As part of my continuing quest to ruin all things found in a rec room (see Foosball Table, Arcade Cabinet, and Table Hockey designs), I turned my attention to the Skee-Ball machine. I went with a Deadpool theme, that’s pretty much all there is to say. Ticket dispenser and novelty prizes are not included.
I’ve been checking out these NES clone consoles that have come out recently for HD displays: the Retron 1 HD, Retro-Bit RES Plus, and the Gamerz Tek 8-Bit HD. I’m impressed that these complete systems all go for around $40. They all look decent, though I’m partial to the Retron design. That said I thought I’d put together my own design for a budget NES clone.
Continue reading ➞ NES Clone Console Design
This is actually a mini Foosball Table, I chose this 4-rod layout to mimic Rocket League’s 4v4 “Chaos” matchup. I don’t know if this is feasible as a real product, mostly because of the detailed shape of the cars compared to the simple paddle feet of normal foosball players, which could hamper play.
This is a no-frills design. LED’s could be added to the goals and field (for powerups). A glass bubble would make this look like a Rocket League stadium. The ball could resemble the one from the game too (complete with lights). I just wanted something as simple as me.
Another spaceship-as-a-tent design for your eyeballs, this time based on Samus’ trusty Gunship from the Metroid series. Can you imagine seeing this parked at a campsite? The tent’s owners clearly mean business, whether its exploring, hunting, or um, sitting inside playing video games all day — all valid reasons to own such a tent.
Continue reading ➞ Metroid Gunship Tent
I feel this would be a fun promotional item for the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey (not that this game needs promoting): a Frisbee based on Mario’s hat, because the character is constantly throwing his hat like a Bond villain in the new game. Now you and some buds can throw the hat around like some cruel game of keep-away.
It’s a clear plastic disc, with the middle section either painted red or molded in red plastic. The red brim and white ‘M’ are painted on. The disc shape is similar to this. I’ve seen some fabric discs too, but they are completely flat and not ideal for this design.
Continue reading ➞ Super Mario Odyssey Frisbee
EverDrive Cartridges are game cartridges that feature an SD card slot for storing a large collection of game ROMs, essentially a multi-cart with a library you can edit. They are made for just about every cartridge-based console from yesteryear, from the NES to the N64. I think these products are great for allowing gamers to collect and play older games, despite the ROM piracy. Some games are tough to come by after a few decades.
I’d like to take the Everdrive a step further by including a screen and some play controls, transforming the cartridge into portable handheld console as well. It still plugs into a console for big screen gaming, but now you can take it on the road too. Sort of like a Nintendo Switch!
Continue reading ➞ EverDrive Cartridge Handheld Design
I’m sure this is not the first time someone has thought of using an Etch A Sketch as a photo frame, but as a digital photo frame? Might be uncharted territory. What really clinches this concept is using an e-paper display screen (like a Kindle Paperwhite), for a black-and-white display that has no back light, making it look like a real Etch A Sketch toy.
This would sit on your desk and cycle through your personal photos, however I would use it for Calvin and Hobbes and Far Side comics. I suppose a clock and calendar could also be embedded in the display somewhere.
Each image would appear to be “sketched” when coming into view. I would also include an app to allow sketching with the knobs, if you feel like doodling stuff. You could also save sketches and see them in a slideshow too.