Playing the game

We have entered a time in which we’re no longer satisfied with spending an evening playing Tetris or Pong, instead entire communities and social lives are built around games and the gaming world. It’s not just about playing the game either; emotion is involved, with plot arcs, tragedy, alternate endings, fan fiction and even merchandise of your favourite characters. Read on to find out the best subscription boxes for you and your gaming addict friends and family. 

The Retro  

The Retro does exactly what it says on the tin, choosing three retro games for you each month, in your favourite genre, to play on your chosen console. Games are sourced from UK-based independent retro gaming stores, and each box costs £19.95.


Loot Gaming is a monthly subscription box, perfect for gaming fans. Each box, which costs from £25 a month, contains a surprise assortment of official gear and collectibles, including exclusive drinkware, clothing, figures and office accessories.


Not strictly just for gamers, this subscription box is also perfect for film and TV buffs. ZBOX is a themed box, containing memorabilia and merchandise from gaming, TV and film franchises. Each box contains an exclusive t-shirt as well as four to seven products with a total value in excess of £35. Prices start at £16.99.

Mario’s Mystery Block 

The clue is in the name – this is one for Mario fans! Knowledgeable Nintendo aficionados hand-pick content for this monthly crate, including high-quality toys, novelty items, sweets and t-shirts. Each month heralds a new theme and promises over $40 of Nintendo loot for $24.99 a month. Boxes ship worldwide.


TeeBlox was founded by a group of gaming guys who love all things geeky. Together they set up the Geek and Gamer subscription, which offers a monthly box containing items such as posters, t-shirts, badges and keyrings. The cost of the box is $19.99, with an extra fee for shipping outside the United States.

Let’s get gaming! 

Karina Evans
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