Bring your love for Tetris into your space with colorful cubes (almost) as fun as the game itself. With decor inspired by the addicting guilty pleasure, you can flip, flop, and fit these bright little shapes into the perfect space. Pillows, lamps, and even decals may not improve your score, but they will have you seeing bright colors with or without your Game Boy handy.
"The Starry Night," "The Scream," The Sims. No misreading here. The New York Museum of Modern Art just announced what so many of us already knew: video games are art! This week, MoMA revealed that it acquired 14 video games for its permanent collection, with the intention of adding a total of 40 works in the future.
In a blog post by the museum's senior curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, Paola Antonelli explains how the games are, of course, art, but they're also bastions of intelligent design. "Our criteria, therefore, emphasize not only the visual quality and aesthetic experience of each game, but also the many other aspects — from the elegance of the code to the design of the player's behavior — that pertain to interaction design."
So what games were deemed worthy of the museum's first round of acquisitions? The list starts with classics and continues to more recent hits: Pac-Man, Tetris, Another World, Myst, Sim City 2000, Vib-Ribbon, The Sims, Katamari Damacy, EVE Online, Dwarf Fortress, Portal, flOw, Passage, and Canabalt.
MoMA hopes to add more fan favorites like Pong and Super Mario Bros. over the next several years. While the museum has its criteria for selection, what would yours be? Which games do you think are worthy of a place among the white museum walls?
Looking for a last-minute gift for your cell phone Tetris-addicted sweetie? Leggings of her favorite game may be the winning score. Black Milk Clothing, the folks behind the R2-D2 bathing suit, introduced their latest geek-meets-chic daring design with the Retro Gamer Leggings ($80).
Granted these leggings have to travel across the world from Australia to North America, so they'll make a belated gift. Still, set up the anticipation for fabulous geek gear by sending this photo. We love the look but wonder if they're as great in action as they are perfectly styled on the website. Would you be excited to receive the Tetris leggings or are they a little too literal for your closet?
I don't know a single person that hasn't played a version of Tetris at some point in their lives, so today we're celebrating the 27th anniversary of the game with Tetris-themed goodies. I love the look of these little Falling Blocks Wall Decals ($25) for a work or kids' room. The Tetris Mug ($10) and themed ice cube trays would be a welcome addition to any geeky kitchen while the ceramic planters are something I'll be keeping on my wish list. Don the Tetris Stud Clusters ($75) in your ears and the Tetris Decal ($8) on your iPad, and for your real pad there's the movable Tetris Couch. Swoon.
I don't know if this Tetris Couch could top the amazingly stylish Pixel Couch, but it could definitely come close. Made to move and rearrange, the Tetris Couch was designed by Stefano Grasselli and could definitely find a home in any geek's living room. What do you think?
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
- This Tetris-inspired radiator gets hot, but it's oh so cool — Unplggd
- Auto Smiley software inserts a smiley when you're actually smiling — Switched
- Netflix Instant Streaming is now available on the Wii — Joystiq
- Revel in the retro-goodness of this Saved By The Bell mashup — Urlesque
- The universe is getting harder, better, faster, stronger — io9
- Peace out, Segway! I've got a Taurus now — LikeCool
- CS5's new magical Content-Aware tool — TechEBlog
- NYC getting free Wi-Fi thanks to Time Warner Cable — UberGizmo