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Jan 18, 2013

How to: Make Your Own Tetris Cookies

Ready to feel old? The Nintendo Game Boy was released almost twenty four years ago. Nearly a quarter of a century. To pay homage to the obvious best Game Boy game experience ever (except maybe "Kwirk"), Francois came up with a technique to make these tasty, colorful, and grid-able iced… read more

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Oct 30, 2012

PUMPKTRIS: A DIY Playable Game of Tetris Inside a Pumpkin

Vancouver, WA-based designer and programmer Nathan Pryor asks, "What do you get when you combine a pumpkin with the classic video game Tetris? Pumpktris! Fully playable, embedded in a pumpkin."

Oh, and get this: the pumpkin's stem acts as the… read more

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Mar 06, 2012

Touch-Sensitive DIY Mario Block Lamp Kit

created at: 03/05/2012

I came across this touch sensitive Super Mario Brothers question mark block lamp on Etsy the other day and was really excited because...well, I'm a geek who grew up in the 80s. I mean, how cool is it that you can "punch" that infamous 8-bit block hanging from the ceiling and it lights up?

But when got me even more excited was when I learned that Bryan Duxbury, the creator of the lamp, also sells DIY kits so you can make your own touch sensitive 8-bit block… read more

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May 18, 2011

Super Mario Bros. Comes to Life on the Street (Video)

created at: 05/18/2011

German artist and techmeister Andreas Heikaus created the best undergraduate thesis project ever: multiple levels of the original Super Mario Bros. coming to life atop the urban landscape. 

Watch the top video first, then check out the one below to see how he pulled it… read more

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Apr 20, 2011

How To: Craft a DIY 8-Bit Hooded Sweatshirt

created at: 04/20/2011

Friends, there's a might fine new web series called Craftovision, an "internet show dedicated to DIY culture. IT'S ALIVE. [It's] where we feature episodes and post awesome DIY randomness that we find."

It's hosted/produced by the always talented Corinne Leigh, and I'm loving the latest episode. It not only features a sweet sewing project for guys - this Space Invaders-inspired 8-bit hooded sweatshirt, but an interview with Raynor, a crocheting-for-guys expert who blogs at The Shy Lion.

Click play to watch the latest episode and see… read more

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Apr 15, 2011

The Best Game Boy Music...Ever

created at: 04/15/2011

In the early and mid-00s, when those of us who grew up in the 80s broke out of their teens, there was a mini-movement of 'chip-tune' music: original compositions created for the 8- and 16-bit syntheizers that provided the soundtracks for the computer and video games of our youth. It was fun, and it was interesting, and now, geek music is going in other directions.

Like, this brilliant video. Sure, it's clever, but it doesn't play like a novelty. It's fun, it's catchy, and you'll probably be dancing in front of your… read more

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Apr 11, 2011

How To: Make a Super Mario Papercraft Magnetic Board

created at: 04/11/2011

In elementary school, I was a diorama master. Iroquois longhouses with tiny animal pelts and handcarved mini wooded bowls, the two-part Tantalos cooking up Pelops and feeding him to the gods/never being able to snatch the fruit or bend to drink the water, and my award winning scene from The Westingread more

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Mar 28, 2011

First Person Super Mario Bros

created at: 03/28/2011

ManMade reader Stephen K. sent in this awesome video take on what Super Mario Bros. level one might feel like from Mario's point of view.… read more

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Mar 23, 2011

How To: Make a Real-Life, Coin-Popping Super Mario Bros. Brick!

It was bound to happen, but I never thought the results would be this amazing!

Bruno made a DIY Super Mario Bros. coin block that emits legal tender when hit from the bottom, and even makes the classic da-DING sound! Wild, yes?

Even more amazing, he painstakingly documented the process so you can make your own.

See it in action… read more

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Feb 23, 2011

The Evolution of Video Game Controllers

PopChartLabs is back with another stunner: The Evolution of Controllers. Tracking "eighty-two species and nine genera over four decades," they've traced the… read more

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Dec 16, 2010

If Angry Birds Debuted in 1992

created at: 12/16/2010

Okay, I admit it. I, like nearly every other touch phone owner, have a bit of a problem with Angry Birds. It's not that I play it very often, during every second of free time, it's that when I do open it up, I have a hard time putting it down. For, like, hours. I've forbidden myself from starting after 9:00p.

"As a physics-based game, Angry Birds is similar to those well worn '90s games Worms and Lemmings, and lends itself well to a retro reimaging with blocky pixels," says London-based Penny Designs, and they've done just that.

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Sep 30, 2010

Play Asteroids on Any Web Page

created at: 09/30/2010

Whether you want to get rid of ads, explode your Twitter followers, or just practice your skills, sometimes, you want to blow stuff on a webpage up.

Erik of Github has created a bookmarklet that will allow you to do that very thing. Simply drag the link below to destroy your Facebook friends' avatars, those emails you don't want to respond to, or any object on the page.

Seriously, this puts fun back in the internet. This is the coolest thing we've seen… read more

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Sep 17, 2010

Giant Animated Human Pac-Man Game

created at: 09/17/2010

While we're certain this isn't the first time that someone's re-created a game of Pac-Man using stop motion animation, but we're pretty sure it's the best.

French-Swiss artist Guillaume Reymond, the same guy that did the human Tetris game a few years ago (see below), is back with his most ambitious project to date: a two-minute full level of Pac-Man created with 111 human pixels, lots of colored t-shirts, and a really, really tall tripos at the Trafo cinema in Baden,… read more

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Sep 13, 2010

Make a Super Mario Bros. Warp Tunnel Pencil Cup

created at: 09/13/2010

What better to go with your Mario and Luigi-themed filing cabinets than a handmade warp pipe pencil cup?

Not much we can think of.

This design used plastic needlepoint canvas, which I haven't seen since the horrific Kleenex box covers my grandma had in… read more

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Sep 02, 2010

File Under Awesome: Super Mario Bros. Office Cabinets

Super Mario Filing Cabinet Filing Cabinet 2   Super Mario Bros

I was gonna start this post with an "If I had filing cabinets like these, maybe I wouldn't let the piles on my desk get so high..." but I won't. Cause it's not true, and that's a dumb thing to say,… read more

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Jun 21, 2010

Violinist Plays Mario Soundtrack to Live Game in Real Time

created at: 06/21/2010

Last week, ManMade readers really dug on this Post-It Super Mario Brothers stop-motion animation that was created by Japanese students for a school festival. This week, we think you'll equally enjoy this live accompaniment to levels 1-1 and 1-2 in which a violinist recreates the soundtrack with sound effects as the game is being… read more

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Apr 08, 2010

8-Bit Pink Floyd: "The Dark Side of the Moon" in Chiptune

created at: 04/08/2010

"Have you ever wondered what Dark Side of the Moon would sound like if Pink Floyd had written it for [Nintendo] instead of for a rock band?" Of course you haven't, but Brad Smith did.

So, he created "Moon8," which is the entire album sequenced, arranged, and then played on the original Nintendo Entertainment System.  I've never been much into Dark Side of the Moon, and don't know much about chiptune music, but I've got heaps of respect for this one.

But props aside, I have no idea what I'm talking about, so I'll leave the proper critique to G4's Rick Damigella. "Not only does MOON8 sound good, it transcends sounding like music done for a video game. Sure, the tones are undeniably old-school NES, but nothing has been done to tweak the music to sound like it actually came from a game. This is a chiptunes recreation in its… read more

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