Gaming

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This is an incredibly detailed version of Midgar from Final Fantasy VII created entirely in Minecraft. It took two whole years to build by modder Killerx20. That’s understandable since it measures a massive 1290 x 1290 blocks.

“As a lot are probably wondering,” Killerx20 writes, “yes, more then 85% of this build WAS indeed hand placed. The only things that were not are the outer plates, tower, and reactors BUT that doesn’t mean they were completed when imported, they were basically detail-less empty shells and I wanted it that way so everything on/inside them had to be hand placed for optimal detail.”

You can download the map here and spend some time roaming around Midgar.

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The video you’re about to see features the unboxing of a 1993 deck of Magic the Gathering cards. The rare card was always on top of the decks back then, so he flips the deck over and starts from the other side to create a little suspense. He finally gets to that rare card at about the 8:15 mark and it turns out to be a Black Lotus card that’s worth up to $30,000.

Needless to say, he promptly loses his mind.

Only 1100 of these cards were printed in total with one selling last year for $27K. Honestly, I’m surprised that he kept it together this much since I’d probably be running around the room screaming my head off.

See the video after the break.

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This incredible life-size replica of a Goblin gyrocopter was built by World of Warcraft fan wq241332496. He constructed it over the course of a month using lots of wood and even more patience. It was all part of a graduation project and he clearly deserved an A+ grade.

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League of Legends is a popular video game with what seems like a million different characters. The New York Times took a look at the game and how it’s developed as it heads into its fourth world championship competition. The finals will take place in a stadium constructed for the World Cup in Seoul on October 19th. Riot Games expects 40,000 fans to attend. My mind is blown. I didn’t realize League of Legends was on that level.

As part of their fascinating look at the game, the Times created a 30 second video showing the patterns of 100,000 players in 10,000 games and it looks like a piece of moving art.

Watch the video after the break.

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Cuddling up with a Pikachu plush is great and all, but what if you could sleep on a giant version of the adorable Pokémon? This bed lets you do just that. I’m not sure if it’s the biggest Pikachu ever, but since it weighs 33 pounds, it’s got to be close. The Pikachu bed comfortably fits one adult and would look great set up next to the Snorlax bean bag chair.

See a couple more pics of the cute bed after the break.

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You may have noticed we’re fans of all things Firefly around here and we’ve definitely been keeping tabs on Firefly Online. Plus, I used to work for QMx, so I’m loving watching the game come to life personally.

This weekend at NYCC, FFO had a panel and, not only did they give updates on the game, but they debuted video of the 3D Environment Engine.

The FFO development blog had this to say:

At last night’s Firefly Online Panel at New York Comic Con, we revealed for the first time a sample of what the FFO procedural engine’s real power will be. What you’re seeing in the video below is *not* a cinematic. It is a live recording of the Firefly Online 3D Environment Engine at work, which creates the encounter maps for the game.

This brief “walkthrough” of a procedurally-generated derelict ship should give a sense for the level of detail Firefly Online will offer in both encounter maps and player avatars.

The game will have many kinds of encounters for players to enjoy, from desert wildernesses to floating cities to giant automated ships you can freely explore. When it comes to derelicts, you never know what might have gotten to that tasty bit of salvage before you, and what might still be there, waiting for you to drop by.

It would be a mistake to assume Firefly Online is only horses, spaceships and sidearms. There are things out there in the Black that you should sincerely hope you never run into.

Personally, I’m liking what I’m seeing so far. I’m curious to know what other fans think.

You can view the footage after the break.

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Destiny‘s Vault of Glass is difficult with six people, but two? It takes an incredible amount of coordination, but these guys do pull off the raid with only two people. If you haven’t played the raid, this is a bit spoilery, but if you have, then you’ll appreciate just how much skill it takes for these guys to manage it.

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The first standalone Star Wars arcade game in 14 years will make its debut during New York Comic Con at Dave and Buster’s in Times Square for a preview run that will last until November 2nd (with a full rollout beginning in January). Star Wars Battle Pod has you sitting in your own little pod with a joystick controller trying to navigate the Death Star trench run with all sorts of whiz-bang that will put that old vector graphics version to shame. Features include:

  • Arcade-exclusive gameplay on a unique dome screen enveloping your entire area of sight which enables “the player to be surrounded by gameplay images and experiences on the dome screen”
  • Expected to launch in the US in January 2015 “ in participating arcades around the country” with a global launch to follow
  • Five stages that “recreate the fiercest battle scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy.” Players will take command of the vehicles that appear in the films such as X-wings, snowspeeders, speederbikes, the Millennium Falcon and TIE Advanced.
  • Loaded with features and unique gameplay elements, players can “experience the impact of the explosions and destruction that will leave them with a sense of actually piloting and taking part in action-packed scenes from the films.”
  • Star Wars: Battle Pod offers a real sense of flight combat action and delivers an authentic flying experience as if players are actually sitting in the cockpit of a battle pod in the Star Wars universe.
  • Players can jump right in to true-to-film battles on Endor, Hoth, Death Star II, Yavin, and more

There’s even feedback in the chair and the controller to make you feel like you’re really there trying to save the universe!

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The guy who owns this collection is definitely what one would call a gamer (and a collector). He goes by the name “Reel.Big.Fish.” and he has this massive collection up for sale on eBay. He’s only selling it as one lot, so it’s all or nothing. Over on the Nintendo Age forums he explained why he’s putting his collection up for sale,

I’m not leaving the site or collecting, but I am open to selling everything if the right offer came around. I’m currently in the process of moving. The house is going up for sale next week and everything collection-wise is boxed up. I have the opportunity to build a new house but will most likely not be ready to move into that house for another year or more. In the meantime, since the collections boxed up, since I’m going to have a great deal of house building expenses I thought what the heck, why not list it all.

One of two scenarios will happen. First, I get a good enough offer, sell the collection put 95% of that money towards the house and leave the remaining 5% for a new game collection. If that happens my next collection will be much more small scale. Local garage sale, thrift store finds. Without a doubt my passion for retro gaming, collecting and the community has not diminished at all. Second, if I don’t get a good offer, then that’s fine, I’ll hang onto it and continue to enjoy it, no big deal. I am planning on having a gameroom in the new house either way.

It should be interesting I guess we will see what happens.

He’s got a Google Docs spreadsheet that details the complete collection, which includes demo and development games. The whole thing can be yours for just $164,000

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The latest creation by Man at Arms: Reforged is Squall’s Gunblade from the game Final Fantasy VIII. This joins a long list of other cool weapons they’ve made like a sword for Iron Man and a lightsaber katana. It looks fantastic and has a wicked blade that they use to slice and dice fruit and a few unlucky bottles of soda that explode in a glorious splash of carbonation.

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