Last week we mentioned that an ebayer had knitted some socks adorned with images of indie game heroes, and was selling them on the online auction service for charity. When he learned that one pair of socks starred the hero of VVVVVV, captain Veridian, the game's creator offered every bidder free copy of the game. The bid exploded.
As the first bids rolled in, one prospective bidder wondered "Do these socks support gravity flipping if I press my up, space, v, or belly button?" They don't, but the auction exploded anyway. Bids soon numbered in the thousands of dollars, so much that the seller who knitted the socks felt inclined to point out that "they are only socks. Socks with an arguably cool theme, but completely normal socks nevertheless."
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Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.