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LEGO Tomislav

Building LEGO sets is one thing, YouTube user "ZaziNombies" takes the bricks and builds life-sized video game weapons with them, like the Team Fortress 2 Tomislavy above. "Weighing in at over 10 pounds, and 3 feet long, we bring the Heavy's Tomislav to life entirely from LEGO bricks. Complete with its oversized drum magazine, and custom wooden furniture, here is the gun's real life, and oh so heavy, replica," said its builder. Continue reading for more.

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World of Warcraft Westfall

Gamer Daniel L. has recreated World of Warcraft's Westfall, the abandoned agricultural center and low level zone of the Alliance that borders the Elwynn Forest, with Unreal Engine 4. In the early build video, you'll enter Westfall from the Elwynn Forest. "I wonder if we'll see this zone in the upcoming movie. Based on what we've seen so far, its aesthetics would be similar to this," says Kotaku's Gergo Vos. Continue reading for the video, plus a bonus clip.

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Nintendo Smartphone

Photo credit: Pierre Cerveau

If Nintendo were to release a Game Boy-inspired Android smartphone, it would probably look something like the Smart Boy, a concept by Pierre Cerveau. You can easily swap out components like a game cartridge, whether it be the camera module, battery, or even additional storage. Of course there's an optional Game Bat gamepad for those marathon gaming sessions while on the road. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never get too close to rally cars in a race.

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Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo, has died of cancer at the age of 55. Iwata underwent surgery last year and had resumed his duties after a brief period of recovery. He is a highly admired figure in the Japanese gaming scene and considered the leading figure behind Nintendo's successful turnaround after he joined the company in the year 2000. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.

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N64 Coffee Table

Photo credit: Mark Haggett via Kotaku

This may not be the most complex modding project of all-time, but it does see an N64 installed inside a table, with the controller leads built in under the surface of the wood to keep the wires tangle-free. This leaves the top free for all of your drinks, snacks, Nintendo Power magazines and whatever else your heart desires. To top things off, there's even an in-laid pixel Mario made from wood blocks. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of what it's actually like to be in a coma.

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TL3 Racing Simulator

At first glance, this appears to be giant racing helmet perhaps used as a commemorative sculpture somewhere, but it's actually a high-tech racing simulator. Called the TL3, it uses a system of three perfectly-calibrated projectors to display a 5760 x 1080 image more than 7 feet across over 5 displays, giving you a stunning real view, while the variable position cockpit assures you're at the correct viewpoint. That's right driving a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Lamborghini Avendator SV, a tank, or even an F1 car, will each provide a unique experience. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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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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