Netflix stuffs its Video Service into an NES cartridge, Because Why Not?

Netflix engineers' DarNES project

Netflix (you know, that thing you use to watch House of Cards) holds an event called Hack Days, which often showcases some wonderful and off-the-wall experiments and projects, but I think this latest project TOTALLY takes the cake, the whole cake, and NOTHING BUT the cake! Engineers Guy Cirino, Carenina Motion and Alex Wolfe have created DarNES, a hack that turns the original Nintendo Entertainment System into a Netflix playback machine. I’ll just let that soak in for a minute…..The retro-gaming console from the mid-1980s remains unchanged, as the true secret lies inside a special 256KB cartridge. While you probably don’t want to watch a blocky, 8-bit graphic marathon of Arrested Development or Orange is the New Black, it’s still pretty cool to know that you could if you really wanted to. Continue reading “Netflix stuffs its Video Service into an NES cartridge, Because Why Not?”

The Videogame History Museum is in Frisco, Texas?!? Yay!

I suppose it’s time for us gamers in South Texas to start making a pilgrimage to the Videogame History Museum.  What’s nice is that we won’t have to travel TOO far, but at this time most of its collection is in storage, and what we’ve been able to see concerning it was on cross-country tours at various gaming conferences and conventions. But in the near future, there will be a permanent public display, as the Frisco, Texas community board has approved a deal to give the Museum a 10,400 square foot location (roughly a bit larger than a baseball diamond) inside the city’s Discovery Center by this April, and then we retro gaming nerds can easily revisit some of the classic games and consoles that defined our childhood. Continue reading “The Videogame History Museum is in Frisco, Texas?!? Yay!”

Fun-Sized Portal Gun from ThinkGeek Won’t Drain Your Wallets

Remember when 5,000 original, limited-edition, life-sized replicas of the Portal gun from — well, Portal — were released from ThinkGeek this summer? You know, they were about $208 and the inventory cleared out almost immediately (like under 30 minutes)? Well, if you missed your shot and/or you’re looking for something more budget-friendly and (if you’re a space-saver) smaller, then ThinkGeek’s new $59.99 Miniature Replica Portal Gun may be hard to pass up.   Continue reading “Fun-Sized Portal Gun from ThinkGeek Won’t Drain Your Wallets”

Half-Life: Black Mesa is Not Half-Life 3, But It’s Just Fine With Me…

Black Mesa, the long-awaited (and also long-delayed) fan remake of  the classic game Half-Life utilizing the Source engine is now available FOR FREE!!  It is an amazing recreation of the original Half-Life game with updated graphics, sounds, and controls.   Continue reading “Half-Life: Black Mesa is Not Half-Life 3, But It’s Just Fine With Me…”

Indie Game: The Movie; a Movie of Indie Games…Get it?

Sure, we gamers enjoy the triple-A, million dollars games that big-name, big-time developers and publishers with large employee numbers churn out to us in retail stores every year.  However, how about the games that aren’t big budget titles, made by a small team of people (if not just one person), and don’t get the same mainstream attention?  Here’s a secret: some of those independently-developed video games are just as fun (if not MORE fun) than their big-budget counterparts.  For the real stories behind some the most recently acclaimed games of this type, look no further than the documentary, Indie Game: The Movie. Continue reading “Indie Game: The Movie; a Movie of Indie Games…Get it?”

Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Rehabs using Specially-Designed Videogames

Adrian Peterson, superstar running back for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, suffered a torn ACL injury in last December, near the end of the regular season. As part of Peterson’s rehab regiment, he played Wii Fit and other games that are specially designed to regain strength and balance.   Continue reading “Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Rehabs using Specially-Designed Videogames”

The Debut! – The PractitioNERD WIRed #1

Despite a faulty camera, a day of lost work, and computer issues, here is the debut episode of “The PractitioNERD Show.” After a brief introduction to myself and the blog, I’ll discuss : 1) Architecture ~Fundraiser to publish a book about London’s Art Deco architecture (http://goo.gl/d81G6) ~A beautiful Brazilian bungalow getaway house (http://goo.gl/PRiam) 2) Technology/Gadgets ~A CPU fan/heatsink combo (http://goo.gl/WPTV6) ~A DIY HDTV Antenna (http://goo.gl/z2IB4) … Continue reading The Debut! – The PractitioNERD WIRed #1

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Awesome Future-Father makes “The Legend of Zelda” Theme in Nursery

Coming off the heels of Father’s Day a little over a week ago, let’s continue to chronicle the efforts of awesome gaming fathers out there.  Above is the work of loving father-to-be Cole Bradburn, decided that The Legend of Zelda would be the nursery theme (particularly the art style from Wind Waker/Phantom Hourglass/Spirit Tracks). Teaming up with his buddy Wes — you remember, the other awesome father who created … Continue reading Awesome Future-Father makes “The Legend of Zelda” Theme in Nursery

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The ARTSLAM! 8-BIT ARCADE! (LEVEL 2) Show was a BLAST!

This past Saturday, March 31, I was able to attend the 8-BIT ARCADE! (LEVEL 2) event at the White Rabbit in San Antonio, hosted by ARTSLAM! San Antonio, and sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon and Montana.  The premise for the event is to bring back the memories of childhood from going to the arcade, spending quarters upon quarters of our allowance money (or cash from our parents), learning team-building strategies from classic arcade co-op games like “The Simpsons,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time,” or “X-Men” with friends and complete strangers.  Man, those were the days; too bad arcades (on a large scale) are pretty much dead in America (and NO, Dave & Busters does NOT count).

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Kinda Creepy FuncoLand Training Video…

Ah yes, FuncoLand; the precursor of the big-‘ol brick-and-mortar buy new/used and sell retail videogame stores.  I remember venturing FuncoLand numerous times back in the day, shopping for games for my Genesis, Game Gear, and Master System (yes, I was a SEGA kid; I even got the Game Gear TV tuner from there). Well, in subsequent years, as result of business decisions and some sort … Continue reading Kinda Creepy FuncoLand Training Video…

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