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Reloading Everyday Things

Reloading Everyday Things

There’s something so satisfying about how you reload weapons in video games. In this compilation video by Kommander Karl, he shows how you can use the same method to reload everyday items like a vacuum cleaner, a toaster, and a pencil sharpener. We do the same thing every time we use a caulk gun.

Tilt-Shifted Video Games

Tilt-Shifted Video Games

The tilt-shift lens technique is known for making real-world locations look like miniatures. Flurdeh applies the same effect to video games, offering up tilt-shift takes on Fallout: New Vegas, Bioshock Infinite, CyberPunk 2077, and Skyrim and more. We loved watching tiny street fights break out in Batman: Arkham Knight.

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Xbox Series X Junk Case Mod

Xbox Series X Junk Case Mod

After seeing Studson Studios’ model of Howl’s Moving Castle, the guys from Nerdforge were inspired to build a similarly complex new cover for their basic black Xbox Series X. After building a form-fitting wood wrap for the game console, Martina used foam, junk, and toys to create the structure. Hopefully it won’t overheat.

The History of Need for Speed

The History of Need for Speed

With 24 released installments, and at least nine canceled ones, the Need for Speed video game franchise has been around since 1994. Noodle takes a look back at the popular racing series’ origins and evolution of the game, from its roots as a Road and Track tie-in to slick CG action. The opening animation alone is worth the watch.

Robocop: Rogue City (Gameplay)

Robocop: Rogue City (Gameplay)

You have 20 seconds to comply and hit play on this gameplay trailer. Teyon’s bloody FPS is inspired by the original Robocop and puts you in the shoes of Alex Murphy on the streets of Detroit as he battles baddies and takes on the evil Omni Consumer Products. Peter Weller is back to provide the voice and face of RoboCop. Drops 6.2023.

Halo on Classical Guitar

Halo on Classical Guitar

Despite having come out more than 20 years ago, we still get chills every time the theme music from Halo starts playing on our Xbox Series X. But does it sound as good without the violins and choir? Beyond The Guitar proves that the track is still spectacular even stripped down on solo acoustic guitar.

The Mighty LEGO Bowser

The Mighty LEGO Bowser

This official LEGO version of big bad Bowser has your princess in another castle. The 12.5″ tall, 2807-piece model features brand new LEGO parts for his spikes and has articulated hands and fingers, a head and neck that move, and a fireball launcher in his mouth. It also interacts with LEGO’s Mario, Luigi, and Peach digital figures.

SCHiM: Gameplay Trailer

SCHiM: Gameplay Trailer

This unique indie game from Extra Nice challenges players to move through an isometric 3D environment by moving and jumping only in the shadows. It combines elements of platformers and puzzle games with a unique line-art aesthetic. Coming to PC, Mac, Linux, Playstation, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox.

NERF LMTD Destiny Gjallarhorn

NERF LMTD Destiny Gjallarhorn
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NERF and Bungie have truly delivered with this 4-foot-long blaster inspired by the Gjallarhorn rocket launcher in Destiny 2. The limited-edition toy will be available to players who unlock it in the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack by 7.7.22 at 9am PT, with pre-orders starting at 10am. Any remaining units will be available after 7.21.22.

Sony Inzone Gaming Headphones

Sony Inzone Gaming Headphones
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Sony’s new Inzone line offers audio and video gear for hardcore gamers. Their headphone series features clean and modern aesthetics, 360º spatial sound, crystal-clear sound reproduction, long-wearing comfort, and immersive bass. They come in wired (H3), wireless (H7), and wireless noise-canceling (H9) models.

Mantis

Mantis

From the makers of Exploding Kittens comes a fun card game with a deceptively simple set of rules. Using the colors and icons on the backs of cards as clues, players must figure out what cards to steal from their opponents to maximize their score. Each game takes about 10 minutes to play. For 2 to 6 players.

World’s Largest Xbox Series X

World’s Largest Xbox Series X

We just checked out what is likely the smallest working PS5 console. We now have the opposite – a gargantuan Xbox Series X that’s nearly 7 feet tall. Michael Pick teamed up with ZHC to build and decorate this beast, and yes, it plays games. It’s since been donated to the YMCA Youth and Teen Development Center in Atlanta, GA.

DIY PS5 Slim

DIY PS5 Slim

If the past is any indication, Sony will eventually release a smaller PS5. Matt at DIY Perks couldn’t wait, so he got to work stripping down its parts and created his own PS5 Slim. By moving its power supply to an external brick and building a custom copper water-cooling system, he dramatically cut down on its size.

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Mario Kart Live: Banjo’s Rare’n’ Racecourse

Mario Kart Live: Banjo’s Rare’n’ Racecourse

The game Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit uses augmented reality tech to let you play racing games with real-world obstacles. Thomas from Mutch Games takes his course builds to the next level. In this clip, he takes us for ride through Banjo Kazooie’s Spiral Mountain along with a bonus Diddy Kong Racing section.

Lightyear: PS1 Edition

Lightyear: PS1 Edition

CG and video game animation have gotten very good over the years. But sometimes we long for the simpler and less realistic graphics of classic video game consoles. Hoolopee took footage from the Pixar movie Lightyear, and remade it in the style of the original Sony PlayStation, complete with low-poly, pixelated 3D models.

Project M (Trailer)

Project M (Trailer)

We’ve learned not to early demo footage to be representative of a game’s final look. But we’re cautiously optimistic that NCSOFT’s Unreal 5-powered Project M will live up to the developer’s goal of creating the kinds of the incredibly realistic characters and environment shown in this trailer. Turn on subtitles.

High on Life (Trailer)

High on Life (Trailer)

Justin Roiland’s Squanch Games is showing off its FPS High on Life. The game’s plot revolves around alien drug cartels who figure out that humans contain the strongest drug in the cosmos. It’s your job to stop these deadly beings, with the help of the Gatlians, a race of living guns. That’s two games with talking guns in a week.

Mario Question Block Lamps

Mario Question Block Lamps
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Nintendo fans, check out these fun Question Mark Block lamps from Rock City Creative. Each is laser cut from birch plywood and will look great in any geeky setting. They come in 4″ and 8″ sizes with either classic gold or color-changing LEDs. We don’t recommend punching it to see if coins or power-ups come out.

The Entropy Centre (Gameplay)

The Entropy Centre (Gameplay)

This first-person puzzler owes more than a little to the Portal franchise. Though instead of opening up portals to solve puzzles, the objective is to put objects and the environment back the way it was by reversing time. And instead of Wheatley, you get a sassy talking gun. Coming to Steam, PS4, PS5, and Xbox later in 2022.

GPD XP Plus Modular Gaming Handheld

GPD XP Plus Modular Gaming Handheld

This powerful Android gaming system is perfect for emulator fanatics. Its 8-core Dimensity 1200 chip is fast enough to run upscaled PS2 games at 60 fps. What really sets it apart is its magnetic controller modules, which provide separate FPS, MOBA, and Xbox-style layouts. ETA Prime has a great hands-on review.

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Humble Dreamcast Bundle

Humble Dreamcast Bundle
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A compilation of six classic SEGA Dreamcast games, playable on your Windows PC and enhanced for HD widescreen gameplay. The bundle includes Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, NiGHTS Into Dreams, SEGA Bass Fishing, Sonic Adventure DX, and Space Channel 5: Part 2.

Razer Enki Pro Gaming Chair

Razer Enki Pro Gaming Chair
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Built like a performance sports car seat, Razer’s gaming chair combines comfort, style, and support. It hugs your body with side bolsters and is wrapped in Alcantara. Features include a cushioned backrest, an ultrawide seat, lumbar arch support, and a memory foam head cushion. Adjustments include tilt, recline, and arm height.

Lose Yourself, Mario

Lose Yourself, Mario

There I Ruined It takes a momentary pause from ruining songs to delight us with a little musical mashup. It makes no sense on paper, but combining Eminem’s Lose Yourself with the theme from Super Mario Bros. somehow works just perfectly.

Mario Wood Pixel Coasters

Mario Wood Pixel Coasters
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Artist Cameron Oehler of 1337motif makes awesome cutting boards and coasters inspired by video game pixel art. This set of six wooden coasters features pixelated images of Mario, Mushroom, Star, Boo, Bob-omb, and Goomba, each made from hundreds of cubes of colorful wood.

Cardboard GameBoy Advance SP

Cardboard GameBoy Advance SP

We always figured if you were going to upgrade the plastic case on a handheld game system, you’d want to go for aluminum or maybe carbon fiber. But Peter Knetter is a bit of a contrarian, so he downgraded his GameBoy Advance SP by building it a case, buttons, and D-pad out of cardboard.

Super Slide Brain Puzzle

Super Slide Brain Puzzle
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GiiKER’s interactive puzzle game combines the digital and tactile worlds by displaying a puzzle arrangement on its LED screen, then asking you to solve it by sliding the pieces into the proper positions. It comes loaded with more than 500 challenges. Great for kids and adults and an excellent alternative to playing on phones.

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