In 2016, you might be able to buy stamps with video games on them

U.S. Postal Service considering releasing stamps featuring video game imagery; but what will they include?

In 2016, you might be able to buy stamps from the U.S. Postal Service with video games on them. That's according to a list of leaked stamp subjects obtained by The Washington Post.

A stamp celebrating "Video Games" has been approved, but it is not yet in design, according to the document, which is dated January 2014. It's unclear what specific imagery the USPS might consider for the stamp, but you'd have to imagine it would be something significantly iconic.

Of course, "Video Games" is just one of hundreds of stamp subjects featured in the leaked document detailing stamps to be introduced in the 2014-2016 time period. Others include "Steve Jobs," "Jimi Hendrix," "Mushrooms," and "Michael Jackson," among many others.

You can check out the full list of stamp subjects approved by the USPS through this Scribd document. A word of caution, however, as the USPS points out that the items mentioned in the document are subject to change at any time.

If you worked at the USPS, what would you think would best represent "Video Games" on a stamp?

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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61 comments
tightwad34
tightwad34

Uh, O.K. I would have thought this would have been a no brainer by now. Have no idea why this needed to be an article. Oh, it must be the fine work of Gamespot's journalists again. No need to name names.

MariJoe007
MariJoe007

This is an article?  If I don't see a Mario stamp I will be very suprised.  Or Pac-man.  Or, Donkey Kong.  Or Galaga.

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

Another Collecting mania for those who has OCD's

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

I'll buy a book of stamps where peach is using Toad as a human shield. Just to show the cruelty she displays towards her subjects. Little do you know the Mushroom kingdom has a dark side. 

Triton
Triton

More like mushroom stamps!

neonakaa
neonakaa

No one uses snail mail, well ok... for packages.

coaltango
coaltango

I want one with Flappy birds

CountBleck12
CountBleck12

Get some Kirby and Earthbound ones and I'm in but I highly doubt that's going to happen, they're not that well known especially Earthbound.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Mushrooms??? Lol.

So consumer electronics have become so prevalent in society that we could potentially see them appear on a method of communication that has become increasingly irrelevant thanks to consumer electronics. :oP

Hurvl
Hurvl

I don't send many letters, but you still need stamps for christmas card and such. Would be cool to use some video game related stamps.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I can't remember the last time I even used a stamp. Most of the time I just hand whatever I'm sending to the person behind the counter and give them some money.

Normally now if anything is that important it gets done online, in a fraction of the time. Post has started to look like a telegram service these days. I don't even get bank statements any more.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

-"In 2016, you might be able to buy stamps with video games on them"- bu11$h1t

Maybe they will have icons of the video game, but no, stamps will not have video games on them.

xxmavr1kxx
xxmavr1kxx

Mushrooms? Seriously? WTF is that about/

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

Any Mario game power-up, the Triforce...

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

I hope they put Master Chief on a stamp and not Mario or any Nintendope crap.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

"I'll take a book of Metroid Larva please"

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

I never ever thought I'd be a stamp collector, but if they did a Nintendo collection of stamps I'd be seriously tempted to gather those. 

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

Based on the title, I thought I'd be able to plug stamps into a Sony Vita or Nintendo 3DS and play them.  

sakaixx
sakaixx

I'm sensing the return of rockband 

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Excellent.  My picks would start with Mario and Pac-Man.  Start with the classics.

DomZeal
DomZeal

Why would I buy stamp in 2016?

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

Shame it'll never happen over on these shores...

redikan
redikan

Well this seems a valid replacement to physical copies...

pyro1245
pyro1245

hah. by 2016 the only packages i send will only require shipping labels. same as today. who still uses stamps?

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

It is the USPS so I'm sure they'd prefer to do something that has to do with U.S. gaming culture rather than Japanese. The problem is, how do you not do Mario?

wookiegr
wookiegr

No topless Ellen Page stamp, no sale.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@bunchanumbers I'll buy a stamp where Mario finally gets to bone Princess Peach. He's way overdue to get some.

hystavito
hystavito

@neonakaa  Even then you don't see a lot of stamps, even when using postal service.

ztype85
ztype85

@Butt_Chunx  One of the most iconic characters in gaming history versus generic space marine. Better stop hoping now.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Exactly what I was going to say.

redikan
redikan

@DomZeal Because we are going to be pen pals.. but no earlier than spring of 16

bigrob007
bigrob007

@DKRises they are an ancient method of marking (paper) documents so they could be delivered (by hand) via your national postal service.  each (stamp) has a monetary value and is non reusable. by placing the appropriate amount of stamps on an envelope, you would cover the cost of sorting and delivering your message to anywhere in the world. this method is still used to some degree today in situations where electronic delivery is not possible, though it is widely recognized to be the slowest and most inefficient way to send documents. hope this helps.