SDCC Exclusives: TMNT Arcade Action Figures

TMNT_Arcade_Neca_1Cowabanga, dude! As fans of Konami’s brilliant 4 player TMNT arcade game, we were quite chuffed to hear that NECA would be recreating the arcade game with set pieces in two distinct 4-figure box sets – TMNT Arcade Turtles and the evil Foot Clan action figures.

However our excitement soon turned to despair when we learned that these box sets would only be available to attendees at the San Diego Comic-Con in late July. If any of you fine folks happen to be attending #SDCC2016, could you please get us both sets? We’d be forever in your debt *smiley*

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source: NECA – Natl Entertainment Collectibles Assoc

 

Classic Game Covers – Confessions of An Art Junkie

CGC_TitleWhen we got our hands on Mike Winterbauer’s Classic Game Covers – Confessions of An Art Junkie eBook, we knew we had to let you all know about it! If you love video games box art, then this free eBook is for you – yes, we said *FREE*!

In Classic Game Covers, Mike showcases artwork of our favourite classic computer and console games, with his own personal commentary as an added bonus. As Mike succinctly puts it:

This book is a must read for computer gamers and artists who enjoy classic cover art of some of their favorite games. The book is visually beautiful and showcases all the classic covers I painted between 1985 and 1994. It also describes what it was like getting the commissions and painting them. This is a fun read for any one interested in being an artist and wondering what it is like to create classic cover art for games and movies. Told candidly and with a sense of humor you can learn the nostalgic history behind these paintings and many of my other paintings not lost to the digital age.

You can grab your free copy of Classic Game Covers – Confessions of An Art Junkie at Winterbauer Arts or on iTunes. This eBook is definitely worth downloading immediately!

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source: Winterbauer Arts

Neo Turf Masters Tees Off On Mobile Devices

Neo-Turf-Masters-DotEmuCast your mind back to a woman announcing, “On the gween!” as your golf ball lands close to the hole in Nazca’s classic, Neo Turf Masters – oh the memory! Well guess what, French retro gaming revivalists, DotEmu are bringing the Neo Geo classic golf game to your iOS and Android mobile devices. So stay out of the rough and tee off with Neo Turf Masters on June 30!


source: DotEmu

 

PAC-MAN 256 Coming To Consoles And PC

PAC-MAN 256 featured 2PAC-MAN 256, the popular mobile game made by Aussie developers Hipster Whale and 3 Sprockets, is coming to consoles (PS4, Xbox One) and PC (via Steam) as a digital release on 21 June 2016. This version will include an additional local co-op multiplayer mode for up to 4 players. Beware of the glitch!

Source: Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe on YouTube via MCV Pacific,
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Ben Heck’s Portable Atari 2600

Atari 2600 featured 2In this episode of The Ben Heck Show, Ben makes an awesome hand-held Atari 2600 by pulling apart the original chips and wiring the entire circuit manually, 3D printing a custom case, and adding a screen and rechargeable battery – wow! Check out the video to see just how he did it.

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Source: The Ben Heck Show via Technabob

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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An Ausretrogamer Birthday Mystery Tour

bday tour - featuredWeekends can get filled up with so much boring stuff – groceries, washing, vacuuming… blerg! So when Mr Alex Boz‘s birthday came around, we knew it was time to put adult life aside for a day and have some fun instead – and what’s more fun than a Birthday Mystery Tour?

It was a beautiful sunny day, and after a quick breakfast at our favourite cafe – we were off. All destinations were a surprise to Alex, he had to solve clues along the way to work out where we were heading next.

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Stop #1: Escape Room – Burlesque at EscapeXperience

‘Strange things are happening at the Burlesque. You’re going in undercover to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances. Behind the glamour and mystery lies a dark secret that someone is desperate to keep hidden. Can you solve the mystery and escape before it’s too late?’

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We heard this was the best escape room in Melbourne, and we were not disappointed. This was our first real-life escape room experience, so we were a little nervous, but the staff were awesome – very friendly and reassuring. They gave just enough help to point us in the right direction when we got stuck – without giving too much away. We had a blast and will be returning to try out their other rooms very soon.

Stop #2: Snack shopping at USA Foods

One of our favourite things about travelling to the US is trying out all the weird and wonderful snack food, but forget about the airfare and the jet lag because all our favourite snack foods are available right here in Melbourne at USA Foods. Alex’s clue was Peanut Butter M&M’S’ and he guessed it right away!

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Stop #3: Waverley Antique Bazaar

A fun day out would not be complete without a stop at a second-hand store, and the enormous Waverley Antique Bazaar was just the ticket.

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Stop #4: Pinball at Pixel Alley

I know what you’re thinking – what about pinball? Well, don’t fret, Alex got his pinball fix at Pixel Alley. They have a nice selection of tables currently on-site: Metallica Master of Puppets (Premium), Spider-man Vault Edition, Game of Thrones (Limited Edition) and KISS (Premium).

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Stop #5: Coburg Drive-in

The final Birthday Mystery Tour stop was the Coburg Drive-in to see The Jungle Book. It had been a long time since we’d been to the drive-in but all the fond memories came flooding back as soon as we drove through the gate, we especially loved the adorable retro diner.

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We also spotted some interesting sights while out-and-about all day.

An old Pentridge Prison watchtower – spooky
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Groovy vintage cars
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What a day! Now, excuse me while I start planning for next year…

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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Street Fighter Retro Travel Posters

Fro - featuredLA graphic artist/web designer Fro, aka Fernando Reza of  Fro Design Company has reimagined Street Fighter I and II stages as gorgeous retro travel posters. The ‘World Warrior Travel Series’ are available to buy as 18″ x 24″ prints (signed and numbered limited editions of 50).

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Source: Fro Design Company via Technabob

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