The Evolution Of Video Game Controllers In 16 Cool Photos

Javier Laspiur made this series of pictures showing the evolution of video game controllers throughout history. I played with most of these, even the 1983 Teletenis, and it feels like it was yesterday. It’s been quite a journey that’s not over yet. I can’t wait to see what the future of video games will bring next.


Where's The Straight Line Piece For These Tetris Tater Tots?!

Anyone who’s spent any amount of time playing Tetris knows how vital the straight line pieces are. And that’s why it seems almost absurd that Monarch decided to omit them from its new Tetris-shaped Totris tater tots. In a pinch you could probably use a french fry, but it’s just not the same.


Master Mobile Gaming With This Upgraded Bluetooth NES Controller

Touchscreens are fine for solving puzzles and flinging birds, but for action-based mobile games nothing will ever beat a physical controller in hand. The makers of the FC30, a Bluetooth controller that paid homage to the original Nintendo Famicom, are back with a new and improved wireless gamepad that now hearkens back to the NES.


Pong Was Never Intended For Public Release

Today I found out “Pong” was originally meant only as a training exercise for a new gaming developer at Atari, Allan Alcorn, and wasn’t intended to be released as a consumer product.


Honest Trailers Renamed Every Single Original Pokemon In This Hilarious Video

Video: When you think about it, Pokemon is kind of screwed up. You’re a kid who wanders out into the big wide world to capture animals, force them to fight and keep them in tiny, sub-standard living conditions. You also walk around in the forest alone, talk to strangers, gamble and always end up in the hospital. At least that’s what Honest Trailers thinks about the legendary catch-em-all simulator. That’s not the best thing about this video, though: the best part is how every single Pokemon can be renamed hilariously.


Valve's Crazy Steam Controller Is One Step Closer To Being Normal

When Valve first announced its controller for the Steambox, it was a weird little dude with strange, small buttons and a touchscreen. And, for as weird as it was, it was kind of great. Then it lost the touchscreen for standard buttons and a D-pad. And now it’s getting a thumbstick.


8-Bit Game Version Of The Avengers Would Be So Much Fun To Play

Video: I don’t know which Avengers character I would love playing the most in this game. Would it be Iron Man so I get to use his crazy arse suit? Thor, for his long locks and hammer? Captain America’s super shield? Ah, who am I kidding, it’d definitely be The Hulk.


I Shot Targets With The Oculus Rift's Coolest New Virtual Gun

If you have even a passing relationship with video games, you’ve probably picked up a gun controller. It’s a gimmick, sure, but it’s a great one. And thanks to the Oculus Rift and Trinity VR’s Magnum, it’s about to get even cooler.


Some Really Crazy People Made The Entire Star Wars Movie In Minecraft

Video: After three years in the making, the Minecraft version of Star Wars: A New Hope is almost done. According to the fans making the movie, the individual sets alone took six months to build — “no mods have been used, just custom textures and art.” Here’s their version of the original movie trailer, released in 1977:


LeapFrog LeapTV: A Wii-Plus-Kinect Mashup For Kids

Video games aren’t always suitable for young kids — some decidedly so. But try explaining to a five-year-old why the Xbox is a grownup device and you’ll end up in an endless spiral of “but why?” LeapFrog’s new LeapTV aims to change that, with a gaming console built just for kids age three to eight.