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11:00 PM on 11.30.2012

Remix: A brief history of Nintendo

You can only hear the sound effects from Super Mario Bros. so many times over the years before they start to grate on your very soul. As such, this new Nintendo-themed remix by Reverse Enginears wasn't winning me over with i...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 10.24.2012

What I wouldn't give to play this Sega Smash variant

No matter how much good press PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale receives, it'll never quite settle with me. The fact that it is a "clone" of Super Smash Bros. isn't what's bothersome -- I personally had a grand time with t...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 08.27.2012

Halfont, original SNES jams that come in a cool box set

Yesterday, I shared news of Shnabubula's SNESology, an ongoing musical project in which multiple musicians create brand new songs using the soundsets from SNES games. One of the contributing artists, William Kage, recently re...

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 07.19.2012

Remix! A nostalgic look at the evolution of PC games

Over on Polygon, Reverse Enginears has posted a rather excellent look at the progression of PC gaming, starting with Zork and M.U.L.E. and continuing all the way up to Diablo III. Best of all, it's set to the catchy beeps an...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 07.12.2012

Games being made based on Ashley Davis' Famicase art

I gotta tell ya, everything's coming up Milhouse for former Dtoid editor Ashley Davis! Every year, the Meteor store in Tokyo hosts the My Famicase Exhibition, a gallery in which artists submit  cartridge labels for fake ...

Tony Ponce

2:30 PM on 07.10.2012

Musician Side Brain busts a move with an NES controller

Electronic musician Side Brain likes to have a little bit of fun with his beats. Using the Ableton Live music sequencer, he is able to plug in pretty much any controller and go to town. He can use... oh, for example... an NE...

Tony Ponce







A chiptune tribute to John Carpenter's synth movie scores photo
A chiptune tribute to John Carpenter's synth movie scores
by Tony Ponce

Sometimes it pays to stalk people on Twitter. For example, I was peeping in on Max Scoville's feed when he dropped word of a John Carpenter chiptune tribute album. Naturally, my interest was piqued.

Famed film director John Carpenter not only made memorable movies like They Live and Big Trouble in Little China, he also scored most of them himself. His lo-fi synthesized soundtracks were able to express so much through so little, a lot like how 8-bit era game composers were able to create memorable melodies with limited resources. To celebrate Carpenter's creative vision, the videogame net label Pterodactyl Squad published It's All In The Reflexes, covering various Carpenter film themes.

If you want to hear chiptune arrangements of Escape from New York, Assault on Precinct 13, and of course Halloween, give the free album a download. C'mon! Don't be a formaldehyde face!

It's All In The Reflexes - A John Carpenter Tribute [Pterodactyl Squad]

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5:00 PM on 04.26.2012

Custom Super Metroid UI for Android phones is the shiznit

Reddit user telekinetic just wanted to make a custom battery gauge for his Android phone, but one thing led to another and... well... this happened. I've only owned an iPhone since Christmas, and though I'm happy with it, I r...

Tony Ponce

7:30 PM on 04.23.2012

Yo dawg, I herd u like videogames and haircuts...

... so we put a salon in yo retro game store so u can game in style while u get styled! If you live in or plan on visiting Copenhagen, Denmark, you need to track down Ruben & Bobby, a hair studio that doubles as a retro ...

Tony Ponce

3:30 PM on 02.29.2012

Glorious! Mario 3 airship constructed out of LEGO bricks

I said, "Daaaaamn, son!" In November 2011, LEGO hobbyist Julius von Brunk began construction of a Super Mario Bros. 3 airship, the realization of a dream he's had ever since playing the original NES game way back in the day. ...

Tony Ponce

10:30 AM on 01.14.2012

CES: Ice Dragon Cooling brought their cool dragon

Do any of you guys water cool your PCs? The very idea of having liquid of any kind running through one of my computers scares the crap out of me because I just know that I'll screw it up somewhere and wind up with a soggy sys...

Conrad Zimmerman

6:15 PM on 01.13.2012

A collection of videogame maps drawn from memory

Here's a novel idea: ask gamers to recreate stage layouts and overworld maps from their favorite games... without any sort of reference! The result is Mapstalgia, a place where folks can upload hand-drawn game maps spawned en...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 01.09.2012

Badass! This Mega Man Zero sprite film is intense

No, sir! Sprite films will never die! NEVER!!! What you see above is a re-imagining by YouTuber ultimatemaverickx of the final battle in Mega Man Zero 3. If you haven't played any of the Zero series, you'll probably be wonde...

Tony Ponce

4:00 AM on 12.23.2011

New cooking show makes videogame food a reality

Okay, are you guys ready for this? Jimmy Wong, the brother of SFX guru Freddie Wong, has conceived a new web series called Feast of Fiction, which takes foodstuffs from fictional media and prepares them for consumption. In t...

Tony Ponce

6:30 PM on 12.05.2011

Japanese gaming chair or sex furniture? You decide!

True story: Back when I lived in Japan, I owned a children's folding chair that sat directly on the floor without any legs. It clicked into place so you could adjust your reclining angle and flattened out for easy storage. It...

Tony Ponce

6:30 PM on 11.28.2011

Indie Game Music Bundle now even sweeter, ends today

It warms my frozen heart to see a group of good-intentioned, like-minded individuals come together to offer consumers something of value at a reasonable price. Such is the case with this past weekend's Indie Game Music Bundle...

Jordan Devore