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Dunkey on Dreams

Dunkey on Dreams

(PG-13: Language) The Sony PS4 game Dreams lets players create their own games from scratch. But the latest from the creator of LittleBigPlanet might not have enough guard rails to keep people from designing complete garbage. At least that’s what Dunkey shows us in his demo of some user-submitted content.

The Evolution of Videogame Structure

The Evolution of Videogame Structure

(PG-13: Language) From primitive games like Pong to today’s biggest shooters and RPGs, there’s a point at which game designers decide how their worlds will be structured. Videogamedunkey explores how gameplay dynamics and rules are born, and are ultimately refined.

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Sharpin Android Pinball Machine

Sharpin Android Pinball Machine

ETA Prime shows off an upcoming tabletop gaming system that plays digital pinball games like Zen Pinball and Pinball Arcade. It runs on Android, and has a 24″ full HD display that’s angled properly for gameplay. The machine will come in two versions with different levels of processing capability, and can also connect to a PC. Drops 3/2020.

SnowRunner (Trailer)

SnowRunner (Trailer)

An impressive looking follow-up to the off-roading simulation game MudRunner. In SnowRunner, you’ll hit the most extreme terrain in varying weather conditions, through massive, open environments. You can drive solo, or play with up to four vehicles in co-op multiplayer. The game hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC on 4/28/2020.

Replicade Street Fighter II Arcade

New Wave ToysReplicade sixth-scale arcade machine is a playable miniature replica of the original Street Fighter II: Champion Edition cabinet. It’s got a 3.5″ color screen and working arcade controls. You also get a matching miniature USB fight stick. Save an extra 10% with code LOVE10 (expires 2/14/20).

DIY HL2 Gravity Gun

DIY HL2 Gravity Gun

Prop builder Odin Makes shows off one of his coolest and complex projects yet, a replica of the famed gravity gun from Half-Life 2. He based his design on a 3D digital model, then printed templates to create plastic and foam parts. More than 15 years after the game’s release, it’s still one of our favorite weapons ever.

Tilt-Shift Red Dead Redemption 2

Tilt-Shift Red Dead Redemption 2

By applying a tilt-shift photographic effect to scenes from the game, the guys from Red Dead Online Guides transformed the various environments of Red Dead Redemption 2 into miniature versions of themselves. We love how the illusion makes everything from trains to horses look so adorable. More here.

Video Game Stylophone Medley

Video Game Stylophone Medley

Electronic musician Maro Maro lets his hands fly with an impressive medley of video game music performed on pair of stylophones. He had to tune the rudimentary analog synthesizers to different ranges in order to produce a wider range of notes.

Quadracade

Quadracade

This iOS game asks you to play not one, but four retro 8-bit games simultaneously on screen. There are 30 virtual game cartridges to play (with more to come), and you can earn power-ups to slow down games or earn bonus points. Drops 2/20/20 on the App Store.

NES Controller Mug

NES Controller Mug

Retro gaming fans, 1up your caffeine levels with this fun ceramic mug from Paladone. It features a level from the classic Super Mario Bros., and its handle looks just like the controller from the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Now someone needs to make a playable version.

Legbreaker

Legbreaker

This quirky platform puzzle game has two interesting constructs: 1) you can only jump twice in each level; and 2) you break one leg each time you jump. Azaan Lambkin’s submission to itch.io’s Finally Finish Something 2020 contest ironically has a bug that keeps some players from seeing the game’s ending.

Zelda: The Blood Moon

Zelda: The Blood Moon

Writer/Director Zane O’Gwin and Cinematographer Devin Supertramp created a truly impressive fan film from the Zelda universe. As the story unfolds, a battle lures our heroes into a tragic scenario, and Link must carry on into old age alone. Behind the scenes footage here.

198X (Launch Trailer)

198X (Launch Trailer)

This artful Nintendo Switch action game is jam-packed with gameplay and graphics inspired by the 16-bit gaming era, but the games are framed within the coming-of-age story of the kid playing the games at the arcade.

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Google Stadia in the ’90s

Google Stadia in the ’90s

“Some games even require a Pentium microprocessor!” Google’s Stadia streaming game service hasn’t exactly been off to a great start. But that didn’t stop Squirrel Monkey from envisioning how much worse it would have been had it been released sometime around 1995, cranking out 320×240 graphics at 6 fps.

DOOM Baby

DOOM Baby

Mashed attempts to do for the gruesomne shooter DOOM what The Mandalorian did for Star Wars, by introducing an adorable baby protagonist for everyone to fawn over. There’s no way the Demons of Hell are gonna eat this little slayer’s soul.

No Quarter Arcade Tables

No Quarter Arcade Tables

NoQuarterArcade handbuilds these sweet mid-century modern style arcade tables which play a wide variety of classic arcade games. They come with authentic arcade quality controls for two players, and pre-loaded with a number of games. They sell a 60-in-1 version, as well as a 412-in-1 version, and an 800-in-1 version.

Atari Hotels

Atari Hotels

Atari is mounting a comeback, first with a new console, and now with a chain of video game-themed hotels. The hotels will feature retro and modern games, Atari merch, and much more. Phoenix location breaks ground in 2020, and future locations will include as Vegas, Denver, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, and San Jose.

Lazr: A Clothformer

Lazr: A Clothformer

Garrick Campsey’s cyberpunk-inspired 2D platformer Lazr introduces the use of simulated cloth into its environments, adding a unique design and gameplay element. The flexible materials are used to create swinging ladders, ropes, and nets for the game’s protagonist to climb on. Demo available here.

Video Game Console Field Guide

Video Game Console Field Guide

Do you love classic video games? The Video Game Console Collector’s Field Guide is a 320-page compendium that provides a visual guide to more than 900 pieces of gaming hardware, an index of information on systems, and a checklist where you can keep track of your collection. Available in digital or hardcover print versions.

Sonic Sounds on Piano

Sonic Sounds on Piano

Sonic the Hedgehog is still one of the greatest platformers of all time, with memorable characters, amazing level design, and a fantastic soundtrack. Pianist Lord Vinheteiro didn’t just cover the Green Hill Zone theme song, but performed it in sync with the action on screen, complete with sound effects.

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DIY Vector Games Console

DIY Vector Games Console

You don’t see vector-based video games these days, but there was something really cool about systems like the Vectrex and games like BattleZone. Electronics wiz Mixtela was longing for the days of vector graphics too, so he built himself an impressive little system, complete with game cartridges. More details here.

Pixel Plants

Pixel Plants

Chicago-based Etsy shop Pixelixir makes these adorable 8-bit pixel art flowering plants, perfect for video gamers who lack green thumbs. They’re made from fused beads and each one includes a planter and rocks so they’re ready to display.

Impossible Game Endings

Impossible Game Endings

Getting to the end of a video game can be highly satisfying or highly disappointing, depending on the game. But some games are so difficult to beat that few have seen the way they finish. TheGamer compiled 10 of the trickiest ones to get to – including some that have no end at all.

Real Life Fallout Broadsider

Real Life Fallout Broadsider

Maker Jairus of All built an impressive replica of the Broadsider, a weapon from Fallout 76 that’s basically naval cannon you can carry around. The PVC-based weapon can actually fire, which he tested out in this video. If you’ve got the time to spare, check out the build video series here. Also, how many times did he say “stoichiometric?”

DOOM Eternal (Gameplay 2)

DOOM Eternal (Gameplay 2)

It’s been a long time coming, but the sequel to Bethesda’s excellent DOOM reboot finally drops on 3/20/20. DOOM Eternal continues the tradition of gory, edge of your seat first-person shooter thrills, with new creatures, upgraded weapons, and even more visceral action, as Hell’s armies bring their brand of terror to Earth.

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