At #CES2018, ‘Retron’-maker Hyperkin showed off its Game Boy Clone System

With the influx of cloned retro systems (standard-sized and micro-sized), this has become a great way to experience — for the first time ever or in a while — older games on newer hardware.  Via a report from Gizmodo, Hyperkin, the makers of the Retron 5, unveiled their clone system to the popular Nintendo Game Boy, temporarily called the “Ultra Game Boy”; that will DEFINITELY be renamed for trademark and copyright reasons (because DUH). However, that codename is a great description of Hyperkin’s hardware, which aims to improve on Nintendo’s original Game Boy in many ways that won’t impede on the system’s classic gameplay. In yet, they DID release their take on the original Xbox’s “Duke” controller because REASONS…
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How Does A Design Firm Build a 1,000-Square-Meter Building in Only a Few Months?

SUMMARY studio answered that question by unveiling its mostly-prefabricated concrete modular building system, after showing its Gomos#1 prototype and and displaying their method at the exhibition at the Venice Biennale. The project, located along a nation road in Vale de Cambra, Portugal, consists of several housing units and multi-functional service spaces, and the client’s demands were: fast, economical, and modifiable-over-time (depending on need) construction. This is based on the Gomos System, which is comprised of  a series of singular reinforced prefabricated concrete modules (gomos) that simply join together, providing a fully livable living space in moments. Continue reading “How Does A Design Firm Build a 1,000-Square-Meter Building in Only a Few Months?”

The Sega Dreamcast – Doc’D #67

In this video game-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the stories behind the rise, the fall, and the lasting legacy of the Sega’s final video game console, the Sega Dreamcast.

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HEY! This Bizarre Gunshot-Plugging Thing-a-Majig Just Saved Someone’s Life!

The XSTAT Rapid Hemostasis System. (Image: RevMedx Inc.)

This is the XSTAT Rapid Hemostasis System, an innovative sponge-filled dressing hemostatic device developed by RevMedx Inc., which  works by pumping expandable, tablet-sized sponges into a wound, stanching bleeding while a patient is rushed to hospital.  Recently, the XSTAT was used to save the life of a coalition forces soldier who was shot in the leg, and it’s the first documented clinical use of the product, originally approved for military use back in 2014.  Also, late last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved XSTAT for use in the general population. Continue reading “HEY! This Bizarre Gunshot-Plugging Thing-a-Majig Just Saved Someone’s Life!”

Who Wants These Glass Walls That Slide Around Corners to Disappear From View? ME!!!

Window and door manufacturer Vitrocsa seems to have literally turned a corner (heh-heh-heh) with the concept of vanishing glass walls with its “Turnable” system. As demonstrated in the video above, the “Turnable” system turns the concept of your ordinary sliding door on its head by enabling the panels to actually TURN CORNERS. In other words, the glass panels can be hidden within the nearest solid wall. Vitrocsa’s website explains that the system was “developed to optimize space by completely removing panels from view,” as each panel can slide independently of each other and when moved out of the way can be completely hidden either along or pocketed within a side wall. These panels can freely slide around any number of corners allowing a design opportunity in creating opportunities of optimum exterior views. Continue reading “Who Wants These Glass Walls That Slide Around Corners to Disappear From View? ME!!!”

A Moment of Silence for this Gamer’s PSP…

A Dignified Death For A Beloved Gaming System

What would you do when a video game console you have cherished memories of bit the dust? Throw to away? Harvest it for spare parts? Donate or sell it for said use of spare parts? Well, when Redditor tommyboy601’s PSP encountered an incident involving a contained explosion of the system’s internal battery, he decided his time with the Sony portable was at an end, so he created a fitting memorial to an old friend.

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Get Your Own Sega Pluto Console (Not Really)!

Heh-heh-heh; fooled you, didn’t I PCWzrd13? HA-HA-HA. #ShoutOut

Anyway, during the lifetime of the Sega Saturn (between 1995 to 1999), Sega was creating a new and updated Saturn console with a built-in NetLink modem nicknamed “Pluto.” This was done because, well, you know, Sega couldn’t help themselves NOT to release and support YET ANOTHER gaming console — and this gripe is coming from a Sega fanboy, mind you. Well, it’s been rumored that only two Pluto system are in the wild, and one of them is up for auction at GameGavel courtesy of user kidvid666, who says that he purchased the Pluto for $1 at a garage sale about five years ago.   Continue reading “Get Your Own Sega Pluto Console (Not Really)!”

Capcom to release 10-disc Mega Man soundtrack collection in an E-Tank; Not Available in the US

With everyone’s favorite blue bomber Mega Man turning a quarter-century old (or “25” for the mathematically deficient) this year, video game publisher Capcom has decided to celebrate by compiling the music from the series’ 10 main games into a single collection.  On September 19th, the collection will be available for ¥14,700 (or $183.56), but unfortunately won’t be available in the United States, so you’ll have to venture into the wilds that is the completely Japanese online shop, E-Capcom (or just use Google Translate).  Darn, first Capcom takes away Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3, and now I’ll have to import this or learn Japanese. Woe is me….well, except for learning Japanese…that would be awesome.   Continue reading “Capcom to release 10-disc Mega Man soundtrack collection in an E-Tank; Not Available in the US”

Kirby’s 20th Anniversary Compilation revealed for Japan; U.S. soon? YES, PLEASE!

Nintendo recently released information about the release of Kirby’s 20th Anniversary Compilation (which now is Japan-only, but is likely to be localized for North America and Europe).  I absolutely love the Kirby video games; not as much as Sonic the Hedgehog, but still the games are very fun and I have yet to play a bad Kirby game.  The key thing is that since the original Kirby’s Dream Land on the old-school Nintendo Game Boy and up to the most recent Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, the gameplay is simple and has been relatively unchanged (save for Kirby’s Tilt ‘n’ Tumble on Game Boy Color — using tilt controls–, Kirby’s Air Ride on Gamecube–a racing game–, Kirby’s Epic Yarn on Wii –inhaling is replaced by yarn– and Kirby’s Canvas Curse & Mass Attack on DS –controls similarly to Line Rider and an RTS-ish action game).   Continue reading “Kirby’s 20th Anniversary Compilation revealed for Japan; U.S. soon? YES, PLEASE!”

PBS Examines the Aesthetics and Culture of 8-Bit Art

Practically anyone who grew up in the 1980’s and early 1990’s *ahem* has some sort of relationship to, and/or memory of 8-bit gaming, whether it was because of the popular Nintendo Entertainment System, or the not-as-popular but still fun Sega Master System. Recently, PBS took a look into the distinct style of 8-bit in their latest video from their Off Book series.  The Evolution of 8-Bit Art gives viewers a look into the genre, including interviews with artists discussing their inspiration, motivation and challenges of working within the medium’s restrictions.  Continue reading “PBS Examines the Aesthetics and Culture of 8-Bit Art”