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198X (Launch Trailer)

198X (Launch Trailer)

This artful Nintendo Switch action game is jam-packed with gameplay and graphics inspired by the 16-bit gaming era, but the games are framed within the coming-of-age story of the kid playing the games at the arcade.

Google Stadia in the ’90s

Google Stadia in the ’90s

“Some games even require a Pentium microprocessor!” Google’s Stadia streaming game service hasn’t exactly been off to a great start. But that didn’t stop Squirrel Monkey from envisioning how much worse it would have been had it been released sometime around 1995, cranking out 320×240 graphics at 6 fps.

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DOOM Baby

DOOM Baby

Mashed attempts to do for the gruesomne shooter DOOM what The Mandalorian did for Star Wars, by introducing an adorable baby protagonist for everyone to fawn over. There’s no way the Demons of Hell are gonna eat this little slayer’s soul.

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.

Atari Hotels

Atari Hotels

Atari is mounting a comeback, first with a new console, and now with a chain of video game-themed hotels. The hotels will feature retro and modern games, Atari merch, and much more. Phoenix location breaks ground in 2020, and future locations will include as Vegas, Denver, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, and San Jose.

Lazr: A Clothformer

Lazr: A Clothformer

Garrick Campsey’s cyberpunk-inspired 2D platformer Lazr introduces the use of simulated cloth into its environments, adding a unique design and gameplay element. The flexible materials are used to create swinging ladders, ropes, and nets for the game’s protagonist to climb on. Demo available here.

Video Game Console Field Guide

Video Game Console Field Guide

Do you love classic video games? The Video Game Console Collector’s Field Guide is a 320-page compendium that provides a visual guide to more than 900 pieces of gaming hardware, an index of information on systems, and a checklist where you can keep track of your collection. Available in digital or hardcover print versions.

Sonic Sounds on Piano

Sonic Sounds on Piano

Sonic the Hedgehog is still one of the greatest platformers of all time, with memorable characters, amazing level design, and a fantastic soundtrack. Pianist Lord Vinheteiro didn’t just cover the Green Hill Zone theme song, but performed it in sync with the action on screen, complete with sound effects.

DIY Vector Games Console

DIY Vector Games Console

You don’t see vector-based video games these days, but there was something really cool about systems like the Vectrex and games like BattleZone. Electronics wiz Mixtela was longing for the days of vector graphics too, so he built himself an impressive little system, complete with game cartridges. More details here.

Pixel Plants

Pixel Plants

Chicago-based Etsy shop Pixelixir makes these adorable 8-bit pixel art flowering plants, perfect for video gamers who lack green thumbs. They’re made from fused beads and each one includes a planter and rocks so they’re ready to display.

Impossible Game Endings

Impossible Game Endings

Getting to the end of a video game can be highly satisfying or highly disappointing, depending on the game. But some games are so difficult to beat that few have seen the way they finish. TheGamer compiled 10 of the trickiest ones to get to – including some that have no end at all.

Real Life Fallout Broadsider

Real Life Fallout Broadsider

Maker Jairus of All built an impressive replica of the Broadsider, a weapon from Fallout 76 that’s basically naval cannon you can carry around. The PVC weapon can actually fire, which he tested out in this video. If you’ve got the time to spare, check out the build video series here. Also, how many times did he say “stoichiometric?”

DOOM Eternal (Gameplay 2)

DOOM Eternal (Gameplay 2)

It’s been a long time coming, but the sequel to Bethesda’s excellent DOOM reboot finally drops on 3/20/20. DOOM Eternal continues the tradition of gory, edge of your seat first-person shooter thrills, with new creatures, upgraded weapons, and even more visceral action, as Hell’s armies bring their brand of terror to Earth.

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Xtension Gameplay Arcade Cabinets

Xtension Gameplay Arcade Cabinets

Rec Room Masters offers two great ways to build your own full-size arcade system. Their Xtension Gameplay cabinet kits let you BYO Raspberry Pi computer and flat screen TV, giving your system clean, professional looks and real 2-player arcade controls. Available in 24″ and 32″ display sizes.

Super Mario Music Live

Super Mario Music Live

There have been tons of covers of music from the various Super Mario games, but the members of the Super NES Band likes to play video game music using the actual tone generators classic consoles. Listen as they perform live medleys of tunes from Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario Land.

Gamecase Gaming Power Bank

This unique battery pack lets you play retro style console games while your phone charges. It packs an 8000 mAh battery, a built-in gamepad, and a 2.8″ color screen. It comes loaded with over 400 games from the 8-bit era.

The SEGA Genesis Synthesizer

The SEGA Genesis Synthesizer

Look Mum No Computer loves to build music making equipment from retro technology. Here he shows off an awesome build – a synthesizer that uses the sound chips inside an old SEGA Genesis (aka Mega Drive) game console to crank out some wild electronic noise.

GameCube Joy-Con Mod

GameCube Joy-Con Mod

The Nintendo Switch has been wildly popular thanks to its great combination of games and portability. While the standard Joy-Cons are good, Shank Mods prefers his old GameCube controller for Super Smash Bros., so he went through the daunting task of splitting one in half and converting it to work with Switch.

Animatronic Mimir Head

Animatronic Mimir Head

If you’ve played God of War on the PS4, you’re probably familiar with Mimir, the disembodied head that helps guide Kratos and Atreus on their missions. Bar-El Studio created this animatronic replica of the egotistical character, complete with light-up mechanical eyes, and speech samples from the game.

Hyperkin RetroN Jr.

Hyperkin RetroN Jr.

Retro game system maker Hyperkin took what was once an April Fools Day gag and turned it into an actual product. This little cube can play classic Nintendo Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance cartridges on your television. It has HDMI (720p) and composite video outputs, and comes with an SNES-style controller.

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Portal 2 as a Rhythm Game

Portal 2 as a Rhythm Game

Portal 2 is one of the most entertaining puzzle games of all time. While we can only hope that someday Valve will return to the franchise, gamer Doodle Chaos reminds us just how fun it was with this run through a custom edited level, perfectly timed to match the accompanying music. The bit with the personality cores is so great.

ASCIICKER

ASCIICKER

Game fanatic Bluedrake42 takes a look inside of the truly unique visuals of MrGumix’s work-in-progress game ASCIICKER, which features a 3D world made up entirely out of ASCII text characters. What it currently lacks in gameplay, it makes up for in creativity. You can play around with it in your web browser here.

Alienware Concept UFO

Alienware Concept UFO

Alienware turned up at CES 2020 with a prototype gaming system that’s basically a Nintendo Switch, but with all of the capability of a Windows 10 gaming PC. The portable device can run all of your favorite PC games on its 8″ screen, and has detachable controllers. There’s no word on specs or if it will go into production yet.

Arcade Game Typography

Arcade Game Typography

The 70s, 80s, and 90s gave us tons of classic arcade games, and along with them came lots of great pixel art. Typeface designer Toshi Omagari’s book catalogs some of the many cool pixelated fonts which were used for displaying scores on arcade machines. ReadOnlyMemory has a limited-edition hardcover version as well.

Swordplay with Game Effects

Swordplay with Game Effects

YouTuber Misozi-Salaryman put together this great compilation of his swordplay and other martial arts action, and worked with editor Vasco to embellish the clip with appropriate video game style visual effects. We like to think there was some guy off camera mashing buttons.

Dunkey’s Best of 2019

Dunkey’s Best of 2019

(PG-13: Language) With so many A-list titles delayed into 2020, this past year wasn’t the most memorable for video games. Videogamedunkey looks back at the year that was, and a handful of game titles that actually stood out from the relatively mediocre crowd.

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