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Arcade 1UP 3/4 Retro Game Cabinets

Let's face it, even if you wanted to buy a full-sized arcade machine, the shipping costs alone would probably set you back more than the cabinet itself. Introducing Arcade 1Up's 3/4 Retro Game Cabinets, which is available in four different styles with 3 or 4 game collections. These aren't plain cabinets, as they come decorated with a plethora of decals, depending on which collection you decide to buy. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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LEGO Final Fantasy

Photo credit: Marius Herrmann

LEGO and Final Fantasy fanatic Marius Herrmann spent countless hours, along with 10,000 LEGO pieces, to create a massive model of Bahamut from Final Fantasy X. With a wingspan of almost 1-meter, it features gold plant stems for the wing details, purle pentagonal shields, dark blue scales, and discontinued wedge plates as well as grilles in a shade of purple. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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NERF Rival Overwatch Reaper Wight Edition

At San Diego Comic Con this week, Blizzard's Overwatch officially announced its collaboration with Hasbro by debuting an Overwatch-themed NERF gun, called the Wight Reaper NERF Blaster. Featuring an all-white make with chrome with black / bronze accents throughout, this gun has an eight round capacity and can shoot darts to 90 feet per second. Continue reading for the leaked teaser video and more information.

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NES Classic Official

The NES Classic is back in stock and better than ever, all for $59.99 shipped. It comes with multiple pre-uploaded games such as Metroid, Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, Balloon Fight and The Legend of Zelda. All you have to do is pick up the controller and enjoy an interrupted gaming action. Product page. Continue reading for a video showing how to add 800+ games onto your new NES Classic.

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Nintendo 3DS Phone

Photo credit: Jacob Estep

With smartphones replacing many common devices that people use today, such as point-and-shoot cameras and portable game consoles, it's only fitting that Nintendo would be working on their very own mobile device. The Nintendo 3DS Phone could be one possible concept. Featuring a slide-open design that reveals a second display, a gamepad, and dual cameras that concealed during normal use. Continue reading for more pictures.

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DeepMind AI Quake 3



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First, OpenAI's bots were trained to defeat human opponents in DOTA 2 (bottom video), now, Google's DeepMind AI has exceeded human-level gameplay in Quake 3. The DeepMind agents go into the game without any instructions, and then start competing against themselves until they develop winning strategies - an AI agent plays against an identical clone. Well, the research team went above and beyond by training 30 agents in different play styles. It took nearly half a million matches each lasting five minutes, to train the agents to exceed human-level gameplay. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one ten life hacks for summer.

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Original Xbox Prototype



Photo credit: Graeme Boyd

There's one more reason to visit Microsoft's new Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, and that's to see the original X-shaped Xbox prototype that Bill Gates showcased on stage at GDC 2000. According to Dean Takahashi's Opening the Xbox, it cost around $18,000 to make because the case itself was milled from a solid block of aluminum. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one where a person interviews Pepper, the humanoid robot.

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SEGA VMU Game Console

Photo credit: Wermy

For those who never got to experience the SEGA Dreamcast, it used VMUs (Virtual Memory Unit) as its primary memory card. This device featured a monochrome LCD, multi-player gaming capability (via connectors at the top), second screen functionality, a real-time clock, file manager, built-in flash memory, and sound capability. A gamer who goes by "Wermy" managed to turn one of these into a functional portable game console. "The base RetroPie image I used is from the mintyPi, so it has HoolyHoo's shortcut scripts (which I modified a bit for my this project) included for adjusting the volume/brightness (the the 'Sleep'/Start button on the VMU is also the function button)," said its creator. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of ten places that are weirder than the Bermuda Triangle.

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Glock NES Zapper

Photo credit: P3TERSON

The original NES Zapper is an electronic light gun accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and the Japanese Famicom that allows players to aim at the television set display and "shoot" various objects that appear on the screen such as ducks, clay pigeons, targets, cowboys, criminals or other objectives. It could also be used on the title screens of games to move the curso - done by pointing the device away from the screen and pulling the trigger - or starting the game (pointing at the screen and pulling the trigger). This version was made from a real Glock 19 (Gen 4) for a Nintendo fan. Continue reading for more cool gaming-related images.

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Yobo Portable NES

Inventor Ben Heckendorn is back at it again, and this time, he creates a Yobo Portable - a brand of Nintendo clones - that is compatible with NES cartridges. He managed to find one in a junk pile for $5, hacked it up for parts, and the rest is history. The case was designed in Fusion 360, while the final design uses the same type of flat Li-po batter as the Raspberry Pi No HDMI project. A laser printer fabricated the front panel, and he 3D prints parts with Makergear M2 and the old Replicator 1. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing why Jurassic World built a roller coaster for one of its scenes.

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