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The Tetris Effect: The Game that Hypnotized the World

By: on September 14, 2016
$14.94
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The Game that Hypnotized the World. I wholeheartedly agree with The Tetris Effect's selection of the word "hypnosis" to describe an activity that has claimed at least 5,840 hours of my life. To this day I still fall into a momentary trance whenever I hear something that sounds even remotely like this. And yes, dudes, that video really does continued for 10 hours. With the song on a constant loop. How long did you watch it for? More than 5 minutes? Then you'll definitely want a copy of The Tetris Effect.

The Tetris Effect isn't just a tribute or a fluffy behind-the-8-bit look at high scores and wacky accounts of dudes not sleeping or eating, and peeing in empty Coke bottles while they played the game for 5 days straight. It's an origin story, and a rags to riches tale of "an obscure Soviet programmer," his Fairy GodTetromino, and the Great Gamers of Oz.

Tech reporter Dan Ackerman narrates Alexey Pajitnov's story, from his conception of Tetris as a teenager in communist Russia, to the days British, American, and Japanese moguls began clawing through the Iron Curtain to buy its rights, to its current status--baked by almost $1 billion in sales--of Best Damn Video Game Ever.

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Working Pip-Boy 3000

The electronic Personal Information Processor (PIP) manufactured by RobCo Industries in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas is now a viable acquisition to your non-gaming, non-digitized, biological life. Which is not only...

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TinyScreen Video Game Kit

$74.95 from Tiny Circuits »

The Tiny Arcade goes handheld. Tiny Circuits' TinyScreen Video Game Kit gives DIY gamers the chance to build their own miniature console. At the heart of the kit is the TinyDuino processor board, an Arduino Uno board...

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Pip-Boy: Deluxe Bluetooth Edition

$349.99 from ThinkGeek »

Die-hard Fallout fans, avid gamers, and gadget-giddy dudes in general, I present to you: a working Pip-Boy Model 3000 Mk IV replica. Also known as: your Sunday morning hard-on. Sure, you could call ThinkGeek's Deluxe...

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Boob Cube

$9.50 from Amazon »

The Boob Cube is for idiots. And for geniuses. And for idiots who want to convince people they're really geniuses. And for geniuses you want to make feel like idiots. So, yeah, pretty much an ideal gift for any person...

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Atari Flashback Portable

$48 from Amazon »

The Atari Flashback portable console is indeed here to console. The handheld 2600 will give a there, there pat on the back to everyone who didn't get an NES Classic before Nintendo announced they're discontinuing them...

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Playable PONG Coffee Table

$990 - $1,290 from Table PONG Project »

The Atari PONG Table isn't the first example we've seen of an element of the gaming world transformed into a coffee table...that's still fully functional as an element in the gaming world. Remember this Nintendo controller...

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Jenga: Tetris Edition

$27.99 from Amazon »

Tetris and Jenga gave me the most heart-pounding action I ever experienced as a kid. Oh, and Perfection, but one time of one those pieces flew out and hit me in the eye so my mama made me stop playing it. Just thinking...

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Working Nintendo Controller Coffee Table

$6k from Etsy »

What holds feet, beer, and the controls that will drive your world-record-setting Tetris score? Feast your eyes on the fully-functional Nintendo Controller Coffee Table. Charles Lushear has entwined old school entertainment...

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CAKE Hanayama Cast Metal Puzzle

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I like how Hanayama Puzzles says its tiny new CAKE Cast Metal Puzzle is recommended for ages 12 to 105 years, but "A few bright children between 8 to 11 years" might also be able to solve it. In other words, parents out...

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Gomboc - The World's Only Self-Righting Object

$499.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer »

The geometric Gomboc's shape supposedly mimics that of a radiated tortoise shell, and its movement that of the animal's when it rights itself without the use of its limbs. Now if that's the case, my question is: why would...

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Feel Flux Anti-Gravity Toy

$49 - $89 from Feel Flux »

Flux is metal and magnets, geometry and physics. Flux is for ye who fidget and ye who do tricks. Flux is a bringer of zen relaxation, party conversation, and experimental demonstration. Flux is a physics-based toy made...

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Immersion - Gamer Rage Headset

My 13-year-old nephew has had gamer rage for, like, 5 years now. Oh man, he used to get SO MAD when the levels got harder in Super Mario Galaxy. Sometimes, if he knew he was about to die, he'd pause the game, hurl the...