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This Is What Tinder Would Have Looked Like In The 1980s

Swipe left? What do you mean “swipe”? How’s about pressing the left arrow key to painstakingly move a pixelated image of a man with a jean jacket to the recycling bin! Then just wait, wait, wait, and try again. Everyone’s dream partner is out there somewhere, and if no one calls the landline, maybe just maybe you’ll find them!


There's A Modern TV Hidden Inside This Classic 1950s Philco Predicta

There’s nothing quite as retro-futuristic as the Philco Predicta television from the late 1950s. That bubbly, detached picture tube. The metal frame. It’s gorgeous. Unfortunately, the iconic TV set is also notoriously unreliable — and what good is a broken Predicta TV? Well, it turns out it makes a pretty bitchin’ monitor frame.


How Do 'Futuristic' Concept Cars From The '70s And '80s Hold Up Today?

I’m sure we’ll look back in 20 years at the designs of today’s most advanced vehicles and have a chuckle at how strange they are. Or maybe not. Just because we consider something “retro” doesn’t mean it’s suddenly terrible a few decades later and this is very much the case with some concept cars of the 1970s and ’80s.


You'll Waste Hours Watching The Time Tick By On This Nixie Tube Clock

Though the technology is ludicrously outdated, Nixie tubes have actually remained a popular alternative to LEDs and LCD displays — at least in devices where function follows form. So it’s no surprise that MB&F, known for its over-the-top watches and music boxes, has embraced them on its new Nixie Machine clock that people won’t be staring at just to read the time.


Bud Light Built A Human-Sized Pac-Man Maze For Its Super Bowl Ad

Say what you will about the actual beer, but Bud Light has made some pretty memorable Super Bowl commercials over the years. And for this year’s big game they have made the dream of child of the 1980s come true by building a human-sized version of Pac-Man that even has challengers battling giant glowing ghosts while desperately hunting for cherries.


A Retro Rug That Only Battles Dirty Shoes, Not Invaders From Space

If it’s important for your grown-up home to reflect everything you loved about your childhood, you probably have already discovered that Etsy is a wonderland of nostalgia. And if your fingers still show the scars of years placing Space Invaders at your local arcade, you’re sure to want to snatch up these hand-made invading alien rugs.


This Fake Famicom Controller Does Everything But Play Video Games

Despite their games being incredibly outdated by today’s standards, anyone who grew up in the ’80s has a perpetual soft spot for their first video game console, which, depending on where you’re from, is either Nintendo’s NES or Famicom. So while this card-reading portable charger from Datel isn’t particularly outstanding when it comes to features, it doesn’t matter, because we’re all going to buy one anyways since it’s shaped like a classic Nintendo Famicom controller.


An Incredible High-Res Gallery Of All The Original Star Wars Toys

Toys: As a global phenomenon, Star Wars is as much about the toys as it is about the movies themselves. It was the first film franchise to really capitalise on its merchandising potential, and over on The Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker you’ll find an amazing high-res collection of all the original product shots from Kenner’s 1977 to 1985 Star Wars toy line. Prepare to get lost in nostalgia.


This Retro Watch Has A Simple Solution To Battery Life For Wearables

The miniaturisation of technology has hit a bit of a wall as of late, thanks to the limitations of batteries. Smartwatches could easily be packed with even more functionality, but who wants to have to charge it multiple times a day? John De Cristofaro’s retro-looking ChronodeVFD watch has the solution with swappable AA batteries.


Wrap Your Walls In A Glorious Tribute To Classic Cartridge Gaming

Nintendo has stuck with plastic cartridges for its portable gaming machines, but every other console you can buy today left them behind years ago. Which is too bad, because there was a certain charm to swapping those old seemingly indestructible game carts. And if you’re feeling nostalgic for them, you can now deck out your home with this wallpaper homage to those far-from-forgotten cartridges from your childhood.