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First-person Shooter

First-person Shooter

First-person shooter games have been around in one form or another since the early 1980s. In this slick video from 4096, they seamlessly edited together footage from various FPSes, showing off the genre’s evolution while working in some impressive transitions to make it look like we’re watching a single game.

Retro Gamer Logo Magnets

Retro Gamer Logo Magnets
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UK shop ReadyPlayerTwo creates these nifty 3-dimensional logo signs inspired by classic video game and computer systems. Each one is 3D printed from PLA plastic to accurately replicate the original color scheme, and has neodymium magnets securely mounted inside.

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Inside Super Nintendo World

Inside Super Nintendo World

We previously got a brief aerial view of the Super Nintendo World attraction that’s coming to Universal Studios Japan. Now Mario’s creator Shigeru Miyamoto takes us inside the park for an in-depth tour of some of its main attractions. We love all the movement in the exterior design. The park is slated to open 2.4.2021.

Happy Game (Trailer)

Happy Game (Trailer)

An upcoming puzzle game from the makers of Machinarium and Creaks, Happy Game is a horror-adventure that puts players in control of a little boy whose world is turned upside-down by nightmares, and the creepy smiley faces and bunny rabbits he meets as he tries to escape. Coming to Steam and Nintendo Switch spring 2021.

Evolution of Game Music: 1972-2020

Evolution of Game Music: 1972-2020

Take a few minutes out of your day and tune into Rob Landes‘ mega-medley, in which the violinist compiles 100 great pieces of music that chronicle the history of video game soundtracks. See how many you remember. That Crash Bandicoot theme gets us every time.

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.

How to Mod an Xbox Series X

How to Mod an Xbox Series X

The stark, monolithic design of the Xbox Series X is just crying out for customization. In this video from Miffed, he shows how to disassemble the console and repaint the case. He also installed RGB LED lighting behind the grid of vent holes, which we really thought should have been standard from the factory.

Low Poly Animals

Low Poly Animals

One of the sillier Twitter accounts we’ve come across in a while, low poly animals captures and presents images of some of the most rudimentary animals in the history of gaming. From the paper airplane-like seagulls in Daytona USA to the deranged rat-with-a-gun from Max Payne, there’s a new avatar for everyone.

Retro Game Music on a 1980s Synth

Retro Game Music on a 1980s Synth

For some reason, music from 8-bit and 16-bit games seems more memorable than most modern games. It probably has something to do with retro synthesizers drilling the sounds deeper into our brains. If you love retro game music too, hit play and listen up as BearKeys performs on a Roland Jupiter-6 synth. Part two here.

Atari Mini Pong Jr.

Atari Mini Pong Jr.

Atari, working in collaboration with UNIS Technology, Ltd. is bringing back its 1970s arcade classic PONG. This tabletop gaming system has a 7.9″ LCD panel and offers both classic 2-player mode, and 1-player vs. AI mode. It runs on USB power or AAA batteries and is shipping in limited quantities now.

Evercade Handheld Arcade

Evercade Handheld Arcade
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Unlike many other handheld retro systems, the Evercade plays licensed games, rather than pirated ROMs. Games play smoothly on its crisp 4.3″ widescreen, and come in collections on cartridges, another nice retro touch. The Premium Pack includes Atari, Data East, and Interplay carts packed with 8-bit and 16-bit games.

RTJ x Cyberpunk 2077: No Save Point

RTJ x Cyberpunk 2077: No Save Point

(PG-13: Lyrics) “Keanu Reeves, cyber arm under my sleeve… I blast ’em all, watch ’em fall like autumn leaves.” Hip hop masters Run the Jewels contributed a song to the soundtrack of Cyberpunk 2077 under the pseudonym “Yankee and the Brave,” which happens to be the title of one of Killer Mike and EL-P’s other recent tracks.

Super Nintendo World Flyover

Super Nintendo World Flyover

Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan is slated to open in early 2021. From the looks of this flyover of the park, it’s going to look amazing when it’s all done, transporting Nintendo fans into the heart of their favorite games. We spy Peach’s and Bowser’s castles, a Mario Kart ride, and a Toad House among other details.

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PlayStation Startup Sounds on Guitar

PlayStation Startup Sounds on Guitar

To celebrate the release of the towering new PlayStation 5, guitarist Davidlap attempted to replicate the startup sounds from each of Sony’s game consoles, dating back to 1994’s original PlayStation. We think he did a pretty good job, but David admits the PS2 sound was really hard to recreate.

Jeremy Messersmith: Video Games

Jeremy Messersmith: Video Games

Jeremy Messersmith’s heartfelt folk tune looks back fondly on his childhood days playing video games. The track is accompanied by a wonderful papercut animation by Eric Power that includes imagery from classic games like Joust, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Tetris, and Asteroids. From the album Mixtape for the Milky Way.

Nova 360 Motion VR Simulator

Nova 360 Motion VR Simulator

New Zealand tech startup Eight360 has created a motion simulator that looks like something out of Jurassic World or Oblivion. The sphere can rotate untethered in any direction, meaning its occupant can tumble, roll, and spin. Its movements are synced with a VR headset, so motion sickness isn’t as likely as stationary VR.

Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay Trailer

Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay Trailer

CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 is nearly here, and we now have a trailer showing off gameplay from the final version of the action RPG. Get ready to explore a massive open world, upgrade your body with augmentations, build your skills, pimp out motorcycles, and beat the crap out of the underworld of Night City.

Bomb Rush Cyberfunk (Teaser)

Bomb Rush Cyberfunk (Teaser)

Loved Jet Set Radio? This upcoming game captures the style and spirit of the classic skating and tagging game, except this time the crews have jetpacks. It features great cel-shaded art by Dion Koster, along with music by original JSR composer Hideki Naganuma. Coming to Steam and consoles sometime, hopefully soon.

Ultimate Atari Arcade Fight Stick

Ultimate Atari Arcade Fight Stick

Powered by an internal Raspberry Pi 3B+, this 2-player gaming system comes with arcade joysticks, buttons, and a trackball, as well as over 100 licensed games from Atari. It includes arcade classics like Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command, along with games from the Atari 2600, 5200, and 7800 home consoles.

Construction Equipment Pac-Man

Construction Equipment Pac-Man

These days, you can play Pac-Man on your phone. But it’s way more fun to play the classic arcade game using heavy-duty construction equipment. Fortunately, the guys at CAT are here to scratch that itch, as they not only dug out a maze but used a group of remote-controlled track loaders to play a live-action game.

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Bexar Goods Leather NES Console

Bexar Goods Leather NES Console

Luxury leather accessory maker Bexar Goods Co. created this one-of-a-kind NES console that’s been wrapped and handstitched in premium buck brown harness leather. Not only does it look incredible, but they’re also giving it away to one lucky person who enters online or makes any purchase by 11.25.2020.

It’s Rain in Games, Part I

It’s Rain in Games, Part I

Feeling stressed or anxious? There’s nothing quite so calming as the sound of a rain shower. To help us unwind our minds, UK designer Jez Burrows put together a compilation of soothing rain sounds captured entirely from video games. Since this clip is titled “Part I,” we imagine a follow up is due if you need more rain.

Gorillaz f/Beck: The Valley of the Pagans

Gorillaz f/Beck: The Valley of the Pagans

We’ve been grooving to the Gorillaz album Song Machine, Season One since it dropped, and their team-up with Beck on The Valley of the Pagans is one of our favorite tracks. Now, we have the official music video, which just happens to have been created in Grand Theft Auto V.

Furry Tetris

Furry Tetris

C4D4U seems to have an obsession with Tetris. A while back, the CG artist showed us what the game might look like with puzzle pieces made from Jell-O, and now we get to see what happens when those same pieces get moldy and covered with hair. They remind us of Sully from Monsters, Inc.

Brava Fabrics Pac-Man Collection

Brava Fabrics Pac-Man Collection
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Celebrate your love for Namco’s classic arcade game with this series of premium wearables from Brava Fabrics. The collection includes a mix of cotton shirts and wool sweaters embellished with pixel art characters. Our favorites are the printed long-sleeve shirt and the less subtle, holiday-friendly Jacquard sweater.

Mario Bros Orchestral Medley

Mario Bros Orchestral Medley

The members of Epic Symphonic Rock shared footage from one of their concerts, in which they performed a enveloping, larger-than-life orchestral medley of tunes from the Mario Bros. game franchise. Mega Man fans, they’ve got you covered too.

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