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Princess Peach Halo 5

Halo 5: Guardians and Super Mario Bros. 64 aren't synonymous, but one fan decided to combine the two and recreate Princess Peach's castle in the first-person shooter. Reddit user "Bearskopff" spent hours on the map, and believe it or not, every single brick is a single object in the map, as he said "no shortcuts taken here," while remaining very keen to simulating the geometry found in the original game. Continue reading for a video and more information. Click here for more pictures.

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Game Boy Macro

Have a broken Nintendo DS just collecting dust? Then it may be time to transform it into a Game Boy Macro. It's essentially a DS modded to run without a top screen, and when paired with a nice looking outer shell, it becomes a whole new console, similar to the Game Boy Advance. For those wondering why there's a black border, the modded console creates this to maintain the same aspect ratio/resolution of a Game Boy Advance. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for a three part tutorial video series on how to make your own.

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Sony PSX

Sony's PSX is essentially a digital video recorder with a fully integrated PlayStation 2 video game console, first released in Japan on December 13, 2003. Since the device was designed to be a general-purpose consumer video device, it was marketed by the main Sony Corporation instead of Sony Computer Entertainment and does not carry the usual PlayStation branding. Unfortunately, its high cost resulted in poor sales, and ultimately, its demise. The PSX fully supports both PlayStation and PlayStation 2 software by its slot-loading DVD drive, as the onboard EE+GS chip is a unification of the PS2's Emotion Engine and Graphics Synthesizer chips. Online game compatibility is available using the broadband connection; Games that use the PS2 HDD (such as Final Fantasy XI) are supported as well. Continue reading for more.

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Razer Blade Stealth

Razer may be known for their computer peripherals, but their latest creation is aimed at the ultrabook market. Introducing the $999 (base model) Razer Blade Stealth, a 2.75-pound, 0.52-inch thick laptop that boasts an Intel Core i7 Skylake processor, 12.5" high-res touchscreen display (2560 x 1440), 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of PCIe storage. For intense gaming, simply connect it via Thunderbolt 3 port to the Razer Core graphics dock, which offers a double-wide, full-length PCIe NVIDIA or AMD graphics card, extra ports, a separate power supply, and most importantly, plenty of heat dissipation. Continue reading for two more hands-on videos. Click here for more images.

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WarCraft Mall China

Blizzard and Legendary Pictures has just installed massive "Warcraft" exhibit at Joycity mall in Chengdu, China. Vistors can get up-close with props, costumes and life-sized replicas of the characters from the upcoming film The free tour also offers an interactive virtual reality ride where visitors can experience what it's like to fly while riding a legendary Gryphon as it soars over the skies of Azeroth. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for bonus images of China's unauthorized WoW / StarCraft theme park.

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Logitech G930

Logitech's Wireless Gaming Headset G930 offers the most bang for your buck, and you can pick up a pair for $69.99 shipped, today only, originally priced at $159.99. With a lag-free wireless connection and powered by Dolby Headphone 7.1 surround sound, G930 keeps your head in the game for up to 10 hours between charges. Just plug the USB adapter into your computer for a powerful 2.4 GHz connection. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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PS4 Wood Block Christmas

Boston's Fox 25 reports that the Lundy family didn't quite get what they expected on Christmas morning when their son opened a PlayStation 4 box and discovered a fake wooden console inside, with an obscene image drawn on it to boot. "He got a PS4 and he says 'this is the best present ever this is the best Christmas ever,'" said Brian Lundy. However, things did end up on a bright note when they took it back to the Saugus Target. "They not only gave us a new game system but they also gave us a $100 gift card as well as an additional game that the original game that was supposed to be in the box. Couldn't have been any kinder," said Kristin Lundy. Social media is claiming that some thieves are getting crafty by replacing the original seals with authentic-looking fake ones to make it appear as if a box hasn't yet been opened, resulting in unfortunate events, like this one. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Kylo Ren playing flaming bagpipes on top of BB-8.

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SEGA VR

The Sega VR is basically a head-tracking virtual reality headset that was under development by the game company in 1993. There were versions were planned for both arcades and consoles (Genesis + Saturn), but only the arcade version was released, while the home console versions were cancelled. The Sega VR was based on an IDEO virtual reality headset (HMD) with LCD screens in the visor and stereo headphones. Inertial sensors in the headset allowed the system to track and react to the movements of the user's head. Because of development difficulties, the console Sega VR headset remained only a prototype, and was never released to the general public. Then CEO Tom Kalinske stated that the system was not released due to it inducing motion sickness and severe headaches in users. Continue reading for more. Click here to view some bonus retro gaming ads.

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Star Citizen

Procedural generation is basically a method of creating data algorithmically as opposed to manually, commonly used for creating textures. The game "Star Citizen" uses this method to create worlds in real-time, automatically generating large planets, with seamless transitions between space and surfaces. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Coleco Chameleon

Remember the ColecoVision, released in the early 1980s? If so, you'll be happy to know that an updated version will soon hit stores, and it's called "Coleco Chameleon". The company claims that it will "accurately play compilations of favorite games from the past," along with "brand-new games in the 8, 16, and 32-bit styles." See it first at the Toy Fair New York 2016 in February. No word yet on pricing or availability. Continue reading for another picture of the Coleco Chameleon. Click here to view a bonus gallery of some interesting classic gaming ads.

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