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The Tetris Effect: The Game that Hypnotized the World

By: on September 14, 2016
$16.84
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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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ASUS RT-AC86U Ultrafast Gaming Router

$199.99 from Amazon »

I'm home alone. Eating some guac and Juanita's, playing some War Thunder. And I feel the need. The need for speed. The ASUS RT-AC86U gaming router will not make me a better fighter pilot.

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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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THEC64 Mini

$69.99 from The C64 »

THEC64 Mini puts tech-nostalgia in the palm of your hand. Who was around when the Commodore 64 launched in 1982? Playing some Lode Runner after school with some Shark Bite fruit snacks and a Capri Sun? Ahhh, gone are...

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Hellraiser Lament Configuration Puzzle Box

$179.97 from Amazon »

Welp, here's one puzzle box I don't want to solve. I don't care what I could stash inside Hellraiser's Lament Configuration, I don't care if it's just a prop replica taken from an allegedly fictitious horror flick, and...

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LightBox Puzzle

The LightBox, in a new twist on physical brainteasers and cliched expressions, is designed such that seeing the light means you have not solved the puzzle....

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Super Mario Tanooki Suit Hoodie

$58.63 from Amazon »

Mario's Tanooki Suit. Ten-year-old me could not wait to score the onesie that would give me the power to fly and turn to stone and look like I'm humping the air - or maybe little Toad was under there - on the Super Mario...

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Arcade Sofa

By: Harow »

1991 brought Street Fighter II. 2017 brings the Street Fighter II Arcade Sofa. Relive your 90s glory playing the game...and then maybe get a different type of game on...on it....

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8Bitdo SN30 Pro Game Controller

$49.99 from Amazon »

8Bitdo brings back the sexy purples and gray of the original SNES with their SN30 Pro Game Controller. Packed with wireless Bluetooth, Rumble vibration, motion controls, and USB-C, the new retro controller brings back...

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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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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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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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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...