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Having been a gamer for nearly 25 years, it is a safe assumption to say that retro video game systems and games hold a very special place in my heart.  Just last week I spent some quality time in a used video game store shopping for NES games like Dick Tracy which I loved playing as a kid but don’t have anymore.  So, when I saw the shirt below, I fell in love with it just like the shirts I already have that are similar to it.

The fantastic folks over at TeeFury are selling this Retro Gamer Heart t-shirt (designed by Drew Wise) for just $11 today only!  However, this isn’t just one of their normal daily t-shirt deals as it is special for a couple of reasons.  First, it uses red fluorescent glow ink and second, $1 for every shirt purchased is being donated to the Child’s Play Charity, one of my favorite charities.  If you haven’t heard of them, they help brighten the lives of kids in hospitals with video games.  It really is a great charity!

I know it is a little late for getting a shirt like this for Christmas for yourself or somebody you love but random presents are good too so buy one or a few anyway and help bring smiles to kids in hospitals at the same time!

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Retro Gamer Heart T-Shirt

Retro Gamer Heart Tee

[Source:  TeeFury]

Normally, I am usually the first person you will hear complaining about any talk of Christmas before Thanksgiving, but I thought I would make an exception for this awesome ornament set since many people put up their Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving (after they are done shopping of course) and I want to make sure you guys are ready with these ornaments when the time comes to decorate the tree.  If you are a gamer or have one in your family, I am sure you are going to love decorating your tree with some old school video game controller ornaments.

The amazing and festive folks over at ThinkGeek are selling this really cool video game controller ornament set for just $19.99 (disclaimer:  That is an affiliate link so when you buy these, they credit us with the sale so we can have a nice Christmas too).  Whether you have fond memories of the Atari, NES, Sega Genesis, the original PlayStation or all of them, I’m quite positive you will love hanging these ornaments from your trees.  I know these are going to look great on my tree this year!

Remember, Santa gives the best presents to those with the geekiest Christmas trees!

What geeky things do you tend to put on your Christmas tree?  Let us know in the comments below!

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Video Game Controller Christmas Ornaments

Video Game Controller Ornament Set

[Source:  ThinkGeek]

First of all, before I get start talking about this incredible NES mod, I want apologize to all of the loyal Global Geek News readers for having been largely MIA for over a month (I’ve still been pretty active over on our Facebook page).  Today is the first day in over a month that my head is finally clear of all the stuff that has been occupying my mind lately and I finally feel like myself again (yay for meditation!).  So hopefully things will be back to normal now so you can expect to see me posting awesome stuff again at least on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays like I had been.  Anyway, lets talk about an awesome console mod shall we?

In the past, I have featured several incredible NES console mods made by Ryan Fitzpatrick aka Platinumfungi including a fantastic Legend of Zelda NES console mod and a Mega Man console mod (which sold for $1,000 on ebay).  Well, he is back to his usual tricks with a new back-lit NES console mod based on Mega Man 2!

If you are a big Mega Man fan and are interested in owning this awesome console, you are in luck because you have that chance!  Like his last Mega Man console mod, this one is also up for sale on Ebay and the auction lasts until tomorrow evening.  Unfortunately, you are going to need deep pockets because this one is already going for $950.  If I had that kind of money to spend on an NES, I definitely would.  I think I am going to need to hit the lottery first and there are no lottery drawings around here until after the auction is over.  Maybe next time!  I will still continue to admire the pictures below of it though!

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Mega Man NES Console Mod

Mega Man 2 NES Console Mod

[Source:  Platinumfungi]

I used to enjoy watching that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show years ago just to see the beautiful homes they would build but the themed kids rooms were always a pet peeve of mine.  Kids are constantly changing their minds about what they like and what they don’t like so it seems like a bad idea to go absolutely crazy with a themed room like they used to do.  Its not that big of a deal when they start to get older like teenagers but for little kids, it just seems like a waste of time because as soon as they like something else, they are going to want to completely redo their room which is no small task, especially when the design always involved more than a fancy paint job.

Anyway, speaking of children and themed rooms, one teenage girl asked her parents for a Super Mario Bros themed room and to say that it turned out quite spectacular looking would be a huge understatement!

Reddit user carpenter75 posted these pictures of this Super Mario Bros themed room they decorated for their daughter at her request.  With the exception of the Mario and Bowser decals, everything else was painted by hand.  Apparently the room took around 60 hours to complete and only cost $700 which included all of the paint supplies, tape, decals, blinds, flag poll, the bedding and everything else.  If they can do something this amazing for that cheap, perhaps I should hire them to decorate my bedroom!

Oh, and did I mention the room has sound effects too?  After you check out the stunning pictures, check out the video below to see just how well the use of sound was done in this room!

Now all this girl needs is a matching Super Mario Bros bathroom like the one I posted a long time ago and she would be set!

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Super Mario Bros Bedroom

Super Mario Bros Room

Super Mario Bros Room

Super Mario Bros Bedroom

Super Mario Bros Room

Super Mario Bros Bedroom

Super Mario Bros Bedroom Theme

Super Mario Bros Room

[Source: Reddit]

Of all of the Angry Birds games (which I play almost all of them daily), I think the Star Wars version is my favorite.  It doesn’t feel quite as difficult as some of the other Angry Birds games can be which is nice from a frustration point of view but I also prefer the birds special abilities compared to the other games.  The only thing that I think would make the game better is if you had the option to play as the Empire too.  I think that would make for some interesting game play.

Well, since what I think would be good for the game will probably never happen, I guess I will just salivate over this awesome Chewbacca bird cake instead.

This awesome Chewbacca bird cake was created by Mike’s Amazing Cakes and I think they did a fantastic job with it!  My only complaint is there I have no real grasp of its size because there really isn’t something I can compare it too.  I think it looks big but for all I know it could be just a few inches tall.  I wish there was something to give me a sense of size for this cake.  Big or small, it still looks awesome.

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Angry Birds Star Wars Chewbacca Cake

Angry Birds Star Wars Chewbacca Bird Cake

[Source:  Mike’s Amazing Cakes via Between the Pages]

I can’t say I have ever been one who has really wanted a chandelier even if I did have a tall enough ceiling for it but after seeing this incredible NES zapper chandelier now I really want one.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that you could make a chandelier out of old Nintendo zappers.  I guess I’m just not creative enough to come up with something that cool.  However, the are some guys clever enough to come up with an idea like this!

The guys at build this awesome zapper chandelier with a dozen NES zapper guns, a dozen candalabra sockets, about 20 feet of wire and a few other odds and ends that ended up costing them just $200 and about 15 hours to build.  That seems like a pretty cheap cost to build something like that considering I’m sure you could sell it to a gamer for several times its cost.

Apparently the owner wanted to hang this in his house above the dining room table but his wife said no so now it hangs in the warehouse office.  He must really love her because that sounds like the perfect reason for a divorce to me.

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NES Zapper Chandelier

NES Zapper Chandelier

NES Zapper Chandelier

Nintendo NES Zapper Chandelier

Nintendo NES Zapper Chandelier

NES Zapper Gun Chandelier

[Source: via Nerd Approved]