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Tag: 1980s

Gen-X Dual Station Plays Sega Genesis and NES Games

Gen-X Dual Station Plays Sega Genesis and NES Games
Nowadays, you can find many classic Genesis and NES games on Nintendo’s Wii Virtual Console, but nothing beats popping any cartridge you find lying around into a system that’s designed specifically to play those old school titles.

Atari Xl Laptop: 8-Bit Computing Goes Portable [Casemod]

Atari Xl Laptop: 8-Bit Computing Goes Portable [Casemod]
As one of the first PCs I ever owned, 8-bit Atari computers really bring back fond memories for me. So I was delighted when I came across this cool modern take on one of the later models in the line, the Atari 600XL.

Galaga Quilt Keeps Aliens in Stitches

Galaga Quilt Keeps Aliens in Stitches
On a cold winter’s day, what better way to enjoy a gaming session than from under this toasty quilt featuring the 80s arcade classic Galaga? Handcrafted by North Carolina artist CarolinaPatchworks, the quilt offers up a giant (18:1 scale) interpretation of the bitmapped icons from arguably the best top-down shooter of all time.

Pac-Man Text Adventure: Turn Left, Eat Dots

Pac-Man Text Adventure: Turn Left, Eat Dots
I know, I know. The year is 2007 and I’m writing two stories in a row about Pac-Man. But I really couldn’t resist this one. Pac-Txt is a great mashup between the classic 1980s arcade game and Zork.

Nintendo NES Crammed in a Sneaker

Nintendo NES Crammed in a Sneaker
The word of the week around here seems to be “pimp.” First, we had the new TokyoFlash Pimp watches, then we had the Atari 2600 pimped -out Buick. Now we have this NES console which was apparently seen backstage after a Sneaker Pimps’ concert.

Dig Dug Theme on the Piano

Dig Dug Theme on the Piano
Remember all those quarters you dumped into classic 80s arcade game Dig Dug? Apparently, you’re not the only one. A talented piano player going by the name arix001 has recorded a pretty darned accurate rendition of the frenetic music from the game.

Q*Bert Qollects Quarters Quite Quickly

Q*Bert Qollects Quarters Quite Quickly
I saw this poster over on eBay earlier today, and I thought it was really funny. Designed as a promotional piece to encourage arcades to carry the classic game Q*Bert, somebody in the marketing department at Gottlieb got the bright idea to replace pretty much every letter they could with the letter “Q”.

Tops With Frickin’ Laser Beams

Tops With Frickin’ Laser Beams
The guys from online shop MyVirtualZone just tipped me off to these little playthings. The appropriately named Laser Top has a little laser beam that projects out of the side as you spin it around. While I actually think the effect of the LEDs and the laser are pretty cool when its spinning, I think that the music that plays as it goes is about as ridiculous as it gets.

Q*Bert + Quilt = Quiltbert

Q*Bert + Quilt = Quiltbert
Remember the expletive-spouting orange dude from 1980s arcade game, Q*bert? Well the strange little guy has now been immortalized in this awesome handmade video game quilt by Lenore, an artist over an Evil Mad Scientist Labs.

Super Mario Brothers Number One Fan

Super Mario Brothers Number One Fan
You better act quick if you want this great piece of Nintendo nostalgia for your house. It’s a Super Mario Brothers ceiling fan, circa 1988, that I found over on eBay. I know Nintendo merchandised the hell out of this franchise, but a Super Mario ceiling fan?

Retro Roman Numeral LED Clock Found on Ebay

Retro Roman Numeral LED Clock Found on Ebay
Long before the recent trend of strange digital timepieces that tell time in binary or in some other cryptic fashion, a little electronics company known as Heathkit made this fun LED clock that told time using Roman numerals.

The Original iPhone and Other Lost Apple Designs

The Original iPhone and Other Lost Apple Designs
Back in the early 1980’s, industrial designer Hartmut Esslinger of frog design fame was cranking out machines for a young little tech company called Apple Computer. As a matter of fact, he was the man behind design of the wildly popular Apple IIc personal computer.

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