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.
THE BEST Retro
The Mandalorian certainly owes alot to western films like A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. But what would it have looked like if it actually were a spaghetti western? Kingkida’s stylized trailer does a great job imagining just that, complete with the proper music, typeface, and film grain.
Sonicware’s little electronic music maker cranks out some seriously fat sounds. It packs four synth engines, including 8-bit frequency modulation, as well as a step sequencer, effects, and looping, all for less than 200 bucks. It has 27 keys, MIDI in/out, stereo in/out, headphone out, and can run on batteries too.
The Internet Archive’s ever-growing collection includes an amazing catalog of beautifully-scanned pulp magazines from throughout the 20th century. Among the classic low-budget publications are classics like Amazing Stories, IF Magazine, Weird Tales, and many more. (Warning: Link includes NSFW content.)
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.
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.
Take a trip back to the 1950s, when appliance company Westinghouse shared their vision for the “all electric” house of the future. While some of the user interfaces are incredibly dated, there are some ideas here that would find their way to homes in the 21st century – and yet others we’d still love to see.
As one commenter on YouTube put it, The Floppotron is “the most consistently good performer I’ve ever heard.” We suppose there’s something to be said for a band that’s controlled by computer. So sit back and enjoy their pristine electro-noise version of the ABBA classic Mamma Mia.
Artist and designer Love Hultén shows off another one of his amazing custom builds. This time, he took a modern Korg Minilogue analog synthesizer, and built a Commodore SX-64-inspired portable wooden enclosure to house its electronics, then outfitted with cool orange knobs, and a matching keyboard in retro shades of tan and brown.
This tabletop gadget looks like a vintage film projector, but it actually packs a modern DLP digital projector inside. It’s made from sturdy aluminum, with a tilting base. Its 10000 mAH battery means it’ll run for up to 4 hours while unplugged, and it can mirror Android or iOS devices over WiFi in addition to its HDMI input.
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.
If you’ve been a user of the Microsoft Windows operating system, you know that each major version has had its own unique startup and shutdown sounds. Pod was kind enough to catalog most of these musical flourishes from Windows 3.1 through Windows 10. This older video captures a few more obscure variants.
The Timex T80 was a staple of 1980s design. Now it’s back, and updated for the 21st century. The new version is just a bit crisper looking all around, with an old-school black on grey LCD, Indiglo backlighting, alarm, date, and stopwatch functions. It’s available in a variety of metal finishes, and a special Pac-Man edition.
Go back to the 80s with musician Mario Mathy, aka Belgium’s “King of Synths,” as he jams out on his ridiculous rack of keyboards which would require Doc Ock’s tentacles to play at the same time. From his white outfit, to his pink headband, to his Keytar, the video is a joy to watch. Need more Mario? You’re welcome.
If you grew up any time in the 1980s or early 1990s, you’ll appreciate this epic compilation of commercials from the era. K. Huntington dug up many of these clips from old Betamax tapes a few years back. Even if you don’t have four hours to kill, it’s worth skipping around a bit to check out some random retro goodness.
(Gore) Screen Junkies reminisces about Paul Verhoeven’s classically campy action sci-fi movie that asked the question “If I’m not me, who the hell am I?,”, literally sucked the air out of the room, introduced us to three-boobed women, and eventually went on to inspire the plot of Avatar.
Arcade1Up offers up a 2-player arcade experience in a mini cocktail cabinet. Each system has dual controls and a 17″ display. The Pac-Man editions include 8 games, while the Street Fighter units have a dozen games. The colorful versions are available from Gamestop, while the black editions are exclusive to Arcade1up.
Give your Apple AirPods a fun new home with elago’s retro-look case cover, inspired by the original 1984 Macintosh computer. The silicone wrapper features the iconic “hello.” cursive lettering on its screen, and is done up in classic beige. Compatible with wired or wireless charging cases.
Say goodbye to productivity today. Thanks to the folks at the amazing Internet Archive, you can play thousands of retro PC games right in your web browser. Their extensive software library is packed with classics like The Oregon Trail, SimCity, Prince of Persia, Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, Leisure Suit Larry, and many more.