Talk about retro gaming — this amazing animated short by Patrick Jean at One More Productions (a Paris-based visual effects company) envisions world domination by pixelated vintage video game characters like Pac-Man, Space Invader, and Donkey Kong. Not to mention Tetris taking over our skyscrapers! It's a two-minute video, but there's so much to look at — check it out after the jump
If it's your office or living room that gets all the geeky attention, and you're looking to expand your horizons, check out your kitchen. Is it geeked-out enough for you? If not, try a few of these geeky kitchen gadgets on for size.
Sometimes simple design is better than intricate, and that's why I'm loving these geeky lampshades! Simple and handmade, these shades are crafted from wire and fabric and feature a few geeky designs.
There's the Space Invaders theme at right and also shades featuring the Gmap location pin, shades featuring the F1 and F2 brightness keys on the Apple keyboard, and one featuring the RSS reader icon. Shades can be constructed either as tabletop fixtures or hanging lamps. At $70 each, they're a bit pricey, but I haven't seen anything similar, so if you love them, I say it's worth a splurge.
At $4.50 for one doubled-sided sheet, this is the kind of gift wrap that can only be used for those that truly appreciate this classic arcade video game. And why stop there? May I suggest a SI Sweater and fingerless SI gloves to go with?
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This is one pair of gloves I wouldn't call practical — but they're kind of cute. Though they won't keep your fingers warm in the Winter chill, the Snow Day Arcade Fingerless Gloves ($16) will keep your fingers free for texting and, presumably, video-game playing.
The gloves (hmm. . . can I call them gloves if they don't have fingers?) feature vintage video-game designs, like this Space Invaders-themed pair. They're cute, but are they cute enough to make up for cold fingers? What do you think?
It's pretty hard not to love a baby onesie — especially when there are so many irresistible geek designs to choose from. Well, if you've got a little one in your life that you love buying onesies for, this trio gift pack of Punk Rock Retro Onesies ($36) is as hip as they get. Within one gift box, you'll get a lime onesie with a ghetto blaster, a white one with headphones, and a black one with Space Invaders on the front. Sizes range from 3 to 18 months.
When it comes to video game motifs making the leap from screen to accessory, Space Invaders has everybody beat.
I guess it would be great for your most formal geeky events, right?
Norwegian band Röyksopp embrace vintage gaming in the video for their song "Happy Up Here" — it features scores of Space Invaders! The digital aliens and the very happy, fun song are enough to keep me playing the video over and over.