Cocktail arcade cabinets have been around for decades, but they are usually for 1 or 2 players. I believe there are enough games to enable a 4-player tabletop version.
This gadget is made possible by an IPS display, a superior display that can be seen clearly from all angles. I also want to include rotary joysticks, which can be toggled like a joystick for regular games (Pac-Man), or rotated for spinner games (Pong). The rotary joystick can be a button as well.
Continue reading ➞ 4-Player Tabletop Arcade
A popular item these days are “mini docks” for the Nintendo Switch, where you transplant the internals of the Switch dock into a much smaller case. The mini docks are very compact, and they do not scratch the screen when docking the console.
I think it would be great if such a dock looked like the NES Game Genie, mostly because the extending bracket makes for a good easel. Does anyone else miss cheat codes? It used to be such a big deal in gaming.
The one party trick I would include is that the case also stores the GameCube controller adapter, hidden behind the flap:
The GameCube adapter isn’t essential to everyone, so the space could be used for storing game carts or other small accessories.
This design combines retro gaming and the lunchboxes that were popular in the 80’s. I was inspired by the Nintendo GameCube, which had a handle on the back of the console for portability. Thought it would be nice to have a complete console kit for travelling.
The console stores beneath the “window” of the lunchbox, so it can show off its large sticker, in this example I went with Mega Man. Two controllers, HDMI cable, USB power cable, and wall adapter all store underneath the console.
Continue reading ➞ Lunchbox Game Console
Remember when the Xbox 360 launched and the console featured interchangeable faceplates? It was a neat idea inspired by cellphones of the era, but it didn’t catch on sales-wise and the faceplates were nixed after a few years.
Continue reading ➞ Lightplates Concept
In my opinion the Atari joystick controller is a bit too unwieldy, only because the games you are playing with it are very simple (like Pac-Man or Galaga). A one-handed controller would be ideal for a more relaxed gaming session, or to play and eat Doritos at the same time.
Continue reading ➞ One-Handed Atari Controller
If it’s possible to punch a hole in an LCD screen (like smartphones do to accommodate cameras), then several holes can be made to allow physical game controls to peek through a display.
This approach could be done for smartphones or next-gen gaming handhelds (PS Vita 2?), but personally I would be happy if this was a dedicated retro gaming handheld, of which there has been an explosion of new models this past year.
Continue reading ➞ Fullscreen Retro Gaming Handheld
Top Gear has a “fastest lap” competition, where celebrity guests race against the clock. The racers use the same car, and drive on the same track. The type of car changes every so often, but generally speaking it’s an even playing field for all participants.
I think this formula would make for a killer free-to-play mobile game. I’m choosing mobile for this one, because this game is small in scope and quick to play — about a minute per session.
Continue reading ➞ Video Game Pitch: The Stig’s Fastest Lap