Amy Ratcliffe

et atar game

Urban legends are everywhere, in every community, and in the world of gaming, one such legend is about the fate of millions of unsold E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Pac-Man video games made by Atari. They were a flop and legend has it that tons of unsold copies were dumped into a New Mexico landfill never to be seen again. However, Fuel Entertainment has been trying to get permission to dig up the game for months, and they finally got it.

Fuel acquired the exclusive rights to excavate the Alamogordo landfill, and they took the opportunity to Xbox Entertainment Studios. And now, Microsoft is including the dig in a documentary series.

They’ll excavate the burial site on April 26, 2014, and the public is invited to attend to see what happens. Director Zak Penn will be recording the dig, and people involved with the creation of the E.T. game will be there as well. Will they find a massive graveyard full of Atari cartridges? Or just a bunch of junk? We’ll know soon!

(Microsoft via Kotaku)

winter soldier cap

Marvel hides plenty of easter eggs in their films whether it be names referenced in conversations or nods to other characters. For example, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Black Widow wears a tiny arrow necklace – presumably because she’s in a relationship with Hawkeye. That’s just one of many treasures, and YouTube user MrSundayMovies has rounded up several more in a video recap.

It gets a little ridiculous towards the end, but it’s definitely worth watching. And obviously, there are spoilers for the film so don’t watch it if you haven’t seen the movie yet.

Watch the video after the break.

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iron throne made from toys

You know what Westeros? Keep your Iron Throne with thousands of pointy swords; I’d rather have this striking version made from toys. The creative folks at Happy Garaje are huge fans of Game of Thrones and were inspired by the series to create their own version of the monstrous chair. Instead of using weapons, they forged the seat from toy soldiers, teddy bears, action figures, toy cars, LEGO bricks, and more. You can see them take shape as you get closer and closer to the throne, and it’s stunning.

Check out more photos of this incredible piece after the break.

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batkid baseball

Batkid is still going strong. Five-year-old Miles got the superhero alter ego thanks to Make-A-Wish. Back in November, he put on the suit and saved San Francisco from villains and warmed our hearts. His leukemia is still in remission, and he’s had the opportunity to don the costume once again.

On Tuesday, he arrived to the San Francisco Giants stadium in a Lamborghini painted with the Bat symbol. There, alongside Batman, he threw the first pitch for the Giants’ home opener. Batkid’s superhero strength hasn’t developed fully yet so the ball bounced a little on the way, but it still made it. Batkid rocks.

Watch the action in the video after the break.

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baby face avengers

Ever wondered what kid versions of the Avengers might look like? In Ben Oliver’s mind, they’re precious but also disturbing. The artist created this montage of the superheroes plus Nick Fury in caricature style, and it the art really captures their personalities. But, the grown up faces on toddler bodies really weirds me out. I can’t unsee this.

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(via Geek Tyrant)

n64 controller 1

Handmade portable game consoles are neat, and Bungle’s N64 mod is just awesome. It includes a custom controller-shaped case with hand grips, a 3.5 inch screen, custom buttons, a GameCube analog joystick, HMDX amp and speakers, and four hours of battery life. The guy’s got skills.

See more pics and a video of the console in action after the break.

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social thrones

Forget the great houses of Westeros and seats of Westeros. Instead of King’s Landing, try Instagram. Instead of the lands across the Narrow Sea, imagine Twitter. HootSuite put together a parody of the opening credits of Game of Thrones that makes it all about social media. It fits. Houses rise and fall in the series, and social media sites are constantly coming and going. What they don’t show in the video is the barren wasteland that used to be MySpace.

Check out the revamped sequence after the break.

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movie posters toys 1

Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles consistently release lifelike figures. Their sculpts are top notch and often look like sixth scale clones of the characters they were modeled on. One collector and artist has leveraged the high level of details and precision by using the statues to recreate movie posters. Romain Vendrell lights and poses his toys just right and then adds fitting backgrounds. The finished products are amazing.

The Avengers poster he did blows me away. It looks like a photograph from the film – not like toys surrounded by CGI effects. I clearly have a lot to learn about posing my figures.

See more of the impressive posters after the break.

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super mario cat

What happens when Mario leaves his cat home alone? It plays – like, actually plays the game. YouTube user Mr.TVCow put together this amusing video that features a cat going through the familiar Super Mario landscape. The cat runs around collecting coins, beating the tar out of Goombas, and smelling the flowers. It will make you smile.

Mr.TVCow achieved the effect by inserting the game graphics around the cat’s adventures, and I can’t get over how great it turned out. See for yourself in the video after the break.

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disney hogwarts 1

Though I like Harry, Ron, and Hermione plenty, seeing Disney characters in Hogwarts school uniforms makes me feel giddy. Disney has its own kind of magic and combining it with the world of Harry Potter means sparks! DeviantArt user Eira1893 came up with this crossover and created illustrations featuring over 20 characters in the school setting.

My favorite part, other than seeing the cute couples, is noting which house the artist sorted the characters into. Anna and Kristoff from Frozen are both in Hufflepuff while Ariel and Prince Eric are in Gryffindor. She goes into detail about her process for choosing the houses on some of the pieces at DeviantArt.

See more of this neat series after the break.

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