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Given how influential the movie Blade Runner has been in the annals of video games, it's curious how that there are only two attempts at adaptations. A relatively obscure point and click adventure from the late 90s on the PC and a supremely obscure side-scroller from the 80s for the Commodore 64.

The former was not bad, whereas the latter was abysmal. Neither is based upon the movie directly (though the C64 game is based upon the soundtrack believe it or not). Anyways, what would it be like if there was a legit Blade Runner: The Movie video game? Better yet, what if it was for the 16-bit consoles?

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For gamers of a certain generation, old Tiger LED games were how you got your gaming-on-the-go fix back in the mid- to late-80's. Featuring simple, arcade-style mechanics and limited-frame animation on their tiny black and white screens, they were still better than nothing when it came to getting your "Game and Watch" on (also, some of them functioned as watches).

Enter Polish site Pica Pic, the creation of Hipopotam Studio (aka Aleksandra i Daniel Mizielińscy). Featuring 26 fully-playable LED handheld games from the past in a beautiful Flash package.

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Project Unity, created by Bacteria, turns Sega Master System, Neo Geo MVS, GameCube, Dreamcast, Saturn, Intellivision, Colecovision, Atari 7800, Turbografx 16, PlayStation 1 & 2, Mega Drive, NES, Super NES, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64 and Amstrad GX4000 into one big console.

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When you're sitting down to play the next game on your list there's nothing more important than comfort. There's a good chance you'll be glued to that seat for quite some time, and gaming sores are no joke (though I have nothing to back this up). That's where these super soft retro game cartridge pillows come in.

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Looking for one of those old Sega Genesis AC adapters? Maybe you're on the hunt for a replacement battery for your Game Boy Advance SP. Either way, Amazon has always been a pretty good place to find classic gaming gear, and now they're making it a little easier with their new Retro Gaming Store.

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When I say classic, I mean you've probably never heard of any of them.

Upon seeing the news that Choplifter will be receiving an HD remake this week, I was immediately taken back to one of my earliest gaming memories: Playing video games on the Sega Master System. No, not the Sega Genesis. My gaming history starts with Sega's little-known NES competitor, wedged between the more popular 16-bit Genesis and the ultra-obscure SG-1000. Choplifter was a personal favorite on the Master System, but several other hits from that console's library make up this list of franchises ripe for a reboot.

Space Harrier

How can we be in the age of 3D graphics yet not be revisiting one of Sega's earliest attempts at stereoscopic 3D? Space Harrier was a third-person on-rails shooter that used pseudo-3D sprite scaling to send the world whizzing past you in its arcade port, and a later sequel took advantage of the Master System's 3D glasses accessory to further the effect.

If I could lose a weekend to Geometry Wars, I could definitely get on board with a modern Space Harrier remake. Add in a remixed version of that killer 8-bit soundtrack and you've got an XBLA/PSN hit on your hands. Just don't let me see this on iOS or Android. No amount of nostalgia is worth the pain of precision-killing virtual buttons, and I'm looking for a true reboot, not a cash grab port.

For bonus points, port over the arcade game Planet Harriers, originally published in 2000. The game looks to be exactly what I would ask for in an updated Space Harrier, but I can't pass judgement as the double-seater arcade game is quite hard to come by. Early plans for a Dreamcast port died along with that system, and the game hasn't been mentioned since.

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While eating ice cream with my colleague Josh Horowitz to somehow hype the release of his new movie "12 Rounds," WWE star John Cena started dropping names of games he loves. These include "Super Mario Bros." Okay. And "Ikari Warriors." Interesting. And "RollerCoaster Tycoon." Seriously?

Cena also pleads for gamers to look him up online and let him beat you at "Red Alert" on the PC. I'm not sure which "Command & Conquer: Red Alert" he has in mind, but maybe you can track him down by his gamer name, which seems to be "RichardHammerbush33". (When you're done watching the above clip, watch Cena rap-battle Josh.)

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Earlier this week I visited my mom in Florida, and we stopped by a flea market in Oldsmar. Amidst the piles of VHS tapes and romance novels, I found a treasure trove of old gaming goods. Take a look at what I found. Read More...

8-Bit 'Dark Knight'FROM SPLASHPAGE: YouTube user elmacbee probably had the right idea channeling Sunsoft as the faux game’s look. Anyone who played their original “Batman,” “Return of the Joker” or “Gremlins 2: The New Batch” should be able to appreciate the 8-bit cinematographer’s tricks here.

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