Ignite Lite is a free, seven-level preview of the innovative platformer game Ignite, in which you control a flaming, jumping ember by the name of "Iggy the Flameboy," using your fiery nature to thwart the plans of the Water Warlords. In this unusual take on the platformer genre, some of the platforms that you jump onto will actually burn beneath your feet--which can be a good thing, like when you're trying to incinerate one of the Water Warlords' minions. The game's simple, touch-and-drag interface lets you jump either left or right, adjusting the trajectory (indicated by … Read more
Sure, we really liked the Nyko Wing Wireless Classic Controller for use with the Nintendo Wii, but if we could choose any controller to use with Virtual Console games, it would be the originals themselves.
Developer Komodo may have come up with a device that could pacify these desires. With the Retro Adapter (to be distributed by Innex), you'll be able to use original NES, Super Nintendo, and Nintendo 64 controllers with Wii Virtual Console games.
The adapter itself resembles that of a Nintendo 64 console and has three female ports for each system. It connects to your Wii … Read more
iPhone games have redefined the meaning of cheap--in ways both good and bad --but you still need to drop at least $200 for an iPhone or iPod Touch. For real portable retro gaming with street cred, may we suggest the Retro Mini Handheld, which for only $49.99 plays old NES cartridges (once you've blown the dust out of them).
Considering NES carts can be had for pennies at Salvation Army thrift shops, this little beauty might be the best way to play games for next to nothing at all. Compare, for instance, the cost of a $2.… Read more
CameraBag is a fun way to make great-looking iPhone photos with retro-looking effects. You can either take a picture from within the application's interface or you can pick a shot you've already taken from your image library. From there, you simply choose an effect from the drop-down menu on your touch screen, or swipe your finger to cycle through the 10 available effects to preview your image.
Image effects have names like 1974, which give your images that particular grainy quality, or Instant, which adds the familiar white frame along with that retro image quality. We think this … Read more
My first cell phone was an Ericsson CF688 on AT&T Wireless (original incarnation). I got it in roughly 1998. I bought this model instead of some of the flashier ones because it was small. I modified it with a new antenna and smaller battery to make it pocketable. I loved that phone.
Not many years before that, though, portable phones were large. We all remember the brick "Zack Morrison" phones, but do you remember the ads? They were fantastic.
Concept designs usually look impossibly futuristic, but this one by designer Nikolay Komarov is the exact opposite. He envisions a Nikon Coolpix point-and-shoot camera that looks like it belongs in the last century and has named it Neoclassic.
Another model Komarov has come up with is the Good Grip. It has a more modern look and is supposed to be easier to handle. This will come with a reworked interface which, interestingly, tells the photographer how large a certain digital photo can be printed in centimeters rather than the number of pixels which doesn't really mean anything to most … Read more
Today is a very bright, sunny day in Seattle. I wore my sunglasses. My sunglasses are rarely used, yet badass. They are not, though, as badass as these variable aperture goggles we found on SmugMug. Change down the aperture and you get less light. They're awesome.
Sadly, they're a concept and not actually for sale, which is too bad. While I'm not a huge fan of the steampunk movement, I understand it. That being said, I would totally rock these, if I could get them in my prescription. I'm that much of a nerd.
I would, … Read more
The appliances that graced our grandparents' kitchens had a special sort of design aesthetic, and today those designs get celebrated in every imaginable appliance and gadget. Sometimes the nod to retro style is as subtle as the color choice on a standing mixer or the button design on a built-in oven. Every once in a while, an appliance design is revived in full, as in the case of this Electrochef all-in-one vintage kitchen.
Made from white porcelain and metal, this heavyweight free-standing kitchen looks just like those you find in antique stores. It includes an adjustable height oven, four spiral … Read more
I live in a neighborhood where vintage style is king. People will spend huge sums of money to populate their Brooklyn apartments with furniture and lamps that are antiques (or new with antique finish), clothing from vintage shops, and appliances in chartreuse, pink, and taupe.
Maybe it's because we've run out of ideas that we have a tendency to recycle styles in everything from fashion to haircuts to housewares, but I think that as humans, we have a tendency to come full circle in our likes and dislikes. Having experienced enough styles to have a wider frame of … Read more
I cannot come up with a practical reason why I'd need these reproduction medieval gauntlets. I just want them. Think of all the people I could be! These are the last pieces I need to complete the following outfits: Destro, Sir Galahad, Drs. Klaw and Doom, and Optimus Prime (after a paint job).
I think, though, that I'd just keep them in my bag at all times. I imagine that next time I get into an argument with a drunk dude-bro at a bar I can get him to back down without violence simply by putting them on. … Read more