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Switched's Comprehensive Guide to Video Game Emulators

The video game emulator -- the bit of software that allows nostalgic button-mashers to mount an NES on their PCs in order to relive halcyon "HADOUKEN!" days -- is one of the most misunderstood elements of modern computing. But we're here to tell you exactly what they are, how they work, and even offer a comprehensive directory of the best ones for your favorite platform. Read on for our...

DrunkenNES Breathalyzer Combines Safe Driving and 8-Bit Gaming

Here's something you probably never thought you'd see: an NES hacked to run a homebrew breathalyzer test. Pick up the 'DrunkenNES' cartridge and blow into it (like you used to when those fickle games wouldn't run), and watch as an 8-bit crash test dummy calculates just how tanked you are....

'The Great Gatsby' Gets 8-Bit Platformer Treatment

This "garage sale find" (yeah, right...) game, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic, is a blast. You take control of Nick Carraway as he hurls his hat at waiters, drunks and gangsters in a quest to track down Gatsby. The game is short, sweet and simple, and filled with NES-style cut scenes that tell the story in a way that should be familiar to anyone who has played an 8-bit RPG. We...

NES Launched 25 Years Ago in New York, 'Portal' Ported to 'Minecraft'

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. On October 18th, 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System debuted in New York with a marketing campaign focused on the 8-bit system's Zapper and R.O.B. (robot operating buddy) peripherals. [From: Wired] Minecraft player copyboy, has ported the 'Portal' gameplay experience,...

NES Coffee Table Silences Mid-Century Crowd, Bieber's Twitter Servers

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Flickr user mattcyborgelt's retro NES coffee table is fully functional, and comes equipped with power plugs for charging other gadgets. In case you weren't drooling...

Shocking 'Mario Eye' Enables Hands-Free High-Voltage NES Action

'Super Mario' mods and DIY 'Mario' projects serve as an infinite source of entertainment. No matter how incredible those frequent creations may be, though, they haven't, until now, required "could result in pain, serious injury or death" advisories (which automatically let you know that something is awesome). A crew of nerds from Waterloo Labs has devised a hands-free method of maneuvering...

'The Social Network' Gets a 60-Second TV Spot, NES Cartridge Wedding Invites

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. David Fincher's 'The Social Network' gets a full moody, 60-second TV spot, complete with a Kanye West score, champagne spraying and laptops a-smashing. [From:...

Wooden NES Probably Won't Play 'Zelda,' iPhone 4 Saga Gets Animated

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. The classic NES console gets the wooden sculpture treatment. [From: Technabob] The Web's favorite Taiwanese news source has animated the iPhone 4 saga, from the...

eBay User Sells Original NES for $50k, but Buyer Reneges (Seller Drops to $35k)

As far we understand it, an object goes through five rough stages in its lengthy lifetime. First, it's shiny and new, sitting on a store shelf. Then, it's just junk. A little later, it's vintage, then antique, and -- finally -- an invaluable link to another time. Typically, it seems, it takes quite a while to get from Stage 1 to Stage 5. (We're hoping that rusted-out '83 Mustang in our yard will...

I.B.M.'s Jeopardy-Playing Watson Profiled, Optimize Your Outdoor Audio

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Watson, I.B.M.'s Jeopardy-playing supercomputer, gets profiled in the New York Times Magazine. See how you fare against a chunk of silicon that can understand...

Stop-Motion Video Game Battle: Who Will We Crown the Victor?

It's Memorial Day Weekend, so how about a little stop-motion video game battle? We don't want you to have to think too hard while you're drinking yourself into the emergency room (in honor of the men and women who have died in service to our country, of course). So, we submit to you two amateur videos that have recently hit the Interwebs for a little compare/contrast debate. Check out the vids...

Secrets to YouTube's Success, 'Attack of the Clones' Gets Reviewed

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Wired examines YouTube's incredible popularity, and finds 5 secrets behind the video sharing site's success. [From: Wired] 'The Phantom Menace' reviewer is back...

Illustrating with Google Maps, iPad Pre-Sale Starts Tomorrow

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Illustrator Christopher Niemann, uses imagery from Google Maps as a medium to illustrate life lessons, the stock market, and Casablanca. [NYTimes, via: Urlesque] ...

Old NES Game Found in Basement Sells For $41,300 on eBay

After reading about the $13K goldmine a mother found while cleaning the basement, a man known only as Dave from Kansas embarked upon his own 8-bit treasure hunt. According to Yahoo! Games, Dave found what he was looking for: 'Stadium Events,' a simple track-and-field game from Bandai that Nintendo recalled in 1988. Collectors suspect only about 20 copies remain today, and Dave posted his copy of...

Mom Cleans Out Closet on eBay, Stumbles Upon $13k Gaming Goldmine

Share When Gary "What You Talkin' 'Bout" Coleman pawned his Nintendo Gamecube gear on eBay, many folks expressed dismay when someone actually purchased the pile of obsolescence for the shocking price of $510. That sum pales in comparison, though, to a recent bid that will undoubtedly send 30-somethings scrambling to their attics and basements in search of forgotten gaming loot. According to...