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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – April 10, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – April 10, 2011

For this week's video we have a slightly different format, highlighting 5 news topics of the week rather than our usual 10. We wanted to talk more about each while keeping our videos nice and short. Also, product reviews and featured columns of the week are grouped together towards the end. And, we have a special giveaway to announce, so continue after the cut to find out what it is!

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PXL 2000 by Fisher-Price, Retro Camcorder

PXL 2000 by Fisher-Price, Retro Camcorder

The PXL 2000 is a retro Lo-Fi home video camera dropped on the world in 1988. It records a whopping 100 vertical lines at 15 frames per second. Technically, not terribly impressive, but this limitation gives the videos taken by the camera an airy, ghostly quality that I haven't seen before. There are a significant number of Youtube videos displaying the camera's stuff. I threw a couple of them up. It's definitely worth checking out.

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Commodore 64 is Back in Business!

Commodore 64 is Back in Business!

Did you have one? Or are you nostalgic for the good 'ol days of the 1980s? Personally, I had an Apple IIe, but the Commodore was the hot gadget to have back in the day. Well Commodore 64, in all its boxy glory, has had an update and is ready for a new day. The new Commodore looks exactly the same as the old one, even down to the keyboard. But the inside has had an update.

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Commodore gives its new computer its old-school brown 80’s skin

Commodore gives its new computer its old-school brown 80’s skin

Way back in the 80's when I was a little geek I wanted a Commodore 64 so bad I could hardly stand it. My parents wouldn’t spring for the beast back then and I ended up with the TI-99/4A and remained bitter about it each time I went to the store and saw all the cool games Commodore 64 had. I mentioned last summer that the Commodore name was coming back and like most things from my youth be it a movie or toys commodore has decided to go retro with the new machine.

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Mario 3, 1, 2, and 1

Mario 3, 1, 2, and 1

This guy, aqwawaf, made an assisted speed run of four different Mario games running at the same time. Then, he posted the video on Youtube. This video uses four NES emulators all hooked up to a single controller input. The only way to get something like this accomplished is using emulators and save states to tweak Mario's every twitch. This is what's known as a tool-assisted speed run. It's technically possible for a human being to actually perform these movements, but the timing would have to be so perfected that it's virtually impossible. Luckily (?) we can manipulate emulators into doing all sorts of strange stuff these days. If you don't know your Mario games, he's running through two copies of Super Mario Bro's on the right hand side. The left hand side has Mario 3 and Mario 2 stacked top and bottom.

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Instructables: Turn your borked NES into a flash drive

Instructables: Turn your borked NES into a flash drive

fungus amungus posted this over on Instructables last week. It's a simple mod that allows you to turn a dead Nintendo Entertainment System into a neat little USB gadget. This is a simple little hack, but it's definitely worth checking out. It's a two part mod, he needed to modify both the NES and the cartridges to make the whole NES USB-Flash franken-marriage happen. But, broken NES's are a dime a dozen, and anyone can get Tetris on a hundred-dozen different platforms.

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Geekiest video game ever called PewPewPewPewPewPewPewPewPew

Geekiest video game ever called PewPewPewPewPewPewPewPewPew

If you were around in the early days of the video game, you will remember classics like Asteroids and others with blocky graphics and the iconic pewpew sound of lasers being fired. There are still a lot of video games that are made for fans of that old school style fare and a new one has turned up with the name PewPewPewPewPewPewPewPewPew.

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Moog OMG-1 custom synth is twin-iPad, twin-iPod touch and all awesome

Moog OMG-1 custom synth is twin-iPad, twin-iPod touch and all awesome

If you're into musical instruments then you've probably heard of Bob Moog, and the Bob Moog Foundation created in the synth maker's honor is doing a solid job continuing his awesome work. The foundation has collaborated with Spectrasonics' Eric Persing to create the OMG-1, a custom, one-of-a-kind synth that pairs a Mac mini with two iPads and two iPod touch PMPs.

Video demo after the cut

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GoldenEye: Source multiplayer mod for Half Life 2 ditches beta

GoldenEye: Source multiplayer mod for Half Life 2 ditches beta

GoldenEye: Source, the fan-made conversion modification of Half Life 2, has been knocking about for years, but the team responsible for the redressed retro multiplayer has finally ditched the beta label and released the fully optimized mod. Now up to v4.1, the conversion consists of 22 maps - both the classics from GoldenEye on the N64, and new revisions - and eleven characters, together with over 50 custom music tracks.

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