the editorial is by photographer Katja Rahlwes… [More]
Renaissance-Inspired T-Shirts - Kevin Tong's Super Mario Shirt is Sketched Da Vinci-Style
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Warm 11,280 Clicks Pub: Apr 2, 09
Renaissance-Inspired T-Shirts
Kevin Tong's Super Mario Shirt is Sketched Da Vinci-Style
Inspired by Da Vinci’s views of the Foetus in the Womb, artist Kevin Tong imagined Super Mario‘s fetal period and much more of his world. The only connection between Super Mario and Da Vinci, if we are… [More]
Geektastic Tees - TeeFury T-Shirt Combines Star Wars, Terminator, Lord of the Rings
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Mild 10,969 Clicks Pub: May 28, 09
Geektastic Tees
TeeFury T-Shirt Combines Star Wars, Terminator, Lord of the Rings
What would you do if you could combine Star Wars, Terminator and Lord of the Rings? I’ll tell you what! You would wear this t-shirt! Featured on TeeFury’s t-shirt of the day, this geektastic mash-up combines… [More]
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