Gaming

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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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If you aren’t familiar with Project Triforce, they make some of the best 1:1 scale gaming replicas out there. We’re talking stuff for fanatical collectors with deep pockets. Their Gears Of War 3 Locust Hammerburst II replica is a perfect example.

We got our hands on one. We needed both because it’s 36-inches long and weighs 35 pounds. It retails for $850 (on sale for $722.49 until midnight March 25th) and there’s even a gold version (on sale for $764.99).

It’s utterly (and delightfully) insane.

Check out more pics and info after the break…

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Man at Arms: Reforged follows the exploits of the Baltimore Knife and Sword as they go about recreating famous weapons from popular films and video games. For their latest YouTube video, they created a near perfect replica of Link’s Hylian Shield.

Check out the video after the break to see how it was done…

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As you can probably tell from this custom Wind Waker-inspired GameCube, artist Vadu Amka has a thing for The Legend of Zelda. It looks like some sort of ancient machine. The level of detail is impressive—it even features Hylian numbers for the joystick ports.

The custom cube took roughly three months to create, and while it isn’t for sale, you can check out a video after the break that Vadu shot so you can see it up close.

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Does this gif drive you crazy? Turns out our brains prefer left to right motion, which explains why old side-scrolling games were almost always set up that way. Looking at it feels wrong because we have a “fundamental bias for visual motion”. Even italics lean toward the right, conveying motion in that direction.

A study by Peter Walker published in the journal Perception confirms that we prefer left to right motion, but there is no explanation as to why. From the press release:

“What artistic conventions are used to convey the motion of animate and inanimate items in still images, such as drawings and photographs? One graphic convention involves depicting items leaning forward into their movement, with greater leaning conveying greater speed. Another convention, revealed in the present study, involves depicting items moving from left to right.”

However, this bias does not apply to people or objects which are stationary.

“Whereas a rightward bias is found for photographs of animate and inanimate items in motion (more so the faster is the motion being conveyed), either no bias or a leftward bias is found for the same items in static pose. This could indicate a fundamental left-to-right bias for visual motion.”

So left to right side-scrolling games are backed up by science, but we’ll have to wait for another study to learn why that’s the direction we all prefer.

(via Gizmodo)

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Skyrim has tons of hilarious mods including one with Thomas the Tank Engine and Super Mario. They’re great on their own, but YouTuber Videogamedunkey takes things up a few notches by mashing them all together in one insane video.

Make sure to stick around until the final battle at the end. The word “mayhem” doesn’t even cover it.

See the video after the break (NSFW language)…

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This bit of gaming wizardry is the work of Jimmy Boswell who pulls off an incredible shot in Halo. It ricochets off of no less than six different surfaces before killing the enemy with a headshot. If that wasn’t enough, the shot was also part of a double kill.

See the video after the break.

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Now you can play Cards Against Humanity whenever you like without hauling around a bunch of cards. It’s called Cards Against Originality and it’s a web app with all the original cards and even five expansion sets. Since the original game is licensed under Creative Commons and CAO is being offered freely it’s totally legit.

You can access the game on your phone, tablet, or computer at the Cards Against Originality website. A link will be generated that can be shared with other players. One click gets you in the game.

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These miniature Lego arcade games are currently up for voting over on Lego Ideas. The set includes the ’80s Sega classics Space Harrier, Out Run and Thunder Blade. They even come with three minifigs.

The idea was submitted by SpacySmoke and will have you wishing you had an afternoon to spend at a good old-fashioned arcade with a fist full of quarters in your pocket.

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If you grew up during the ’80s, then you know a thing or two about lenticular art. It popped up on just about everything back then, ranging from trading cards to cereal boxes. So this limited edition 3D Legend of Zelda Lenticular art is definitely a trip down memory lane in more ways than one. It features the many incarnations of Link over the years and it comes in a black wooden shadowbox frame, so you can hang it up right when you get it.

Check out a close-up pic after the break…

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