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Retro

Disneyland Construction Time-Lapse

Disneyland Construction Time-Lapse

Long before we had phones that could shoot time-lapse videos, Disney used good old film to document the construction of its California theme park, and recently shared this classic footage in celebration of its upcoming 60th anniversary.

The Real King of Fighters

The Real King of Fighters

YouTuber Amazing LP spent over 100 hours carefully superimposing himself into the NEO GEO classic The King of Fighters ’97, turning himself into a real-world opponent for the game’s virtual fighters. We want a Kinect game like this.

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Teens React: Mattel Power Glove

Teens React: Mattel Power Glove

“If you paired this with Oculus Rift, this is like next gen!” The Fine Brothers put iconic late ’80s tech in the hands of today’s youth. While the Mattel Power Glove for the NES never lived up to its promise, we know one person who still uses his.

Oscilloscope Quake

Oscilloscope Quake

An neat hack by Pekka Väänänen which transforms the 3D graphics of Quake first into audio, then into X/Y vectors which can be displayed on an oscilloscope. Read more about the tech behind the hack here.

Remember 1998

Remember 1998

ThePeterson is back to make us feel old again, this time reminiscing about the popular music, movies, games, television, news and tech that surrounded us in the year that gave us The Powerpuff Girls, The Dude, and The Google.

Pac-Man 10 Ways

Pac-Man 10 Ways

You won’t be able to get the theme from Pac-Man out of your head after listening to D Wave’s quirky video game medley, which consists entirely of the 1980 arcade game’s music played in 10 different styles.

The 8-bit Time Machine

The 8-bit Time Machine

Composer Giovanni Rotondo always wondered what it might sound like if 21st century video game music was made on 20th century hardware, so he’s making an album of tracks from games like Angry Birds, Destiny, and Portal as chiptunes.

90 Facts about the ’90s

90 Facts about the ’90s

The last minute of 1999 was nearly 15 years ago. Boy don’t you feel old? Let’s look back at the decade that gave us Furbies, The Fresh Prince, Pogs, and this little thing we call the Internet, courtesy of the the fine folks of Mental Floss.

Ultimate NES Remix

Ultimate NES Remix

Ultimate NES Remix for the Nintendo 2DS/3DS tosses you into fast-paced challenges based on classic 8-bit games, mashing up bits and pieces of 16 NES games, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Metroid, Kid Icarus, and Excitebike.

Marlene

Marlene

This classic 1970s commercial for Rainier Beer features a woman named Marlene, who describes their light brew in soft and dulcet tones. But all bets are off when her husband Bob asks her to bring him one.

8-Bit Cinema: The Matrix

8-Bit Cinema: The Matrix

For their latest retro-style video game, CineFix takes on the 1999 classic The Matrix, trading wire-fu, bullet time and groundbreaking VFX for SNES (or is it Neo-Geo, get it?) quality graphics and sound effects.

Game of Thrones: ’80s Remix

Game of Thrones: ’80s Remix

We’ve seen the Game of Thrones crew dressed for the 1980s, so now they need a theme song, right? Luigi Donatello scratches that itch with a version of the GoT theme song had it taken place in the decade of big hair and bigger synthesizers.

Disney’s Multiplane Camera

Disney’s Multiplane Camera

Walt Disney shows off an incredible invention his studio created in the 1950s – a camera which could capture multiple layers simultaneously to produce impressive background depth, a dramatic advancement in animated filmmaking.

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Super Mario 2 Overworld A Capella

Super Mario 2 Overworld A Capella

Smooth McGroove’s latest is one of the catchiest video game tracks of all time – the Overworld theme from Super Mario Bros. 2. Seriously, when will they start using this guy for actual game soundtracks? Bubba dubba dubba doo bop bop…

8-bit Anthem

8-bit Anthem

The three-member GAG Quartet performs a rock and roll medley of classic arcade and console games that will have you reaching for your controller and plugging in your old NES or Genesis. Be sure to stick around for the big finish.

MKIII Military Watch

MKIII Military Watch

If MWC timepieces are good enough for the military and anti-terrorist units, they’re good enough for us. This one is based on a classic 1950’s NATO spec watch, with brushed stainless case and 21 jewel automatic movement.

The Fantastic Argoman

The Fantastic Argoman

We have no idea if the unstoppable, invincible, invulnerable, fantastic Argoman is a superhero, a supervillain, or just some jerk in a tight-fitting outfit, but thankfully Netflix has it on DVD, and we’re adding it to the top of our queue right now.

Conservation of Energy

Conservation of Energy

Keep your eye on Dave Wottle, the guy at the back of the pack in this footage from the 1972 Olympic 800-meter event. If you look up “sandbagger” in the encyclopedia, they should have a picture of this guy.

Delta: 1980s In-Flight Safety

Delta: 1980s In-Flight Safety

Delta’s flight safety video goes back to the 80s, loading its plane with pop culture icons from the decade of big hair and bad sunglasses. It’s not as silly as it could be, as it actually has to convey safety info. Bonus points for the last 10 seconds.

Angry Car Salesman

Angry Car Salesman

(NSFW: Language) It seems like today’s local car commercials are all about how you can buy a car regardless of credit. But this 1960s TV spot features a salesman who’s mad as hell and isn’t going to take it anymore.

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PRESS START

PRESS START

Got 2 hours and 50 minutes to kill? Then sit back, relax and enjoy this compilation of every single NES game start screen ever, compiled in alphabetical order by Nicksplosion FX. See how many you can remember playing.

The Console Living Room

The Console Living Room

While the Internet Archive’s website itself looks like it’s stuck in 1997, it’s worth checking out their Console Living Room, which lets you play hundreds of classic console games in your web browser, courtesy of JSMESS. No sound (yet).

James Brown Soul Train Megacut

James Brown Soul Train Megacut

Put on your hot pants, get up offa that thang, and crank up your speakers for the next 45 minutes to honor The Godfather of Soul in this great compilation of all of his performances from Soul Train back in the 1970s.

80s LEGO Minifigs

80s LEGO Minifigs

Artist Dan Shearn has a love of 1980s pop culture and a love of LEGO, so he combined these two into a series of illustrations, envisioning the decade’s iconic characters as minifigs. The Warriors is from 1979, but we’ll forgive him.

The Hunger Games: 8-Bit Edition

The Hunger Games: 8-Bit Edition

If The Hunger Games were The Hunger Video Games, we hope it would look and play like this. We only wish that it had a train level with a drunk Woody Harrelson and a TV studio with Stanley Tucci in a powdered wig.

Shovel Knight (Trailer)

Shovel Knight (Trailer)

Shovel Knight is an action platformer for gamers pining for the look and feel of the 8-bit Castlevania and Mega Man games. It will have a story mode as well as a multiplayer battle mode where you can play as the game’s bosses.

Rookies Personal Baseball Cards

Rookies Personal Baseball Cards

Rookies is a free iOS app that makes photos look like old baseball cards. You can then pay to have Rookies print your cards on premium recycled card stock. If you’re more of a basketball fan, check out this app instead.

Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter

A retro 2D adventure RPG by Alex Preston and Beau Blyth (Samurai Gunn). Preston claims Hyper Light Drifter is a mix of The Legend of Zelda and Diablo, with fast-paced combat and a variety of equipment, enemies and dungeons.

Conan Plays Atari 2600

Conan Plays Atari 2600

For his latest Clueless Gamer episode, Conan O’Brien puts away the Xbox 360 and PS3 and dusts off an old Atari 2600. We have to agree that most of these “classics” really don’t stand the test of time. Nintendo, on the other hand…

Dad Interrupts Dance

Dad Interrupts Dance

We were just getting into the retro grooves and the kid’s mad dance moves, when his backwards-ballcap-wearing, beer-swilling dad barges into his room and steals the show like candy from a baby. America’s got talent, indeed.

Stop-Motion Donkey Kong

Stop-Motion Donkey Kong

You’ll have to blow on the cartridge to start the game, but these pixel-perfect stop-motion animations of the first few levels of Donkey Kong by GuizDP are well worth the wait. The whole thing was made from melted Perler beads.

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