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Kelsey Kronmiller is a gamer who also happens to love her pet fish. So, she took it upon herself to construct an epic, gaming-themed fish tank that we first spotted in 2014.

Now we have a lot more information about how it was made.

Check out more pictures in the gallery after the break…

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The Star Wars Battlefront game panel is happening at Star Wars Celebration and the new trailer just dropped. It’s frickin’ gorgeous, though the trailer doesn’t contain any actual gameplay.

Still, I’m definitely planning to pick it up when it goes on sale November 17th on PS4, PC and Xbox One.

Check it out after the break.

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Designer Miguel Zavala has been modeling all of the D&D Monster Manual monsters in 3D and putting them up for download so you can print beasties for your next dungeon crawl.

See Also: This New Liquid 3D Printing System Will Change Everything

The models are free to download and include the likes of Owlbear, Ettin, and Tiamat in alphabetical order so you can easily find the ones you want to print. Zavala has even painted a few of the figures which might inspire you to break out those old brushes and paints.

(via TechCrunch)

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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.

(via Mashable)

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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)