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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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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