Video game and console collector Tristan Ibarra follows up his Video Game Field Guide with a four-volume compendium packed with nearly 2400 pages of consoles, handhelds, tabletops, and checklists for thousands of games, both popular and rare. Available in digital or hardcopy editions.
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Watchmaker AVI-8 teamed up with Capcom to create a limited-edition wristwatch based on the top-down shooter, 1942. The aviation-themed watch features pixelated planes from the game, skeletonized hands, a bitmapped date indicator, and a “12” marker in the game’s logo font. Each watch includes custom prints by artist Nache Ramos. Drops 7.28.2023.
You might think that the Atari 2600 or Nintendo Entertainment System was the first game console to let you play different games using cartridges. But a much lesser-known console, the Fairchild Channel F, featured the first game cartridge. Gaming Historian looks at the origins of this system and the significant impact it had on gaming for years to come.
(PG-13) Jack Black never plays video games anymore… except for all of them. That’s what we gleaned from this Tenacious D track and its animated music video by Oneyplays’ Chris “Oney” O’Neill and Adam Paloian. By the end, you’ll be rooting for Kyle Gass to exact his revenge. And here we thought they were friends til the end.
This colorful Artist Edition watch celebrates 50 years of Atari. The forefathers of video games and Misfit teamed up with artist JK5 (Joseph Ari Aloi) to create this collectible 42mm watch, illustrated in a vibrant pop art style incorporating classic gaming elements. Limited to 500 pieces.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.