Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ireland 2014
GAME ICONS: Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac Man, Space Invaders

ISSUE DATE: 16 October 2014
NOMINAL VALUE: 4 x 0.68 € (Block)
STAMP DESIGN: Zinc Design Consultants
STAMP SIZE: 33.8mmx 44.45mm
COLOUR: Multicolour with phosphor tagging
LAYOUT: Sheetlets of 16
PERFORATIONS: 13.25 x 13.25
PRINTER: Irish Security Stamp Printing Ltd.
An Post PRODUCT No.: 141868ST

On October 16th, 2014, An Post issued four stamps celebrating  the most recognisable game icons in modern international culture: Mario© (2014) Nintendo Co. Ltd., Sonic the Hedgehog© Sega, Pac Man© BNGI and Space Invaders© Taito Corp.1978, 2014. 

Today video games are written for, and targeted at, people of all ages from all walks of life and both sexes. But during the 1980s and 1990s, games were mostly marketed towards children and quickly became a multibillion dollar industry. 

Mario© (2014) Nintendo Co. Ltd., the biggest selling game series of all time, first appearing  the arcade game Donkey Kong© Nintendo, but has since appeared in over 200 video games.

The blue, distinctive looking, Sonic the Hedgehog© Sega was created as a rival to Nintendo’s mascot. He first appeared in the game of the character's name on June 23, 1991 on the Sega Mega Drive and has been blazing a trail of success for Sega for 23 years with over 70 video games grossing over $5 billion in sales. Pac Man© BNGI first appeared in 1980, here players steered the yellow dot around levels of mazes as it ate pac-dots (also called pellets) and fruit while avoiding ghosts. It became an instant hit, a classic recognised worldwide even today and one of the most fondly remembered games ever. 

Two years before that, in 1978, Space Invaders© Taito Corp.1978, 2014 was developed by Tomohiro Nishikado and was originally manufactured and sold by Taito in Japan. One of the first ever alien-based games and one of the forerunners of modern video gaming that helped expand the video game industry from a novelty to a global industry. The four game icon stamps to be issued by An Post were designed by Zinc Design Consultants, the Dublin-based award-winning graphic design studio.