Old Nintendo GameCubes turned into desktop organizers

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

Need to spice up your office space? How about this hand-crafted Nintendo GameCube desktop organizer? These are made by Etsy seller GreenCub , who removes all of the GameCube’s innards, adding pencil/pen slots where its power and reset buttons once were, and controller ports that are now a drawer.

The disc tray is now a storage tray. Even the side vents are converted into a magnetic paperclip holder and the carry handle is an iPhone/iPod holder. He did a great job and now I want one for my desk. There are three colors available with prices starting from $40 to $50.

Flip-top GameCube portable

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2010

Gamecube is probably one of my least favorite gaming consoles. But had it looked like this, I would have given it more attention. Techknott built this shiny eye-catching portable, with it’s mirrored finish. The flip top design keeps the optical drive hidden and everything looking sleek.

As you can see, it’s prone to smudges, which we don’t mind a bit, so long as those smudges come from our hands. The design is really eye-catching and looks like it could have easily been mass-produced in the past.

The history of video game consoles

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2009

segadreamcastWe love video games around here. Whether we’re playing the Xbox 360, the PS3 or even an old Atari 2600. We thought we would take a look at the history of gaming consoles from 1972 to the present. You grew up with the vintage consoles, you play the new ones, so take a walk down memory lane and revisit all your favorites from the massive list below.

Hori’s Wii Classic Controller is fugly, has autofire

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2008

Hori’s Wii Classic Controller is fugly, has autofireI have always hated the look of the Gamecube controller, which is basically what we have here. It’s called simply the “Classic Controller.” Sure, there are plenty of other gamepads in this style, but not many get that fugly Gamecube look as close to the original as this one. And look at those autofire switches. It’s available in black, white, and blue on December 4th in Japan. You can pre-order one now for $29.90.

Gamecube WALL-E case mod

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2008

Gamecube WALL-E case mod
Wall-E is adorable. Your Gamecube console is gathering dust. That’s right. Combine the two for one of the cutest and most adorable mods mankind has ever seen. There’s not much info on this mod, but the modder did a great job.

Wall-E looks appropriately sad. Probably because everyone has moved on to the Wii. Which brings me to my next point. Wall-E needs an Eve and I think it would only be fair to make her from a Wii. Very nicely done. It could only be better if he crawled around.

14 awesome Wii case mods

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2008

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The Wii has changed the face of gaming with it’s interactive motion controls. So much so, that every other console has begun work on their own version. Just as the Wii has changed gaming, gamers are constantly changing the Wii console itself, giving it all kinds of personalities. Here’s a look at some of our favorites.

Frube: Frustration Gamecube

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2008

Frube: Frustration Gamecube
Of all the emotions we go through when playing games, frustration is probably the dominant one. Here, we have a psycological profile of the gamecube come to life. In the fall of 2003, Kathryn Elliot was asked to pick up a product, analyze the intricacies of color involved, then redesign it based on a dominant emotion associated with it. She chose Nintendo’s GameCube, so it was naturally going to depict frustration. She named it the Frustration Game Cube. Or Frube. It’s designed to aggravate, portray and possibly even relieve a player’s frustration, with Frube’s many changes.

To highlight an element of frustration in the color scheme of the gaming device, she colored the GameCube purple and yellow, which are aggressive colors. The shape of Frube further irritates as it will no longer sit on a shelf easily. Some other design changes are asymmetrical position of the front plug-in panel and a jagged cut lid, which makes it difficult to figure out which side opens and how.