In a decision that's sure to excite stamp collectors and gamers alike, the Irish Postal Service has recently issued a retro-themed collection of postage stamps that feature some of the most recognizable characters from gaming history. The 'Game Icons' series pays tribute to the industry's colourful past with some very familiar faces.

Designed by Dublin-based studio Zinc Design Consultants, the four stamps represent arcade classics Pac-Man and Space Invaders, as well as the legendary Mario and Sonic.

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These cluichí íocónacha (to slip ''as gaeilge'' for a moment), are available for 68c each, or for just under €3.00 if you want all four. Collectors can buy them online right here, and may opt to get either a full sheetlet or a first day cover to keep them nice and presentable — they can be shipped worldwide.

Whether or not slapping a blue hedgehog on an envelope will help deliver the mail any faster is yet to be tested, but it's certainly an appealing collection and a rather nice gesture of recognition from the Emerald Isle.

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