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The Evolution of Video Game Controllers

By: on August 17, 2011
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The complete evolutionary tree of the video game controller, tracking 82 species and 9 genera over four decades. Printed in rich indigo ink. My favorite is still the Intellivision controller which was basically a phone dialpad with a weird disc you used to move.

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Mainland USA, According to Common Sense

$8.25 - $47.95 from Zazzle »

The sad thing is, I'm pretty sure all of these "jokes" are based on actual statistics from the US Census. The other sad thing is, I bet the 95% of us who couldn't name half of the color blocks when looking at a blank...

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Logical Fallacies Poster

The Logical Fallacies Poster! Finally, ladies! A gift for every man you know. And finally, dudes! A gift for every woman you know. Teachers, a wall-mountable token for your students. Constituents, a mailing-tube-shippable...

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Nintendo Game Boy Hand Towel

$14 from Etsy »

This Nintendo Game Boy hand towel wins a 1-up, a Tetris, and a completed Triforce. Thank Elizabeth Dean of Seams Geeky for conceiving and handmaking the cotton water wicker, especially if you're on the click-hunt for...

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The Secret Lives of Superheroes Prints

$20 - $50 from Society 6 »

Greg-guillemin reigns supreme: Best Paparazzo Ever. I knew Wonder Woman's rack wasn't real. But I have to say, I definitely took it for silicone over Kleenex. Her tissue-molding skills are impressive. Superheros may pick...

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Evolution of the Bat-Signal Poster

Discontinued

Geez, 30 permutations of Batman's Bat-Signal from 1940 to 2012. I wish the stale logos of Ford and Chevrolet would take a page out of the progressive DC Comics' book. Maybe then I'd consider buying an American car as...

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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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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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Star Wars on Earth Prints

Stirring scenes from American history, meet stirring scenes from American sci-fi. This set of 4 Star Wars prints from Thirteenth Floor pits some of the Empire's worst villains against some of our own greatest war heroes....

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Keytendo Video Game Console Key Holder

$34.99 from Amazon »

Somewhere between way too much and not nearly enough geek lies the Keytendo, an NES-themed key holder, and your Goldilocks gift for a geek....

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Nintendo Lighters

$6.99 from Amazon »

Are you going to fire up the NES or ignite the Game Boy tonight? These Nintendo-themed lighters have all your old school flame-flicking needs covered. I wonder if they also come with a means of converting flame to fireball...

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Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Classic Controllers

$199 from ColorWare »

ColorWare's Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Classic Controllers are pretty fly for a game guy. And also pretty pricey for a paint job. I don't care how precise and professional the controllers look, or how hard their red retro...

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Tetris Leggings

Discontinued

And you thought her legs couldn't get any more hypnotizing. Wearing a pair of Tetris leggings basically means slinking around in a second skin of polyester, retro-chic Nintendo graphics, and errant flecks of drool from...