Crafting: This is so 90’s Dudes!

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I had this leftover solar cell powered wagging thing that my dad gave to me from his store. It wagged a sign from side to side and when he wanted to get rid of it I snagged it 5+ years ago. I always envisioned myself adding an arm or something (move your arm from side to side, come on, get on the show, do the Mario!) and had envisioned a Mario arm, Wario arm or maybe even one of Ash Ketchum holding a Poké Ball. I also thought of adding a wagging floating head but gave up on that concept early, it had to be a hand!

Being in a SEGA phase at the moment I decided to add a waving 90’s arm holding a Genesis/ Mega Drive controller. I tried to draw it as 90’s as possible (think 90’s Nickelodeon and Beavis and Butthead) and I knew it had to have a bandaid and lots of imperfections. This image doesn’t make it justice because of the glare and such, and the fact that I can’t add a video on here without a hassle (the last one of the flickering TV screen caused by using an NES AC Adapter on a Sega Mega Drive was a hassle to upload) so this will have to do.

Crafting: Custom DS Boxes. Again!!

“Seriously, what’s wrong with this guy, all he ever does is showing all those custom DS boxes he makes, what’s with that?”

‘Cause they’re AWESOME. That’s why! And this time I finished 13 of them, leaving 7 empty cases to fill up. And this time I have a neat little trick to show you! They say necessity is the mother of invention… nay, I say. NAY!!

LAZINESS is the mother of invention! CONVENIENCE or FEAR even!! Let’s explain this to you with an example of mine.

2015-12-17 15.13.24Earlier they told you to use hobby knives, cardboard cutters or an electric angled saw, but all of those can cut your fingers up. Knives and blades take strength and patience when you cut through those plastic tabs too. This looks risky, right? Well, don’t fret! Here’s the perfect solution for you!

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This little bugger is all you need to easily remove those tabs! Just get a firm hold and twist those tabs clean off! If there’s anything left you can use those knives to shave off  what little imperfection and bump that might be left. This takes half the time needed and gives the same result with less risk of cutting your fingers.

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My Messi workspace (pun intended)

 

Alright, I wanted a case for this bootleg Game Boy cart, 82 in 1,  that I got in Spain for more than 10 years ago. I chose this one amongst the stack of bootlegs they had, and it turns out I did good. The glossy box was thrown away a long time ago though. The cart doesn’t contain 82 games at all, but rather about 10 or so with alternating titles, and even though you can use it on the GBC and GBA it’s full of original GB titles. You get to play Othello (which isn’t an awesome RPG as they want to lead you to believe on the cover, but rather the game with the same name), Castlevania Adventure, Spiderman 2, Bugs Bunny’s Crazy Castle, Tetris, Battletanks and Bomb Jack to just name a few. A solid selection of games, and Tetris works with Link Cable support too! 2015-12-17 15.12.54

Here’s the cart itself. But I wanted the cover to be different! Unique!! So this below is what we got. If I make a cover by scratch I add symbols and such but leave the barcodes be. In this one I went to great length to remove the “Original” and “Official” texts on the Nintendo Seal and the Game Boy Game Pak Seal. Hah! That was amusing to me.

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I decided against better judgement to make a cover for Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway for the Game Boy Advance. The game is pretty much crud and a blatant Mario Kart Super Circuit knockoff with half the framerate. Stay away! For me it’s worth to own as a novelty item and to show off to people who can’t believe this kind of game was made in the ’00’s…

So I took the opportunity to mock the game! The blurb is authentic and all, but the rest of the text, layout and images are custom made by yours truly.2015-12-17 15.12.15

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T’was a good day, sirs and madams! A good day indeed!

Sonic & Tails – Pixel Bricks!

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I got these tiny Pixel Bricks (mini-Lego, but not officially) from my brother last birthday. I assembled them a while ago, but since my finger’s been dislocated (the right dominant F-U finger, or the proximal interphalangeal joint of digit III of the right hand) I haven’t been able to update much at all. Since then I’ve become proficient in writing with the index finger of the right hand and also flip people off with the left hand, so everything has been working out well. These very delicate Pixel Bricks were assembled before this accident, mind you, and all ten fingers were needed as the pieces did tend to get wrecked whenever I held to them too hard.

Each one took me about an hour or so, Tails being a bit trickier because of his tails and I’m actually not sure if I attached them exactly as instructed, but I’m not spatially gifted enough to see the difference which in this case is a blessing. I didn’t want to disassemble all of my work with great effort and reassemble everything so I just went with this. It was a very rewarding experience, and I was able to watch the first 2-3 episodes of Myth Busters to this task. While Sonic had many more pieces to assemble Tails showed to be trickier because of his design.

A note about the first episodes though… They showed waaaay to much of the process of how they’d acquire the material needed to conduct their experiments, which was such a bore to watch. I get it, it was much bigger of a deal when they were new on air and not as well known, but it felt like watching how, let’s say, Bruce Wayne is struggling to find his car keys on his way to a gala or something. That’s no fun at all. But since I had this crafting to do, that became bearable to watch, so 10 points to Pixel Bricks.2015-10-13 21.02.56

Aren’t they pretty? Gives me such pleasure and joy watching these pixelated beings. Thank you, dear brother! These are AWESOME!!

Video Game Crafting: Watch Me!

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I opened up a 2 Euro watch and added a Nintendo Seal of Quality sticker as the background, and then I crudely marked the hours. It looks crude, but this is the best I could do with the tools I had (none, that is). I’m hoping to create my own custom video game- themed clocks, and I’ve done a few with discs as bases and even another World Map themed one on the base of a plastic stand for my wife before, so I have some experience at the least. I’ll have to design them in the computer first though, but I’ll be sure to show them off to you when they-re done. I really, really hope they turn out better than this one though!

Video Game Crafting: The Infinite Race Around The Hat

Super Mario Kart It’s done! Thank you Emily King for the idea! I wanted to add some kind of bond for the hat on top of the custom Game Boy stand that I’d made, and I got the suggestion to make one with a Super Mario Kart theme (which is an awesome suggestion by the way). What took time was settling on the design and then to actually print it. The circumference was larger than the average A4 sheet, so I had to print an extra black strip and Blu-Tack them together. Enjoy the results below! I know I sure am.

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As you can see I found a Wario sprite, even though he’s not in the game. That just shows how much of a Wario fan I am!

I also changed the SCART cable labels into something tidier. I printed new labels with my Dymo Label Maker using plastic paper:2015-06-01 13.31.06

New Categories

I know how much you visit this page and that you desperately need to browse better amongst the content, because there just are that many good posts. I thought I’d write a few lines before I upload the next great post.

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Some of the Categories were added quite some time ago, but I thought I’d present them so that new and old readers alike can find what they want to read about, since there are more than 400 posts to read (some that I am very content about, and some I think are only decent at best).

I’ve added the following under the Video Games menu:

Modding and Crafting:

Here you can find both video game mods and crafting, and since both are popular in their own right I added a subcategory for them. There are posts about other peoples work and also a few of my own.

Video Games in Media:

This is basically where you can find images and video clips of video games in movies, amongst others, and sometimes even in magazines and such.

Video Game Ads:

Both retro and contemporary ads printed on paper or presented in video are posted in this category. There are also some of my interpretations of weird ads too.


Until next time!

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Video Game Craftin’

I’ve been at it again!

You remember that old cigarillo stand that I turned into a Game Boy Game Pak stand? The stickers were too big (even though I did input the correct measurements the nline software messed up badly and they arrived oversized) so I printed out my own stickers (in colour!!) and put them on instead of the old ones. Surprisingly, the old ones were easy to remove. Gameboy Stand

These new ones aren’t glossy but it works well with the design, in my opinion. The only thing left is adding a Mario sign on the hat, or something more clever than that. It looks empty to me. Do you have any good ideas?

Then I added some stickers to my newer games. The kind of sticky printer paper I have curls up pretty quickly so I’ve had to add some tape on the labels to keep them in place. So far it looks pretty nice, and I’ve had no troubles with the new method. Though I’ll say, finding good versions of Nintendo 64 video game logos isn’t the easiest thing, and that’s why Dark Rift doesn’t look to sexy down there to the left. At least I can browse the games well, I just have to look for something borderline ineligible if I want to play that game.

N64 LabelsAnd that’s all for today! See you soon!