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NES Turned Computer

Photo credit: Ungreedy

This started as an NES console from 1985, but after Imgur user "ungreedy" got his hands on it, the box was transformed into a functional computer after 7-months of work. Featuring a 4.0-GHz Intel Core i5-4670K CPU, ASRock Mini ITX motherboard, MSI GeForce GTX 750 video card and 1TB hard drive. While it may not boast a functional Blu-ray disc drive, its streaming abilities make the device a great HTPC (Home Theater PC). Continue reading for more pictures of the build.

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Real Fallout 3 Motorcycle

High school student Chris Riffel has created a fully functional motorcycle inspired by Fallout 3. He got some help from his friends and teachers along the way, but the results are stunning the say the least. The steel was cut and welded locally, while they the engine was sourced from a scrapyard. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for an incredible viral video of a dolphin rescue on the Isle of Barra.

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Basement Arcade

Photo credit: Mertzlufft / Reddit

Time machines may not exist yet, but after stepping inside the family-built Vintage Vault Basement Arcade outside of St. Louis, you may reconsider, as it's filled to the brim with cabinets from day's past. It was built by Reddit user "Mertzlufft"'s father, who has a degree in electrical engineering and works as an information systems manager. The family uses the arcade to host parties and church game days in the homebrew arcade. Mertzlufft said: "My father really likes to fix up old arcades and resell them for more than what he paid for...but then keeps the ones he really likes. If we had to do the math, he probably spent more money on the signs and stools than the games themselves." 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 a water skiing squirrel who has become an internet sensation.

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Mario Unreal Engine

YouTube user "Aryoksini" rebuilt the Mario 64-inspired animations from scratch and purchased a few pre-built environments from the UnrealEngine 4 marketplace to make this mind-boggling mashup of Nintendo and reality. However, some say that many of these worlds are better suited for Link rather than the famous plumber. Continue reading for the video.

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Retro-Bit RetroDuo System

Retro-Bit's RetroDuo v2.0 Portable Gaming System doesn't require you to custom fabricate a case and / or rip out the internals of an old console, it plays both NES and SNES cartridges right out of the box, all for $74.99 shipped. Not only can you play solo, but it also hooks up to full-sized televisions as well. Use the included port adapter to connect two SNES (or equivalent) controllers. Product page. Continue reading for a video review, with a hands-on preview, and more information.

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Real-Life PipBoy 3000A

Photo credit: Jackomatic / Imgur

The Pip-Boy 3000 is a gadget that basically appears in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. It's an electronic Personal Information Processor (PIP) manufactured by RobCo Industries in the mid-21st century, and acts as the HUD in the game. Now one geek has built a real-life version, minus the in-game functionality. Powered by Rasberry Pi, it does feature the PipBoy operating system and can even grab location data if you have a Google Maps API key. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Super Mario Rug

Photo credit: AlexKingshill / Reddit

Kjetil Nordin, a skilled programmer and skydiving champion from Norway, spent over 800-hours in the span of 6-years to crochet the amazing Super Mario Bros. 3 World 1 rug you see above. Not just any simple map, Nordin researched the exact yarn colors needed to emulate the map (Super Mario All-Stars version). He went as far as re-crocheting an entire section when the water had a slight purple tinge rather than blue. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Game Boy Light

Smartphones and portable game consoles today all come with backlit screens, but back in the day, you actually needed a special light attachment to play in the dark. For those who don't remember, there were also other Game Boy accessories as well, including a camera + printer, Super Game Boy (lets you play GB games on television), battery pack and even a pocket sonar by Bandai, which is a fish-finder peripheral. Continue reading for more funny and geeky things people born after 1999 probably won't understand.

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Super Game Pi

3D printing can be used to make many things, including portable gaming consoles, like the Super Game Pi. This DIY game console has 12 buttons, an analog joystick, stereo speakers and a 5-inch HDMI display. This geek used a Raspberry Pi A+ and RetroPie image to enable users to play lots of games across several platforms. Continue reading for a video demonstration and more information.

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Star Wars Battlefront

Set for release on November 17 for the Xbox One, PS4 as well as PC platforms, Star Wars Battlefront was officially unveiled yesterday at E3 2015 in Los Angeles. "It's the year of 'Star Wars' here at EA with games for console, PC and mobile. 'Battlefront' is expected to be one of the biggest titles of 2015. EA management has already set a high bar for investors, saying it expects to sell 9 million-10 million copies of the game (and some Wall Street analysts feel that is a conservative estimate)," said Andrew Wilson, CEO of EA. Continue reading for two trailers and more information.

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