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Tag Archives: Retro

Side A’s Got the Party Mix: Cassette Shaped Coffee Table

Cassette Shaped Coffee Table

Pay homage to a part of your past and recall the awesomeness of the era of mix tapes with this cassette tape-shaped coffee table. The gigantic cassette tape sits atop custom made steel legs and is built with removable remote and bottle holders, cleverly positioned in cassette’s holes. The coolest part is probably the cassette’s label, which you can actually write on because that part is actually a white board. Neat huh?

The cassette tape coffee table was commissioned by Rob Ireland and built by Ross Langley. You can check out more photos here.

VIA [ TIWIB ]

Someone 3D Printed A Save Button

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I don’t want to live in this world anymore.

Ok, so maybe it’s a hoax. Maybe it’s real, and some kid just has no idea that the “save button” used to be an actual thing. Whatever the explanation is, one thing is certain: I’m old. If you saw the above and realized this scenario is, sadly, totally possible, then you too are old, my friend.

The “not wanting to live in this world” comment? That’s just age-related depression; it happens at 30, and that’s a fact.

Ok, moving on…

VIA [ NoPuedoCreer ]

Make Some Kind Of Statement With Nintendo Drinking Flasks

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We’re not sure exactly what you’re trying to say if you go around taking sips of bourbon from a plastic NES cartridge, but it’s nice to know that you can, since Thinkgeek now sells these awesome 6oz flasks. Perhaps you want people to know you’re a fan of retro gaming, and of drinking, and that you’re the sort of person they’d totally want to hang out with because who doesn’t love a retro gaming drunk? Amirite? The best part are the names: “Drunk Hunt”, “Fine Ale Fantasy” (coming soon), and “The Legend of Drink”. Get it? They’re drinking/gaming puns… Yeah… ok, we’ll show ourselves out. But hey, if your interest is piqued, just know they’re $20 a pop.

Oh, and also, considering the design, it might be hard to take actual sips from this flask, so maybe you pour yourself a shot or two, ok? Ok.

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Waka Waka: A Pacman Piercing

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This is just too cool. There isn’t much to say, since the image kind of says it all. It’s a Pacman piercing, which could easily be expanded by simply adding more dots between the ghost and Pacman. This particular one was done by Precision Body Piercing in Marquette, MI (their Instagram).

VIA [ NoPuedoCreer ]

Get Random Video Games Every Month With My Retro Game Box

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Like the idea of receiving a random retro video game cartridge every month? Then you might want to check out My Retro Game Box. It’s an unusual subscription service that’ll parse through a library of games and send you an assortment that matches your gaming preferences (and works with whatever consoles you have.)

According to MRGB:
We have developed a system with full, emotional artificial intelligence, and named it Katy.* She will strike up a conversation with you via email after you subscribe, to find out what consoles you have, what games you already have in your collection, and what kind of games you detest. We want you to help us make good choices for you, but we draw the line at giving us a wish-list, otherwise it just isn’t a surprise.

Subscriptions start at £23.00 (for a month) for PAL systems and £65.00 (for 3 months) for NTSC systems.

[ MRGB ] VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

Nanoarcade Is The World’s Smallest Arcade Machine

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The Nanoarcade isn’t the first small arcade cabinet we’ve seen, with the iCade having been introduced to the market around 5 years ago. But unlike that device, the Nanoarcade doesn’t require the use of an iPad; it’s a standalone miniaturized gaming cabinet that measures 1/10th the size of a normal arcade. It’s able to play any J2ME game, which are Java-based titles that were popular before the advent of iOS and Android. They may not be the most advanced or exciting games on the planet, but there are some good titles in there and their age may help recreate some of that old-school retro feel that arcade cabinets are supposed to evoke anyway. If you want to get yours, you’ll have to pledge an early bird $39, or if you miss that, $49.

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[ Kickstarter ] AND [ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Retro Gaming Still Kicking: RetroN 4 Multi-System Console Adds GBA, HDMI Capabilities

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If you grew up gaming and have a bunch of cartridges lying around, you may very well want to relive some of their former glory now and then. You can either pop them into their respective consoles, or you can grab the latest iteration from Hyperkin, the RetroN 4. Like the previous generation machine, it lets you play NES, SNES and Sega Genesis cartridges but also adds compatibility for Game Boy Advance. What’s more, there’s now an HDMI port so you can play on that big screen TV you just got.

When users boot up the machine, they will find the “Perdana” digital user interface which opens a wide variety of modern gaming features such as selecting systems, button reassignment and other features that will be named at the Midwest Gaming Classic. The console will also allow users to play both NTSC and PAL cartridges and will incorporate Bluetooth technology, with a completely new, redesigned wireless Bluetooth controller.

There’s no word on price, but the RetroN 3 used to cost $70 so we can’t imagine this will cost much more than that.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Shut Up and Take My Money: Floppy Disk Coffee Table

Floppy Disk Table

Remember those floppy disks from the yesteryears which only allowed you to store up to 1.44MB of data on each disk? That’s not enough space for an mp3 file containing a full song, let alone a single high-res image file. It just goes to show that data storage has truly come a long way since then.

Paying tribute to storage’s humble beginnings are the creative duo behind Neulant van Exel: Axel van Exel and Marian Neulant. They took inspiration from the classic 3.5″ floppy disk to build the Floppy Table, which is a really cool coffee table constructed from welded hot-rolled steel and stainless steel. The best thing about the table is the secret compartment that’s revealed by moving the metal shutter sideways.

Hit the break to check out more images of the table.

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Atari Paddle Earrings And Cufflinks

We’re suckers for retro gaming. We imagine we are because it reminds us of our childhood and lets us forget for a little bit that we’re aging old farts. Also, retro gaming rocks! There’s a purity and a focus on gameplay that isn’t always present when it’s possible to dazzle with graphics and effects. But whatever, we’re just saying all this so we can segue onto the above earrings. They’re tiny versions of Atari’s iconic paddle controller. And if you lack holes in your ears and/or inclination to wear fleshy-lobe ornaments, there’s also some cufflinks you can get. The earrings are about 1cm in length (or 0.39 in.) while the cufflinks are about 1 in. Being a bit larger, they can afford to have some “functionality”… if you call having the ability to turn the paddle from side to side that. Still, it does give you something to fiddle with at a party, one at which you might actually be fidgety if you’re the kind of person who’s uncomfortable enough in a dress shirt to want to liven it up with retro gaming accessories.

It’s $25 for either of these. And this being Etsy, they’re handmade to order so expect to wait some time before getting them in the mail.

As usual, hit the jump for more pics and links.

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