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Lacrosse

Someone Made The Pac-Man Soundtrack 13 Years Before The Game Was Created

This Italian sound experiment from 1967 sounds eerily familiar...<p><i>Pac-Man</i>, arguably la crème de la crème of 8-bit arcade glory, wasn't released until 1980, yet we recently noticed a YouTube video that points to a maybe-unexpected source of its inspiration. Take one listen to the above track, and …

Retrogaming

Grafitti Transforms Boxcar Into a Vintage Nintendo Controller

Train graffiti isn't uncommon and is something that might not catch your eye. But if you were stopped at a train crossing, you'd surely notice this boxcar made to look like a giant Nintendo Entertainment System game controller. The painted car includes the large plus sign and bright red buttons we …

NES

How Atari box art turned 8-bit games into virtual wonderlands

The cover for <i>Adventure</i> on the Atari looks nothing like the title it’s promoting. The game itself is essentially made of a series of rectangles, with a few blocky enemies prowling around, while the main adventurer is simply a square. You’re forced to imagine the fantasy world you’re meant to be …

NES Remix 2 is great for players who bring the right memories (review)

NES Remix 2 is a nostalgia mirror. Hold it up to yourself and it will show you the fond memories you have for classic Nintendo games (or the lack thereof).<p>To get the most from NES Remix 2, you’ll need a history with the Nintendo Entertainment System. That was true with the first game, and it’s …

Nintendo's Original Game Boy Turns 25

On April 21, 1989, Nintendo released the original Game Boy in Japan. It was built like a brick and rendered a mixture of black and gray pixels on a muddy green background. The console wasn’t light, slender or powerful, but it was the trigger for a new culture around video games and changed people’s …

On Its 25th Birthday, Game Boy Is Alive And Well In The Art World

We take a look back at some of the best art inspired by the officially-antique handheld console.<p>It was the best of times for our brains, and the worst of times for our button-mashed fingers: 25 years ago today Nintendo gave us the first Game Boy, and two-and-a-half decades later, the world …

Retrogaming

10 Great Video Game Easter Egg Collections

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh | Colossal

<p>Jack-of-all-trades artist and designer Chris McVeigh creates these awesome minimalist Lego models of outmoded technology including TVs, video game …

3D Printed Raspberry Pi NES Case: NinTastic - Technabob

Out of all computers, the Raspberry Pi is most ripe for case mods because it’s tiny and doesn’t come with a case in the first place. We’ve seen a …

Raspberry Pi

If Jony Ive Designed The Original Nintendo, It Would Look Like This

When the vintage Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was first released in the United States in 1985, it looked like a two-tone plastic shoebox. But what would it look like if Apple designed it today? Probably a lot like the Analogue Nt, a new console with the 8-bit guts of the vintage NES, wrapped …

The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits

From ‘Donkey Kong’ to the NES — how a Japanese company took over the American living room. An exclusive first serial from ‘Console Wars.’<p><i>The</i> …

Retrogaming

Puzzle game Pushmo is coming to Wii U in Japan (update)

Puzzle game <i>Pushmo</i> is coming to Wii U in Japan later this year, with the release of <i>Pushmo World</i>, developer Intelligent Systems confirmed with the release of a new video.<p><i>Pushmo</i> was first launched in 2011 as a Nintendo 3DS release in North America, Europe and Japan. A sequel was launched one year …

When Halo was Originally Advertised for Dreamcast

Halo

'Record of Agarest War' Review - An Adventure Longer Than Some Real Wars

I'm sure, like me, you've seen many RPGs market themselves as having 100 hour quests or something outrageous like that, only to find that unless you …

Payday 2: The Shadow Raid Heist introduces the first 'stealth only' job for the series

<i>Payday 2: The Shadow Raid Heist</i>, the latest free update for Overkill's heist-based shooter, will launch May 29 for Windows PC, ushering in the first stealth only job in the PayDay franchise.<p>Players are tasked with covertly breaking into a derelict warehouse operated by the Murkywater Corporation …

Watch Dogs promotion triggers bomb squad response to major publication

A bomb squad was called to the Sydney offices of Ninemsn, a major Australian online publication, after the company received promotional material for Ubisoft's open-world title <i>Watch Dogs</i> in the guise of a beeping, black safe.<p>According to a Mumbrella story published today, the authorities were …

Microsoft's CEO has no intention of selling Xbox

Speaking at the Code Conference underway in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella told interviewers that he has no intention of selling the company's Xbox gaming division business, according to The Verge.<p>"I have no intent to do anything different with Xbox than we are doing …

Watch Dogs PR Stunt Ends With Bomb Squad Called To News Office

Carcassonne's fifth expansion adds The Phantom

TheCodingMonkeys released <i>The Phantom</i>, the fifth expansion for its iPhone and iPad versions of medieval land-grab strategy board game <i>Carcassonne</i>.<p>The expansion, now available as In-App Purchase for $0.99, adds a ghostly-transparent game piece called <i>The Phantom</i>. The piece can be played in addition to …

Winning ugly is still winning: Peter Whalen's guide to Dream Quest

I used to read Word Up magazine.<p>PT<i>'s current fixation with Peter Whalen's roguelike card combat game Dream Quest is a great reminder that a fine game</i> …

Board Games

Heroes of the Storm could be getting a founder's pack

Blizzard's hero brawler <i>Heroes of the Storm</i> could receive a Founder's Pack, according to statements on the game's launcher spotted by Heroes Nexus.<p>The Founder's Pack is said to offer users access to the game's upcoming beta, as well as unlock an in-game wolf mount made of "solid gold". While a …

Minecraft – 36 times larger on PS4 and Xbox One

4J Studios, the developer behind the console versions of Minecraft, discusses the forthcoming PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PS Vita instalments<p>Minecraft is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in August, and the good news for fans is, there will be a lot more of it. In a blogpost on 22 May, Mojang …

Oops, Chicago Sears is Selling Mario Kart 8 Early

A Chicago Sears, located at 1900 W Lawrence Ave, is currently selling <i>Mario Kart 8</i> ahead of its official release date of Friday, May 30.<p>Revving your …

Martial arts MMO Swordsman enters closed beta on June 16

Free-to-play massively multiplayer martial arts game <i>Swordsman</i> is entering into closed beta starting June 16 and through to June 27, publisher Perfect World Entertainment announced today.<p>Players who register now will unlock exclusive items on top of getting access to the closed beta. Those …

10 Mario Facts to Super Jump Punch Your Brain

Even the most dedicated gamer may not know every fact about world's most famous mustachioed plumber.<p>From his first humble days as an 8-bit carpenter …

Yup, The Next Battlefield Game Is About Cops