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Retro

Video Game 3D Shadow Boxes

Video Game 3D Shadow Boxes

Toronto outfit GlitchArtwork crafts each of these pieces of arcade and console game art by hand, painstakingly cutting and assembling their layers together into a 3-dimensional work of pixel art. Each framed work includes a glass cover not shown in the images.

8-bit Cinema: Rogue One

8-bit Cinema: Rogue One

Cinefix and animators Norwood Cheek and Dilara Mundy take on the tale of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as if it were a classic video game. We’d like to play through this with Chirrut Îmwe as our character.

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1980s Computer Commercials

1980s Computer Commercials

This reel of vintage ads produced for ComputerLand’s Bay Area stores is a perfect time capsule of early desktop computing tech, from “economy-sized computers” with giant floppy drives, to daisy-wheel printers, to Apple and Atari systems that could even run Visicalc!

NBA Jam 2K17

NBA Jam 2K17

Ethan Miller gave the original NBA Jam an unofficial modern update, adding today’s star players along with dream teams and dream memes. You’ll need an SNES emulator to play it. Ethan hopes you’ll donate to the Dana-Farber Cancer Insitute if you like his mod.

Super Retro Boy

Super Retro Boy

Retro-bit’s new handheld gaming system lets you play Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, and Game Boy color cartridges all on a shiny new backlit screen that’s bigger and brighter than Nintendo’s originals, and touts a rechargeable battery. Drops Q3 2017 for about $80.

Pac-Man Clock

Pac-Man Clock

Retro video game fans will love this clock which displays animated pixel art from the classic arcade game. Its 512 individual LEDs show the time along with pixel-perfect art of Pac-Man and his ghostly nemeses. Officially licensed by Bandai Namco. Measures 7.8″w x 4.2″h x 2″d.

Crosley Dansette Turntable

Crosley Dansette Turntable

What sets this retro-style record player apart from others is its ability to stand as a piece of furniture all on its own. It has a pair of full-range speakers built in, plays vinyl at 33-1/3 and 45 RPM speeds, and has an AUX input for other music sources.

Pinball Lamp Shades

Pinball Lamp Shades

OutsideEdge Products creates these cool handmade lamp shades which each feature four miniature versions of the backglass art from classic pinball machines. Each shade measures 10 1/2″ h x 14 3/4″ w x 14 3/4″ d, and comes with black or white speckled borders.

Hyper Clack Mechanical Keyboard

Hyper Clack Mechanical Keyboard

Retro gaming company Hyperkin applies its design sensibilities to a computer keyboard. This mechanical USB keyboard features super clicky backlit Gaote Blue switches, and has a grey and blue color scheme reminiscent of the classic Super Nintendo console and controller.

RetroEngine Sigma

RetroEngine Sigma

One of the hottest gifts this year is the miniature remake of the NES, but we’re thinking of investing our cash in this versatile palm-sized console instead. It works with a variety of retro game emulators and USB controllers, has an HDMI output, and works as a 4K media player.

The R-rated Oregon Trail

The R-rated Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail is a truly classic game that everyone needs to play at least once. But dying of dysentery wasn’t nearly the worst thing that could happen to you in the real Wild West that the game was inspired by. At least they had whiskey.

Carlin & Pryor: 1981

Carlin & Pryor: 1981

Back in 1981, two of comedy’s greats appeared on the same night on an episode of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Carlin worked the audience with a solid standup routine, then Pryor spoke about his troubled personal life, while still maintaining his sense of humor.

The Day My Kid Went Punk

The Day My Kid Went Punk

Time warp back to 1987 with this corny ABC Afterschool Special. Like all of these, the story has a simple moral: you can’t judge a book by its cover. Stars Doc from The Love Boat, Bug from Uncle Buck, the Governor from Benson, and Mrs. Willis from The Jeffersons.

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Chappelle on Star Search

Chappelle on Star Search

An early performance from comedian Dave Chappelle on a 1993 episode of Star Search. The then 19-year-old got us going right from the start, and has provided millions of laughs ever since. Be sure to watch his second and third appearance, which remains shockingly relevant.

The First Ever Webcam

The First Ever Webcam

The 8-Bit Guy dusts off his Connectix QuickCam to show us how quickly time flies. The first commercially available webcam, this bad boy shoots in black and white at a resolution of 0.08 megapixels at up to 15fps, requires connection to two different ports and originally cost $100.

Radio + Cassette + MP3 Boombox

Radio + Cassette + MP3 Boombox

It looks like the creators of this throwback boombox just dusted off plans from an old ’80s model. But this one has one big difference. In addition to its AM/FM/shortwave radio and cassette player, it can convert your old mixtapes to MP3s via SD card or flash drive.

SynthAxe Demo

SynthAxe Demo

A product demo reel for a crazy 1980’s musical instrument which combined a guitar with a MIDI synthesizer controller, which was basically the exact opposite of the Keytar. Why this thing never took off, we’ll never know.

Sonic Goes Metal

Sonic Goes Metal

Fans of the classic SEGA Genesis game Sonic the Hedgehog will immediately recognize every one of these tracks, redone with a metal edge by Russian musician Michael Sobin. Seriously, all these tunes are permanently ingrained in our brains since childhood.

Wallpaper c. 1963

Wallpaper c. 1963

These days, most wallpaper is printed using industrial printing presses. But check out this wild 1960s footage of a British wallpaper factory, who still made the rolls of wall art using hand-carved block printing, and hand-applied flocking.

NES Retro Bluetooth Speaker

NES Retro Bluetooth Speaker

Rather than just another black box, 8bitdo’s Bluetooth speaker takes its inspiration from the classic Nintendo Entertainment System’s game controller, with a giant D-Pad for power, play and volume, and red speakers that look like A/B buttons. Measures about 3″ on each side.

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The Revenant: 8-Bit Edition

The Revenant: 8-Bit Edition

The bear attack isn’t nearly as gruesome, and the cinematography pales in comparison to Emmanuel Lubezki’s masterwork, but we’d still like to play this retro RPG version of The Revenant, brought to life by CineFix, animator David Dutton and chiptuner Henry Dutton.

Xtension Retro Arcade Controller

Xtension Retro Arcade Controller

Turn any PC or Mac into a retro arcade system with Rec Room Masters‘ Xtension control board. It packs arcade-grade buttons and joysticks for 2 players, a trackball, and 10 LED menu buttons. Preconfigured for MAME. Also available in classic game color schemes.

The Oregon Trail Card Game

The Oregon Trail Card Game

Inspired by the classic 1980’s computer game, you can now die of dysentery without ever having to turn on your monitor or touch a keyboard. The objective of the 2 to 4 player card game is to get one member of your wagon party safely from Missouri to Oregon.

MTV Classic

MTV Classic

Starting 8/1/16, VH1 Classic will become MTV Classic, a channel dedicated to the company’s original series and music programming with a focus on the 1990s to the early 2000s, such as Beavis and Butthead, Pimp My Ride and MTV Unplugged. We hope they put it online too.

L.A.: 1940s vs 2016

L.A.: 1940s vs 2016

The New Yorker traveled to the West coast to put together this clip, which does its best to compare the exact locations shot in 1940s stock footage of Los Angeles to the same places in modern times. Progress is great, but it’s kind of sad to see how little remains.

A Brief History of Game Controllers

A Brief History of Game Controllers

For those of you who don’t have that awesome poster from Pop Chart Labs, here’s another way to recall some of the greatest – and oddest – video game controllers which have kept us playing our video games since their earliest days, courtesy of Super Deluxe.

The Race of Gentlemen

The Race of Gentlemen

In 1947, a group of young men founded a hot rod club called the Oilers. In 2008, the club was revived as The Race of Gentlemen – a beach race and car show featuring early to mid 20th century American cars and motorcycles.

Planet of the Singing Apes

Planet of the Singing Apes

Paul Williams is a talented singer and songwriter – best known for his 1970’s hits like Rainy Days and Mondays and Rainbow Connection. He also had a role in Battle for the Planet of the Apes. Fresh off the set back in 1973, he dropped by The Tonight Show.

Super Audio Cart

Super Audio Cart

An electronic musician’s dream tool, this Kontakt audio sample library lets you play a huge variety of chiptune sounds from classic gaming and computer systems like the NES, C64, SNES, GameBoy, SEGA Genesis and more. The library includes over 5,500 samples.

Mechanical PONG

Mechanical PONG

It took quite a bit of planning and engineering prowess, but the end result of Daniel Perdomo’s recreation of Atari’s arcade classic PONG as a game played with mechanical paddles and ball cube is quite impressive. (Thanks Philip!)

Saturday Morning 1982

Saturday Morning 1982

Whether you grew up in the era, or just want to know if ’80s nostalgia is accurate, take the next 35 minutes of your life to enjoy this reel of actual TV programming, commercials and PSAs from 1982 assembled by Darian Sewell. Be sure to check out his channel for more retro reels.

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