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.
I was perusing some earbuds recently when I made the observation that the Skull Candy logo seemed reminiscent of the skull seen on the Bullet Bill cannon. And eureka, a geeky design was born. This earbud design features a Bullet Bill character on each earpiece, and a Bullet Bill cannon as a fastener/clip.
I’m 99.99% certain that there are earbuds shaped like Bullet Bill currently on the market; it’s just a matter of adding his face and arms to complete the look.
I’ve been sitting on this update for awhile because I’m waiting for Translink to figure out the new Evergreen route west of Lougheed station*. Due to a lack of activity here lately I thought I’d share it now.
Just for fun I thought I’d make a version with some animation. If you need accompanying music look no further.
I won’t be offering any posters until the new route is sorted out. I’d also like to announce all Vancouver posters have been retired.
*Both the Millenium and Evergreen line could share the line between Lougheed and VCC-Clark, or that section could be exclusive to one of those aforementioned lines. I’m betting that both lines will share the route, with the Evergreen line only using it during peak times.
I found this really cool LED pixel clock, and it struck me as something that would be ideal for 8-bit or 16-bit video game clocks. The first thing that came to mind was the POW block from Mario Bros, which has a really simple look and would be ideal as a way to tell time. This device would be great as a desk or alarm clock.
The clock could cycle through the POW text until tapped (or hit) to display the current time, or it could just be a full-time clock with POW appearing on demand or on the hour or when an alarm sounds.
As you know I like to advocate violence towards alarm clocks, and the POW block is meant to take abuse! The POW text would appear when the alarm sounds, and it won’t go away until you hit snooze or shut off the alarm.
Another way to go would be to suspend the clock (just like this neat Mario Question Block lamp) and you’d hit it underneath to silence the alarm:
It doesn’t even have to be a clock, it could be a decorative night light, or a replica you can park on your desk.
So there are many names for this container: military footlocker, chest, trunk, tool case, storage container, and on and on. They all serve the same purpose: storage! But for this post I’ll refer to this box as a footlocker, which is appropriate given its usage here.
This footlocker design is based on the ammo supply crates from Half Life 2. There are many other games that have similar supply/ammo crates like Red Faction and Borderlands, but Half Life 2 would be my personal choice for a footlocker.
In theory such a footlocker would be a life-size replica of its video game counterpart, give or take a few inches.
I actually spent a lot of time over the last few months attempting to make this very footlocker for myself. My hope was to find a similar-looking storage case and just paint it, but I had zero luck finding anything comparable.*
What I would love about having such a footlocker is that it can be placed anywhere, just like in a video game. Regardless of the surrounding decor, this footlocker would seem purposeful and important in any location.
I just worry that gamer folks might instinctively approach the footlocker without thinking! I’m kidding, gamers aren’t that habitual. However this footlocker will call attention to itself, a trait that carries over from the game.
Alas there are no geeky storage containers like this in existence. I hope that can rectified in the near future.
*I even went to an Army Surplus store looking for a military footlocker but had no luck. There are lots of cool military cases available online (like this), but nothing I could affix all the labels and stripes to. The closest I saw were antique army footlockers but those were in rough shape. In the end I opted to grab a few Rubbermaid containers for all my junk.