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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.

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Untitled Goose Tool Holder

Untitled Goose Tool Holder

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.

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

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

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.

8BitDo Arcade Stick

8BitDo Arcade Stick

Game accessory maker 8BitDo’s stick is the perfect controller for all of your favorite arcade games. Sporting a retro Nintendo-inspired look, it works via Bluetooth, 2.4Ghz and wired connections and encourages modders to swap components. Ideal for both PC and Nintendo Switch gaming. Pre-order now for its 10.20.2020 release.

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

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.

Dichroic Prism Glass Dice Set

Dichroic Prism Glass Dice Set

URWizards creates unique dice for role-playing games. You’ll discover new colors every time you roll these gorgeous pieces made from prismatic glass. They’re sold in a set of seven dice, with various D20 designs to choose from, including moon, triforce, unicorn, and dagger. They also sell a frosted version.

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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.

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.

Mini LEGO Arcade Machines

Mini LEGO Arcade Machines

These teensy arcade and vending machines come from The Brick Show Shop. In order to avoid licensing issues, the machines ended up with names like “Ms. Dot Man,” “Froggy,” and “Astrobricks,” but we still love them, and have already built a whole arcade for our minifigs to play in.

Ghibli in Minecraft

Ghibli in Minecraft

Animator Alan Becker is best known for his Animation vs. series. When he’s not making those, he spends his time painstakingly replicating the vibrant worlds of Studio Ghibli entirely inside of Minecraft. You can join his Ghibli Minecraft server here, and check out the GhibliCraft YouTube channel for more videos.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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