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The Art of Atari

The Art of Atari

If you grew up in the ’70s or ’80s, there’s not much more iconic than the box art from classic Atari games. Authors Robert V. Conte and Tim Lapetino explore the history of videogaming’s great forefather, and the artists and creative process behind these now classic works.

Video Game Rain Sounds

Video Game Rain Sounds

Looking for some nature sounds to help you relax or sleep? You could download one of the many white noise apps out there, or you could play FunWithGuru’s video clip, a 16-minute-long compilation of rain sounds captured from 50 different video games.

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Ultracore

Ultracore

Back in 1994, Battlefield developer DICE started work on this side-scrolling shooter back for the Sega Genesis and Commodore Amiga. The 16-bit game known as “Hardcore” was shelved for more than two decades, and has been given new life on the PS4 and Nintendo Switch thanks to Strictly Limited Games.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite

Folks who love the games on the Nintendo Switch, but who never play on their TV set will want to check out the new Switch Lite, which plays all the games that support handheld mode, but is strictly a portable. Its controls are built in, and the motion and camera abilities are gone. Drops 9/20/19.

Mini Arcade Marquees

Mini Arcade Marquees

Celebrate your love for classic video games with one (or more) of RetroBuilder’s miniature arcade marquee light boxes, each with razor sharp color graphics. Each box measures about 7.87″ wide, is made from bamboo wood, and is powered via a USB cable. Choose from 20 different designs, with more to come.

SkateBIRD

SkateBIRD

This lighthearted game puts you in control of a little bird who’s learning to fly – on a skateboard. The tiny skatepark is made up of office supplies like staplers, scissors, and sticky notes, offering a fun place for our avian friends to take flight. Grab the Alpha demo version of the game here.

Grandma 8-Bit Blankets

Grandma 8-Bit Blankets

Janice of East Dixfield, Maine is no ordinary grandmother. She has a love for classic 8-bit video games, and crochets wonderfully soft and comfy looking acrylic yarn blankets using granny squares in place of pixels. Her Etsy shop currently has blankets inspired by Donkey Kong, Galaxian, TRON, and Mario.

Making Nintendo Sounds

Making Nintendo Sounds

Beyond the “It’sa Me Mario!,” you have to admit that the sounds in Nintendo’s 1st-party games are often pretty silly. Comedian Gus Johnson takes his best stab at envisioning exactly how they come up with those sounds in the recording studio.

Penn & Teller VR: F, U, U, U, & U

Penn & Teller VR: F, U, U, U, & U

This upcoming virtual reality game Frankly Unfair, Unkind, Unnecessary, and Underhanded from magicians and smart guys Penn & Teller will mess with player’s minds by subjecting them a variety of minigames which include facing their worst fears and a variety of cruel tricks.

Minecraft in a Minecraft Chest

Minecraft in a Minecraft Chest

Despite its age, people are still obsessed with MineCraft, and experimenting to see what else they can do with the block-building game. SethBling spent innumerable hours creating a chest inside of the game, that when opened, contains an completely playable version of MineCraft inside of itself. Download here.

Video Game Piano Medley

Video Game Piano Medley

Pianist Samuel Fu kicks things off with a rousing rendition of the Green Hill Zone theme from Sonic the Hedgehog, then moves on to Mario, Zelda, Halo, Undertale, and more of our favorite game themes, all sounding stellar as he tickles the ivories.

LED Gamer Nightlight

LED Gamer Nightlight

Etsy seller My Home Art Decor makes these sweet laser-cut wood accent lights, featuring images from classic games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Mario, Sonic, and Tetris. Each one has an RGB LED light source and a remote control so you can change its color. The wood panels can be ordered in natural or painted hues.

Super Mario Orchestra

Super Mario Orchestra

The 8-Bit Big Band breathes new life into the soundtrack from the NES classic Super Mario Bros., with an energetic performance of the theme music from the game’s first two worlds by a full orchestra and a chorus providing vocal accompaniment.

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Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Trailer)

Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Trailer)

Everyone’s other favorite Italian plumber is back to dustbust more ghosts in this game for Nintendo Switch. Luigi gets a few new tricks like the ability to switch from suck to blow, an alter-ego named “Gooigi,” and online and local co-op gameplay with 2 to 8 players. Drops late 2019.

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. Check out his YouTube channel for more great accordion covers, like Wonderwall and his Star Wars medley.

Red Fang: Antidote

Red Fang: Antidote

(Gore) Director Ansel Wallenfang’s awesome music video for metal band Red Fang’s track Antidote looks like a level from a 16-bit video game, is packed with retro gaming tropes, and culminates with one of the greatest boss fights of all time. We so want to play that van beatdown level.

Arcade 1UP Cabinets

Arcade 1UP Cabinets

Arcade1Up’s 3/4-scale replicas of classic arcade machines are fully playable, with real arcade controls, a 17″ display, and multiple licensed games loaded on each unit. They’re designed for standing or seated play, and can also be fitted with a riser. The 12-in-1 model offers the most bang for the buck.

8-Bit Symphony @Home

8-Bit Symphony @Home

Fans of classic video games will love this nearly 2-hour-long recording, featuring symphonic arrangements of 8-bit game music. The audio was captured during a performance by C64Audio and Hull Philharmonic Orchestra at Hull City Hall. Available for a limited time, so listen now, or better yet, buy the box set!

Minecraft Dungeons (Trailer)

Minecraft Dungeons (Trailer)

Minecraft meets Diablo in Mojang’s upcoming action RPG, Minecraft Dungeons. Set in the pixelated Minecraft universe, the game features procedurally generated levels, and online and local co-op for up to four players. Drops Spring 2020 for consoles and Windows.

’80s Video Game Commercials

’80s Video Game Commercials

Video game nerds, sit back, relax, and enjoy Dave Freeman’s hour-long commercial break featuring dozens of TV ads for classic games from Pac-Man to Space Invaders from the Atari 2600 to the Intellivision. The Toys ‘R’ Us music almost made us cry.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is an action adventure game that takes place across all nine Star Wars films, modified of course with more whimsy and humor. You’ll be able to jump to any movie setting and progress as you wish. Coming to consoles and Windows in 2020.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Gameplay)

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Gameplay)

This lengthy gameplay video of the upcoming Nintendo Switch tactical RPG Fire Emblem: Three Houses showcases some of the game’s numerous activities and characters. It also demonstrates a few of the new combat mechanics and features. The game drops 7/26/19.

Xbox One Elite Controller 2

Xbox One Elite Controller 2

The Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is even more comfortable, durable and customizable than its predecessor. It has a profile switch button, the option to program a button to act as a Shift key to map more commands, and an internal battery that lasts up to 40h per charge.

Final Fantasy VII Remake (Gameplay)

Final Fantasy VII Remake (Gameplay)

Square Enix has shared a lot of details about Final Fantasy VII: Remake. It will be split into multiple games, the first of which drops 03/03/20. The game will feature a mix of hack-and-slash and tactical combat, and appears to expand the story of the original.

Dunkey: E3 2019

Dunkey: E3 2019

(PG-13: Language) Video game enthusiast and critic Dunkey offers up his take on the announcements that came out of E3 2019. From Sony’s no-show stance, to the ability to play as any random NPC in Watch Dogs: Legion, to Keanu stealing the show in Cyberpunk 2077, he’s got all the notable moments covered.

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