Weirdest Game Merchandise
There’s more to the gaming industry than just games. Game Developers are always looking to gain more money and they often turn to merchandising to boost sales. Most of the time, they’ll just release a line-up of printed shirts and action figurines, but at times, some of them get very creative. And by creative I mean crazy. Here’s Gamemela’s top 5:
1.Dead or Alive: Squishy Pillow
Dead or Alive is a game series known for its exciting combat and ample-bosomed leading ladies. Out of the numerous products they have made, nothing is as weird as this pillow.
This pillow contains “stress-relieving microbeads”, which means it has boobs. Basically, if you are buying this pillow, you are buying yourself fake boobs to sleep on.
The weird thing is that the game developer- Tecmo, didn’t even try to make it sound like a product for the average human being. Just take a look at this quote from their website: “Donning sexy pink lingerie and a sly smile, it will seem as if Kasumi is lying there right beside you! This is not a dream DOA fans, for cuddling up to Kasumi can be a reality!”
He might as well have told fans to go ahead and use the pillow to “get naughty”.
2.Manhunt: Piggsy Figurine
Action figurines are a popular form of game merchandise. No matter how unpopular a character is, there is always someone who will end up trying to sell a figurine of it. This explains the figurine of Piggsy- one of the villains in Manhunt, a game probably played by wannabe serial killers.
I know what you’re thinking: This dude’s pretty ugly and why anyone would want him on their desk? Well, you can’t tell from this picture, but our man Piggsy is anatomically correct. Take off his loincloth and you’ll discover that, while not blessed with beauty, Piggsy is gifted in other areas. Especially with the power to horrify his owners.
However, only 500 figurines were created. So, if you want to get your hands on a mad killer’s junk, you will have to gather some serious cash.
3.Resident Evil 4: Aftershave
To promote the release of Resident Evil 4, the game’s developer created “Leon’s Collection,” a range of products designed with the game’s main character in mind. Among these products, exists this aftershave.
Associating this game with shaving is strange as it is, but it’s even stranger when you consider the game itself! Resident Evil 4 is a game where you run around dark and dirty locations, killing a lot of zombies and other creepy monsters. It’s fun, yes. But that doesn’t mean that anyone wants to smell like it after they shave.
The scent of the man, Quaser, is in this funky little 50ml bottle, created by J. Del Pozo. According to ones who have used it – “It is the scent that shoots”. Yes, you can smell like the living dead. Anyone interested? If it wasn’t for the awesome bottle design, even the craziest Resident Evil fan wouldn’t have bought it.
4.GTA 4: Real drinkable Pisswasser Beer
The image of this charming in-game advertisement says it all. As if Grand Theft Auto IV needs any more publicity!
The beer isn’t anything to write about, it is just one of those generic brands that allows companies to design their own labels for corporate events.
Bottles and bottles of this beer were guzzled at the GTA IV launch party, and sent by the crate load to the press. Evidently, bottles turn up every now and then on eBay for an expensive price.
A lot of effort went into making these real-life replica Berettas from Stranglehold. These Berettas look and feel like a real gun!
But what’s weird about these guns is that they are actually cigarette lighters. Yup, no bullets and no kills. Would you pull a pistol out of your pants every time you want a smoke? You will just end up terrifying those around you. Although I have to admit, you will look pretty cool lighting a cigarette with a gun… Until someone freaks out and calls the police.