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Ghost Headphone Stand

Ghost Headphone Stand

Fans of classic video games will recognize this guy as Blinky, the pixelated red ghost from Pac-Man. Here, he’s serving a useful purpose by giving your headphones a place to rest when you’re not wearing them. Handmade from baltic birch, sanded smooth, and painted by artist BalticPrime. Also available as a scared blue ghost.

Art of Rally

Art of Rally

This stylized racing game from the creator of Absolute Drift lets you hoon about challenging courses in classic drift cars. The finished game will offer more than 50 cars, 60 stages, a career mode, weekly challenges, and online leaderboards. Best of all, they’ve released a short playable demo offering a glimpse of what’s to come.

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PlayStation Plus: 12-Month Subscription

Upgrade your PS4 game library all year long, with an annual pass to PlayStation Plus. Each month, you’ll get two free PS4 games to download – and these aren’t junky B-list titles either. Members also get full access to online multiplayer gaming, and exclusive discounts on other games and content.

Dunkey on Half-Life : Alyx

Dunkey on Half-Life : Alyx

(PG-13: Language) If you happen to have a fancy VR rig for your PC, you can tune out the rest of the world with Valve’s latest stress-inducing Half-Life game. But if you’re videogamedunkey, you don’t just play the game, you live the game. And yes, you can wear a headcrab as a hat now.

Real Life Blades of Chaos

Real Life Blades of Chaos

After wowing us with his Fallout Broadsider, replica maker Jairus of All is back with another impressive video game-inspired weapon. His real-world version of Kratos’s Blades of Chaos will give any God of War fan a thrill with their real metal blades and chains. Watch the build video series here.

Music Genre: Video Game, Animated.

Music Genre: Video Game, Animated.

Seth Everman’s hilarious take on video game music and sound tropes gets a fresh coat of paint, courtesy of animator Sherbies, who added some appropriate game imagery to the original soundtrack. So when can we play Legend of Selma, Bintendo folks?

GameBud 8-Bit Handheld

This basic, bargain priced handheld gaming system comes loaded up with 400 old-school 8-bit games. It’s got a 2.8″ color LCD screen, and a TV-out port in case you want to play on a bigger one. Grab one for $19.95, or a pair for $34.99 in The Awesomer Shop.

The Last Campfire (Trailer)

The Last Campfire (Trailer)

This indie title from Hello Games (No Man’s Sky) follows the story of lost ember who finds itself lost in a mysterious place. It’s up to players to guide the poor little guy through a series of challenging puzzles on its quest for home. Due Summer 2020 on multiple platforms.

Inside the Xbox Series X

Inside the Xbox Series X

The next-gen console wars are about to begin, and Microsoft is touting the hardware capabilities of the Xbox Series X. The company allowed a handful of folks to go hands-on with the machine, including tech vlogger Austin Evans, who gives us our best look yet at the internals and tech powering the new game system.

Theme Park of Torment

Theme Park of Torment

After pushing his CPU and RAM to the limit with a mega-fireworks display in the physics-based sim game Planet Coaster, Let’s Game It Out decided he was going to build himself a terrifying virtual theme park, designed exclusively to torture its oblivious visitors in hilarious ways.

Explosive Barrels

Explosive Barrels

FPS games love to toss in an assortment of explosive barrels and other stuff to blow up among their scenery, letting players quickly dispatch large groups of enemies with a single shot. As part of their extensive series on weaponry, Ahoy looks back at the history of these common video game props, and why we still love them.

Moving Out (Gameplay)

Moving Out (Gameplay)

This physics-based moving sim game asks players to move furniture around the town of Packmore, as you live your life as a newly-certified Furniture Arrangement & Relocation Technician. It’s packed with hilarious and tricky levels, and looks even more fun in co-op mode. Drops 4/28/2020 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

inbento

inbento

Nintendo celebrates the launch of its relaxing new puzzle game for the Switch, in which you must carefully follow a series of recipes to create a perfectly presented bento box meal for a family of cats. It’s just the sort of game we need to take our minds off the craziness around us in the world these days.

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Super Mario Bros. 2 Acoustic

Super Mario Bros. 2 Acoustic

Musician Sam Griffin performs an acoustic classical guitar cover of the tricky Overworld theme from Super Mario Bros. 2, and says its “basically the hardest thing” he’s ever played. If you play guitar and think you’re up to the challenge, you can grab the tabs as a Patreon supporter.

Lightmatter

“Think ‘the floor is lava,’ just with shadows that absorb organic material.” The first-person puzzle game Lightmatter certainly owes a debt to games like Portal, but it’s also unique in its gameplay. The main idea? You must always remain in the light, as the shadows will instantly destroy you. Save 20% in The Awesomer Shop.

Labyrinth: The Adventure Game

Labyrinth: The Adventure Game

River Horse and writer Ben “Questing Beast” Milton present an adventure game inspired by Jim Henson’s classic fantasy movie, Labyrinth. The game book plays out over 100+ scenes, and includes both a basic rule set for beginners, or can be played with your favorite RPG rules. Ben has an in-depth look at the game here.

Full Throttle 2020

Full Throttle 2020

’90s kids might remember a little video game called Full Throttle. Directors Rick & Mario and animation studio Red Knuckles created this awesome re-imagining of Tim Schafer’s classic point-and-click adventure – or at least a very small piece of it. This makes us crave a movie version of Ben and Maureen’s wild motorcycle journey.

Slimline Arcade Cabinets

Slimline Arcade Cabinets

The Arcade Guys build reasonably-priced video game machines with a small footprint. They come with Sanwa arcade controls, a Raspberry PI B Plus computer, 32″ display, LED lights, stereo speakers and amplifier, and pre-loaded with thousands of classic games from arcade and home systems. Also available in a 4-player model.

New Jack Spring Yard Zone

New Jack Spring Yard Zone

The 8-Bit Big Band takes on a track from the 16-bit era, with an appropriately New Jack Swing interpretation of the music from Sonic the Hedgehog’s notoriously tricky Spring Yard Zone level. The only thing it’s missing are the sounds of the bouncy bumpers and gold rings being collected.

Atomic Heart 4K Gameplay Teaser

Atomic Heart 4K Gameplay Teaser

“I can hear my GPU screaming in front of this.” That’s what one commenter had to say about this 4K demo footage from Mundfish’s long-awaited action RPG/FPS, Atomic Heart. We couldn’t help but think of classics like Half-Life 2 and BioShock when we watched this, and we’re hoping the actual game lives up to those benchmarks.

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Insert Coin (Trailer)

Insert Coin (Trailer)

With games like Mortal Kombat, NBA JAM, NARC, and Smash TV to their credit, Chicago’s Midway Games was the bad boy of 1990s arcade gaming. The documentary Insert Coin delves into the story of this incredible game factory, and the creative designers and programmers behind the scenes.

Game Console Startups 1977-2020

Game Console Startups 1977-2020

YouTuber Swarki takes us on a trip back through the history of console gaming with a compilation of startup screens and sounds from video game systems from the last 40+ years. Along the way you’ll be treated to classics like the original PlayStation and Xbox, along with rarities like the Halcyon and the Video Challenger.

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.

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.

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