The 10 Greatest Pinball Machines of All Time

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 5:00 am


Throughout my youth, I played video games rather voraciously. I was, as a friend dubbed me, a Nintend-whore. If it was released by Nintendo between the years of 1985 and 1995, I either begged my parents for it, worked my butt off mowing lawns to afford it, or merely coveted it with every shred of my soul. To this day, there are over a dozen NES games I can defeat through sense memory alone. Despite that, however, I cannot describe myself as a "gamer." This is because, sometime around 1997 (about the time side-scrolling video games gave way to the more elaborate 3-D type), I checked out of video games altogether. To this day, I have been baffled and overwhelmed by newer video games, finding them far too elaborate, too involved, and too expensive to get into. I don't have 100 hours to devote to a Halo game. My patience wears thin if a game is more complicated than, say, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

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Weekend Open Thread: Pac-Man for President!

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm

via tOkKie-Pokie ..puddin' n pie..

Pac-Man turns 35 today, which makes him finally eligible to run for soon as he shows us the birth certificate!

Now, let's see how these new comments hold up to open thread-ness. Monday is a holiday, so we'll see you back on a full schedule Tuesday.

This Super Mario Bros.-Themed Amiibo Display Base Is Just Perfect

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm


On the offchance that you have actually been able to find enough Amiibo to put in a display, this is the way to do it. BD&A, a company known for third-party game controllers, have recreated the end-of-level scene from Super Mario Bros., and with its staggered blocks, it's able to showcase the figures quite nicely. At a $30 preorder on Amazon, it's also a lot easier to get your hands on.

Side note: isn't it lucky that Mario doesn't have a relative named Bo? "It's-a me, Bo!" would get very confusing, very quickly.

h/t Adam Pawlus

Pixels Trailer 2: More Sandler, Less Interest

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:44 am


Is it just me, or does the idea of Adam Sandler and Kevin James serving as avatars for '80s nerddom feel totally wrong? Like, I get that they might have been picked on and played video games, but for the past 20 years their material has played to the crowd that would likely have been the ones to beat them up back in school.

Peter Dinklage in a mullet with big gun, I can dig. But the more I see of this, the less I feel good about it. And yes, I know Futurama did it first.

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First-Person Cat Simulator Game Catlateral Damage Debuts Full Version

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 10:13 am


This game, in its simple browser-playable form, first crossed my radar in January of last year. It was a fun distraction - sort of like EVERYTHING is to a cat - but anyone with a mother-in-law like mine could have told you it wasn't going to meet the demand crazy cat people have for more stuff that caters to them.

Just knocking shit off shelves? Insufficient! Now you can choose your cat, get power-ups, and do some real damage in places like a museum and supermarket. Unlike in real life, where people call you terrible names, you will never get punished because you are too cute.

I don't see any level where you scream at your owner incessantly for attention while he's trying to type up an article on deadline, and then run away when he tries to pet you in response, but that would make a great bonus. Check below for the unique press release...and the trailer, which features a shirtless fat orange dude wielding a hammer. I'm not kidding.

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Here's Ogrim the Orc in an Official Warcraft Movie Still

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 8:43 am

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It comes to us via Wired, which also has a publicity image of the character out of the movie's context.

He's browner than I anticipated, but I guess it really is not easy being green.

h/t Superherohype

Kotobukiya, Fine Purveyor of Statues, Finally Does Action Figures - Halo!

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm


I don't know how many times I've looked at a Kotobukiya statue and wished it were an articulated figure, but it was clearly the right number of times to make my wish come true. In their new Halo line of ARTFX+ statues (yes, they still call them that), all the armor pieces are removable and customizable over a body with what Koto calls "limited articulation," but brother, I lived through the '90s and I know "limited articulation" - that's what you call a McFarlane preposed figure that can move one arm and its neck. This body, as demonstrates, has TEN points of articulation, some of which even look like ball joints.

The figures stand 8.5 inches tall, so they aren't in scale with most poseable figures you're likely to own. But if Koto keeps this up across its other licenses, they won't need to be.

Score Some Free Groupees Game Bundle Codes From Us!

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 1:22 pm


The Bundle is 7 games, including: Woolfe, Dokuro, NaissanceE & more. You can check out the full lineup on Groupees.

Now, how do you get it for yourself?

I could make you come up with some crazy story about games, but instead, I'm going to make it easy: just follow Topless Robot on Facebook and Twitter. Throughout the day, I'll post URLs on those sites. First person to use the URL gets it. I will not post anything later than midnight 2 a.m. Pacific time.

Ready? First two are coming at'cha quite soon....

First Look at Lego Doctor Who...and Portal 2!

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 10:45 am


Via a leaked instruction set that Lego itself put online and then took down again, we get the first look at these brand-new licenses as they will be used in the Dimensions video game. I have to give Lego major props on keeping mum - we all knew Doctor Who was coming, but they kept Portal 2 a total secret (at least as far as I heard, or rather, didn't hear).

And just as we know there'll be at least one bigger Who set coming, I cannot imagine they shelled out for Portal rights to only do one minifig with accessories.

To see all the new characters for Dimensions - including two totally different Chris Pratts - check out the rest of the images at Brickset. (via Kotaku)

Comic-Con Exclusive Metal Gear Solid V White RAIDEN Statue by Gecco

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 6:00 am


I'm not familiar with Gecco Corp, but they just sent me a ton of pics of their new San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, to share with you.

In contrast to the familiar clean shiny black armor of MGRR RAIDEN, this exclusive white version tells the story of his fierce battles, highlighting his damaged armor. His usual weapons, the blades and scabbards, are changed to the giant rocket launcher on his back and the assault rifle in his right hand. The assault rifle can be displayed with or without the suppressor. The base features sandbags piled high and a fallen sign, representing a classic stage of the video game. The eye glows red with a mounted LED in the head. The effect of "Augment Mode" is added on the visor.
He'll sell for $195, which seems reasonable for a detailed 12" statue.

Check out more pictures highlighting his features below...

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