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Tag: 1980s

Pac-Man Gets the Mosaic Treatment

Pac-Man Gets the Mosaic Treatment
Here’s a piece of art any retro game fanatic would be proud to hang on their wall. It’s a handmade Pac-Man mixed media piece, using teeny ceramic tiles in place of pixels. Perhaps inspired by the oh-so-awesome Ms. Pac-Man bathroom, this piece entitled Perpetual Pac-Man would look great in any…

Foldskool Heroes: They’Re Boxy but They’Re Good

Foldskool Heroes: They’Re Boxy but They’Re Good
Got mad paper, scissor and tape skills? How about a fondness for old school video games and computers? Then have I got a fun afternoon project for you. Graphic designer Marshall Alexander’s cutout characters includes a veritable menagerie fantastical creatures and critters all made from boxy paper cutouts, but his…
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Ms. Pac-Man Gets Portable

Ms. Pac-Man Gets Portable
Not to be outdone by her dot-gobbling boyfriend, Ms. Pac-Man has made her way into a custom-built handheld. Influenced heavily by Sam Thornley’s Pac-Man Mini, modder ela built this portable Ms. Pac-Man Mini video game system using the guts of one of those Jakks Ms. Pac-Man TV Games, and put…

Sinclair Zx81 Turned Into Pc [Retro Casemod]

Sinclair Zx81 Turned Into Pc [Retro Casemod]
Remember the old Sinclair ZX81 computer? You know, the tiny, little 8-bit machine with a huge following, and a horrible flat keyboard? Thanks to miracle of modern miniaturization, you can now fit a fully-functional Windows or Linux PC inside of one of these. It’s pretty amazing when you think about…

Pac-Man on My Shoulder Makes Me Happy

Pac-Man on My Shoulder Makes Me Happy
I’ve got this boring black bag that my laptop came with, and now I think I’ve finally found a replacement. Maybe I’m stuck in the 80s, but I still think that Pac-Man and his ghostly pals are in fashion. Created by Rockza, the PacManiac series of briefcases is the perfect…

Flower Rock 2.0: Dancing Flowers Get a Makeover

Flower Rock 2.0: Dancing Flowers Get a Makeover
Back in the late 1980s, a sensation swept the streets of Asia called the “Flower Rock”. The desktop gadget did one thing, and one thing only — it danced to any music that you played near it. Flower Rock 2.0 commemorates the 20th anniversary of the original Flower Rock, giving…

Rare Elektronika-7 Vacuum Tube Clock Shows Up on Ebay

Rare Elektronika-7 Vacuum Tube Clock Shows Up on Ebay
When I first spotted this dot-matrix numbers on this clock I thought it was a modern-day blue LED display. But lurking beneath the surface of this timepiece is something far more interesting. What we actually have here is a very rare Russian relic from the early 1980s. The Elektronika-7 (Электроника-7)…

Video Game Belt Buckles: Keep Your Pants on, Pal.

Video Game Belt Buckles: Keep Your Pants on, Pal.
Other than maybe one of those giant glitzy wresting belts, I can’t think of a more rockin’ thing to wear around your waist than one of these nifty retro video game belt buckles. Handmade by artist Natalie Hutcheson (aka “HutchMe”), these metal buckles don imagery of famous icons of classic…

Bacteria Gives Life to Mutant Mini Multi Arcade System

Bacteria Gives Life to Mutant Mini Multi Arcade System
I have a dream. And that dream is that one day a single portable gaming console can play all of my favorite arcade classics (on a decent sized screen). Thanks to a modder going by the name “Bacteria”, that day is today. Bacteria’s Mini Multi Arcade system mashes up a…

Cassette Tape USB Hub Won’T Play, Pause or Rewind

Cassette Tape USB Hub Won’T Play, Pause or Rewind
I can’t think of any better way to connect my mix tape USB flash drive to my computer than to plug it into this retro cassette tape USB hub. The 4-port USB 2.0 hub may look exactly like an old school cassette tape, but I can pretty much assure you…

Colecovision Mini Console Hits Ebay [Casemod]

Colecovision Mini Console Hits Ebay [Casemod]
When it comes to retro game consoles, it seems like Nintendo and Atari get all of the attention. How about some love for the classic ColecoVision, the first console to bring arcade-quality graphics into your living room? This mini ColecoVision casemod is surely a good start. The guys over at…

Journey Mp3 Player: Don’T Stop Believin’

Journey Mp3 Player: Don’T Stop Believin’
1980s power-ballad mavens Journey and technology have a long-standing relationship. Back in 1983, they entered the geek psyche with the classic Journey arcade machine. Now they’re back in the electronics biz with their own MP3 player. Adorned with the group’s iconic airbrush winged scarab and flamejob art, ZVUE’s Journey MP3…

Midibox Sid: C64 Transformed Into Glowing Midi Synth

Midibox Sid: C64 Transformed Into Glowing Midi Synth
The venerable Commodore 64 is well known among the electronic music community as a synthesizer modder’s dream machine thanks to its robust SID audio chipset. But most of the mods I’ve seen end up looking just like an old C64 and all the cool stuff is going on under the…

Fc Mobile Game Console Plays Original NES Carts

Fc Mobile Game Console Plays Original NES Carts
I’ve seen plenty of Nintendo NES clone systems in my travels, but this is the first time I’ve seen a mass-produced portable that can play the actual cartridges from the classic 8-bit gaming system. The FC Mobile portable console plays original game carts from the NES wherever you go. The…

Megaman Stained Glass Project: Hallelujah.

Megaman Stained Glass Project: Hallelujah.
No matter what your religion you belong to, you’ll be a believer in the church of 8-bit platform gaming once you see this brilliant work of stained glass art, based on the classic Megaman gaming franchise. Created by video game enthusiast / artist Gary in Cleveland, it was painstakingly assembled…

Pole Position Quilt: Prepare to Qualify

Pole Position Quilt: Prepare to Qualify
Back in the day, Pole Position was one of my all-time favorite arcade games. Not only was it the first full-color POV racing game, it had some of the most groundbreaking graphics in its time. With today’s photorealistic racing games like the Gran Turismo and PGR series, it’s amazing how…
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