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Category: Retro

Galaga Bookmark Squashes Aliens Between the Pages of Your Books

Galaga Bookmark Squashes Aliens Between the Pages of Your Books

I’m really not sure what reading paperback books and the arcade classic Galaga have in common, other than this. Crafter gimcracks has this handmade 8-bit cross-stitch bookmark up in her Etsy shop for just $6 (USD)…

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Beautiful Bytes: Distellamap Presents Codes of Classic Video Games

Beautiful Bytes: Distellamap Presents Codes of Classic Video Games

There’s geek art, and then there’s geek art. Ben Fry’s creations are to programmers what blueprints are to architects. Here’s a sample of his work, which he calls “distellamaps”. It’s a map of the code for…

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From a Mousehole Far, Far Away: Star Wars Mice

From a Mousehole Far, Far Away: Star Wars Mice

The creations of Anna aka TheHouseofMouse are like felt minifigs. Except that they’re mice. She currently has 131 micefig designs, from King Tutankhamen Mouse to Hannibal Lecter Mouse. Yes, the one with the mask. She also…

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Mario Hits the Streets of New York

Mario Hits the Streets of New York

Mario, as seen on the streets of New York City (on 23rd st between 10th and 11th). I have a funny feeling that whatever is down at the other end of those pipes is a lot…

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Female Space Invaders: I Don’T Remember This Part of the Video Game

Female Space Invaders: I Don’T Remember This Part of the Video Game

I was perusing the dark recesses of eBay’s DVD auctions when I came across this little gem. Featuring such greats as David Hasselhoff, Christopher Plummer and Marjoe Gortner, this 1979 low-budget schlock ripoff on Star Wars’…

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R2-D2′S Bleeps and Beeps Decoded. It’S Not for Kids. It’S Funny as Hell.

R2-D2′S Bleeps and Beeps Decoded. It’S Not for Kids. It’S Funny as Hell.

Star Wars geeks claim that R2-D2 was inspired by a character in a Kurosawa film plus the robots in Silent Running plus an overheard request from a sound editor. Riiiight. Here’s the real score: In 1975…

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Revolver Tv Remote Changes Channels With a Bang

Revolver Tv Remote Changes Channels With a Bang

The concept behind the TV remote control gun is simple: Boring task + gun = fun! Pull the trigger and it’ll change the channel on your TV with a satisfying gunshot sound. Okay, so it’s fun…

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NES 8-Bit Controller License Plate Only Valid in the Mushroom Kingdom or on Mario Karts

NES 8-Bit Controller License Plate Only Valid in the Mushroom Kingdom or on Mario Karts

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this Nintendo controller license plate probably isn’t street legal unless you happen to live in one of those states that still only requires a rear…

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Neon Pac-Man Lights: Viva Pac Vegas

Neon Pac-Man Lights: Viva Pac Vegas

Wokka, wokka, wokka. Check out these bright Pac-Man neon lights. Sure, they don’t look exactly the same as the original Inky, Blinky, Pinky, Clyde and Pac-Man, but they’re close enough to pass for their video game…

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Some Really, Really Rare Atari 2600 Games

Some Really, Really Rare Atari 2600 Games

Flickr member Redbeard Math Pirate came across this collection of extremely hard to find Atari 2600 games. See if you can recognize any of them: For some reason I can’t any find these in my closet…

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That’S No iMac: Dreamcast Guts, Apple Form Factor

That’S No iMac: Dreamcast Guts, Apple Form Factor

No matter how beautiful (or in this case, large) a gaming console, it an almost always be improved upon in some way. In this particular case, the marriage of two classics has produced one harmonious construction…

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R2-D2 Boom Box: Take That at-at!

R2-D2 Boom Box: Take That at-at!

Remember the AT-AT Walker ghetto blaster? Well apparently not only the Empire gets its own boom box. This R2-D2 sound system is part of the Hype Hustle Rip-Off exhibition by artist Bill McMullen over at LA’s…

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Pulsewidth’S Felt Mini Synthesizers Make Soft, Squishy Music

Pulsewidth’S Felt Mini Synthesizers Make Soft, Squishy Music

When I think of old school analog synthesizers, I think of hard plastic, wood and metal cases, and plenty of knobs, switches and wires. Not so says this crafter, who’s made up this batch of awesomely…

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Vhs Video Toaster [Epic Fail]

Vhs Video Toaster [Epic Fail]

Inspired by a scene from an old British TV sitcom, modder/appliance frankenstein lemonie decided to make a real vhs toaster. He succeeded and failed at the same time. Which is kind of a feat in itself.…

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Portable Rotary Phone Gets Bluetooth Upgrade, Still Won’T Fit in My Pants Pocket Without Drawing Stares

Portable Rotary Phone Gets Bluetooth Upgrade, Still Won’T Fit in My Pants Pocket Without Drawing Stares

Would you believe this is a mobile phone? SparkFun’s newly redesigned portable rotary phone ($249.95 USD) has been upgraded to work with any Bluetooth phone. Just pair the “portable” phone with your cell phone, and you…

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“a Simple Plan”: Space Invaders Shirt Foils Alien Plot

“a Simple Plan”: Space Invaders Shirt Foils Alien Plot

Remember the movie Signs? And how the aliens’ weakness turned out to be water? Tell me, if those beings were intelligent enough to build vessels that could cross such vast distances (and sustain the passengers as…

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