Baby’s First Game Boy Teaches Your Kids the Joys of Gaming With Physical Buttons

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Unless you’re a staunch advocate for your kids having zero screen time, at some point you’re going to distract them with a mobile device. But instead of putting your expensive, fragile smartphone in their hands, LeapFrog’s new RockIt Twist is like a baby’s first Game Boy that makes gaming more accessible with a bunch…

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https://gizmodo.com/babys-first-game-boy-teaches-your-kids-the-joys-of-gami-1832533385

This Tiny Pac-Man Game Is the Size of a Credit Card

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Super Impulse’s Tiny Arcade line—a series of four-inch-tall fully playable arcade cabinets—is a fun way for ‘80s kids to relive their childhoods spent stuffing quarters into arcade machines. But for those times when you’re away from your desk and get the itch for Pac-Man or Missile Command, Super Impulse has created a…

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https://gizmodo.com/this-tiny-pac-man-game-is-the-size-of-a-credit-card-1832123360

You Can Build These Analog Synthesizers Like Nintendo’s Cardboard Labo Toys

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If you’ve never played around with Teenage Engineering’s tiny synthesizers—like its iPod-sized Pocket Operators or the impressively-capable OP-1—you’re missing out on some fun, accessible ways to get into music. And the company is now expanding its Pocket Operators line with a series of new build-it-yourself modular…

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https://gizmodo.com/you-can-build-these-analog-synthesizers-like-nintendos-1831877177

The Zanco Smart Pen Is a Modern Day Talkboy 

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Zanco’s Smart Pen isn’t actually a pen, it’s barely a phone (and not very smart), and the company behind it sounds like an outfit that supplies Wile E. Coyote with an assortment of random gadgets. But if Kevin McAllister was trying to defend his home from a bunch of crooks today instead of back in the 90s, the Smart…

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https://gizmodo.com/the-zanco-smart-pen-is-a-modern-day-talkboy-1831847448

The RetroChamp Turns the Original NES Into a Nintendo Switch-Inspired All-In-One Handheld

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Thirty years after the original Game Boy was first released, handheld gaming is as popular as it’s ever been. Smartphones provide endless entertainment, and Nintendo’s current flagship console is even a portable device. But what if 1983-era technology had allowed the original NES to go portable? My Arcade’s new Retro…

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https://gizmodo.com/the-retrochamp-turns-the-original-nes-into-a-nintendo-s-1831514101

Our Favorite Gizmodo Videos of 2018 

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For years, tech and media companies big and small have been trying to pivot to video. In 2018, a lot of those pivots are turning into trips and falls. But not here at Gizmodo. We’re making videos about tripping and falling. Other stuff, too!

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https://gizmodo.com/our-favorite-gizmodo-videos-of-2018-1830941533

This Stick-On Robotic Arm Promises to Put the Damn Toilet Seat Down For You

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I’m just going to come right out and say it: Urinating while standing is a terrible idea. It creates a host of messes including splash back and disgusting drips, and inevitably the toilet seat gets left up, leading to someone accidentally plummeting into the porcelain abyss. But until we can all agree to just sit…

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https://gizmodo.com/this-stick-on-robotic-arm-promises-to-put-the-damn-toil-1830770830

This Incredibly Rare Console from the 1980s Is Like the Switch’s Great-Great-Great Grandparent

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Without the internet instantly dispersing images to millions of people, it was probably a lot easier to keep video game prototypes under wraps in the ‘80s. Just a handful of photos backed up rumors about the possible existence of a miniature version of the ill-fated Vectrex console, but it’s a rumor no more now that…

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https://gizmodo.com/this-incredibly-rare-console-from-the-1980s-is-like-the-1830740159

The PlayStation Classic Is Minimum Effort Nostalgia 

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Even though I know all these retro consoles are largely an effort turn my nostalgia into big-time corporate profits, they’re damn hard to resist. There’s just something about gray plastic and the old school boot up sound that hits a deep part of my brain as few things do, so when I heard Sony was making a retro…

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https://gizmodo.com/the-playstation-classic-is-minimum-effort-nostalgia-1830664172

Halloween’s Extra Spooky With Michael Jackson’s Thriller Played On Outdated Zombie Technology

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There are still a few days left to immerse yourself in everything Halloween before thoughts shift to turkeys and shopping lists. So pull down the blinds, turn up that smoke machine, and put Paweł Zadrożniak’s latest masterpiece on loop as the Floppotron grinds out a wonderful rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’.

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https://gizmodo.com/halloweens-extra-spooky-with-michael-jacksons-thriller-1830069959