Archive for the 'retro gaming @ home' Category
November 17th, 2011
The new Dual arcade table – Head-to-head gaming
Some of you may have seen this, or even had a play on it last year at Replay in Blackpool. Well, it’s now officially released!
Based around the 60-in-1 arcade board, this baby is our entry-level system in our arcade table range. It is equally as well designed, built and finished as our other arcade tables but uses a dedicated arcade PCB rather than a PC system. So you just plug it in, turn it on and you’re away. Available in Walnut only.
October 22nd, 2011
Our new drinkUP arcade button coasters
We’ve just had our sample sets of arcade button coasters in! There are a couple of colour tweaks to be done, but they are just about ready. They should be up on the site within a couple of weeks so make sure you check back here or on our website.
August 15th, 2011
Worlds smallest Space Invaders arcade machine
It’s great to see people making their own arcade machines, after all that’s how we started at surface tension many years ago! So we loved Youtube user Vcoleiro’s cracking mini Space Invaders machine. He’s actually packed a Game Boy Arcade into the cab, so you need not play just Space Invaders on the setup — it will accept any GBA cartridges.
A great way to recycle your old GBA SP, this 7 inch by 3.5 inch by 4.5 inch cabinet is made of 6mm medium-density fiberboard and has the A, B, right bumper, left bumper, start, and select buttons with a small joystick on the the deck.
I personally find this thing to be as awesome as the full sized arcade, and I can’t wait to try it out if I ever get the chance!
Take a look at master miniature craftsmen Vcoleiro1′s YouTube video of his amazing build.
June 8th, 2011
Tetris Post-its may help your mental block
June 2nd, 2011
Arcade button light switch
Another way to show your hardcore roots in the home apart from arcade coat hooks, Space Invader wall stickers, and a PacMan sponge for your dishes is the Arcade Light Switch. Available over at Etsy by AlephDesign.
Available in different colours upon request. I’m a simple man so my personal choice would be white for light and black for dark.
Probably best you don’t practise your Track and Field on this though as it does come with the warning:
***INSTALL AT YOUR OWN RISK. WE HAVE MODIFIED THIS LIGHT SWITCH, AND IT IS NOT A FACTORY PIECE. WE HAVE USED IT FOR YEARS, AND HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH IT.***
I can only hope the buttons are used to switch a mains relay as standard microswitches certainly aren’t designed for mains voltage.
via :: technabob
May 29th, 2011
The Grilltendo: Now You’re Grilling with Power!
With a bank holiday upon us it’s traditional to dust off the old barbie and cook for our friends. But what if some of those friends are vegeterians, they still need feeding but they might not be so keen on their veggie burgers being cooked on the same BBQ as your rump steak! Greg Matta was faced with the same problem and to differentiate between the two BBQ’s he came up with this snazzy paint scheme for his veggie one.
Please take note that when I have a BBQ at my place I always offer a vegetarian choice: they have the choice to sit there and watch us tucking into delicious meat or they can go home and cry into their tofu stew!
Of course I’m jesting and plan on doing a little BBQ painting myself this weekend! BBQ’ed mushrooms anyone?
via: Bit Rebels
May 27th, 2011
NES Advantage Lamp
The 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System never seems to leave us. It’s there in all we dream and think about. From childhood images to the whole new Advantage Lamp that brings about everything from the buttons to the style back to life.
While I’d rather be using this Advantage controller to take down the 8 Robot Masters, I also support the repurposing of such retro devices, which would otherwise be just gathering dust in an attic somewhere.
This one in particular was a one-off, and has been sold, but it looks like you’ll be able to nab later projects by following @RecycledRetro on Twitter
via: Design Buzz
May 25th, 2011
Super Mario Bros in the bathroom
Not like that.
There’s nothing wrong with letting a bit of your retro-nerd tendencies seep out now and again. (Though you should always know your limits).
eisley over at Destructoid, and her boyfriend, decided to turn their guest bathroom into a 2D Mario haven. Sounds like they’ve put in a lot of hours, and according to the blurb, there’s still more detail to go… before moving on to another room!
“This is just the first part, though, we’re starting the next level, in the second room of this bathroom, next weekend. And after that we have plans for shelves, custom light switches, fixing up a themed shower curtain, certain Marionoises somehow happening, Club Nintendo towels, and so on. The ideas never really seem to stop flowing. And yet, as we were finishing this first level yesterday my boyfriend mentioned doing yet another themed room.”
Sounds like a lot of work, but looks like a great job!
May 19th, 2011
The re-birth of the Commodore 64
Based around PC hardware, the new Commodore 64 is one to get if you yearn for those good old days, but also want some up-to-date functionality.
On power-up, it will be able to launch into a media centre PC or into Commodore OS 1.0.
The only downside to emulation on the C64 is not being able to re-live the wait with the loading music. I swear this is what got me into electronic music. Martin Galway, Rob Hubbard and Fred Gray (for my favourite, Mutants) to name a few of my heroes. All from 3 sound channels! Oh dear, I’ve slipped into childhood digression. OK, one more shout out for International Karate! Now where was I…
The new Commodore 64 features genuine Cherry brand key switches, which provide a feel much better than the original, with a lovely IBM classic mechanism and click sound. The keys are the exact same shape as the original and are color matched.