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Hyrule Castle LEGO

Photo credit: Joseph Zawarda

Joseph Zawada knew it was dangerous to go alone, so he brought thousands of LEGO bricks along for his latest project. This amazing Hyrule Castle recreation was unveiled at the Brickfair conference in Virginia earlier this month, and it took him approximately 2.5-years to build. The diorama is so large that it required separating the castle into 40 sections for transportation in 2 cars. Continue reading for detailed pictures of the interior and towers.

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Analogue NT NES Cosole

Ever wonder what a modern day NES, complete with aluminum shell and HDMI would look like? If so, then look no further than the Analogue NT, a $499 machine, that's compatible with both NES as well as Famicom cartridges. This no-frills, top-loading machine does not add any extra features, but still manages to work with the original controllers. Continue reading for a viral video of a colorblind dad who sees color for the first time. According to Fast Company, "The Analogue Nt is to the original NES what a Porsche 911 is to a Hot Wheels race car. So expect to pay a very adult price for what is, in effect, a 30-year-old game console dipped in aluminum." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a colorblind dad seeing color for the first time in his life.

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Flamethrower XM42 Handheld

You've probably seen quite a few handheld flamethrowers in video games, but the XM42 is a real-life version you can actually purchase, and it doesn't require any tanks or harnesses to use. Simply put, users fuel up this self-contained flamethrower like they would a lawnmower. Once full, it sets things ablaze from distances of up to-25 feet. The company, ION Productions, says you can "use for weed control, clearing snow, starting your bonfire or just for fun!" Continue reading for another video and more pictures of the different colors.

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F-35 Simulator

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There are video games, and then the F-35 Advanced Simulator, located at the Luke Air Force Base on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. Everything in the cockpit was modeled after its real-life counterpart, including countless levers and buttons as well as the feeling of flying at several thousand feet when looking out the window. The F-35 is descended from the X-35, which was the winning design of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin. Continue reading for two videos of the real F-35 and more information.

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OUYE PS4 Xbox One Knockoff

Photo credit: Kotaku

Knockoffs are nothing new, but the OUYE Android game console combines elements from both the PS4 and Xbox One. It runs Android 4.4.2 with a custom, PlayStation-style tile interface, and features an octa-core A80 processor, 2GB of RAM, as well as 16GB of built-in storage. How much will it set you back? Just a mere £45 ($70). Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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New PS4 Limited Edition Taken King

The Limited Edition 500GB PlayStation 4 Destiny: The Taken King Bundle can be pre-ordered for $399.99 shipped, and if the past is any indicator, you'll be able to resell them for $500-$550 once supplies dry up. In addition to the special console and 500GB HDD, you'll also get Destiny: The Taken King, Destiny, Expansion I: The Dark Below, Expansion II: House of Wolves and also includes three emotes, three shaders, and three class items from the Digital Collector's Edition Upgrade. Product page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Most Realistic Racing Simulator

There are racing simulators, and then this high-tech piece of wizardry. Officially called "The Most Realistic Racing Simulator," it was selected by Ford Motor Company to demonstrate ride experiences, and the simulator uses linear servo actuators that cause its monocoque fiberglass chassis to roll, pitch, and rotate 360° at up to 0.5G acceleration. In other words, it's as close as you'll get to simulating entering a turn at 200MPH or moving up a bank in the slipstream of an opponent, at home. The chassis' front end even dips when braking at hairpins, pushes forward when accelerating during passes, and rumbles when driving on an apron. One caveat: it costs $185,000. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Half-Life LG Watch

Texas Instruments' Ti-83 graphing calculator can run DOOM, as well as hundreds of other games, but let's face it, smartwatch games leave a lot to be desired, that is unless you have an Android Wear LG G Watch with the SDLash app. YouTube user "Dave Bennett" managed to get Half-Life running on his watch, and while it's not exactly practical for this type of game, it does give us a glimpse at the future of smartwatch gaming. "Thanks to the SDLash app, which emulates the GoldSource engine, it runs on your smartwatch. Keep in mind that this is only a proof of concept and is far from the ideal gaming situation," said Bennett. Continue reading to see it in-action.

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SteelSeries Gaming Headset

SteelSeries' Guild Wars 2 Gaming Headset is not only travel-friendly, but can be picked up for $13 with coupon code: L4NMYLX9, today only, originally $99.99. This headset is a slim-profile, on-ear design featuring mesh ear cushions that filter excellent sound via its 40mm driver units. A 3.5mm PC cable with an Omni-directional microphone and mute controls is included. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: L4NMYLX9 during final checkout for the additional discount. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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R2-D2 PS4 Laptop

Photo credit: Eddie Z.

Ever wonder what R2-D2 would look like as a PlayStation 4 laptop? If so, the wonder no more, as expert game console modder Eddie Z. has you covered, with his latest creation, the R2-PS4. Yes, it even talks. Eddie said: "Thanks to the forum, I was able to get sound effects and 3D printed parts to use on this system. This system has real scaled down R2 parts installed everywhere." Continue reading for an in-depth video overview.

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