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Source 2 Makes Me Weep

Source 2 Makes Me Weep

Valve’s Source 2 game engine was first used for Dota 2, but most recently powered the stunning Half-Life: Alyx. To celebrate its many capabilities, Corey Laddo put together this amusing tribute video, inspired by the earlier fan clip “Source Makes Me Cry.” More games need High Fidelity 4K Bread.

NEOGEO Mini Arcade

NEOGEO Mini Arcade

What was once one of the most costly arcade machines is now small enough and cheap enough to have on your desktop. The 6.4″ tall console has a 3.5″ LCD screen, HDMI output, arcade style joystick and buttons, and 40 classic games. Available in Japanese and International versions, as well as three limited edition models.

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Nova 360 Motion VR Simulator

Nova 360 Motion VR Simulator

New Zealand tech startup Eight360 has created a motion simulator that looks like something out of Jurassic World or Oblivion. The sphere can rotate untethered in any direction, meaning its occupant can tumble, roll, and spin. Its movements are synced with a VR headset, so motion sickness isn’t as likely as stationary VR.

How People Move in Video Games

How People Move in Video Games

As good as the graphics have gotten in video games, the character animations aren’t always as convincing. In this hilarious video from Komazawa Isolation, the protagonist walks around Tokyo’s Shibuya district just like they do in third-person action games like Grand Theft Auto. The spot-on camera work seals the deal.

Switchblade Nintendo Switch Hub

Switchblade Nintendo Switch Hub

The Nintendo Switch is a great gaming system, but Nintendo’s dock isn’t exactly easy to travel with. The Switchblade Hub attaches directly to your Switch, adding Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless headphones, an HDMI output, and a kickstand that you can carry with you. It also adds extra USB-A and USB-C ports, and two hidden SD card slots.

The Fuzzies

The Fuzzies

This party game from the makers of Wavelength and Monikers is sort of a soft and round version of Jenga. Players draw a card to pick a color, then pluck and stack one of its fuzzy balls higher on its tower. Knock some off, and you’ll have to draw that many cards next turn. Topple the tower, and it’s game over, man.

Drop x Koss GMR-54X-ISO

Drop x Koss GMR-54X-ISO

Drop took the Koss GMR-540-ISO gaming headset and made it lighter and more affordable. The GMR-54X-ISO features the same audiophile-grade 3D sound as the 540. It also has a detachable cable with inline mic, while the detachable boom mic has a new mute and volume switch.

Most Played Arcade Games (’78-’20)

Most Played Arcade Games  (’78-’20)

It’s been some time since we set foot into a video arcade, but back in the day, we pumped more than our share of quarters into arcade machines. Captain Gizmo gathered data on which games raked in the most coin over the years, and it’s amazing how little the rankings changed since the 1980s once you adjust for inflation.

Everwild: Eternals Trailer

Everwild: Eternals Trailer

We still don’t know too much about Rare’s new adventure game, but Everwild certainly looks beautiful. The upcoming title is described simply as “unique and unforgettable experiences await in a natural and magical world.” Coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows 10.

Embody Gaming Chair

Embody Gaming Chair

Computer accessory maker Logitech teamed up with furniture experts Herman Miller to create a premium gaming chair that combines futuristic styling with ergonomics. The Embody Gaming Chair is designed to improve your posture and comfort during lengthy gaming sessions, while adjusting to fit your unique form.

LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System

LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System

The coolest item to come out of the partnership between LEGO and Nintendo (so far) is this brick-built replica of the classic NES game console. The 2646-piece set comes with a retro TV set that displays a level from Super Mario Bros., which actually scrolls when you turn its crank. Drops 8.1.20 on LEGO.com.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Completely revamped from top to bottom, Microsoft Flight Simulator aims to be the most realistic aviation sim ever. The game includes data from over 2 million cities around the globe, rendered in incredible detail, with 4K and HDR support, along with real-time atmospheric and weather conditions. Coming to Windows 10, 8.18.20.

Far Cry 6 (Trailer)

Far Cry 6 (Trailer)

With roles like Gustavo Fring and Moff Gideon under his belt, Giancarlo Esposito has made quite the name for himself as quietly sinister characters. So it’s no wonder he’s playing the iron-fisted dictator of the war torn nation of Yara, the setting for the latest in the Far Cry franchise. Watch the cinematic title sequence here.

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Arcade Light Switch Covers

Arcade Light Switch Covers

1up your living space LightCore’s fun light switch covers. They easily convert modern rocker-type switches into arcade-style buttons in a snap. Just remove your current faceplates, and screw these in their place. Available as single or dual switch versions, and a variety of color schemes.

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.

Super Mario Fridge Magnets

Super Mario Fridge Magnets

Nintendo fans, dress up your fridge with your own custom level from Super Mario Bros. This set comes with 80 8-bit magnets from the Mushroom Kingdom, including bricks, pipes, gold coins, Koopas, Goombas, Mario, and Luigi. Just look out for those Piranha Plants.

Rubik’s Cube Mosaic Kits

Rubik’s Cube Mosaic Kits

TwistPixel Studios creates fun and vibrant wall art using mini Rubik’s Cubes as his media. Each work is sold in kit form, and includes all of the supplies you need to create your pixelated portraits. Designs include Space Invaders, Pikachu, Tony Stark, Pac-Man, and numerous others, all made using a limited 6-color pallette.

Funkey S Mini Gaming Handheld

Funkey S Mini Gaming Handheld

This keychain-sized handheld system plays retro gaming emulators. It features a clamshell design that opens up to reveal a 1.54″ LCD screen, and a gamepad style controller. It runs an ARM Cortex-A7 CPU @ 1.2 GHz, and loads games via its SD card slot. It can run ROMs from NES, SNES, SEGA Master System, and even PS1 games.

Game Number Comparisons

Game Number Comparisons

While the number of Pokémon and other collectible gaming items is always changing, Reigarw Comparisons still thought it would be fun to put some numbers into perspective, tallying up everything from the count of weapons in Call of Duty to the insane quantity of blocks it would take to fill the Minecraft universe.

Rollercoaster Rhapsody

Rollercoaster Rhapsody

Using only the 2002 video game RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 as their canvas, ChuggersRCT managed to create a thrill ride that syncs up perfectly with Queen’s masterful operatic track Bohemian Rhapsody. Sure, the “Galileo” death spiral bit would probably do you in, but you’d be going out in style.

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Game Screen Generator

Game Screen Generator

Also known as “The Death Generator,” this fun website lets you render classic video game screens with your own custom text. There are over 150 game screens to choose from, including Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, The Oregon Trail, and Metroid, many of which offer configurable backgrounds and characters.

Armpal Tabletop Robots

Armpal Tabletop Robots

Armpal is a unique tabletop game that asks players to move and stack blocks by manipulating a robot arm. Each machine comes as a laser-cut wood kit, with gears, springs, and simple hydraulics to make them move. The arms work with interchangeable heads, including a claw, excavator, and magnetic crane.

Maquette (Gameplay)

Maquette (Gameplay)

Developer Graceful Decay is working on this first-person 3D puzzle game that drops players into a beautiful and perplexing world where every environment and item is simultaneously enormous and tiny. Puzzles are solved by manipulating objects at different scales. Coming to Windows 10, PS4, and PS5.

Recompile (Gameplay)

Recompile (Gameplay)

This upcoming action game drops players into a vivid digital world. Much like the plot of TRON, players find themselves inside of a mainframe computer, and must traverse their environment through a series of platforming, hacking, and intense combat sequences. Coming to Xbox Series X, PS5, and PC.

Make Games with Unreal Engine 4

Epic Games’ Unreal Engine is arguably the best video game development engine out there, enabling amazing graphics, physics, and gameplay. Now learn how to make your own games with with this bundle of eight online courses that can even get beginners up and running with Unreal Engine 4.

Portal: The Sound of Science

Portal: The Sound of Science

The last time we got a new Portal game was all the way back in 2011, but we still keep hoping that Valve will give us Portal 3 someday. For now, this Portal-inspired machinima parody of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence from Harry101UK and lyricist Greg Holgate will have to suffice.

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