Alien will always have a special place in our hearts. A place I’d rather not have but is there anyway, a place where the most horrible ideas for creatures are made real, creatures like the facehugger, the chestburster, and the slimy evil main Alien.
The Mr. Bump alarm clock is very weird but also very appropriate: when its alarm goes off, you can turn it off by hurling it against a wall, or against any hard surface I guess. It’s a gadget that risks being destroyed in order to function, and yet it’s also a gadget that knows its users’ probable response.
Trekkies like candies too. This limited edition, 8-piece Star Trek Pez gift set is further proof that Trekkies aren’t so different from you and me and therefore must not be shunned, no matter how obsessed they are with made up languages and men that wear headbands over their eyes.
Life is hard. Numerous trials and challenges lie ahead of us, lurking in the shadows that their shadowy souls provide for them, eager to pounce and thwart our dreams and ambitions, to prevent us from reaching our maximum potential, and at times we feel as if the future that we so vividly saw in our pristine mind’s eye when we were children has become unreachable, like the finish line to an exhausted decathlete, or enlightenment to an adolescent monk, or the bathroom to a man just aching, with all of his mind, body & soul, to drop the kids off at the pool, to fertilize the ferns, to do the Royal Squat, to greet Mr.
If the Space Invaders can get physical, why can’t Pac-Man too? But unlike the strong gravitational pull in the Invaders’ physics simulation, Pac-Man and his ghostly pals have gotten the zero gravity treatment in this odd little update on the classic arcade maze game.
When you think of 8-bit computers, classics like the Atari 400/800, the Commodore 64 and the Apple II probably come to mind. But there’s a new kid on the block that hopes to bring 8-bit computing back – this time for the hacker community.
We’ve featured a bunch of oddly shaped ice trays before, and about a billion and three Space Invaders-themed gear, so I guess it was just a matter of time: presenting the Ice Invaders Space Alien Tray.
Remember Digitalsoaps and her Playstation bath bars? Washington’s very own gadget glycerinator is back, along with more detailed video game controller soaps, like the Xbox 360 soap:
Weighing in at 7 oz., the Xbox 360 controller soap is made of shea butter and is lovingly scented with “Mountain Dew fragrance oil.”
Can’t remember if the Wavebird controller worked with the Nintendo64 or GameCube? Which had more buttons, the Colecovision or the Atari Jaguar? Now you can answer these and many other video game controller questions with the Periodic Table of Controllers.
Artist iri5’s “Ghost in the Machine” is a series of portraits that connect music with visual art by making use of old cassette tapes as medium. When I first saw Neatorama‘s post about the project I thought it was just a cheap trick.
We’ve already featured a sample of crafter punzie’s products before, a set of Pac-Man ghost pillows. Now she’s creating stuff based on Super Mario games, like a Baby Mario baby blanket or a Shooting Star baby blanket.
Always thought you could improve on the gameplay of Tetris? Fancy yourself the creator of the next Super Mario Brothers? Thanks to this open source gaming system – if you’ve got the programming chops, you’ve got the chance to make the next great 8-bit video game.
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 the Atari version of Pac-Man:
Ben Fry explains, “Like any other game console, Atari 2600 cartridges contain executable code also commingled with data.
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 has sweet Star Wars micefigs too.
When I was a kid, I really wanted to be Marvin the Martin. No, not because of his stylish scrub-brush headgear or his oversize clown shoes. Nope, it was the awesome destructive power of his ACME Ray Gun that I envied.