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.
THE BEST Games
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The iiRcade is taking a different approach to retro arcade gaming. Rather than coming with just a couple of titles, or using illegal roms, it plays officially-licensed games which can be downloaded for $2.99 – $14.99. It comes preloaded with 10 games, and is available in bartop or cabinet versions. Current games list here.
It’s-a-mug, Mario! Celebrate your love for caffeine and the Mushroom Kingdom with Paladone’s official Super Mario Bros. mug. The squared off ceramic mug borrows its shape from the classic NES game cartridge, only this time you need to blow on it to cool off your coffee, and not to get the game to load.
Crash Bandicoot is back, and not with a remaster of an old title, but a whole new game. With modern graphics, massive new worlds, new skills, and challenging new boss battles, the new Crash looks every bit as good as Ratchet & Clank now. Coming to PS4 on 10.2.20.
Arcade1Up specializes in making compact versions of classic arcade machines. Now they’re getting into the digital pinball game, with a 3/4-scale Marvel pinball machine that runs Zen Studios games. It has a 24″ recessed display, a nudge and tilt sensor, haptic flipper feedback, a plunger, and a second screen scoreboard.
Low-Fi is a VR game that drops you into a cyberpunk world clearly inspired by Blade Runner. You play a character who is unable to merge with “The Platform,” a VR simulation where most people live their lives, relegated to performing police duties in the real world. Coming to SteamVR and PSVR, with early access on itch.io now.
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