retro

Space Foosball table brings retro gaming up to date [Video]

Space Foosball table brings retro gaming up to date [Video]

Take one of the most iconic arcade games, mix it up with a classic real-world game, and you might be so lucky as to end up with Space Foosball.  The DIY handiwork of Young J. Kim's team at the Korean Ewha Women’s University Computer Graphics Lab, Space Foosball uses the familiar handle controls from a foosball table but encodes their movement digitally, with the university's own Everyware physics engine used to power gameplay.

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Ben Heck Atari 800 laptop casemod mk3 is best yet [Video]

Ben Heck Atari 800 laptop casemod mk3 is best yet [Video]

Be still my beating retro heart.  Ben Heck has been flexing his awesome mod-skills and produced this incredible Atari 800 laptop casemod, replete with hearing-aid-beige casing, authentic keyboard - which pops-up at an angle - and front-loading cartridge slot.

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iPhone C64 emulator makes brief showing in App Store [Video]

iPhone C64 emulator makes brief showing in App Store [Video]

For a moment, things were going so well.  Manomio's Commodore 64 emulator for iPhone and iPod touch had - despite incurring the wrath of Apple's App Store gatekeepers back in June - managed to sneak through on a second attempt, only to be yanked once again in the early hours.

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Neo Geo mini arcade cabinet mod [Video]

Neo Geo mini arcade cabinet mod [Video]

If we had an "utterly awesome" tag here on SlashGear, you can bet I'd be using it for this.  Pocket Lucho has a history of making incredible miniature arcade cabinets, and his latest fully-operational model is a Neo Geo cabinet complete with illuminated marquee and false coin slot.

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GP2X Wiz retrogaming handheld gets reviewed: expensive but brilliant

GP2X Wiz retrogaming handheld gets reviewed: expensive but brilliant

It's been almost three years since we last mentioned a review of one of GamePark's GP2X open-source handhelds, and as you might expect the company has made a few changes since then.  The latest-gen GP2X Wiz has a 2.8-inch 320 x 240 AMOLED touchscreen, customized Linux OS with 15-second boot and is available for $180; according to Boing Boing Gadgets, if you can stomach the price it's the best retro-gaming handheld around.

Motoart retro fighter-jet desk chair

Motoart retro fighter-jet desk chair

As someone in the market for a new desk chair, I'm now hopelessly in love with these Motoart seats.  Reclaimed from authentic, Vietnam-era fighter jets and bombers, the ejector seats are freshly padded, newly upholstered and given aluminum bases with double-wheel casters.

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Chess Set for Tesla: custom vacuum tube chess set

Chess Set for Tesla: custom vacuum tube chess set

Created by Paul Fryer last year, this "Chess Set for Tesla" takes 32 working vacuum tubes and turns them into chess pieces.  Each tube slots into a port on the custom board, lighting up to show their identity via a glowing icon on the top.

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Palm Pre runs Doom [Video]

Palm Pre runs Doom [Video]

A platform can't really be taken seriously until it runs Doom, and so we're glad to report that Palm's webOS has graduated with (almost) flying colors.  Software tinkerer Sargun has managed to port the classic game to the Palm Pre, and it carries across "most of the functionality" of the original onto the new smartphone.

To do so, Sargun used the open-source version of Doom, PRDoom, which uses SDL for its rendering backend.  That meant he had to rework the game to use webOS' DirectFB graphics library, something which sounds difficult but which Sargun describes as "actually fairly trivial".

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Pocket Retro Game Emulator keeps it old school

Pocket Retro Game Emulator keeps it old school

If you're a lover of older games, then you'll love this new Pocket Retro Game Emulator from ThinkGeek. This gaming device is completely portable and lets you relive the glory days of NES and Sega Genesis in style.

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 ported to iPhone?

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 ported to iPhone?

It looks like Myst was just the start of iconic games being ported to the iPhone and iPod touch.  A video apparently demonstrating Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 being played on the iPhone has hit YouTube, and while the game might be nine years old from its original launch, it looks pretty darned impressive on the Apple handset.

 

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Super Mario Bros controlled by sound & music

Super Mario Bros controlled by sound & music

People like gaming, and people like music - how about mixing that up?  We're not talking about anything so boringly sensible as Guitar Hero or Rock Band; no, we want classic Super Mario Bros controlled by clapping, strumming and singing.  That's exactly what artists and tinkerers Marc Sciglimpaglia and Phoenix Toews came up with.

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PXP-900 retro gaming with a familiar face

PXP-900 retro gaming with a familiar face

From a mockup to a mockery, here's one of the more blatant gaming rip-offs we've seen in recent months.  Bearing an uncanny resemblance to the Sony PSP, this PXP-900 may borrow the styling but it doesn't bother with the titles: instead, it plays retro gaming ROMs.

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