Pixels Invading The Silver Screen

Pixels_TitleOn the back of the Wreck’It Ralph success, it seems that video game characters and themes are the hottest ticket in Hollywood right now! Sony Pictures Entertainment have released their second official trailer for their upcoming Pixels movie.

Set for release this (northern hemisphere) summer, the movie sees four mates (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage) use their former arcade gaming prowess to save the world from invading intergalactic aliens, including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede and Space Invaders!

The movie will hit Australian cinemas on July 30! Are you game to watch Pixels? Let the the trailer whet your appetite.


source: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Retrogaming DIY With Adafruit Kits And Projects

NYC-based Adafruit Industries, founded in 2005 by MIT engineer Limor ‘Ladyada’ Fried, is ‘one of the largest collections of open­ source hardware, educational electronics and tools for the hobbyist and engineer‘. While the Adafruit Learning System is an awesome free online resource with heaps of tutorials for learning about electronics.

Feast your eyes on the best of the Adafruit retrogaming-themed DIY kits and projects.

MONOCHRON Open Source Retro Clock Kit

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Video source: Adafruit Industries on Vimeo

Xronos Clock Kit V2.1

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The Raspberry Pi-Powered Cupcade Kit

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Video source: Adafruit Industries on YouTube

The Uzebox: A Fully Open Source, DIY 8-bit Game Console

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PiGRRL – Raspberry Pi Game Boy

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Video source: Adafruit Industries on YouTube

LedGames – A Two-Player ‘Cocktail’ Style Game, With A 64×64 LED Display

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DIY Pocket LED Gamer – Tiny Tetris!

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Retro Gaming With Raspberry Pi

Retro Gaming with Raspberry Pi


Video source: Adafruit Industries on YouTube

Source: Adafruit Industries

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Editor and Researcher at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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Cute LEGO Arcade Stop Motion Videos

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We love Michael Hickox’s simple, but oh-so-cute LEGO arcade stop motion videos!

‘LEGO Donkey Kong’

Video source: Michael Hickox on YouTube

‘LEGO Arcade’

Video source: Michael Hickox on YouTube

‘LEGO Arcade 2′

Video source: Michael Hickox on YouTube

Source: Michael Hickox on YouTube

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Editor and Researcher at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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The Amazing Homemade Pong Watch

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This amazing Pong watch is truly homemade. The creator, John Maushammer, even made the casing and fabricated the board – watch the video to see the project in progress.

Maushammer says: ‘I succeeded in compressing all the electronics for this watch in to a 10mm-thick case. The 96×64 OLED display runs continuously – unlike older LED watches, there is no need to press a button to see the time. Battery life is 25 hours, so recharging is done every night.


Video source: maushammer on YouTube

And to top it off – Maushammer has made a second version which plays Asteroids controlled with a tilt sensor: ‘Usually, the computer plays automatically & it keeps time. But, it also has a tilt-sensor so you can aim the ship by moving your wrist around.’

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Video source: maushammer on YouTube

Before you ask, sadly it doesn’t look like either of these watches are available to buy – but we can hope. It’s lucky there are plenty of other retrogaming watches to keep us occupied in the meantime!

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Source: maushammer on YouTube via Geekologie and Gizmodo

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Editor and Researcher at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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Willy’s Arcade: A Home Entertainment Nirvana

WillysArcade_TitleWhen you dream of having an arcade and pinball parlour integrated in your home, Gary McTaggert‘s Willy’s Arcade is surely the perfect blueprint.

The former Valve programmer has the most awesome home arcade setup we have ever seen, from the classic arcade cabinets (Ed: which there are a lot of!) and pinball machines, to the fantastic nerdy artwork adorning the walls, and that oh-so-brilliant diner in the kitchen – it is truly the stuff of dreams!


Source: GaryMcT via Cheezburger

The Thrill Of The Chase: Space Invaders Arcade Cabinet

There are times that I think to myself, “I am in the right place at the right time”. One lazy afternoon last week, I was trawling through a certain online site when I stumbled upon an unloved Space Invaders arcade cabinet. My retro senses went into overdrive. I had been looking for such a cabinet for a while, but had given up of ever finding one.

The prized prey is strapped down

The prized prey is strapped down

Reading the advertisement, the machine had all the original innards, but the outside of the cabinet had seen better days. The usual story in these online advertisements go something like this: “I don’t have room and the wife tells me I got to get rid of it”, or my favourite, “I bought this cab to restore it, but I now need the money, so it must go”. The seller of this particular machine fell in the latter.

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The price in the advertisement was negotiable. I immediately sent an offer to the seller and sweetened the deal by saying I could pick it up on the weekend. I honestly thought the seller would negotiate up, but to my astonishment, he accepted it. To say I was excited would be a gross understatement. I could not sleep properly till I had the machine in my possession.

With a bit of loving care, she will be restored to her former beatuty

With a bit of loving care, she will be restored to her former beatuty

With the trailer in tow, I showed up half an hour early at the seller’s house. Once we made  some small talk, money was exchanged and the machine was loaded securely and driven back to its new home, my garage.

The arcade cabinet needs some attention, including the control panel, which isn’t original. However, with lots of tender loving care, she will be restored to her former beauty. She is rock solid – they don’t build them like they used to.

 

Ultimate Dream Station

I am not much of an emulation fan. I prefer to play the classics on their original hardware. Then along comes the Multi Video Games System Two cabinet (MVGS2-Dream-Station) by PAT47200.

It is at times like these that even I, a staunch retro gamer has to concede that this is one awesome setup. Please take my order now!


source: PAT47200