Art collective Meow Wolf’s immersive art exhibit Omega Mart in Las Vegas is full of surprises, and new to the store’s lineup of WTF-ery comes Butter Frenzy 2 – a claw machine full of unwrapped sticks of butter you can win.
Among my many geeky pursuits, two of my favorites are classic arcade games and LEGO. So when I stumbled onto this collection of custom LEGO arcade machines, I had to bust open the piggy bank (aka my PayPal account) – since that’s where I save my spare change to buy stuff that I don’t NEED but that I really WANT.
We’ve all played Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Centipede, but what if those games had been less digital and more of an art installation? Would you still be interested? This arcade machine is called “A Maze,” and is the work of artist Marco Iannicelli.
YouTuber Daniel Perdomo and his friends made one of the coolest video game replicas of the year so far. It’s a physical replica of the classic game PONG. It’s basically a magnetic, mechanical version of air hockey.
Last year, we checked out Marcel de Haan and Harmut Wendt’s Starforce Pi, a portable arcade machine based on the Raspberry Pi. With their Kickstarter for the machine winding down, Marcel had enough time on his hands for something he’s wanted to do for a long time: a portable Neo Geo.
Back in January we checked out Akira and Sarah Figma action figures based on their appearance in the first Virtua Fighter. One of the figure’s product shots showed the characters playing on an equally tiny arcade machine, specifically the legendary Sega Astro City.
We’ve seen how you can use a Game Boy or a Raspberry Pi to create a palm-sized arcade machine. If you’d rather go straight to squinting and playing, TinyCircuits has just the thing for you.
The Tiny Arcade is based on TinyCircuits’ Tiny-Duino, an Arduino-compatible computer and expansion boards that are all about the size of a quarter and can be stacked on top of each other.
You can find a ton of DIY guides and kits to make arcade machines based on the Raspberry Pi, but if you’re willing to pay to play, watch out for Marcel de Haan and Hartmut Wendt’s Starforce Pi, a compact retro arcade machine with an internal battery.
Arcade specialist Xgaming’s latest machine will be familiar to both young and old gamers. The X-Arcade Lumber Jacques’ cabinet design and graphics are based on the 1981 Donkey Kong arcade machine, which was also used as the basis for the Fix It Felix Jr.
These miniature LEGO arcade games based on actual SEGA arcade cabinets look pretty awesome and they are small enough that they won’t cost you a fortune in quarters. Plus you can fill your home with as many as you want.
Whereas the Analogue Nt is a sleek retro-futuristic take on the NES and Famicom, Dave Nunez’ Model G1 has a Bauhaus-inspired design, like some random doodad you’d find gathering dust in the corner of an antique shop.
We’ve seen arcade machines encased in a coffee table, a briefcase and an old barrel. Redditor Uhohthommo’s uncle went for the industrial look and stored his arcade machine’s hardware inside a 200L (approx. 53gal) oil drum.
A growing number of establishments are accepting Bitcoin as payment. Now you can even use it to play arcade games. British company Liberty Games combined the cutting edge currency with the aging gaming platform to make a simple transaction hilariously complicated.
Apparently beer pong is now so popular that people are willing to play it even without beer involved. That’s what arcade machine maker Bay Tek Games found out when it unveiled their newest creation, Beer Pong Master.
What could be cooler than playing Pac-Man on an arcade machine that was almost completely made up of LEGOs? Ben Fleskes of Portland, Oregon, built this amazing machine. The only thing is that it probably won’t stand up to the typical abuse that an arcade machine goes through.