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Explosive Chess

Explosive Chess

Back in the day, there was this great video game called Battle Chess, in which chess pieces fought to the death on the board. This clip from CGI animator lotsalote envisions what a next-gen version of that game might look like, as individual chess pieces explode violently on impact with their opponents.

Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset

Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset
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Oculus goes all-in on wireless VR gaming with the latest version of its standalone Quest head-mounted display. It’s smaller and lighter, has upgraded hardware for smoother gameplay, 50% more pixels, and improved Oculus Touch controllers. It also works as a PC VR headset with an optional Oculus Link cable.

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Tiny Arcade 2020 Collection

Tiny Arcade 2020 Collection

Super Impulse makes teensy replicas of classic arcade games. New for Fall 2020 are versions of BurgerTime, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mappy, and a special Hello Kitty Pac-Man. They’ve also got a tiny Pop-A-Shot if you’re into boardwalk basketball. Keep an eye on Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Target for these latest releases.

Feather (Launch Trailer)

Feather (Launch Trailer)

Australian indie developer Samurai Punk created this relaxing game in which you assume the role of a bird, and fly around a vast island. As you explore and take in the colorful scenery, the weather and time of day gradually change, accompanied by a soothing ambient soundtrack. Available now on PS4, Switch, PC, and Xbox One.

Gaming Residence Cart

Gaming Residence Cart

Thanko Japan’s all-in-one plastic rack is perfect for gamers, providing storage for consoles, game boxes, and accessories. It comes with an HDMI switch and an outlet strip, though it’s designed for 2-prong AC plugs only. Stack two for even more space. You’ll need to use a service like White Rabbit Express to import one from Japan.

My Arcade Pocket Player Handhelds

My Arcade Pocket Player Handhelds
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My Arcade makes pocket-sized gaming systems that each play three classic arcade games. They feature accurate 8-bit graphics, arcade-inspired case designs, and a crisp 2.75″ color display. Available games include Bubble Bobble, Rainbow Islands, Dig Dug, Galaga, Galaxian, Xevious, Ms. Pac-Man, Sky Kid, Mappy, and more.

Marimbalovania

Marimbalovania

The musicians of Pulse Percussion perform an energetic marimba cover version of the fast-paced techno track Megalovania from Undertale. We’re impressed that three musicians playing on the same instrument don’t bump into each other.

NES Cartridge Drink Coasters

NES Cartridge Drink Coasters
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Show your love for classic Nintendo games with this set of eight chipboard drink coasters made to look like flattened cartridges from the 8-bit gaming system. Includes Zelda, Metroid, ExciteBike, Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Duck Hunt, and Super Mario 2 and 3 designs.

Battle Patrol 2084

Battle Patrol 2084

“A once proud city has descended into a den of crime, sin, and misery. A corrupt police force and criminal underworld make every day a savage struggle… Yet one man will attempt a daring escape…” It sounds like quite the premise, but Mark Butchko’s animated short film is basically a modern tribute to the video game Zaxxon.

5 Levels of Super Mario World

5 Levels of Super Mario World

Violinist Rob Landes kicks things off in Noob mode with the familiar music from Super Mario World, then quickly levels up and progresses towards the incredibly challenging Epic mode. Rob previously did the same for the Super Mario Bros. theme.

Untitled Goose Tool Holder

Untitled Goose Tool Holder
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The goose in Untitled Goose Game causes all kinds of trouble. Thanks to Nihilist Grandma, you can put this annoying avian to good use. Their 3D-printed statue has a strong magnet installed under its beak for holding small tools, keys, or other metal objects. Comes in 9″ and 14″ sizes. Expect lengthy ship times due to popularity.

Arcade Business Card Holder

Arcade Business Card Holder

Love Hultén creates some truly wonderful retro-inspired arcade machines, computers, and other electronics. His latest build is a business card holder – but it’s anything but ordinary, with a tiny, functional arcade machine built into it. We need this right now.

Junk Jet IRL

Junk Jet IRL

Inspired by the Junk Jet in Fallout 4, The Hacksmith went ahead and built a real-world replica of the unique and destructive weapon. Simply load up its steel barrel with anything you find lying around, and its airbag-powered launcher turns random junk into deadly projectiles.

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10 Hours of Chiptunes

10 Hours of Chiptunes

Do you need a break from your regular music playlists? Then open up this video, hit play, and drop it into a background tab. Jorf assembled this epic 10-hour and 53-minute mix of 227 tracks programmed by various chiptune musicians and played with the classic 8-bit sounds of the Nintendo Entertainment System.

No Quarter Arcade Tables

No Quarter Arcade Tables
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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.

NERF Halo Infinite MA40

NERF Halo Infinite MA40
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Inspired by the MA40 assault rifle in Halo Infinite, this official NERF blaster features motorized dart blasting, and the ability to smoothly fire with sequential trigger squeezes. It includes a 10-dart magazine, 10 NERF Elite darts, and an attachable rail riser for mounting accessories. We wish it had a real ammo counter though.

Speed Cockpit Racing Chair

Speed Cockpit Racing Chair

Developed with professional race car drivers, this modular seating system is designed for serious racing sim fanatics. It features an angled, adjustable seat in nylon or leather, and sturdy metal stands that a steering wheel and pedals can be securely mounted to. Add-ons include a desktop, gear shift mount, and TV mount.

Sonic the Hedgehog Polka

Sonic the Hedgehog Polka

It looks like SirTremendous could use a housekeeper, but we’ll forgive the mess in the background because his performance of the Green Hill Zone soundtrack from Sonic the Hedgehog is just too good to ignore. His YouTube channel has more great covers like Want You Gone from Portal 2 and a Star Wars medley.

Build Your Own First-person Shooter

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When it comes to game development, Unity and the Unreal Engine are two of the most popular platforms out there. This series of 10 online courses will teach you how to build a basic FPS using those tools, as well as Microsoft Azure PlayFab for multiplayer online games, along with the open-source Godot game engine.

Minecraft Electric Joy Ride

Minecraft Electric Joy Ride

Creator DoodleChaos takes us on another one of their joyful musical rides, as a Minecraft cart enjoys spectacular views of fireworks, explosions, and flying blocks, perfectly synchronized with Electronic Joy Ride’s track Origin.

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Where Is My Body?

Where Is My Body?

This upcoming 8-bit title from GreenBoy Games gives you a new reason to dust off your old Nintendo Game Boy. Where Is My Body? sends a disembodied hand on a quest to find the rest of its body. Gameplay takes inspiration from adventures like Maniac Mansion and The Secret of Monkey Island.

Seiko x Street Fighter Watches

Seiko x Street Fighter Watches

Seiko 5 Sports presents a limited-edition series of six analog wristwatches, each inspired by the Street Fighter franchise. The watches are based on the classic SKX007 automatic, with a 120-click bezel, 100m water resistance, and day/date functionality. Choose from Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, Blanka, and Zangief designs.

Quell Fitness Gaming

Quell Fitness Gaming

Quell is a wearable device that provides a resistance-based upper body workout while you play a video game. As you punch, its motion tracking sensors detect your movements and let you knock out foes on screen. The game plays on PC, Mac, or mobile device, which can then be connected to your TV screen.

Dark Light

Dark Light
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Currrently available on Steam Early Access for Windows and Mac, Darklight is an intense 2D-scrolling action platformer with impressive lighting and cool cyberpunk aesthetics. As you move through its dimly-lit industrial levels, you’ll encounter dangerous creatures who only appear under the light of your companion drone.

Factorio 1.0

Factorio 1.0

Factorio is an incredible game about building and maintaining huge factories. After years of development and early access testing, v1.0 is here. You’ll mine for resources, figure out how to make your factories more efficient, and fight off enemies hellbent on their destruction. Grab the trial, or buy the full game here.

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.

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