I know I keep saying this, but I bloody love enthusiastic geeks like Wyo of the Arcade Museum forums, who looked into gaming history, saw a gap where an arcade version of The Legend of Zelda should have been and said, “That just won’t do.”
Fitted with an NES console, a 20″ CRT television and a lot of love, this beauty represents one Hell of a passion project. Wyo explains his work:
Basically, it’s an all wood construction. Primered and block sanded smooth and straight. I painted it with metallic gold automotive urethane, and then added a mid coat of .008 gold flake. After I cleared it, I wetsanded it 1000-3000 and then polished it. It turned out pretty cool. The whole cab shimmers in the light with the light bouncing off the flake.
The artwork was a lot of work. I had ro [sic] recreate all the images in illustrator. In my design, My intent with the art was to make it look DK/80’s nintendo ish. I then hand cut and gold chrome embossed the control panel and bezel. I will do the same with the side art and instruction sticker.
Inside, is a decased 20″ CRT and an NES wired to the arcade joystick and buttons. I was gonna do a playchoice ten….but now I’m happy I went with the NES. I can play all the NES games with an Everdrive N8.
That’s a tremendous effort, and it paid off. This thing is gorgeous. Check out more photos of this stunning piece of work below. [click to continue…]
Y’know when you see something super sweet and adorable and heart squishy and you want to show everyone? That’s me right now thanks to imgur user duffmanszalotofthings (oh yeah!).
He and his new wife are huge Harry Potter fans, so he created a Pensieve for her wedding gift. Now, he could have just used a bowl with water and done it as a nice gesture of love, but he went all out and created one of the most perfect things I’ve ever seen. He made the wand and the bowl himself and packed the glass vials with notes that recall “a memory of her that makes me smile”. The bottles can be picked up with the wand thanks to the addition of magnets. *Sniff*
Check out more pics in the gallery below. [click to continue…]
Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle series is fantastic. As happens with all fantastic things, somebody has made a Monopoly version of it. That’s just how the world works.
Board squares were designed by Reddit user AnUnbiasedSandwich and the board was assembled by Tor.
Much like the trilogy, the game is still incomplete. AUS hopes to digitize the Chance/Community Chest cards and currency at some point in the future but, of course, you could always make your own if you wanted to try and play.
The ARVO Brothers have been recreating elements from the Alien movies in LEGO as part of a book project for several years now. This spectacular chestburster is an improvement on a design they released back in 2007.
It wasn’t enough for them to simply recreate the sordid creature in LEGO bricks, was it? Oh no, they took it a step further, adding LEGO blood and LEGO viscera to the mix, resulting in this gruesome but impressive display. Take a closer look in the pic below. [click to continue…]
Building an emulation system out of a Raspberry Pi? Awesome. Making the form factor as tiny as possible? Super cool. Making that tiny form factor look like an itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny little Super Nintendo? YES. Did I mention it was made of clay? Holy crap.
YouTube person lyberty5 took the, ha ha, lyberty (No? Okay.) of building a miniature Super Nintendo out of clay that actually plays SNES games. Using a Raspberry Pi Zero as the base and adding a USB hub, lyberty5 mounted the entire thing in a clay body which was then hand-sculpted to look just like the international model of the Super Nintendo console (as opposed to the boxy gray brick American version).
It’s a beautiful bit of precision-engineered emulation awesomeness, and you can check out how it was made in the video below. [click to continue…]
Who doesn’t love a good Transformers movie? More specifically, the good Transformers movie, aptly named The Transformers: The Movie? It features a title where 50% of the words are “The” as if to reinforce that it’s the only decent film the Transformers franchise will ever have.
During the course of the movie, Optimus Prime – spoiler alert! – bites the big one, and passes the Matrix of Leadership on to Ultra Magnus. Ultimately it ends up in the hands of Hot Rod, who opens it and becomes Rodimus Prime, which is absolutely not the silliest name ever given a Transformer.
But 3D Printsman Bob Clagett decided to eschew the whole dying-and-selecting-a-successor thing by simply building his own Matrix of Leadership. The end result is a combination of 3D printed parts, off-the-shelf bits, and a dash of electronics. Oh, and it looks marvelous, too. Check out Bob’s video showing the making of the thing below. [click to continue…]
If you happen to have an old original Game Boy lying around, you can use it for one of three things: you could power it up and play some fun retro games, you could use it as a doorstop, or you could use it to fly some drones. Drone enthusiast Gautier Hattenberger chose option #3. [click to continue…]
If you happen to live in Texas, keep an eye out at your local Pokestops for the adorable crochet Pokemon toys pictured above. Nichole’s Nerdy Knots is leaving them around for players to find. The good news is that you can still get them for free regardless of where you live—if you’re handy with yarn and a hook. All of the patterns are available as free downloads from Ravelry. Plus, she’s planning on adding more patterns soon.
Old school gamers were excited to hear that Nintendo will be launching a Classic Mini NES this fall with 30 pre-loaded games. It’s awesome for sure, but some may find the built-in library lacking.
The good news is that one enterprising gamer named Daft Mike made his own mini-NES using a 3D printer and a Raspberry Pi—and it’s a helluva lot cooler than the official version (except for the tiny controller). Check out all of the features below. [click to continue…]
If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like if Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy decided to give Pokémon Go a try, this video is probably about as close as you’re going to get. YouTuber Joerg Sprave of The Slingshot Channel has made many crazy weapons in the past, but this time he’s built a Poké Ball Launcher specifically designed to… well, I won’t ruin it for you. Suffice to say, it’s a highly entertaining bit of video, even if it does take a minute or so to get going. Watch it below. [click to continue…]