Category Archives: Video Games
1. Cartridge Tombstones. I thought this was too macabre to post here, but it’s been popular on Tumblr so it can’t be all bad. Sure it’s a fun spin on tombstones, but I doubt any cemetery would permit them. However that will change when we geeks complete our world takeover in 2019. I said too much.
2. Modding Punch-Out!! If I had the technical know-how, I would love to edit the game sprites to include some pop culture boxers: Balrog from Street Fighter (above); Rocky, Ivan Drogo, Appolo Creed, and Mr. T from the Rocky movies; Honey Roy Palmer (what? I like Diggstown); the Kangaroo from Looney Tunes; and I know I’m forgetting a few. As for real boxers like Tyson and Ali, I feel they are best left to EA’s Fight Night sim.
And that’s all for this roundup. If this were a YouTube video I’d be begging you to subscribe about now (though I’ll settle for being bookmarked). Have a nice Tuesday.
Today I am very happy to share another Nintendo diorama for IKEA’s ubiquitous Ribba frame, this time a scene from Metroid (NES).
This design was created by Slawikaruga, who was generous enough to share his creation here with all Metroid fans. Thank you Slaw!
I’m very happy to see this template, not just because I’m a huge Metroid fan, but due to it being the game that inspired the whole “diorama in a shadow box frame” idea to begin with.
After the jump you can find the template to build your own. Read the rest of this entry
This papercraft project was designed and made by Remko Voets, who was awesome enough to share this here with everyone. Thank you Remko!
A few years back I made Mario 3 diorama that was tailored to fit IKEA’s Ribba box frame. That was my last papercraft project. I intended to make more but I hate my printer (the feeling is mutual I think).
Fortunately Remko took the reigns and constructed this beauty. He made two flavors: a simple one with all the art on a single image (which is smart – I went back and did the same for my Mario 3 one), and one where you’d have to assemble everything. After the jump you can find everything you need to make your own. Read the rest of this entry
This one started as a case design for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, but I felt that drink coasters would be more appropriate. The coasters are based on the “chips” used in the player select screen, and they are stored in a very familiar crate. This set makes for a fun and colorful design that would look at home in your living room or rec room.
Smash Bros. is the very epitome of a what you’d call a “party game”, and these coasters reflect that. Also having these coasters in front of corresponding players will help you know who is who in the game (I often hear questions like “Hey, who is Kirby?” when playing).
A lot of people give Nintendo a hard time for their backwards approach to online gaming, but you know what? The best gaming experiences you’ll ever have are with your friends and family in the same room. I can’t wait to play the new game.
Last night Nintendo announced that sales for the Wii U are going to be well below expectations for fiscal year 2013, and despite the one year head-start it appears that it will fall behind newcomers PS4 and Xbox One sometime in 2014 (in terms of units sold).
So why is the Wii U faltering? Is it the console’s price or lack of games? Is there brand confusion with the previous Wii console? Are the Wii U’s specs not powerful enough for the long haul? Depending on who you ask it could be one thing or all of the above. Regardless, the Wii U is selling about as well as the doomed Sega Dreamcast, which doesn’t bode well for its future.
Here are some suggestions to help Nintendo’s flagship console: Read the rest of this entry
I’ve already gone on record saying TV manufacturers should be more cavalier when it comes to the design of their TVs, and I’m sad to say not much has changed on that front! But what about plain-looking TVs that compliment other products?
And a PS4-themed TV would be a perfect example. This is just a TV with a couple of familiar PS4 design cues and a stand made with the console in mind. It would feature a couple of bells and whistles like additional front-facing USB ports and a perch on top for the PS4 camera.
The main screen echoes the touch screen on the Dualshock 4. The TV’s power indicator aligns with the one on the console. The stand is really basic in appearance, but I wanted to ensure the console can breathe okay.
Sony came close to this design on two occasions: they released a TV with a built-in PS2 console (in 2010 oddly enough); and a 3DTV for the PS3. Unfortunately both were on the small side (22 – 24″), and the PS3 one didn’t integrate its namesake console in any way.
What I am seeking is a large 40 – 50″ TV with a smart stand, a few extra USB ports, and a place to clip the PS4 camera; which is pretty basic in my opinion. And with TVs becoming cheaper than ever, I hope Sony can release something along these lines.
Notes: I also made another version with flip-out controller chargers but thought better of using moving parts (and I don’t have a model of a PS4 controller handy!). Heck, Sony could just issue a standalone stand that could plug into some of their existing TVs (I imagine they use many different stand designs), which is another approach.
I’ve had such a blast playing GTA V, a title that continues to surprise me even when I’m exploring Los Santos on foot. The game has so much already, what more can be added? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Bait Cars. These are cars used by the police to trap unsuspecting car thieves (you might have seen the videos). The cars are monitored and when stolen, the doors lock and the engine is killed as the police swoop in for the arrest. In a GTA game bait cars would offer some paranoia to the fairly routine exercise of stealing cars, but I think it would be a fun minigame: destroy all the bait cars! Normally bait cars stick out like a sore thumb, so if a car seems to good to be true that should raise a red flag.
2. Walking Music. When you’re not in a vehicle it would be nice to listen to the radio. I think this can be done through the phone easily enough. If you look at the phones that Michael, Franklin, and Trevor use in GTA V, there is a space for another app…maybe this was omitted from the game?
3. A Cave That Moves.* Trevor’s mobile home/trailer got me thinking about how cool it would be to have a camper or RV that you can use as a homebase anywhere you want. Other vehicles could double as homes, like a personal jetliner, tour buses (the ones rock groups like to use), or a huge helipad-equipped yacht anchored out at sea.
4. Instigate A Race. Pull up alongside a car stopped at a light, rev your engines a few times, and goad the guy into a race. I’d like to see the finish line be a fixed point on the map with no set route, freeing you to get there any way you want.
5. Smalltime Heists. I think it would be fun to smash into an ATM and steal the money, or use a hydraulic lift to put one in the back of your truck. Also it would be great to knock off an armored car seen driving about, similar to what you can do in Sleeping Dogs. Both of these heists would bring police heat, of course.
I’m also hoping for the return of older GTA features, like gang territories from San Andreas. But overall I have zero complaints with GTA V, a game that is not lacking in any way.
*Last Starfighter reference!
UPDATE: This is not explicitly for Grand Theft Auto, but recently I’ve played Red Dead Redemption and State of Decay (got open-world gaming fever?), and they both shared a trait that I’d like to see addressed:
6. Need a Ride? In both RDR and SOD, the landscape is littered with nasty creatures. And quite often I’d see an NPC (either someone I just saved or they just happen to be on foot) run into some nasty trouble. I would definitely like the option to offer the NPC(s) a lift to the nearest town or safe zone. Sure karma or bonus points would be nice, but it’s for my own peace of mind, as weird as that sounds (maybe it’s my Canadianism?). Plus it would be nice to voluntarily pickup someone in an open-world game that is not a hooker.