Gaming

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Explore a magical city paved with the names of video games in this map print by the Dorothy design studio. The fictional map design is loosely based on a section of Tokyo, and over 500 gaming titles are represented. They even incorporate some references to the history of gaming. Travel to Riot City, go to Combat School, and don’t forget to stop at Donkey Kong Circus. From the product page:

The map features districts dedicated to survival horror (Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Sweet Home), beat ‘em ups (Street fighter, Streets of Rage, Double Dragon) and Nintendo classics (Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Land, Luigi’s Mansion) as well as many geeky ‘in’ references to entertain the most hardcore (or the oldest) of gamers. An A-Z key at the base of the Map lists all the games featured along with their release date.

See some close-up shots after the break.

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It’s finally happened. I’ve finally seen a take on Pokémon that isn’t adorable. Artists J. R. Coffron and Stephen Oakley teamed up and created a horrifying combination: zombie Pokémon. Just look at Pikachu! The pocket monsters become actual scary monsters in this art, and I do not want to catch either of them.

See an undead Weezing after the break.

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Prepare to wield the Force while building with blocks in Minecraft because Star Wars skins are here! You can dress up up the Minecraft world with a pack of 55 character skins that feature familiar heroes and villians from the original trilogy. Available characters include Luke Skywalker, Greedo, Princess Leia Organa, Bib Fortuna, Chewbacca, R2-D2, a wampa, and many more.

The Star Wars Classic Skin Pack is $2.99 and is currently available for Minecraft on Xbox One and Xbox 360. More downloadable Star Wars content is coming in the future.

Get the full list of characters in the pack after the break…

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Video game graphics have come a long way since the days of Pong and Space Invaders. Those games may be old and dated now, but they were the foundation for the games we play today. This series of videos will take you from the earliest games with their blocky, unrealistic characters to today’s incredibly realistic games that look so good you’d swear they’re real.

See the videos after the break.

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Lindsey Stirling has applied her musical stylings to a variety of theme songs. She’s not only insanely talented at playing the violin, her renditions include costumes and well-produced music videos. Her latest cover is of the Dragon Age: Inquisition theme, and it’s stunning. Plus, it has some eye-catching visual effects.

Watch the video after the break.

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Remember the good old days when you just put a game cartridge into the console and the game played? Okay, maybe you had to blow on the cartridge a few times first, but that was all. Today, things are so much more complicated. This video imagines what it would be like playing the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man with an experience that is typical of modern games. It’s oh so very frustrating.

See the video after the break.

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Is it me, or is there something highly poetic about playing chess with Neil Gaiman’s Sandman characters?

This set includes 32 intricately sculpted, cold-cast porcelain chess pieces and a wooden game board.

It’s estimated to arrive in July of 2015 and it’s available for pre-order now.

Product Page ($279.99)

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It’s hard to keep track of the names of all the Smash Bros. characters, but it’s even harder to guess their names if you don’t play the game. David Melnarik decided he’d ask his mother to do just that.

You have to give her credit because she does know some of them, but things quickly go off the rails as she completely makes up names based on their looks. Tail-on-Fire dragon and Wide-Hipped Robot are particularly good and ought to have the powers-that-be considering official name changes.

See the video after the break.

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Blizzard has been going to great lengths to promote the Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft. In the US, they had a giant battle axe chop a taxi in half in Times Square while China had some of its McDonald’s briefly themed to WoW. Now, they’re turning to subway stations with this Dark Portal installation in Shanghai.

The portal has a screen on one side and a camera on the other so that if you walk in front of the camera it will display your image on the screen as though you’re on another plane. Every now and then an in-game character pops up as well. This subway station has 18 different exits going to 6 shopping centers, 2 campuses, and a Catholic cathedral so the portal is seeing plenty of traffic.

See more pictures and a video after the break.

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I had to purchase a TI-83 calculator in high school, and I only used it for homework. Clearly, I wasn’t seeing the gadget’s full potential. It can be used for games! Modder Hayleia has been working on a version of Smash Bros. for the TI-83, and it has Fox and Falco as playable characters. It’s all open source so you can download the code for free. And if you’re feeling ambitious, you can help Hayleia develop missing features.

More gifs from the mod after the break.

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