Tag Archives | Arcade

…Papercraft scientists and game consoles can be fun?

If you’ve been bitten by the papercraft bug, but can’t seem to find enough ways to feed it, then check out the Papercraft Scientists and Papercraft Game Consoles.

The Scientists feature Albert Einstein, Carl Sagan and Charles Darwin:

Papercraft Scientists

And the Game Consoles include the Commodore 64, the Atari 2600, and the Pong Arcade:

Foldskool Heroes

Each one can be made at home by printing out the pattern, cutting and folding the figure according to the instructions.

[Papercraft Scientists Via: Neatorama]

[Game Consoles Via: Gizmodo]

…Pinball is a dying art?


Chicago’s Stern Pinball is the last manufacturer of pinball machines in the world.

Hard to believe, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, an ADD age and the move towards electronic entertainment now means that just 10,000 of the machines are produced annually, and most head towards the game rooms and basements of private homes, rather than the arcades and bowling alleys of yore.

    Though pinball has roots in the 1800s game of bagatelle, these are by no means simple machines. Each one contains a half-mile of wire and 3,500 tiny components, and takes 32 hours to build — as the company’s president, Gary Stern, likes to say, longer than a Ford Taurus.

Can pinball survive much longer?

For the sake of children and childhoods everywhere, I can only hope that the answer is yes.

[New York Times – For a Pinball Survivor, the Game Isn’t Over]

[Via: Gizmodo]

…Retro games have been sabotaged?

Retro Sabotage

Retro Sabotage takes classic arcade favorites and gives them a modern twist.

New games are updated each Thursday, and so far, Tetris, Pong, Pac Man and Space Invaders have already gone under the knife, so there’s plenty to play with.

[Retro Sabotage]

[Via: Neatorama]

…Nike makes SB Dunk tributes?

Nike’s SB line of skate shoes are often some of the most creative tributes to grace your feet.

Nike Dunk SB 720 Degrees

First, there’s the Nike Dunk SB “720 Degrees”. Inspired by the first skateboarding arcade game, Atari’s 720 Degrees, these kicks feature a perfect match to the game’s color scheme, and will definitely make you stand out at the next arcade competition.

Nike Dunk SB Newcastle Brown Ale

Then, there’s the Nike Dunk SB “Newcastle Brown Ale”. Inspired by the delicious brown ale out of Newcastle, England, these kicks feature a hoppy style that is perfect for your next beer fest.

Regardless of your style, there’s no doubting the creativity that goes into a mash-up like this; and I commend Nike for thinking outside the box when is comes to design.

[720 Degrees Via: Kix Files]

[Newcastle Brown Ale Via: Kix Files]

…LA has some great arcades?


In the LA area and looking for a place to play some coin-op classics?

Gridskipper has put together a guide to LA’s Best, Weirdest, Coolest, and Dodgiest Arcades, and it’s a great list of gaming getaways. It’s time to start saving those quarters and stretching those thumbs, because button mashing nirvana is just a map away.

[Gridskipper – LA’s Best, Weirdest, Coolest, Dodgiest Arcades]