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Homemade Swords

When you see swords in video games and fantasy-themed movies, recreating one (or several) at home isn't usually the first thought that pops into your head, that is unless...you're "Michaelcthulhu". This very talented person specializes in creating massive swords, such as the Crisis Core Buster Sword from Final Fantasy, Soul Reaver, and even Atrox, which is made entirely from scrap metal. In the embedded video above, we get a little a bonus in the form of Lightning's Gunblade from Final Fantasy XIII. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today including one showing why the aluminum beverage can design is so clever.

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Halo Elite

Standing over 7-feet-tall, this insane Halo Elite costume is full of fancy animatronics, and looks to be straight from a live-action movie. It was designed and built by self-taught special effects artist Pete Mander. Yes, it's wearable and extremely detailed. Let's just hope if Hollywood ever decides to greenlight a Halo movie, based on the game, they have Pete Mander on their special effects team. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today.

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Mario Toothpicks

Photo credit: BitBlt Korry

From afar, it looks like someone is either playing a game of Super Mario Bros. or just a simple drawing, but upon closer inspection, you'll realize that this entire screenshot was made with toothpicks by Twitter user BitBlt Korry. What was the damage? How about five days of work and 10,000 yen (US$84) worth of materials. It sounds like an extremely arduous task for most people, but Nintendo fans would gladly put in these resources for a conversation piece like this. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Chainsaw Machine Gun

Custom weapons maker Joerg Sprave may be known for his slingshots, but this latest creation is definitely no slouch. It's essentially a wooden, chainsaw-powered machine gun that can destroy targets using nothing but marbles. We're not quite sure how effective it'd be during a zombie apocalypse, but destroying old plastic water bottles and / or aluminum cans might be its calling. Continue reading for a video of it in-action.

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GTA V PC

Grand Theft Auto V PC will finally be available in stores, and this newly released video shows just how good it can look, running at a silky smooth 60fps. In addition to vastly increased draw distances, running at 60FPS with the ability to display visuals in 4K resolution, players will experience a range of additions and improvements including: New weapons, vehicles and activities; Additional wildlife; Denser traffic; New foliage system. Product page. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Steam-Powered Game Console

Behold, Steam Machine, the world's first steam-powered game console. Priced at a reasonable $199.99, a stationary steam engine produces all the electricity you need to play your games, using a patent-pending miniature boiler mechanism. The coolest part? The Steam-Powered Gaming Cabinet will keep you gaming even if the electricity goes out. Continue reading for more pictures, information and the product page.

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Pac-Man Google Maps

Google is always coming up with quirky ways of sprucing up their services, and their latest project is PAC-Maps. This turns any Google Maps view into a playable game of Pac-Man, and to launch it, just find the desired location and activate the game by pressing a button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen next to the Google Earth button. Or, just select the Pac-Man pin on the map where available. Try it out here. For those who don't have access to Google Maps for whatever reason, continue reading to see what it looks like when played on a smartphone using the app.

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Super Mario 64

Computer science student and developer Erik Roystan Ross has recreated the first level of Super Mario 64 - the "Bob-Omb Battlefield" stage - in Unity. All you need to play is Unity Web Player, or hou can also download desktop versions for Windows, Mac and Linux -- it works with your keyboard or Xbox One, Xbox 360, DualShock 3 and DualShock 4 controllers. The entire game was built using Ross's "Super Character Controller" program and offers graphics that are smoothed out and overhauled from the jagged edges present in the original Nintendo 64 version. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a kid who accidentally shoots a loaded Airsoft gun at his computer screen.

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Sony PS Vita Slim Hands-On

Sony's PS Vita Slim may not have hundreds of new games coming out for it each and every day, but for gamers who prefer a polished experience, you can pick one up for $169.99 shipped - today only. Approximately 20 percent slimmer and 15 percent lighter than original, Sony has over 900 games available for download through the PS Store including new hits, indie titles, PS one Classics, and PS Mobile games. Product page. Continue reading for a new 3DS comparison video and more information.

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RaspBMO

"3Derp", a Thingiverse user, has unveiled RaspBMO, a Raspberry Pi-powered portable video game console that's shaped exactly like BMO from Adventure Time. It boasts a full set of SNES controls and can play just about any Super Nintendo game ROM you find online, including "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past". Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone chiseling a perfect sphere of ice.

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