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20 Double Fine Years

20 Double Fine Years
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Founded by Tim Schafer, Double Fine Productions is the game studio behind adventures like Grim Fandango, Brütal Legend, Psychonauts, and Broken Age. This 280-page art book chronicles the studio’s history through concept art, stories, and interviews. The Legend Edition of the book gets a cloth cover with gold foil details.

Gaming PC + PS5 Combo System

Gaming PC + PS5 Combo System

Modding Cafe has created the ultimate gaming system. The custom tower case combines a high-end gaming PC with a PlayStation 5 console. The PC packs a Core i9 11900K CPU and an ASUS ROG Strix 3080 GPU. Both systems are watercooled and the PS5’s Blu-ray drive allows game discs to be loaded from the side of the case.

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Because A Cappella

Because A Cappella

Vocalist Smooth McGroove and his epic beard took a moment between his great video game tunes to perform this beautiful arrangement of the Beatles 1969 track Because. While we kind of miss George Harrison’s sitar, Smooth’s version is still candy for our ears.

Returning to an RPG

Returning to an RPG

Joel Haver makes fun of what it’s like to pick up and start playing a role-playing video game that you haven’t played in a while. His observations on the mundane side quests and the NPCs are especially on-the-nose. Along the way, he worked in a few references to his previous game parody videos.

I’m Not Okay in Minecraft

I’m Not Okay in Minecraft

DoodleChaos spent over 100 hours working on this musical Minecraft design. Sit back and enjoy this invigorating mine cart ride which syncs up perfectly with the Vitamin String Quartet’s phenomenal cover of the My Chemical Romance track I’m Not Okay (I Promise).

Lost in Random (Story Trailer)

Lost in Random (Story Trailer)

This action-adventure game drops players into a Tim Burton-esque world. Those who dwell in Random find their destinies determined by a roll of the dice. The game’s protagonist Even makes a new friend in the form of Dicey, a living, breathing die, and they travel the six realms of Random to learn the land’s dark secrets.

Restoring a 1980s Handheld Pinball Game

Restoring a 1980s Handheld Pinball Game

What you’re looking at here is an old digital pinball game that dates back nearly four decades. TysyTube found the yellowed and badly-scratched handheld system on an auction site, and painstakingly restored it to like-new condition. Using that ice cube tray as a screw sorter is a brilliant lifehack.

Redfall (Trailer)

Redfall (Trailer)

The developers of Prey and Dishonored are working on this new open-world co-op FPS. It takes place in an island town, where evil vampires have blocked out the sun and cut off access. The remaining humans work together to gather resources and slay vampires in a quest to survive. Coming to Xbox Series X|S and PC Summer 2022.

Metroid: Attack of Ridley

Metroid: Attack of Ridley

Filmmaker Devin Supertramp and team created this fan film inspired by the world of Metroid Prime and Super Metroid. Ainsley Bircher portrays Samus Aran on a mission to find the Chozo Temple and to fix her damaged suit. They did a great job taking advantage of the frigid location shoot and combining live action with VFX.

The Cuphead Show! (Teaser)

The Cuphead Show! (Teaser)

With its devilishly difficult gameplay and awesome animation, Cuphead achieved quite the following among gamers. Now, we’re getting a Cuphead animated series, and King Dice is voiced by none other than Wayne Brady. The Netflix series follows brothers Cuphead and Mugman as they get into trouble on Inkwell Isle.

The Guitar Hero Robot

The Guitar Hero Robot

We never could play Guitar Hero on Hard or Expert levels. Engineer Nick O’Hara has no such problems, thanks to the robot he built. Jon Bot Jovi uses AI and computer vision tech to detect the notes and timing, then triggers solenoids to push the guitar’s fret buttons and strum bar to perform even the most challenging tracks.

8-Bit Game Dance

8-Bit Game Dance

Remember 8-bit fighting games like Karateka and International Karate? The members of dance/comedy troupe Fair Play Crew did a great job replicating the staccato movements of the characters in retro games like those. The fun starts at 1:07:17 on this Shanghai TV talent show.

How Nintendo Makes Game Sounds

How Nintendo Makes Game 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 a stab at envisioning exactly how they came up with all those sounds in the recording studio.

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Building a Wood + Carbon Fiber PS5 Case

Building a Wood + Carbon Fiber PS5 Case

The curvy, oversized tower design of Sony’s PlayStation 5 has definitely been divisive among gamers. After building himself an amazing brass case for a PS5, DIY Perks decided to build something a little more subdued, re-wrapping the powerful gaming system inside of a handsome walnut wood and carbon fiber enclosure.

Super Mario Bros. on Bandura and Accordion

Super Mario Bros. on Bandura and Accordion

We’ve heard a million and one versions of the Super Mario Bros. theme music, but it’s still fun to discover a new take on the classic video game tune. The very talented Ukrainian duo B&B Project performed a live run-through of World 1-1, with the button accordion providing the music, and the bandura creating the sound effects.

Galaga Enamel Pins

Galaga Enamel Pins
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Fans of retro 8-bit gaming will love these colorful enamel pins inspired by the aliens in the top-down shooter Galaga. Etsy seller Wardingers offers a selection of handmade pixel art pins based on characters like the Bee, Butterfly, Scorpion, Galaxian, and Bosconian. Sold individually or in a set of all seven designs.

Video Game Drink Coasters

Video Game Drink Coasters
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Celebrate your love for classic video games every time you take a sip with these fun drink coasters from CoastyMarshmallow. These hard plastic coasters are inspired by both arcade and console games, from Street Fighter II to Dance Dance Revolution to Q*Bert. They also have an extensive pop culture coaster collection.

The Ascent

The Ascent

(PG-13: Language) Combining co-op, action-shooter, and RPG elements, The Ascent drops players into a cyberpunk world where crime syndicates and rogue companies run amok after the mega-corporation that controlled everything unexpectedly collapses. Coming to Xbox and Steam on 7.29.2021.

The CutScene

The CutScene

(Gore) The VFX artists at Corridor usually embellish live-action footage. They went full-CGI this time out, poking fun at video games, their over-the-top cutscenes, and how trapping a difficult boss in an unskippable cutscene might be the one way to take him down.

Forging the Dagger of Death’s Flowers

Forging the Dagger of Death’s Flowers

The guys from That Works show off the build process for another awesome weapon replica. Matt and Ilya turn their attention to the ornate Dagger of Death’s Flowers from Resident Evil Village. Carving that handle from a solid block of aluminum looked like a ton of work.

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More Dunkey More Problems

More Dunkey More Problems

Videogamedunkey presents the debut single off of his fictitious album “Yo Peter, pass me the meatballs.” The prolific video game reviewer offers up a rap about his mad YouTube and gaming skillz set to the tune of The Notorious B.I.G.’s Mo Money Mo Problems, which itself is set to the tune of Diana Ross’ I’m Coming Out.

The Mandalorian Pinball Machine

The Mandalorian Pinball Machine

Stern Pinball’s latest machine is loaded with images, sounds, and characters from The Mandalorian. Among its gimmicks is a sculpt of Grogu that wields Force powers to control the pinball. The Premium and LE add a mini-playfield, while the 750-unit LE also gets a “Beskar steel” mirrored backglass and other upgrades.

Transforming Virtual Pinball Machine

Transforming Virtual Pinball Machine

BuyStuffStore is working on something truly awesome – a TV stand that can transform from an arcade machine with a 50″ screen into a horizontal pinball table in seconds. It’s shown here with the AtGames Legends Gamer Pro. It’s not in production yet, but they are accepting a small number of participants for their beta tester program.

Enth Wooden Arcade Controllers

Enth Wooden Arcade Controllers
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Italy’s Enth Creations builds these unique handmade game controllers from Iroko wood, a dense African timber. They feature authentic Sanwa arcade joysticks and buttons set into custom-cut plexiglass and 3D-printed PLA bezels. They also make all-button hitboxes for fighting games.

Resident Evil Village with Barney

Resident Evil Village with Barney

To add to the replay value of Capcom’s Resident Evil Village demo, MarcosRC created a mod for the PC version that replaces the game’s creepy monsters with something even more terrifying: Barney the purple dinosaur. We can almost hear the pained echoes of “I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family” in the distance.

Slaying the Impossible Guitar Hero Track

Slaying the Impossible Guitar Hero Track

(PG-13: Language) Created as an April Fools joke back in 2011, the Clone Hero track Soulless 6 was designed to be impossibly difficult. It took 10 years, but someone has finally beaten the track with a 100% Full Combo score. Don’t blink, or you might miss CarnyJared’s fingers as they go flying across the frets of his video game guitar.

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