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The History of Need for Speed

The History of Need for Speed

With 24 released installments, and at least nine canceled ones, the Need for Speed video game franchise has been around since 1994. Noodle takes a look back at the popular racing series’ origins and evolution of the game, from its roots as a Road and Track tie-in to slick CG action. The opening animation alone is worth the watch.

SpiderHeck (Trailer)

SpiderHeck (Trailer)

SpiderHeck is an action-packed co-op brawler where you play as a laser-wielding spider. Battle against your friends or work together to defeat an army of shared enemies as you swing from wall to wall in its dynamic and sometimes deadly environments. Coming to PC and all consoles 9.22.22.

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Retro Sounds of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s

Retro Sounds of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s

rerunthe80s takes us back in the time machine to remind us of sounds most of us haven’t heard in decades. From analog televisions to VCRs to video game systems, see how many of them you can guess with your eyes closed. We scored 15 out of 19.

Squirrel with a Gun

Squirrel with a Gun

Games like Goat Simulator and QWOP have proven that your game concept doesn’t have to make sense to be entertaining. Indie developer and VFX artist Dan DeEntremont is running with that idea with the creation of a game with the simple concept of a squirrel wielding a variety of firearms. Punish has the story.

Retro Gamer Logo Magnets

Retro Gamer Logo Magnets
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UK shop ReadyPlayerTwo creates these nifty 3-dimensional logo signs inspired by classic video game and computer systems. Each one is 3D printed from PLA plastic to accurately replicate the original color scheme, and has neodymium magnets securely mounted inside.

Fictional Land Vehicle Comparison

Fictional Land Vehicle Comparison

Thanks to MetaBallStudios, we know how big starships and robots are relative to one another. Now, we can see how earthbound vehicles stack up in this comparison video, which looks at the sizes of everything from Ant-Man’s microscopic van to the wheeled city of London in Mortal Engines. We had no idea that an AT-AT was bigger than Gundam.

Video Game Music Battle

Video Game Music Battle

What we love about Dev Tunes Music’s orchestral video game medley is that they didn’t go with obvious song choices. Instead, they chose to battle between the very different musical styles of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Wario World, Super Meat Boy, Punch-Out!, and Metal Gear Solid.

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.

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.

First-person Shooter

First-person Shooter

First-person shooter games have been around in one form or another since the early 1980s. In this slick video from 4096, they seamlessly edited together footage from various FPSes, showing off the genre’s evolution while working in some impressive transitions to make it look like we’re watching a single game.

Evolution of Game Music: 1972-2020

Evolution of Game Music: 1972-2020

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.

Heavy Metal History of Video Game Music

Heavy Metal History of Video Game Music

Guitarist FamilyJules revisits his epic metal medley of classic video game music, tossing in a few new games along the way, and bringing the end of the collection up to date. Yep. It still sounds to us like every character is about to run out of oxygen and lose a life.

Gaming Residence Cart

Gaming Residence Cart

Thanko Japan’s all-in-one plastic rack is perfect for gamers, providing storage for consoles, game boxes, and accessories. It comes with an HDMI switch and an outlet strip, though it’s designed for 2-prong AC plugs only. Stack two for even more space. You’ll need to use a service like White Rabbit Express to import one from Japan.

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Arcade Business Card Holder

Arcade Business Card Holder

Love Hultén creates some truly wonderful retro-inspired arcade machines, computers, and other electronics. His latest build is a business card holder – but it’s anything but ordinary, with a tiny, functional arcade machine built into it. We need this right now.

The Complete GameGuru Bundle

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Build your own video games the easy way. GameGuru is a game construction engine that doesn’t require programming or design skills, instead focusing on level building and gameplay. This bargain-priced bundle gives you everything you need to get started, including hundreds game assets to play with.

Video Game Bathroom Reviews

Video Game Bathroom Reviews

“The toilet flushing felt unrealistic.” Bathrooms seem to be a staple of level design in first-person shooters – especially in the horror genre. Over the last several years, Curious Reviewers has compiled a series of video tours of these facilities, and reviewed their visual quality, amenities, and realism.

Art of Rally

Art of Rally

This stylized racing game from the creator of Absolute Drift lets you hoon about challenging courses in classic drift cars. The finished game will offer more than 50 cars, 60 stages, a career mode, weekly challenges, and online leaderboards. Best of all, they’ve released a short playable demo offering a glimpse of what’s to come.

Video Game Stylophone Medley

Video Game Stylophone Medley

Electronic musician Maro Maro lets his hands fly with an impressive medley of video game music performed on pair of stylophones. He had to tune the rudimentary analog synthesizers to different ranges in order to produce a wider range of notes.

The First Video Game

The First Video Game

Ahoy presents an incredibly in-depth analysis of the origins of video games, swiftly debunking any confusion that Pong was the first video game ever, and looking back at early titles like Computer Space, SpaceWar!, Tennis for Two, and their programmers. Turns out hunting down the very first video game isn’t that simple.

Video Game Fingerstyle Guitar

Video Game Fingerstyle Guitar

Musician Marcos Kaiser is a master of fingerstyle guitar technique. Check out his awesome renditions of themes from Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario World, and Mortal Kombat, then browse his YouTube channel for more great covers from TV and movies.

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Video Game Metal Tribute

Video Game Metal Tribute

It’s a few years old, but that doesn’t make FamilyJules‘ hard rock medley of classic video game music any less entertaining. Whenever we hear video game music played with this much energy and speed, we think our character is about to run out of health. Grab the MP3 here.

SkateBIRD

SkateBIRD

This lighthearted game puts you in control of a little bird who’s learning to fly – on a skateboard. The tiny skatepark is made up of office supplies like staplers, scissors, and sticky notes, offering a fun place for our avian friends to take flight. Grab the Alpha demo version of the game here.

AI Plays Galaga

AI Plays Galaga

Galaga is one of our favorite ’80s arcade games. We still load it up on our MAME cabinet and play it. Now, it turns out our high score is threatened by artificial intelligence. Watch as LearnFun and PlayFun’s AI figures out the game’s tactics, and becomes an expert player.

Evolution of Game Graphics

Evolution of Game Graphics

Data Radar look back at the incredible progress made in video game graphics in the last five decades – from the rudimentary black and white pixels of the ’70s, to the near-photorealistic imagery of today. Next time you gripeabout a game’s graphics, watch this.

Atari Flashback Portable

Atari Flashback Portable
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A handheld edition of the classic Atari 2600 game console with a 3.2″ color display. It comes pre-loaded with 60 games, and can also play game ROMs loaded onto an SD card too. Has a built-in rechargeable battery, and can connect to a TV with RCA composite inputs.

Video Game 3D Shadow Boxes

Video Game 3D Shadow Boxes
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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.

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