Archive for the ‘Retro Culture’ Category

SEGA Hardware Memorial Zippos

Zippo has a history of making commemorative lighters, and these two sold by Banpresto are definitely impressive. Celebrating SEGA’s hardware history, the lighter maker has produced two designs – the Mega Drive (Genesis in the US) and the Saturn. At about $100 US each they’re not cheap, but are totally awesome. Spotted at RetroThing.

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SEGA Genesis Turns 20

Twenty years ago Nintendo faced its first real challenge to its dominance in the home console market: SEGA introduced the Genesis to North America. With a faster processor, stereo sound, and many excellent arcade ports the Genesis was a hit, eventually wrestling dominance away from Nintendo’s NES. Click for the full poster.

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Sega MegaDrive Bag

The unshakable NES owned the late 80’s video game scene. Not only did they bring gaming back to living rooms to stay, they went from strength to strength for at least five whole years (though games continued to be published until 1995, and the Famicom was still manufactured in Japan until 2003!) – an eternity […]

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Ninja Gaiden (NES) Papercraft

One of the more difficult NES games, Ninja Gaiden is also one of the more entertaining and one of the first to use cinematics to drive the story forward. This papercraft representation of Stage 1-1 is extremely well done. I can hear the music in my head now! Spotted at TinyCartridge.com.

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Atari 2600 Cartridge Wallet

Spotted at Retrothing.com. While some Atari 2600 games are rare and precious artifacts, some carts are crazy common. There’s practically a DIY genre focused on finding other uses for the stubby chunks of 70’s plastic. This video shows off one crafter’s idea for turning a typical Atari cartridge into a wallet. What makes this particular […]

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My Famicase Exhibition 2009

Spotted at OffWorld.com: Japan’s finest hipster retro/game culture store Meteor has announced via its blog that its Famicase art exhibit will be returning to the shop from May 2nd through the 31st. What’s Famicase? A curated selection of original 8-bit Nintendo cartridges given new labels by the local finest design houses and illustrators, each imagining […]

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Flickr: X-Ray photos of hardware

Is the lack of security bits handy preventing you from opening up your consoles? Wonder no more what the inner workings look like! Flickr user Reintji has taken X-Ray photos of several pieces of hardware, ranging from consoles to controllers and game cartridges. Check out the rest of Reintji’s X-Ray Funnies set for other consoles […]

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