This is what the classic video game Gauntlet would have looked like if it took place in some sort of dwarven alternate reality, imagined and beautifully illustrated by DeviantARTist Mike Azevedo. In this version, you will never hear the narrator say the words "Warrior needs food- badly".
This impressive tablet-style unit is called the ePawn Arena, a digital tabletop gaming unit which debuted at CES 2012. It's billed as "the next level of Dungeons and Dragons style gaming", but I think they're missing the obvious potential as a never ending variety of board games ready to be loaded up and played, after the table's been cleared, of course.
Who needs all those heavy boxes, full of game boards, cards and supplements, when you've got this sleek number just waiting to be loaded up with all the board games you'll ever need?
The subjects Zoe Williams sculpts out of felted wool are, for the most part, critters which look good with a bit of fuzz on them, even if that fuzz is contrasted by sharp and spiky bits.
Ultimately, they look too dangerous to pet, so I'd keep my hand tucked in my shirt if viewing them at a gallery show. They're strange taxidermy style mounts meant to appeal to animal lovers, who also want to spruce up their world with a bold work of art.
These adorable Valentine's Day cards feature zombie characters from the Left 4 Dead video game series, and they're full of dorky gamer humor, putrid sentimentality, and jokes about vomiting.
So, if the apple of your eye doesn't enjoy these cards by Alexandria Neonakis as much as you do, it's probably time to start the search all over again. Is that love in the air, or the sickly sweet smell of decomposition?
This guy seriously shreds it on the guitar, and his heavy metal version of the Dragonborn Theme from the video game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim serves as great background music while you're bashing Blood Dragons about the head with a magic mace.
I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things about the coming of a new year is the slew of new movies on the horizon, and while there are always some stinkers and serious disappointments mixed in with the rest, 2012 looks like a great year for fans of fantasy and sci-fi flicks!
The folks at i09 have compiled an exhaustive list of upcoming films, which are full of fantastic elements and storylines of interest to folks who enjoy using their imagination at the movie theater, instead of dozing off into their popcorn.
If you're worried about a dystopian future where the view from your window is obscured by zombies, rubble piles and the occasional group of bandits, then you'll want to invest in Samsung's new transparent Smart Window-a computer screen/window that can make the world outside look like anything you want, even the terrifying real world, if that's how you get your kicks.
You can make it look like still photos, video footage, a computer desktop, even television, if you prefer to imagine a sitcom taking place outside your window over an otherwise bleak reality. It's large, shiny, and eliminates the need to actually go outside, so what's not to like?
Good news everyone! A Fallout MMO is now on its way, thanks to the lawsuit between Bethesda and Interplay being settled for $2 million dollars.
Bethesda has been waiting to get to work on the Fallout online game for over five years now, so I'm sure it will become a reality sooner rather than later, and I think it would offer a refreshing change from the standard fantasy and sci-fi titles which currently dominate the market.
Gamers, what do you think? Would you enjoy playing a Fallout MMO, or are you all massively multiplayered out?
Comics have come a long way from the days of pandering to children in order to sell a product. These days, they're full of mature stories and subject matter that would make Golden Age Superman blush, and that's how I like it. To me, a comic book with no spandex clad heroes in sight means I'll be entertaining more than just my eyeballs when I dig in.
Enter the newest title from Radical Comics-Damaged. It's a dark, edgy cop story with a serious noir edge, and lots of the old ultraviolence. The story centers around two cops/brothers, one of which will draw obvious comparison to the Punisher with his violent vigilante antics and attitude about killing bad guys.
Written by David Lapham (Crossed and Stray Bullets), Damaged pays homage to its obvious influences without becoming predictable, and the six issue mini series format means you will be left with a satisfying conclusion to the storyline.
The great thing about this series is it's a throwback with modern flavor, a good pulp story that is familiar yet timeless, with a cast of characters that are iconic enough to exist in any era, and beautiful artwork by Leonardo Manco (Hellblazer and War Machine) that helps sell this realistic story about human nature, inner conflict and inescapable fate.
Want to know more? Read an exhaustive review at the link to the Bad Haven article below, so you know what you're getting in to before you shell out for the books.
When the grizzled war veterans from the video game franchise Contra take over fellow video game star Paperboy's route, due to an unforeseen decapitation, there's going to be a lot more than broken windows and ruined birdbaths on Easy Street.
This time around the guys from Contra don't even need an unlimited lives cheat code to tear up the competition!
Have you ever wondered who's inside the costume of your favorite character? From Big Bird to ALF to that dancing purple annoyance Barney, the identities of the actors inside have remained largely unknown, until you check out the gallery at Flavorwire and see for yourself who's been acting in those costumes all these years.
I'm sure most readers won't find Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) all that surprising, but did you know that 2 different people donned the Ludo character costume in the movie Labyrinth, or that the guy who donned the Alien costume in the movie franchise was over seven feet tall? Read on, inquisitive Neatoramanaut!
The death of a beloved pet can be a traumatizing experience, and most people love their pets as they would any other member of their family. But would you pay $50,000 to clone a new version of your beloved pet from the DNA of the deceased? The lady in this clip didn't hesitate to head over to South Korea, shell out the cash and clone her deceased dog Trouble, and she seems to have no regrets about her decision.
It seems like a huge waste of money to me, considering that the cloned pet probably isn't going to have anything in common with it's genetic original beyond physical appearance, but what do you guys think? If you had $50k to spare, and you're grieving the passing of a pet, would you choose to have them cloned?
You know that old joke that people love to tell you when you're wearing camo-"Oh, I didn't see you there, because you were camouflaged!" Well, that joke is about to become a reality, as a North Carolina company has begun creating custom, site specific camo gear. Here's how it works:
...because the patterns are created from photos that have been taken at different focal lengths it inhibits depth perception -- making it more challenging for the brain to see the camouflaged surfaces as a single object.
The camouflage may even receive a further upgrade, with the software firm applying for a patent on an "adaptive" material consisting of a vinyl substrate, a flexible image display that could adjust to the environment, and thermoelectric panels that could modify the soldier's heat signature.
Now no one is safe, because someone may be blending in with the wall, or sofa, or even your front lawn! Better carry around a sharp stick just in case. On the other side-if you hold still too long you may be exposed to things you can't unsee, and therapy is very pricey these days, so please use this new camo fabric with care.
You may remember Stacy mentioning Nicole Dextra's ice typography series in her May article about a dress made out of yucca plants. (link). Well, now you can take a look for yourself at Nicole's bold statement-typography made out of solid ice, some letters standing over eight feet tall, spelling out thought provoking words that naturally return to the earth over time due to changing climate temperature.
Here's what Nicole has to say about the project:
The Ice Typography series consists of three-dimensional words fabricated in ice placed outdoors that speak to how the viewer’s gaze frames and informs the landscape. The installations have varied from 8-foot high ice letters on the Yukon River to 18-inch high letters set in downtown Toronto. When the ice texts are installed on site, the temperature determines how long it will take for them to change state from solid to liquid. This phase of transition becomes symbolic of the interconnectedness of language and culture to the land as they are affected by time and by a constant shifting and transforming nature.
Who knew that pokeballs, the devices used by the characters in the anime series Pokemon to capture their little critter pals, would be so beautiful in real life? Created via photo manipulation by DeviantARTist wazzy88, their elemental contents look so real, like they could burst out at any moment in a surge of bling. No wonder Pokemon don't mind being trapped inside those things for hours on end!
These couples have been sealed in plastic to preserve freshness, to illustrate that sometimes love can be an uncomfortable feeling, and to show how smothering each other can make it really hard to breathe.
From the twisted imagination of Japanese artist Photographer Hal (yes, photographer is part of his name) comes this wacked out portrait series called Flesh Love, which are part S&M, part avant garde, and all totally mind-blowing, as you struggle to make out where one person ends and another begins.
How'd ya like to find one of these in your school lunchbag, kiddos?
These awesome looking stools were made by suspending giant magnets above a mixture of iron ore and molten plastic, in order to allow the hybrid substance to naturally "grow" into organic shapes and textures.
Created by Dutch designer Jolan van der Wiel, they look like just the thing to spruce up your cave when you're expecting company, or the best birthday present ever for the mineralogist in your life.
What you see before you is a man who fancied himself a warrior, but turned out to be nothing but a loser seeking revenge for something that happened to him when he was seven years old. Here's the scoop:
This is the astonishing moment a crazed attacker stormed into a supermarket armed with an arsenal of knives including a hockey stick with a blade on the end as oblivious punters carried on their shopping. Described as looking like a 'warrior', Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how David Millington, 37, went into Morrisons in a suburb of Wolverhampton last March wearing a tool belt containing five kitchen knives and a makeshift shield.
Millington then chased security guard Andrew Osbourne, who he lived close to as a youngster and reportedly has a 30-year grudge against, through the store before being tackled to the ground by brave manager Michael Walsh.
Nothing about fifty years of therapy won't cure, am I right?
This series of self portraits by Japanese photographer Mariko Sakaguchi finds her bathing in some most unusual, and quite awkward, places such as: a restaurant, cluttered apartments, a deserted concert hall and a crowded classroom.
This photo series is decidedly Japanese, right down to the fact that the people around her are too polite to react to her presence, and I think the photos not only say a lot about Japanese culture, they also show how easy it is to juxtapose social awkwardness into normally mundane situations by adding even the hint of skin to the scene.
I would love to see her do a series which revolves around her taking a bath on various modes of public transportation-subway trains, crowded school buses, in the back of a limo. Time to take the awkwardness on the road Mariko!
I've been a fan of Wes Anderson's movies ever since Rushmore brought his simplistically surreal form of storytelling, and endearing characters, to life on the big screen.
In his latest film Moonrise Kingdom he brings another cast of quirky yet relatable characters to the stage, and my heart swells just thinking about the strange situations these characters are about to find themselves in, and the hilarious moments which will be replaying over and over again in my head as I leave the theater.
This time-lapse GIF shows a portrait piece being created by artist Tom Deininger, who specializes in making amazing sculptural works of art out of found junk and garbage.
The use of found objects gives each piece a unique color scheme, and the elements that make up each piece are recognizable, as if the pieces may be lurking around in your trash bin somewhere, waiting to be released. His use of objects as texture also brings the subjects to life with their own power and personality, and they're all eco-friendly to boot!
Tom has been featured on Neatorama before (link), and in the time since he has created a ton of new artworks, which are now featured on his website. Take a look, and see if you find Tom's trashy artworks a-peeling. *wink*
These VHS tape inspired notebooks ooze retro charm, and will probably get shoved into the nearest VCR by a curious senior citizen if you're not careful.
Created by Peleg Design, they even come with a plastic slipcover and adhesive labels, to complete the old school cool. Label them as something sick like Faces Of Death or Snuff Film and you have a journal even your nosiest family members won't want to crack open.
The good folks over at Comics Alliance have put together a gallery of unusual retro video game covers, and I've gotta say most of them are hilarious, because I think they sound like a ridiculous concept, yet I am strangely compelled to find and download the ROMs so I can play these crazy games!
From Ninja Golf to Skateboard Joust, these games were probably left on the shelf for the most part, and now we can look back with a laugh and ask ourselves "What were they thinking when they made these games?"
My only meh is the fact that Renegade and Two Crude Dudes are on the list, because I played the hell outta these games as a youngster, and still have fond memories of them both in the arcade and on the old consoles. Do any of these video game covers bring back fond memories of your childhood?
If you're fed up with simply eating celery, then why not take a note from this guy's playbook and turn it into a musical instrument!
Watch as he sticks a custom made celery flute up his nose, then plays some sweet tunes for your enjoyment, tunes that can only be played via vegetable, or recorder, or any other toy flute ever made.
But hey, he's obviously after style points with this one, and I'm sure he'll get invited to lots of dinner parties once everyone sees his amazing talent.
Thankfully, he doesn't eat his instrument when he's finished playing. And, if you thought the celery flute was the extent of his power over vegetables, check out his other YouTube videos and be amazed at his homegrown musical skills!
Retro gaming enthusiasts will remember the big bald baddie known as Abobo from his appearance in the Double Dragon games from the 80s and 90s. He's large, moustachioed, packs a mean punch, and now stars in his own online game, which is really fun and totally free to play!
So hit the link, and get ready to game like the good old days, in Abobo's Big Adventure!
A while back I posted an article about a urinal which doubles as a video game, and this invention was actually well received, even though I still don't understand the allure.
But this concept design for an e-Urinal really makes sense to me--a unit which is able to scan your urine and report possible health issues to you while you wait. And, while this particular model may still be in the conceptual stage of development, I can see this kind of thing catching on and changing the way our health issues are diagnosed.
Let's just hope you don't have to show proof of health insurance in order to use this urinal, or I predict a lot of wet floors surrounding these things!
The future of portable gaming looks pretty sweet, thanks to Razer's newest innovation Project Fiona, which looks like a tablet but has a gaming PC worth of power under the hood.
With Intel's Core i7 processors, both game controllers and a touch screen, and no issues with compatibility when running PC games (it will come with Windows 8 installed), this isn't just a tablet-it's a way to take your favorite PC games with you wherever you go, and have them look as good as they do on your monitor at home.
Now, the fact that the projected launch price is "under $1,000" may make this unit too pricey for all but the wealthiest and most diehard gamers, but to me it's all about what this unit represents-the future of portable gaming, and it's looking good!
It doesn't take a lot of talent or imagination to come up with a new cocktail, especially if you like to sip on the strong stuff on a regular basis. Drinkers know what tastes good, what goes well together, and how to make your drink turn a pretty color in the glass, all without ever needing to crack open a Bartender's Bible.
These recipes aren't going to win any awards for being the most creative concoctions, but that's not the point-the point is they are all based on geek culture, and actually apply quite well to the characters from which they draw inspiration.
So, let the Drunken Moogle pour you a delicious sounding Dirt Block (Minecraft), or blow fireballs with a Charizard (Pokemon), all while drinking in moderation, of course.
It seems like every movie trailer with any trace of geek interest gets sweded by fans then put on YouTube, so why should the trailer for the upcoming Peter Jackson film The Hobbit be left out?
Although this isn't a traditional swede, and the filmmakers from MonkeyTheater take some liberties with the lines, it's still hilarious and entertaining to watch. My fav scene-when Bilbo is introduced to the dwarves. Haha, classic!