Here’s a pair of Portal-themed speakers that would flank your gaming PC. The red eyes would pulse to the audio of the music. In all likelihood these would be static speakers to avoid noisy motors, but if possible these guys would “dance” just like in the game (when they sang at the end of Portal 2).
I know emulation makes this device unnecessary, but sometimes you want to play with genuine controllers and a real cartridge. I feel clone consoles that slot into a desktop PC like an optical DVD-R drive would be coveted by a few gamers out there.
Most PC towers have several drive slots in the front, may as well populate them with clone consoles! Cartridge-based clone consoles would look similar to the above example. Disc-based systems would have a DVD tray and compatible control ports. I don’t think memory card slots (GameCube, PS2) are needed.
There is the Retrode device, which has cartridge slots for the SNES and Genesis, and plugs into the PC via USB. It’s a great device and is portable, but I would prefer something that is integrated, given the choice.
The Ghostbusters’ PKE Meter would make for a very cool wireless router. The two “ears” would double as antennae, and the array of LED lights would display the current signal strength. Plus the screen would display helpful network information. The handle would need to be weighted down to ensure this stays upright.
Here is a matching couch and chair that looks like the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance (the clamshell version). These would be decorated with cartridge pillows. Game screens can be accomplished by putting screenshots on blankets and draping the blankets on top.
Here I was thinking I was so clever about this Star Trek blu-ray case design, but then it turned out it was already made as an actual product (see below). Not sure how I arrived at something so similar. Usually I do some checking to see if it exists or not, and the official product didn’t show up on my radar.
It was made as an exclusive for fans in Germany, Japan, and Australia, according to this article. Here it is:
There appears to be two different versions: the top one almost looks diecast, the lower one looks plastic. Both do the job, and I wouldn’t mind owning one myself. Too bad it wasn’t released for North American fans.
A Transformers-themed switch to light your darkest room. It features an LED bulb when activated. To make it user-friendly, the Matrix is tilted 90 degrees. The LED could also function as a nightlight, something kids would appreciate.
I used to make fun of the absurd Fox Puck, but a part of me thinks it would look cool if the hockey puck had LED lights embedded within. It would look remarkably different for starters, the Fox Puck relied on graphics applied in the TV broadcast (much like the line of scrimmage in football); whereas the lights would emit from the actual puck and be cast onto the nearby ice surface, boards, skates, hockey sticks, etc.
The puck would be more apparent in scrums in the corner and in the crease. I don’t know if it would look like a blur of light from a slap-shot, but I’d like to think there would be some tracer effect.