The beautiful opera scene from Final Fantasy VI featuring the song “Aria di Mezzo Carattere” has been redone by award-winning vocalist Jillian Aversa and renowned cellist Tina Guo. They collaborated to recreate the haunting measures of the song in celebration of Final Fantasy’s 21st anniversary.

The pair are no strangers to the world of gaming, having lent their talents to titles like Halo, Civilization, God of War, and Journey, Diablo III, and Call of Duty Black Ops II, respectively.

Aversa, a fan of Japanese RPG’s and of Nobuo Uematsu’s music (the original composer of the piece) notes:

“The arrangement began as a collaboration with my husband, Andrew Aversa (a.k.a. zircon), for the Final Fantasy VI: Balance & Ruin project he directed on OverClocked ReMix. We added more orchestral elements when I started performing the piece with Video Games Live, so I was thrilled at the opportunity to record with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra for our latest album, Video Games Live: Level 4!”

Check out the melodic masterpiece after the break.

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I’m not trying to be negative about all of the new themed Monopoly games coming out, but I’m not 100% sure about these. I mean, the Mass Effect version seems interesting because there are lots of places that might be considered buyable property and you do get to play as Commander Shepard. However, the Jurassic World version confuses me a little.

Let’s hope you get to play as Indominus Rex so you can literally stomp across the board and eat everything. That would be kind of cool.

Product Pages: Jurassic World Monopoly / Mass Effect Monopoly ($39.99)


Hyperkin (makers of the RetroN 5 game console) pulled an internet April Fool’s product joke straight from ThinkGeek’s playbook to gather feedback on their new product. With tons of retro gaming emulators on the market for your PC, the “Smart Boy” will actually let you play old Nintendo Game Boy cartridges on your iPhone.

Chris Gallizzi, of Hyperkin’s design and product development team, released a few photos of the iPhone case design on Reddit. It started out as a “joke”, but was quickly greenlit. He even revealed that an open side-panel version for Android phones is in the works.

Check out the design details after the break.

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Sony recently announced plans to release a shiny limited-edition Batman: Arkham Knight-themed PlayStation 4 bundle package. This is the PlayStation 4 console you deserve—too bad you probably already have a standard model.

The bundle features a PS4 (painted a cool silver/grey) that sports an awesome Batman: Arkham Knight faceplate, a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller and a copy of the game. This package will go for $449.99 (MSRP), but if that price tag’s a little steep for you, you can go for the $399.99 version which includes a standard PS4, DualShock 4 controller and the game.

If you purchase the bundle, you’ll also have access to the bonus content before it’s available elsewhere (bonuses include in-game missions and customized skins for the Batmobile and the Dark Knight himself). These items will be available when the game and the bundles debut on June 23.

Check out some more pics after the break…

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This fantastic replica of the Grand Marshal’s Aegis from World of Warcraft looks like it was magically transported right out of the game. It was built by puzzlehead who also built the ridiculous and awesome Gnomish Mailbox pictured after the break…

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Google is bringing April Fools a day early with a Google Maps hack that lets you turn city streets into a big game of Pac-Man. All you need to do is click on the icon in the lower left hand section of the screen to begin playing in your browser.

There’s even a support page that will help you figure out the best places to play.

So what are you waiting for? You probably weren’t going to be very productive today anyway.

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Remember the Game Boy Camera and Game Boy Printer? They didn’t exactly fly off the shelves. However, it seems that Russian artist Dmitry Morozov hasn’t forgotten, because he took the concept and transformed it into something just as useless, but a lot more fun.

Behold, a Game Boy photo gun printer.

The hack utilizes an original Game Boy with an Arduino, a camera, optical relays, batteries, and a thermal printer. Pull the trigger to take a pixelated photo and print it out on a “receipt”.

See it in action after the break.

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As a kid, we all played the “hot lava” game where you pretended that the floor changed to magma, and you had to hop around on furniture to keep from getting burned. Now a video game version has been submitted to Steam Greenlight. From the description:

Hot Lava transports you back to your childhood imagination. Relive those moments of excitement, joy and chaos. Traverse fifty levels across five distinct worlds, from school hallways to the memories of your darkest fears. This is a game of dexterity and ingenuity, you will have to use all your skills to complete the treacherous obstacles that await.

But what ever you do…

Don’t Touch The Floor

Check out the demo video after the break…

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Monopoly gets a makeover in this Doctor Who Villains edition of the iconic game. It features six tokens including K-9, a gas mask, the pandorica, River Song’s diary, the 12th Doctor’s ring, and the TARDIS. Preorder now and take on the Doctor’s greatest foes when the game ships this July.

Product Page ($39.99)


They’ve been making Risk based on movies and TV shows for a while now, but the wait for a Game Of Thrones version is almost over. The game is available for pre-order now with shipping slated for August 2015. If that wasn’t enough, a Marvel Cinematic Universe Risk can also be pre-ordered for release this September.

Product Pages: Game Of Thrones / Marvel ($74.99 / $49.99)