88 posts tagged Gaming
88 posts tagged Gaming
Plenty of us have played with a Rubik’s Cube, but have you ever tried to solve the puzzle on the sides of an office building? For an awesome project entitled Puzzle Facade, Spanish designer Javier Lloret used a specially designed interface-cube to transform the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria into a giant Rubik’s Cube and then invited passersby to play. Here’s how it works:
The interface-cube holds electronic components to keep track of rotation and orientation. This data is sent via Bluetooth to a computer that runs the Puzzle Facade designed software. This software changes the lights and color of the large-scale Ars Electronica’s media facade in correlation to the handheld interface-cube.
Due to the nature of this building and its surroundings, the player is only able to see two sides at the same time. This factor increases the difficulty of solving the puzzle, but as the player is able to rotate and flip the interface-cube, it is not a blocking factor.
TL;DR: Building-sized playable Rubik’s Cube = Awesome
[via Laughing Squid]
With all the next-generation gaming consoles and video games coming out this year, many hardcore gamers are far too busy to sit down to a meal on Christmas day, let alone do all the shopping, cooking, and socializing that go along with it.
That’s why GAME, a British retailer, created the concept of the Christmas Tinner: a full day of Christmas eating served in one simple can. The meal consists of nine layers, starting with a fry-up breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon, then two traditional mince pies before moving onto the full Christmas dinner of roast turkey and all the trimmings, followed by a layer of Christmas pudding for dessert.
‘It’s the ultimate innovation for gamers across the nation who can’t tear themselves away from their new consoles and games on Christmas Day – the first all-in-one festive feast in a tin .’
We’re kind of glad this one doesn’t exist yet.
It’s Holiday Hilarity Day on Geyser of Awesome!
DevinSuperTramp filmed this awesome parkour video of Chris Romwell cosplaying as a character from the forthcoming Ubisoft video game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag while skillfully free-running throughout the recent 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. As you watch the video you may notice that, thanks to Comic-con being such an notoriously wild and bustling event, barely anyone even turns their head as this costumed figure runs, jumps, flips, and tumbles over and past them. For them it appears to be just another (completely awesome) day at Comic-con.
[via Fashionably Geek]
Sure, a great many of us have enjoyed playing Tetris for years. We’ve played it in arcades, in our homes, and on our phones. But have you ever played Tetris on a pumpkin? Created by Nathan Pryor and shared via HahaBird, it’s a geektastic jack-o’-lantern that functions as its own playable version of the game and it’s called… wait for it… Pumpktris!
Nathan used 125 embedded LEDs (along with other pieces of hardware) to construct his ingenious gaming gourd. Our favourite feature is the pumpkin’s stem, which serves as the joystick. Click here for a complete tutorial.
Michael Thomas, a software developer and LEGO enthusiast based in Vancouver, BC, created this awesome LEGO replica of BMO, Finn and Jake's living video game console friend, who also functions as a portable electrical outlet, music player, roommate, camera, alarm clock, toaster, flashlight, strobe light, skateboarder, soccer player, video editor, and video player.
But wait, this isn’t just a LEGO model of BMO, it’s also a functioning computer - just like BMO! Although this little version can’t make toast or show off her sweet skateboarding skillz, she’s got a fully functional portable Raspberry Pi Linux computer and a 2.5” screen inside those LEGO bricks, which means she can be used to play video games and go online.
Visit Technabob to learn even more about Michael’s awesome MOC BMO, including a video demonstration.
We just learned about an awesome feature in the World of Warcraft MMORPG. In the game a player can acquire an item called the Crate of Kidnapped Puppies. The best part is, they aren’t just any puppies. They’re pug puppies! It may sound too good to be true, but we’ve got the screenshots to prove it.
When a player uses this amazing item, the puppies emerge from their crate to fight for the player for ten minutes. What’s more, some of them have tiny bows in their hair or pirate hats on their heads.
But that’s not all. If you look closely at the lower left corned of the top screenshot, you’ll notice that one of the pugs is dragging his little canine butt along the grass. Awesome and realistic.
What better creature to protect your precious d20 dice than adorably fearsome dragons? These awesome Dice Dragons are the work of DeviantARTist Becca Golins of Dragons & Beasties. Becca handmakes each dragon using Premo Sculpey Clay.
When they aren’t guarding their d20 charges (or one of our 20-Sided-Suckers) as though they were priceless eggs, these wonderful dragons can double as beautiful gaming miniatures.
Visit the DeviantART gallery to check out more of these fantastic little creatures.
Redditor the_masked_cabana created this awesome giant NES Controller that’s not just fully functional for gaming, it’s also a coffee table and storage chest. With a controller this big you could probably use the Konami Code as a daily workout routine.
"Even before discussing the electricals, this is one impressive build. Each component was cut from multiple layers of MDF and assembled with screws, glue, and putty. Once they were sanded smooth, he used layers of carefully applied Krylon paint to achieve a plastic sheen that is remarkably faithful to its 5″ counterpart. For the more precise lettering, custom cut vinyl stickers did the trick."
Head over to Hackaday to learn lots more about all the effort that went into creating this enormous video game controller.
Then check out the_masked_cabana’s imgur gallery of photos documenting the project from start to finish.
This is some of the geekiest, most ingenious and creative cosplay we’ve ever seen. Actually, it’s equal parts cosplay and performance art. These photos were taken in Seattle at PAX Prime 2013. If you’ve played Portal 2 by Valve then you’ll have recognized it straight away, but perhaps you didn’t recognize that there’s a human being inside that fantastic rigging. This is GLaDOS (short for Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System), the wonderfully snarky and sarcastic AI computer system from the Portal video games. Widely considered to be one of the greatest video game characters, she’s the main antagonist in both games.
The person behind and actually inside this awesome cosplay is Athena Cole, who cosplays under the name Enayla. Although she spent years puzzling over how to do it without over anthropomorphizing the non-humanoid character, she spent about three months actually creating the GLaDOS costume and suspension system.
The structure she’s hanging from in the above picture was constructed out of PVC piping and a custom harness made from parachute cords. In order to get the angle right, Cole has to face down with her belly forward and hold her head upright from that position. However, the costume is also padded to hell and back on the inside.
“I’m attached at the shoulders, ribs, hips, and upper thighs, and have a knee and foot strap to hold up my legs.” Cole said. “With all of that, the only genuinely uncomfortable part was holding my head up at that angle. Only slightly sore the next day!”
The rest of the costume is Worbla, which is apparently a special kind of molding thermoplastic favored by cosplayers. There are a lot of incredibly amazing in-progress shots on the Enayla Cosplay Facebook page and her Tumblr that show you the ridiculous level of detail that Cole used in creating the piece, right down to the crackle effect on the armor.