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Retro

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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Henson and Oz Ad-Lib

Henson and Oz Ad-Lib

Kermit the frog calls into question Fozzie Bear’s very existence, and Piggy and Kermie share an intimate moment in these improv screen tests between Jim Henson and Frank Oz during the filming of the 1979 classic The Muppet Movie.

The Old New World

The Old New World

We can’t imagine how much work it took Alexey Zakharov to create his short film, in which he created entirely new moving pictures using antique still photos digitally projection mapped onto 3D models.

Mac 128k Voxel Model

Mac 128k Voxel Model

Sketchfab contributor d0rkmushr00m used MagicaVoxel to make this awesome 3D voxel model of the original 128k Apple Macintosh. The exploded drawing shows the full innards and outards (is that a word?) of the classic Mac. Read how it was created here. (Thanks Brent!)

Day of the Tentacle Remastered

Day of the Tentacle Remastered

The hilarious 1993 point-and-click adventure gets an HD update for today’s gaming systems. The new artwork is hand drawn, and you can bounce to classic mode, view concept art, or listen to commentary from the game’s creators. Out now on Steam, GOG, and PS4.

Deal: SNES30 Controller & Dock

Deal: SNES30 Controller & Dock

Today’s mobile games work pretty well with a touchscreen, there are still lots of arcade games which are best played with a gamepad. This SNES inspired Bluetooth controller comes with a dock that fits all smartphones, and works with iOS, Android, Macs and PCs.

Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (Trailer)

Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (Trailer)

The camp classic 1970s Sid and Marty Krofft Saturday morning series gets a reboot as a madcap comedy, starring Grace Helbig and My Drunk Kitchen’s Hannah Hart as the eponymous superheroes. For those of you to young to remember the original show, here you go.

Best Foot Chase Ever

Best Foot Chase Ever

A seemingly endless chase sequence from the 1925 Buster Keaton film Seven Chances, as he’s pursued by a massive horde of women, through city streets, a football stadium, the suburbs, and into the countryside. Indiana Jones has nothing on Keaton’s epic boulder scene.

Teens React to Windows 95

Teens React to Windows 95

The Fine Brothers‘ React series puts a group of teenagers in front of thoroughly outdated mid-90s computers to see if they can figure their way around these recent technological dinosaurs. Can you imagine how many floppies Fallout 4 would have needed to install?

Dial-up Slowed Down

Dial-up Slowed Down

If you ever used a dial-up modem back in the day, you know it produces one of the world’s most annoying sounds. But slow those screeches down 700%, and you’ve got a relaxing soundtrack for a day at the spa lying face down on the massage table.

RCR: 1987 Subaru BRAT

RCR: 1987 Subaru BRAT

(PG-13 Language) The smartasses of Regular Car Reviews take on one of the worst, but still fondly remembered vehicles ever – the Subaru BRAT. This mini-ute had a cramped cabin, tiny bed, drove like crap, and had rear-facing seats that couldn’t have possibly been safe.

What on Earth!

What on Earth!

This 1967 Oscar-nominated animated short by Les Drew and Kaj Pindal envisions a day when Martians look down on Earth, and surmise that our planet is not occupied by humans, but by cars and other machines. Maybe they should have bought a better telescope.

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Bowie x SNL

Bowie x SNL

During this week’s episode of SNL, we were reminded of this amazing, captivating, and enigmatic performance of the late David Bowie, along with Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias, back in the heyday of NBC’s late night show. After that, watch him on The Tonight Show.

The Literal Hammer Drill

The Literal Hammer Drill

Modern hammer drills get their name because they provide short, sharp, hammering action to help make quick work of difficult materials like rock. This crazy antique contraption uses actual hammers to smack a drill bit into a boulder, achieving a similar result, albeit more slowly.

Retro Freak

Retro Freak

The Retro Freak console plays cartridges from 11 classic systems. Best of all, it lets you rip games from cartridges to a connected SD card. It works with USB controllers and has a controller adapter for classic gamepads. English menus available. More on Technabob.

The Self-Driving Car of the Future

The Self-Driving Car of the Future

A hilariously campy video from General Motors’ 1956 Motorama exhibit that looked forward to the distant future (1976) and the autonomous, gas turbine powered vehicles we were supposed to have by then. The song is awesome, as is the drink dispenser glovebox.

Mini Vintage Bluetooth Stereo

Mini Vintage Bluetooth Stereo

This teensy retro-style “hi-fi” system is styled after the bookshelf stereo systems of the 1970s. Pop the lid off to see the glowing “tubes” inside. This Bluetooth system offers two 3W speakers, and a class D amp. The speakers measure just 3″ tall, and the receiver is 4″ wide.

Ferris Bueller: 8-Bit Edition

Ferris Bueller: 8-Bit Edition

Ferris Bueller gets remade as a video game from his own era, capturing the antics of Ferris, Cameron, Sloane, and Abe Froman as they head out for a pixelated adventure across Chicagoland. On second thought, we think these graphics are too good for 1986.

Tape Deck Scratching

Tape Deck Scratching

If you thought that scratching tracks on turntables was old school, check out this 1991 footage of Latvian DJ Modris “Mr. Tape” Skaistkalns mixing tracks using a pair of tape decks as his medium. So when is reel-to-reel going to become a hipster trend?

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Icon Derelict 1967 VW Camper

Icon Derelict 1967 VW Camper

A 1967 Camper with its original paint, hubcaps and a few interior parts, but improved with modern amenities such as USB charging ports, a Bluetooth stereo system and air conditioning. It runs on a 195 hp Jetta engine with Vanagon transmission.

Gunship: Tech Noir

Gunship: Tech Noir

(Gore) Claymation animator Lee Hardcastle goes back to the big ’80s with the music video for Gunship’s synthwave track which shares its name with the nightclub in The Terminator, while the video is packed with characters from classic films of the era.

Gremlins Playing Cards

Gremlins Playing Cards

Play poker, go fish, spades or your favorite game with these official Gremlins playing cards, illustrated by Nat Iwata for Albino Dragon. Just keep them away from the sun, never get them wet, and never ever deal them after midnight.

The Fisher Price Bluetooth Speaker

The Fisher Price Bluetooth Speaker

Modder Matt Gruskin took one of those 1980’s Fisher Price cassette players and transformed it into a Bluetooth speaker for his iPhone. With the help of his mechanical and electronic knowhow, the buttons and volume know even work.

Archer Suitcase Record Player

Archer Suitcase Record Player

Combining ’60s retro style with modern tech, Electrohome’s clear- and bright-sounding Archer turntable folds into a suitcase for easy transit. It’s got built-in speakers, and USB and AUX inputs. Plus, it won’t break the bank.

The Johnny Seven OMA

The Johnny Seven OMA

Back in the ’60s kids could still play with toy guns without worry about being shot by the police or being told they would become sociopathic killers. And the Johnny Seven OMA (One Man Army) was quite possibly the greatest toy gun of all time.

Teens React: ’90s Handheld Games

Teens React: ’90s Handheld Games

“I’d rather play outside… or maybe do homework more than this!” The Fine Bros. dust off another relic of the past, the primitive LCD handheld games from the 1990s. That Jurassic Park game proves that movie games have always sucked.

Driving the Dymaxion

Driving the Dymaxion

In 1933, architect Buckminster Fuller wanted to revolutionize the automotive industry with the Dymaxion car – designed to be fast, aerodynamic and could seat 11 passengers. An accident killed the Dymaxion, but this replica is impressive.

Retro Batman v Superman

Retro Batman v Superman

Bobby Burns revamps the trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and replaces our superfoes with their cartoony predecessors – with Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, and Adam West as The not-so-Dark Knight.

Tinder in the 1980s

Tinder in the 1980s

Jo “SquirrelMonkey” Luitjen takes a hilarious look at what dating app Tinder would have been like had it existed back in the 1980s. We’re not sure if that one dude was named Mason or Manson, but either way he’s creeptacular.

Pacapong

Pacapong

Developer Kingpenguin created this insane retro-style game which manages to seamlessly incorporate elements of Pac-Man, Pong, and Space Invaders all on the same playfield. Available for Windows, Mac or Linux.

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