Take a trip to 1980s Hawkins, Indiana and battle the Demogorgon with Stern Pinball’s Stranger Things machines. You’ll want to opt for the pricey Premium or Limited Edition, which have a projection video screen and “telekinesis” magnetic ball lock. We’re kind of bummed they didn’t do a lower-level playfield for The Upside Down.
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A charming and hard to describe new game from the creator of Katamari Damacy, Wattam is about as wacky and weird of a game as you can imagine. It’s filled with goofy anthropomorphized objects living together in a dreamlike world where these characters team up to complete puzzles. It’ll land on PC and PS4 any minute now.
Microsoft’s next-gen console, the Xbox Series X is all about power and speed. With an AMD Zen 2 CPU and high-end GPU with ray-tracing, it’s designed to support 4K games at 60fps, and 8K is possible. An SSD means quick load times, and backwards compatibility will support games from Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Do you need a break from your regular music playlists? Then open up this video, hit play, and drop it into a background tab. Jorf assembled this epic 10-hour and 53-minute mix of 227 tracks programmed by various chiptune musicians and played with the classic 8-bit sounds of the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Konami jumps on the retro console bandwagon with a miniature version of NEC’s classic TurboGrafx-16 (aka PC Engine). The 1987 console was definitely ahead of the pack with its arcade-quality graphics. Now it’s coming back, loaded up with 57 licensed games, from R-Type to Blazing Lazers to Bonk’s Revenge. Drops 3/19/20.
Now that you’ve built your mini video arcade, it’s time to upgrade your tiny Chuck E. Cheese’s with a couple of games that test your strength. Punch King asks you to flick its punching bag as hard as you can with your finger, while Hammer King is all about smashing its button with your fingertip. Each is sold separately.
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.
This amazing short film took animator Gooseworx two years to create, and the payoff was worth it. Follow along with a video game character named Runmo on his journey to discover the meaning of life (or in his case, lives). It’s a weird, wild, and wonderfully inventive look at what it might be like to live in a platform game.
Anthony Falleroni’s animated short follows a video game character who struggles with the difficulty of completing of the very first level in his game. We love the pixel art style, chiptune soundtrack, and most of all, the storytelling. His making of video is well worth a watch too.
An incredible 1/6th scale figure of Half Life 2 protagonist Gordon Freeman, decked out in his iconic armor, with 25 points of articulation and details like removable eyeglasses, a crowbar, pump-action shotgun, a light-up gravity gun, and more. The Mondo exclusive version includes a Headcrab. Drops 11/22/19 at 12pm CT.
While it’s not the Half-Life 3 game we were hoping for, we’re still happy that Valve has revealed a new game in the classic franchise. Half-Life: Alyx is designed to be far more immersive than the prior games as it plays out entirely in virtual reality. Requires a SteamVR compatible headset, and drops March 2020.
This cheap and tiny handheld gaming system comes packed with 268 retro games. The titles are from the 8-bit Nintendo era, and while some appear to be based on legitimate game ROMs, others are clearly homebrews and obscure titles. Still, for just 16 bucks, it’s a fun little stocking stuffer.
Hot on the heels of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer, AOK is here to deliver the Sonic movie we really want, a story about a spiky-haired video game character who loses his pet fox to a gang of evil robots, and is hellbent on revenge. He’s coming to kick your ass, Robotnik.
After terrifying viewers with its earlier trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, Paramount Pictures hopes audiences will forgive and forget, revamping the CG animated video game character with bigger eyes and fewer teeth this time around. Hopefully, the movie will be entertaining after all of the hubbub.
Makers of 2/3rd-scale arcade machines Arcade 1Up have released a cabinet that plays three classic Atari Star Wars video games based on the original trilogy. It features a 17″ color display, a 15″ arcade height riser, and is one of the only ways to play these games with the proper arcade controller. Also available from Gamestop.
Renegade Game Studios presents a competitive board game which pits Scott Pilgrim and his pals against the League of Evil Exes. The game includes sweet miniatures of the comic’s characters, 3D objects, and colorful game cards, all based on the art of Bryan Lee O’Malley. Available with painted or unpainted figures.
Do you think you could recognize familiar video game theme songs played backwards? Musician Stemage’s digital album Retrogression: Vol 1, features rock versions of classic themes, played in reverse. Songs like Sorb Oriam Repus (Super Mario Bros), and Sirtet (Tetris) sound surprisingly good, and vaguely familiar.
Alpha Beta Gamer shows off early footage of an awesome puzzle game concept. Players manipulate a 3D box that contains other 3D scenes on each of its sides. As you line up objects on its sides, you can affect the other scenes to solve its levels. A demo version is available for Windows, and takes just about 15 minutes to complete.
It’s been a long time coming, but Diablo IV is finally in the works. Blizzard’s cinematic first look at the game is dimly lit by torch, filled with creepy monsters, packed with tension. The story takes place many years after Diablo III, as Sanctuary faces its darkest days. Gameplay trailer here.
It’s been a long time coming, but Hideo Kojima’s epic action adventure finally hits PS4 consoles on 11/8/19. The launch trailer showcases the hauntingly accurate character modeling of its lead actors, along with the mysterious and dystopian future in which they reside, but still leaves us quite perplexed about the storyline.
Give your PlayStation 4 the extra storage space it deserves with Fantom Drives’ 2TB upgrade kit. The kit includes an external enclosure, a speedy Seagate Firecuda Gaming hybrid drive, a micro USB 3.0 cable, screwdriver, 16GB flash drive for OS transfer, and installation guide. Save 29% in The Awesomer Shop. (PS4 not included.)
New Wave Toys presents the latest in their series of miniature arcade cabinets, with a working clone of the Don Bluth animated classic Dragon’s Lair. The 1/6th scale machine features a spot-on emulation of the Laserdisc game, along with tiny controls, working secondary scoreboard, and an illuminated marquee.
It may only be a video game fantasy, but Jaguar’s futuristic race car for Gran Turismo Sport looks incredible. The sleek, wide, and low racer takes inspiration from classics like the C-Type and D-Type, but is a modern powerhouse with over 1000 hp being generated by three electric motors, and a virtual 0-to-60 time under 2 seconds.
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