Gaming

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When I first spotted the Zelda pulp fiction cover art by artist Ástor Alexander, I didn’t know it was a series. Now that I do, I had to share them. The Mario one is just…perfection. Also included is a Metroid cover and, if you played Bioshock Infinite’s Burial at Sea DLC, there’s a little something her for you as well.

Head after the break to see them.

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I’m not sure if the guy in this video is a ninja, but the flying kick he launches at this arcade game is extremely impressive. While the martial arts action is cool, you don’t get to see the kick in normal speed, you don’t get to see the guy’s final score, and the quality of the video is abysmal. Bummer, I know. But I’m going to guess and say that he did get a high score… and that he probably broke the machine too.

Watch all the spin kicking action after the break…

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The new animated series Game in 60 Seconds features different games being reviewed by Internet heroes like Nic Cage (impersonated of course) in just 60 seconds. His rating system has neither stars nor tomatoes but flaming Ghost Rider heads. This particular episode also involves him shooting laser beams from his eyes while making “pew-pew!” sounds. It’s all the things that make Nic Cage so incredibly awesome.

See the video after the break and warning, NSFW language.

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Art by Ástor Alexander.

(via Twitter)

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Sonya Belousova is a composer and pianist, and she’s pretty darn talented. She’s made videos for the Cosplay Piano series and is currently in the midst of an IndieGoGo campaign to fund a Player Piano project. She took a request from an IndieGoGo supporter for an “On the Spot” video, and in these videos, Belousova listens to music for a few seconds and creates new arrangements from it immediately.

This request was for themes from classic Nintendo games like Kid Icarus, DuckTales, and Super Mario Bros. Belousova has an amazing ear because she turns around and creates some beautiful takes on the familiar music.

Watch the video after the break and be amazed.

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Nigel Thornberry has taken a break from The Wild Thornberrys  to make an appearance in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Actually, someone made this incredible character for the game and now Nigel is going to get some new exploring and learn a bit about dragons along the way. Hope Nigel is up for the challenge.

See more pictures and video after the break.

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Something about a steampunk makeover makes an item more classy. That’s definitely the effect gears and brass had on this Game Boy. Artist Elise Siegwald took a Game Boy color and turned it into a fancy device. She used thread, acrylic paint, and clock machinery to alter the appearance while leaving it functional. I’d love to see a cosplayer duplicate this effort and make a whole steampunk gamer outfit.

Hit the break for more photos of the modified Game Boy.

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This Star Wars Imperial Hot Tub Lego set is currently up on Lego Ideas seeking out the requisite 10,000 votes required in order to be seriously considered for production. This set is based on a scene in the Lego Star Wars 2 game and would be just hilarious to have as an official product. Darthpapercut says in the Lego Ideas description of the set:

As a Stormtrooper, you know bringing peace to the galaxy is difficult and stressful work. The Empire understands that. That’s why troopers are permitted to spend their rec time at either the firing range or the Imperial Hot Tub.

Before you jump in, let me show you around. Along with the Imperial Hot Tub, you can order a frosty drink at the snack bar! Once you get enough tub time, you can cool off at the game table. While you are lounging, take a moment to check out the wanted posters.

As you know, the destruction of the Death Star brought about a lot of changes, including the “buckets on” rule. That means all Stormtroopers are required to keep their helmets on whenever possible in order to have maximum readiness. So keep your helmet on and enjoy the Imperial Hot Tub!!

It’s a long shot, but let’s hope this one gets enough votes so our Lego stormtroopers can kick back and relax in style.

See more pictures after the break.

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Andy Baio had a son in 2004, and he’s been performing an experiment of sorts on Eliot ever since. When Eliot was old enough to show interest in video games, Baio didn’t let him play the hottest and newest titles. No, he went way back to the beginning and made Eliot play through video game history in chronological order. He started with 1979’s Galaxian, Rally-X (1980), Bosconian (1981), Dig Dug (1982), Pac-Man (1980), Super Pac-Man (1982), Pac-Man Plus (1982) and Pac & Pal (1983).

The experiment continued for 10 years (Eliot got his first video games when he was four-years-old) and concluded when he reached games released around the time of his birth. Baio published his findings and results of the experiment in an essay on Medium titled “Playing With My Son: An experiment in forced nostalgia and questionable parenting“.

Basically, he concluded that Eliot has a better appreciation for modern games. He’s also become “frighteningly good” at them:

“Eliot’s early exposure to games with limited graphics inoculated him from the flashy, hyper-realistic graphics found in today’s AAA games”, Baio writes. “He can appreciate retro graphics on its own terms, and focus on the gameplay.”

“My hope is that this experiment instilled a life-long appreciation for smaller, weirder, more intimate games in him.”

(via Kotaku)

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Pokémon fans have been busy creating their own unofficial games with Pokémon characters. We just saw Pokémon Insurgence last month, and a new game developed by “Wackyturtle” is ready to play. Legends of the Arena focuses on a tournament with Pokémon Colosseum-style battles. You take a personality test to determine which Pokémon you’ll start with, and it will be one eight different Eevee evolutions.

It’s explained on Imgur:

The game begins with a prologue set five years in the past. You control a mysterious character called Bryce, whose battle against the legendary Dragon Master Aemon will have unforeseen consequences…

You then assume the role of the protagonist. The game revolves around a long-running, prestigious tournament which you and your brother decide to enter. There are eight rounds in the tournament, and each Pokémon Colosseum-style battle is equivalent to a gym battle.

It wouldn’t be a Pokémon game without an evil team. The Cult of Shadow has been dormant for years, but lately they’ve come out of hiding to manipulate the tournament for their own ends. They are the only trainers in the game to use the illegal Ghost-type Pokémon.

See more screen caps from Legends of the Arena in the gallery after the break.

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