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Get Random Video Games Every Month With My Retro Game Box

Retro Game Box

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


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.


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

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


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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Pac-Man Table Is Retro Chic That Would Look Good In Your Living Room

When looking for design themes to deck your place out with, you can rarely go wrong with retro gaming. 8-bit characters, Space Invaders, Pong… everyone’s welcome, and especially Pac-Man. One Thanasis Mokas, a woodworker, feels the same way and he’s put his money where his mouth is by creating the above coffee table. While it’s far from being the first such table, we like the way Thanasis has put it together and the care he’s taken to match colours and make some stools to go along with it. We only wish we knew if it can even be bought; Thanasis created his Facebook page on September 5 and it only features pictures of things he’s made and no purchase information. Still, more pictures and a link to the page are after the jump, so you could always go ask him about it.

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Retro Looking iPhone Cordless Handset

By David Ponce

Sure to rejoice countless hipster households across New York City, only to be shunned by them a few weeks later for making this product too popular, the iPhone Cordless Handset does an excellent job of making your iDevice significantly less convenient. For the sake of reviving bygone memories and asserting your individuality, this gadget docks your iPhone and lets you talk on a cordless barbell of yore.

An iPhone rests on a telephone base reminiscent of models from the 1930s, synchronizing with the base via Bluetooth while the cordless handset communicates with the base via DECT 6.0 wireless technology from up to 160′ indoors. The handset places and receives calls, displaying each on its LCD while providing buttons for redial and speakerphone. It can recall up to 30 received calls and record up to 50 phone numbers. An iPhone charges from the base; the headset is powered by an included rechargeable battery. Compatible with all iPhone models

It’s $159 and available now.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Rack Up Some Faux Gaming Cred With These Retro NES Carts That Never Existed

NEStalgia Carts (Image courtesy 72 Pins)
By Andrew Liszewski

The next time you get in a conversation where you’re trying to one-up your friends about your cred as a gamer, just drop the old “well I’ve been playing Dead Space since it was on the NES” line and declare your checkmate. Who cares if the game never actually had an 8-bit predecessor? If they call you out on your claim, a mere $20 investment from 72 Pins will provide you with some hard-to-deny proof. Their collection of ‘Nestalgia’ carts include 8-bit versions of modern titles like BioShock, Killzone and even Halo. I mean can you imagine how repetitive Halo would feel were the game limited to an 8-bit environment? I bet the library would feel like you were playing the same level again and again and again…

Anyways, the carts of course don’t actually work. They’re just upcycled old NES games that have had the labels replaced with rather convincing alternatives. So if you’re trying to bluff a friend who still has a working NES at home, your ruse will instantly be foiled. But the fact that you dropped $20, on what is essentially a clever Photoshop job, could provide some gaming cred on its own merit.

[ 72 Pins – NEStalgia Carts ] VIA [ Joystiq ]

Game Boy Dress Isn’t Limited To Just Hallowe’en Parties

Game Boy Dress (Images courtesy Etsy)
By Andrew Liszewski

While no where near as racy as the Game Boy print swimsuit we brought you a couple of months ago, this Game Boy dress will still provide loads of opportunity for double entendres and innuendo at any Hallowe’en party. “Press my buttons”, “insert a cartridge”, “where’s that Tetris piece I need?”, “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right”, etc. For better or for worse they’re all at your disposal. But if you were hoping to score one of these for the 31st, you’ll need to get your $78 order in with Etsy seller SewOeno before October 10th to ensure it’s completed and arrives on time.

[ Etsy – Game Boy Dress ] VIA [ bookofjoe ]