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
With back-lit arcade buttons being more and more commonplace these days, I feel there’s a lot of potential for themed buttons. These wouldn’t be used for the primary play buttons, they are intended for secondary buttons like player select and menu. The ones for Street Fighter above are normal buttons with a teardrop-shaped mount.
Continue reading ➞ Street Fighter Arcade Buttons
I really like those resin coffee tables with the blue water effect, they’re very striking. Thought it would be cool to make a world map version, but given how complicated it would be to make such a thing, I started thinking about a simple way to execute the idea: blue glass.
I’m surprised no one has done this yet, at least from what I could find online. So I thought I’d post a concept or two here.
Continue reading ➞ Glass Coffee Table Map
I’m sure this is something a lot of gamers have wanted over the years: a disc changer for their game console. I haven’t given it much thought since multi-disc games like Final Fantasy VII were released long ago. Such a device would’ve been a pricey add-on years ago, but it should be a bargain now, right?
Continue reading ➞ Disc Changer For Game Consoles
Hyperkin has announced a new N64 clone console, which will include HDMI like all of their other recent console releases. It reminded me of something I wanted 20 years ago, a device that would split up the game into 4 separate displays. Ideal for the many 4-player splitscreen games that graced the N64 and other consoles of the era.
Continue reading ➞ Retro Game HDMI Splitter