Gamer Decor  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Gamer Decor  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Get The Look: Firewatch Inspired Home https://www.gameskinny.com/6qk7x/get-the-look-firewatch-inspired-home https://www.gameskinny.com/6qk7x/get-the-look-firewatch-inspired-home Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:00:02 -0400 Pip Simon

If you are like me, then you probably love the aesthetic of some of your favorite games and wish that you could incorporate their style and décor into your own living space without making your home look like an arcade. Throughout this series I'm going to discuss the overall aesthetic used in in games and how you might integrate these looks into your own home.

Today we are going to look at Firewatch by developer Campo Santo. Firewatch follows the story of Henry, a fire lookout in Shoshone National Forest. It's a story of loss, healing, and discovering oneself in the wild. Its story is powerful and compelling, but its environments are just as commanding.

To get a Firewatch aesthetic would be different depending on the location in the game that you choose. For example if you feel inspired by the sprawling canyons then the overall look of the room would be very different then it would if you chose a more forested area. As these locations are more abstract, today I am going to focus on Henry's lookout, which is the easiest space to translate to a real world living space.

So to start I would recommend answering a question.

What do you like about this aesthetic?

It's easy to get lost when you think about this question, but ask yourself what aspects of the environment do you want to emulate in your space. You might find out that you just like the color palette, or you just like Henry's 80's retro items. Overall, you want to know the extent to which you want your space to look like the game and work from there.

For the sake of my tips and tricks, I'm going to pretend that you want a space that looks almost completely like Henry's lookout.

Get inspired

This is where making a Pinterest board or collecting a folder of images will help you stay focused on the look that you want. You can take screenshots of the game itself or you can search for rustic, woodsy inspired spaces. Tumblr is great for this, and you might consider watching films about the great outdoors. My top choice is Into the Wild which is based on a true story of wanderlust. Doing this will help you narrow down what you like, and it will keep you focused on creating a cohesive space where everything feels connected and nothing is out of place.

You can also check out my Pinterest board that I made for my lookout inspired bedroom.

Choose a color palette

There are many tricks when coming up with a color scheme. Generally, my trick is to take the largest piece of furniture or pattern in the room and match pieces with it. This will help to tie each item in the space together.

If you were to want a room that matches the aesthetic of Henry's lookout, then you have to think about the most prominent feature of the lookout.  To me, the thing I notice first is his windows, and how the sprawling landscape fills those windows. This is a lookout after all, so the outdoors are very much a part of the overall look of the room. The color palette of Henry's room mimics the outdoors. Henry's space has a mix of pale greens and browns. He has a mixture of earth tones in his room which tie it to the outdoors. The environment also uses small pops of red and orange which prevent the space from looking too boring without being overbearing; and still these colors are reminiscent to the lookout at daybreak and sunset. To model a room after Henry's you should stick to earthy colors and work from there.

Incorporate textures and patterns

Texture is often forgotten when the average person begins decorating a space. Textures may refer to wood grains, metallic features, furs, fleece, silk, and stone, to name a few. My trick is to pick one main texture that will be used the most throughout the room, and one or two others that will be used sparingly.

In Henry's lookout there are different kinds of natural woodgrains, metallic objects and soft fabrics. Wood is certainly used the most, in the painted wood paneling, raw wood floors, and wooden furniture. You may not have a space that naturally looks like this, but you have options. You can paint the walls an earthy color or hang wood paneling. A more cost-effective option may be to get faux wood paneling wall paper which is cheaper and easier to put up and take down than you might think. It's a great option to give your walls some extra flair, and is perfect for renters or people who are unable to make major modifications to their home.  If you are unable to change the walls and floors, I would recommend concentrating solely on having lots of wooden furniture. Aim for unpainted wood to give it a raw look.

Henry's room is a very warm, cozy space. So incorporate comfy blankets and pillows that appear soft to the touch. Fleece is good choice, and having a few plaid items isn't a bad idea either. There are a few metal objects in Henry's space too. Metals can often look modern, but if you stick to a metal like tin, enamel, or weathered, aged metals then you can give your space an overall rustic vibe.

Purposeful clutter

Cluttering a space effectively really helps bring a place to life. If a place feels too empty, then it's difficult for an audience to identify with it. The objects in a room should tell a story, so think about this when choosing key items.

The objects found in Henry's room are the perfect mixture of camping gear and 80's inspired décor. The items I notice first are his poster prints and artistic landscapes. While many of the official Firewatch posters are sold out, you can still get smaller postcard prints of them from the Campo Santo store page, and from time to time I have seen them floating around on eBay. I would also really recommend following Olly Moss who created the posters for Firewatch so that you can stay up to date on his work.

In Firewatch Henry arrives at the lookout with the space already decorated by the people before him. I recommend thrifting or buying some of your items secondhand. You can get things much cheaper this way, and the worn look of the objects will really help your room tell a story while getting the added benefit of being eco-friendly. Henry's room is very functional, so think about buying items that you think you'll actually use. Maybe you don't need lots of camping equipment for backpacking or rock climbing. That's fine. You can still get the same feel buy getting tin mugs that you would use around a campfire or old maps so you can dream up a new adventure. Definite look for army surplus stores in your area, and check out etsy and ebay where you can find unique and interesting pieces.

Bring the outdoors inside

My last tip for making Henry's lookout your own, is to bring the natural world indoors. As I mentioned earlier, Henry has large windows that connect him to the outside. Unlike Henry, you probably don't have windows like this, or you have curtains and blinds that create disconnect between you and the outside. Definitely consider filling your space with greenery. If you don't have a green thumb, you should get cacti or succulents as they are relatively easy to keep alive. Fake plants are an option too, just remember to dust them off from time to time. Also consider how much natural light your room gets. Get sheer curtains or wooden shades that you can pull back to let more light in. If this isn't an option get daylight bulbs that mimic the look of natural light.

If you follow these tips you will be well on your way to having a Firewatch inspired space. By simply breaking down the different elements of an environment, you can easily and constructively mimic the look of a space and make it your own.

Next up we'll be taking a look a Nathan Drake's home in Unchartered 4.

What other elements strike you about Firewatch? Let me know in the comments.

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Gift Guide for the eSports Lover in Your Life https://www.gameskinny.com/k3yrn/gift-guide-for-the-esports-lover-in-your-life https://www.gameskinny.com/k3yrn/gift-guide-for-the-esports-lover-in-your-life Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 Lampstradamus

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Buying for others may always be difficult but a gift is a gift.

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Whether you buy the cheapest gift or the priciest gift, as long as you put in some effort and buy thinking of the other person, they're sure to enjoy what you get them.

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Virtual Reality Headset
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Price: $20-$799

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Rating: 5/5

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Buy it on: Amazon

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A virtual reality headset can be a really expensive gift for an eSports lover, depending on what kind of headset you get. Now you may be wondering, "Why a VR headset?" Well, it's because in VR, you get an entirely different viewing experience.

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VIrtual reality lets you watch Twitch streams inside of a movie theater while still sitting in your small apartment. Many people do not have large spaces or the ability to purchase large televisions, so a VR headset is a nice alternative. Plus, it's just a rad gift to have! 

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Official Game-Related Merchandise
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Price: $9.99-$49.99

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Rating: 4/5

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Though fan-created and unofficial game merchandise might have a wider variety of gifts to choose from, you can't go wrong with official and professionally created merchandise.

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Official game merchandise for the games that your eSports fan loves will let them show their support for the game and the eSport itself.

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Fan-Created / Unofficial Merchandise
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Price: $1.99 - $29.99

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Rating: 4.5/5

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Buy it on: Etsy

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Some of the coolest merchandise for a game doesn't come from official sellers but from the fans. Many fans love the games they play and they have boundless creativity and skill to bring their love for the game to real life. 

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On Etsy you can find a variety of fan-created merchandise for most games that your eSports loving fan may love. There is always something for someone, you just gotta look hard enough.

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Team Apparel/Mechandise
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Price: $9.99-$64.99

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Rating: 4/5

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Buy it on: ESL Gaming 

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Like with sports fans, eSports fans also have teams that they love and follow. These fans take pride in the team that they follow and sometimes, they want to show off that pride. From T-shirts, to hoodies, to bags and posters, most teams have a great variety of items to choose from. You can buy things as cheap and simple as a keychain, or more expensive letterman jackets and headsets.

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These types of gifts are more personalized and focused toward the interest of the eSports lover. As long as you know what team they root for, you can't go wrong.

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Game Gift Cards for In-Game Items
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Price: $4.99-$49.99

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Rating: 4/5

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Buy it on: Amazon

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When it comes to many of the games that eSports lovers play, many of them have some form of in-game cosmetics or other in-game items to purchase. Whether it be League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone or Counterstrike, each game has something that you can buy and gift to your eSports lover.

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These types of gifts are a good choice because it gives your eSports lover items in the game that they love. You can't go wrong with in-game items.

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With the holidays fast approaching, the conundrum of what to buy for your friends or loved ones is always present. There are many things that you could get, but it is always best to buy something that falls into the interest of that special someone.

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This guide focuses on those of us who have eSports lovers in our circle of family and friends. There might be many people out there who might know what to get for them, but there are many that might not. If you need some help, then this guide is here for you.

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Gift Guide: Perfect Products for the MOBA Fan in Your Life https://www.gameskinny.com/vrutd/gift-guide-perfect-products-for-the-moba-fan-in-your-life https://www.gameskinny.com/vrutd/gift-guide-perfect-products-for-the-moba-fan-in-your-life Fri, 18 Nov 2016 06:00:02 -0500 Lydia M

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What do you think about these choices? What will you pick up this year for the MOBA fan in your life? Let us know!

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As versatile as these three MOBAs are, there's no doubt you'll be able to find something unique for the League, Dota, or Smite fan in your life.

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SMITE Game Logo Adjustable Snapback 
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Price: $6.00

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Buy It: Amazon

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This slick snapback is perfect for you SMITE friend that needs and addition to their cap collection. As snapbacks are fairly popular in the gaming community right now, this cap will certainly make them standout.

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SMITE Gems Giftcard
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Price: $7.99-$99.99

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Buy It: Amazon

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Don't understand SMITE? Not quite sure what to get? Well, you can never go wrong with Gems. The in-game, money is a perfect gift certificate to get so that your giftee can choose whatever they would like to purchase to better themselves in-game!

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Hooded SMITE varsity jacket
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Price: $64.99

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Buy It: Smite

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This slick cotton fleece varsity jacket displays the SMITE logo front and back, and is exclusive to the SMITE website. This version is very similar to a varsity jacket sold last year! Be quick, though, it's currently available for pre-order!

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Large Dota 2 Mouse Pad
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Price: $12.16

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Buy It: Amazon

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Not sure who your friend or relatives favorite character is? Do they love to play (sometimes a little too much). This large Dota mouse pad is great for the tride and true Dota fan and hardcore player.

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Dota 2 All Pick Belt
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Price: $20

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Buy It: Valve Store

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This unique belt is a great accessory if you're not sure what to get your Dota fan. Being reversible, it adds a versatile style to how it can be worn! And at a fairly decent price it could even be used as a stocking stuffer!

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Dota 2 Duffle Bag
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Price: $70

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Buy It: Valve Store

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This unique Duffle Bag is great for any Dota player that enjoys a good workout in between matches, or even for someone that simply enjoys traveling! Features include a zippered side pocket and even a removable Velcro pocket perfect for your cell phone.

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Robbobin Ragdoll Dota Leggings
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Price: $26.50

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Buy It: Valve Store

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Have a female Dota fan family member or friend? She'll LOVE these comfy Dota leggings. The unique design covered in heroes will certainly make her stand out in the crowd.

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The International 2016 Swag Bag Kit
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Price: $40

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Buy It: Valve Store

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Not able to make it to The International this year? Neither was your friend? Don't worry! You can get the swag bag that was given out at TI6! This stocked back includes a t-shirt, water bottle, journal, sunglasses and so much more! Perfect for the hardcore Dota esports fan!

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League of Legends Silicone Bracelets
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Price: $4.85

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Buy It: Etsy

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As a wonderful stocking stuffer, or gift to share with friends, these bracelets can be given out to your fellow teammates or to just your buddies to display which position they prefer the most.

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League of Legends 'Eat, Sleep, League' Shirt or Tank Top
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Price: $12.95+

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Buy It: Etsy

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When fewer words need to be spoken to truly express the level of dedication to your League addiction, this t-shirt comes in handy.

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League of Legends All Hero Logo Mouse Pad
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Price: $9.99

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Buy It: Amazon

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This oversized mouse pad is a great gift for even the casual League player. The material of the pad allows for better control of mouse speed along with the non-stick backing perfect to hold in place during big in-game moves.

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It's also stain and water resistant, making it durable no matter where you use it. 

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League of Legends Backpack: Champions
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Price: $50

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Buy It: Riot Merchandise

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This versatile backpack is perfectly sized for school books or even a laptop. You carry your team on your back anyway, why not represent it on your backpack?

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The Art of League of Legends: Volume I 
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Price: $75

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Buy It: Riot Merchandise

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Anyone has a deep love for League of Legends also has a deep love and respect for the artistry that goes into the creation of this MOBA. The Art of League of Legends is a perfect collection of how the art of League has developed throughout the years.

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League of Legends: Collectibles 
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Price: $15-$65

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Buy It: Riot Merchandise

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Does your friend or relative just LOVE Teemo? Can't get enough of Figma? Check out the adorable (and awesome) collectibles available from the Riot store. With the variety of plushies, figurines and statues, this can be a gift idea to come back to for every holiday!

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MOBAs have been around for quite some time now and they continue to grow more and more popular especially with the evolution of eSports. 

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If you have a friend or relative that's a gamer, there's a good chance they enjoy playing one of the top MOBA games right now.

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We've picked out some great gifts for the League, Dota, or Smite fan in your life.

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Gift Guide 2016: 10 Gifts to Gamify Your Desk https://www.gameskinny.com/y9zd4/gift-guide-2016-10-gifts-to-gamify-your-desk https://www.gameskinny.com/y9zd4/gift-guide-2016-10-gifts-to-gamify-your-desk Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:00:02 -0500 Clayton Reisbeck

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Rocket League Stressball 
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Price: $8

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Where to buy: Rocket League Official Store

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Rating 3/5

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Work is stressful. Everybody knows it. Luckily, with this Rocket League stressball, you have something that can diffuse any of anger that may build up throughout the day. Just squeeze this little guy and think about getting that sick goal that you've always dreamt about.

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Dark Souls Mimic Chest Plush
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Price: $45

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Where to buy: Etsy

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Rating: 5/5

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These little guys can be some of the worst things in Dark Souls, but here they make for absolutely adorable little plushies. Look at the little monster! It's so darn cute! 

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Starcraft Protoss Pylon USB Charger
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Price: $39.99

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Where to buy: ThinkGeek

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Rating 4/5

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Let me preface this that I am not an avid player of StarCraft, but this thing looks awesome, right? This charger provides 2.1 amps of power between two USB charging ports. If you're one to spend hours at a time trying to get more actions per minute, this is the gift for you.

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Portal Bookends
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Price: $29.99

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Where to buy: ThinkGeek

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Rating: 5/5

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Is your desk cluttered with binders and books? Do you wish that you had something to organize them? Then these are the bookends for you. Portal is one of the most beloved games in recent years. These are the perfect fit for any gamer's desk.

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LED Potion Desk Lamp
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Price: $44.99

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Where to buy: ThinkGeek

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Rating: 3/5

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Potions are commonplace in our world, aren't they? They heal us, they restore our stamina and on occasion, they allow us to breathe fire. With this handy little lamp on your desk, you can brighten up that corporate dungeon with new life. 

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Overwatch Glass Water Bottle
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Price: $15

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Where to buy: Blizzard Store

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Rating: 4.5/5

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I've heard it said that the world could always use more heroes, but even heroes need to hydrate. Thankfully, this awesome Overwatch water bottle can help you out. This rad water bottle holds 11.4oz of liquid and looks sick as hell. If you're wanting to show off that you're quite the sharpshooter as McRee or can give everybody the heals as Mercy, this is the liquid holding vessel for you.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Coffee Mug
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Price: $19.99

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Where to buy: ThinkGeek

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Rating: 4/5

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If you're anything like me, you don't run well in the morning without that black ambrosia we call coffee. But how do you let your fellow co-workers know that you would rather be out in the wasteland slaying super mutants than sitting in your cubicle? This mug, that's how.

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Killer Gaming Posters
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Price: $8 and up

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Where to buy: Fangamer

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Rating: 5/5

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Does your workspace look like an asylum cell? Are the white walls closing in around you? If so, Fangamer is here to save the day once more. Their poster shop has some of the coolest posters from a wide range of games. From Metroid to Earthbound and beyond, Fangamer's got the art you need. 

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Undertale Little Buddies Figures
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Price: $15/figure, $70/set

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Where to buy: Fangamer (Series 1 Set, Series 2 Set)

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Rating: 4/5

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Last year, I fell in love with Undertale. Everything about the game just spoke to me, and I've been recommending it to friends ever since. If you're like me, you have been trying to get more pieces of the game into your life in any way you can. Well, look no further because Fangamer has you covered.

These little figures are absolutely adorable and are a welcome sight on any gamer's desk. Currently, two sets of the figures are available, and you can buy each figure separately if you choose. 

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Pop Funko Vinyl Figures
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Price: $10.99/figure and up

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Where to buy: Walmart, Target, Walgreens, GameStop and just about anywhere that sells toys.

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Rating: 3.75/5

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I have an unhealthy addiction to these little things. There is currently a small horde of them on the top shelf of my desk watching over me. I have figures from a wide range of different games like BioshockFallout 3, Fallout 4 and Overwatch. They are just so cute and great little things to let people know where your true allegiances lie. Be careful, though: What will start as a small collection could very well grow into an exponentially large one overnight. 

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You're sitting at work, droning away at some report that you've got to get done by five sharp. You look around your workspace and realize it's extremely dull. You think to yourself, "Boy, I wish I was back at home shooting down some ghouls or slaying some griffins. A nice round of Overwatch would be nice right now. If only there was some way I could subtly let my co-workers know that I'd rather be gaming right now."

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Fear not, for this guide is here to aid you in this trying time!

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That's right folks, it's that time of year again, where we buy gifts for people in an attempt to bring them an ounce joy in this cruel, cruel world. This guide is for the working gamer. With these gifts, you will be able adorn your desks with items to let those co-workers know that you'd rather be at home gaming.

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Gift Guide: Adorable Gaming Plushies That Will Melt Anyone's Heart https://www.gameskinny.com/hy150/gift-guide-adorable-gaming-plushies-that-will-melt-anyones-heart https://www.gameskinny.com/hy150/gift-guide-adorable-gaming-plushies-that-will-melt-anyones-heart Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:00:01 -0500 Pablo Seara

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Nintendo Official Kirby Adventure Animal Plushie
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Price: $28.26

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Rating: Not Rated Yet

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Buy it on: Amazon

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We also could not make this list without the pinkest protagonist in the Nintendoverse, Kirby. However, there is a little twist to this one: it is dressed as an adorable bear! It cannot get cuter than this.

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Joltik Keychain Plushie
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Price: $3.99

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Rating: 99.2 Positive Feedback 

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Buy it on: Ebay

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Pikachu isn't the only cute Pokémon you can find out there. Just take a look at this tiny Joltik! You can add the keys of your house to it and have the best key complement ever! This electric Pokémon will charm everyone.

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Classic Tails Plushie
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Price: $13.93

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Rating: 4.4 Stars (170 customer reviews)

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Tails is the most adorable mechanic in gaming history. That is a fact. He is also the cutest among the protagonists of the Sonic the Hedgehog universe and he deserves a place in your bedroom.

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Pikachu with Luhia Hoodie Poké Plush
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Price: $17.99

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Rating: Not Rated Yet

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Buy it on: Pokémon Center

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We could not have a list like this without Pikachu, one of the absolute cutest creatures to come out of gaming. But, what about one dressed as the legendary Lugia? There are similar plushies, but this one is just too cute to overlook.

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Chocobo Tales Plushie
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Price: $12.60

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Rating: 3.8 Stars (70 customer reviews)

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Buy it on: Amazon

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This friendly bird is the main character of Chocobo Tales. There are plenty of Chocobos in the Final Fantasy universe, but we can all agree that this particular one is the cutest. Look at it reading a book! Silly Chocobo, you don't know words! 

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Dragon Quest Blue Slime Plushie
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Price: $15.05

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Rating: 4.5 Stars (4 customer reviews)

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Slimes are the cutest enemies you will have to defeat in a Dragon Quest. If you love these gooey creatures, fear not! This time, you can have a cuddly one in your home, instead of destroying them in the early levels of the games. 

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Nintendo Official Green Yoshi Plushie
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Price: $12.42

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Rating: 4.4 Stars (96 customer reviews)

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Nintendo has lots of mascots, and most of them are totally charming. Just take a look at Mario's green dinosaur! It's so much cuter than its brothers from Jurassic Park. This Yoshi is the official one and it is really cheap, so you won't break the bank giving it to the gamer in your life.

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League of Legends Poro Plushie
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Price: $25.00

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Rating: Not Available

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Buy it on: Riot Games Merch

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Poros are the cutest creatures you can find in League of Legends. They're much better than those feeding Teemos. These little creatures populate the Howling Abyss, where the ARAM mode takes place. You can get them now at the official Riot Games Store.

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Smite Fenrir Plushie
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Price: $27.18

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Rating: Not Available

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Buy it on: Smite Hitpoint

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This "menacing" Fenrir holds the honor of becoming the first official Smite plush in existence. The Unbound looks cuter than ever, and ready to get into your hearts. It is currently available for pre-order and will start shipping around early 2017. This might be a little late for the holidays, but it's worth it!

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Plushes are the most adorable gifts you can give during Christmas. With the rise of gaming as a mainstream media, it is easier than ever to find your favorite gaming mascot in a plushie form. They serve to decorate your room, improve the atmosphere of your home, or help you during those hard nights.

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This year, we have collected a number of adorable small-size plushies you can get for your loved ones (or for yourself). From Pikachu to Kirby, these are the nine cutest gaming plushies you can find on the Internet.

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