Awesome Websites

Website: DesktopGaming.com

Website: DesktopGaming.com

Be still, our 8- and 16-bit hearts: DesktopGaming is a great collection of desktop wallpapers from classics such as Super Mario Bros, Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog.

Website: iDaft

Website: iDaft

Holy crap, there goes our morning: keyboard-operated iDaft takes samples from “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and turns you into a virtual Daft Punk; too bad there’s no record.

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Website: The Realm

Website: The Realm

Cisco Security’s The Realm is a goofy but commendable effort to make internet security look cool; it features superheroes with abilities like “extrasensory authentication.”

Art: Three Robots A Week

Art: Three Robots A Week

Artist Chris Grine is working on an ambitious but very cool project: three new robots each week for an entire year. He’s on #13 but already has several winners, including Warm Tender Heart.

Twitter Through History

Twitter Through History

In your face, Facebook: Microblogging predates the stone age in Twitter Throughout History, a short romp through time; you’ll meet such luminaries as Apeman and Futurama’s Professor.

Website: 2600 Online

Website: 2600 Online

Packed with 50+ classic Atari games, 2600 Online is proof that good gameplay always trumps graphics; Missile Command and Pac-Man still get our blood pumping, pixels and all.

F*** Yeah NPH

F*** Yeah NPH

We at first thought F*** Yeah Neil Patrick Harris might be taking the whole NPH thing a bit too far, but we’ll take the fans of NPH over the legions of LOLcats lovers any day. Thanks, Dearn!

Old Game Characters

Old Game Characters

Although Mario and Luigi are no strangers to flab, Tom Rhodes’ Old Game Characters introduce the joys of droopy skin and love handles to everyone from Lara Croft to Ken & Ryu.

The Hero Factory

The Hero Factory

Meet Captain Awesomer, above: we built him in The Hero Factory, a comic book-styled website that lets you customize apparel, abilities and more, all while listening to 80s music.

The Zombie Zodiac

The Zombie Zodiac

Just because you’re undead doesn’t mean you have to stop dabbling in astrology; The Zombie Zodiac offers twice monthly “Necroscopes” as well as Sign traits for Zombies and Survivors.

WinMo 6.5 + Marketplace

WinMo 6.5 + Marketplace

Windows Mobile 6.5 gets an improved touchscreen interface, user customizable widgets and My Phone web-based sync; Marketplace for Mobile will feature 20k+ apps.

Website: PMOG

Website: PMOG

The Passively Multiplayer Online Game uses the entire web as its playground, hiding traps, treasures and missions on various websites; you can find them with a browser extension.

Website: Devolve Me

Website: Devolve Me

There’s nothing like monkey business to celebrate Darwin’s 200th: Devolve Me takes your picture and “devolves” you into one of four ancient ancestors (up to 3.7 million years ago).

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DIY Star Trek Toons

DIY Star Trek Toons

Go where no Trekkie has gone before and create your own Star Trek cartoon, thanks to a partnership between CBS and GoAnimate.com; create your own adventures with Kirk & the crew here.

Exactitudes

Exactitudes

Think “Attack of the Clones” with Exactitudes; it’s an ongoing series of photos that shows the more we try to look unique, the more we conform to certain dress codes. Thanks, Vitor!

The HAL Project

The HAL Project

Joe Mackenzie’s HAL Project website is a shrine to everyone’s favorite neurotic AI and includes a creepy HAL 9000 simulator–just be sure to turn on Lux Aeterna while you’re browsing.

Superuseless Superpowers

Superuseless Superpowers

If superpowers are mutations a-la X-Men, most should be dead ends; Superuseless Superpowers explores pointless abilities including 13th Bullet Bulletproof and Slumberjack.

Website: I Wear Your Shirt

Website: I Wear Your Shirt

It may seem like a dumb idea, but Jason’s I Wear Your Shirt is making money with 249 out of 365 days sold; each day, he acts as a human billboard and wears your shirt for a price.

Website: JamesList

Website: JamesList

Craigslist cramping your bougie lifestyle? JamesList is a luxury alternative for listing ultra-high end items for sale; we’ve spotted everything from a Bugatti Veyron to a Boeing 737.

Inauguration x PhotoSynth

Inauguration x PhotoSynth

It’s a 4 meg download, but viewing yesterday’s Inauguration of President Obama through Microsoft’s Photosynth is worth the wait; it’s basically a 3D view of the ceremonies.

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Website: IndecentHaiku.com

Website: IndecentHaiku.com

Any thoughts of haikus being filled with transcendental zen messages will get wiped clean when you visit IndecentHaiku.com; visitors from all over get down and dirty with the ol’ 5-7-5.

Google Transit Maps

Google Transit Maps

With support for over 50 cities (but with NYC conspicuously missing), the new transit maps layer for Google Maps makes it easier than ever to find bus, train and ferry routes.

Website: Budget Hero

Website: Budget Hero

The U.S. economy is in the toilet, and it’s up to you to fix it: Budget Hero was created by American Public Media to give everyday Joes the chance to balance the budget using real data.

iTunes: DRM Free

iTunes: DRM Free
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iTunes is now 80% DRM free, with all 10 million going free by the end of Q1 2009; there will be three pricing tiers ($0.69, $0.99 and $1.29) as well as a 3G/Wi-Fi store for the iPhone.

GourmetKickz Creator

GourmetKickz Creator
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With the vast amount of collabs, GourmetKickz is an opportunity for Nike fans to make their own customs; it’s similar to NIKEiD, albeit with indie artists and focused on Air Force 1 Lows.

Million Dollar PC

Million Dollar PC

With a growing collection of gorgeously photographed case mods and custom desktops, Million Dollar PC will help to satisfy your appetite for sweet, sweet gadget pr0n. Thanks, Jack!

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