Mario Sneakers

Brass Monki is my new internet hero. Dude makes the coolest custom sneakers I've ever seen. Check out the Mario kicks above...and Sonic below.

Sonic Sneakers


Check out the whole collection here... (thanks to our internet pals over at albotas.com for the heads up.)

Palm Pre

The Palm PRE may not be beating the iPhone in terms of sales, but it is winning the hearts of old-school gamers all over the earth: Awesome Pre programmers have created a PlayStation One emulator for the machine, as well as a version of MAME (Multi Arcade Machine Emulator) so you'll be able play Contra all day, and then follow it up with a rousing game of Crazy Climber.

Zodttd is the genius behind the PlayStation emulator, and Nebula created the MAME program. Both are a bit rough around the edges. Sound, rotation, and scaling aren't quite working in the PlayStation emulator and the MAME machine has some sound issues, but, judging from the obligatory YouTube videos (embedded below the cut), the emulators are more than a little awesome, bugs and all.

Oh, and of course you'll need to jailbreak your Pre before these will work, and you'll need your phone rooted to your computer, but, I think it's only a matter of time until both are playable (and perfect) on the fly -- both the technology and the desire are in place, so there's no reason it won't happen.

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Organization XIII robe from Kingdom HeartsTo guard its most coveted secrets, Apple employees have to play dress-up when working on certain projects. Gathering information from a former Apple employee, The New York Times reported:

"Some Apple workers in the most critical product-testing rooms must cover up devices with black cloaks when they are working on them, and turn on a red warning light when devices are unmasked so that everyone knows to be extra-careful."

In my mind, the innermost recesses of Apple's headquarters look like they're being patrolled by Organization XIII from the Kingdom Hearts series. It's a bunch of creepy people in long, flowing black robes slinking around in a menacing way. And yes, I know that the ex-employee said that the devices are covered up, but in my head the employees working on them wear matching cloaks. I'm positive that the team working on the rumored Apple tablet uses a setup similar to the one I envision.

What do you think of Apple literally shrouding its prototype hardware? Is it excessive? Is it appropriate? Or is it just so ridiculous that you can't believe it actually happens?


Tags: Apple, Style, Tech

sexy soup ladyI remember back in the good old days, when illicit street sales involved either pirated DVDs or black tar heroin, but up in San Francisco, they do it a little differently now. The big illegal street racket is gourmet food. Hardened gastronomic dealers like Curtis the Crème Brulee Guy, Cookie Wag, Amuse Bouche and Sexy Soup Lady have been selling black market food on the streets without getting vendor licenses. Oh, noes!

Due to the clandestine nature of their criminal enterprises, advertising is on the down low, often through Twitter. Sadly, The Man can use twitter too, and the busts may be on the way. According to Richard Lee, San Francisco's director of Health Regulatory Programs, the department has been following suspected unlicensed vendors' on Twitter, and plan to hand them over to the po-po. "Anytime we see or know about a violation, we report it to the police," said Lee.

According to Police spokesman Sergeant Wilfred Williams the case of the hardened food-dealers is still tough to crack: "At this point they haven't been able to find or locate the vendors, because they're not selling on a daily basis. They might not always be in Linda Alley, they might not always be in Dolores Park. They might not always be in the Mission," Williams said.

So hey, criminal food underground, be careful with your tweets... and don't forget to subscribe to TheFeed's twitter. We promise to tell you everything going on the world of video games and tech, and if we start selling street-corner polenta from the trunk of our Nissan, you'll be the first to know.


Old Woman Who Lived At KOEI Tecmo

I've never been there, and I don't read a bunch of manga or anything, but I love Japan. When faced with the problem of under-population on the island nation, Japanese companies are responding by offering their employees monetary incentives to have more children. Koei Tecmo, the game company behind classic(?) video game franchises Dynasty Warriors, Dead or Alive and Dead or Alive Beach Volleyball, is offering its employees bonuses of around $1,000 for their first child, $2,000 for their second child and $20,000 for their third child.

As a father, I feel I can speak from experience here: $1,000 is a poor reason to bring another life into the world, but, by the time you have two children, you might as well go for the third if it'll get you $20,000. Once you have a couple of lap-rats, you're in for the long-haul anyway, and you might as well make it a trio.

I think Tecmo should take the whole incentive thing a step further, though, and raise children itself. That way, Koei could have a child that does nothing but play every video game ever made. That child will become a super-video-game-genius, and, in about 20 years times, be able to create the greatest Dynasty Warriors game ever. Maybe Super Video Game Child will be able to explain Dead or Alive Extreme to me, too.



World of Warcraft Mountain Dew

Whether you need extra energy while raiding Ironforge, or you just want to stay awake longer when you're grinding 85 million Furbolgs, Pepsico has just the drink for you: World of Warcraft-themed Mountain Dew.

The new Dew comes in two exciting colors: Horde Red and Alliance Blue, so you'll be able to indicate your allegiance through your soft drink choice. The brightly colored, carbonated sugar-water will be available in stores near you this month and will be available throughout the summer.  Check out the official site for details, a contest, and other soft-drink promotional materials.

A careful analysis of the nutritional information reveals that The Horde's Citrus Cherry flavored concoction contains 10 more calories than The Alliance's Wild Fruit flavor. This is because The Horde is clearly superior and can handle the extra calories, where The Alliance just aren't extreme enough to deal. Also:  Judging by the flavor choices, Pepsico is clearly indicating The Alliance are a bunch of wild fruits.

Mountain Dew has long been associated with gaming in the popular consciousness, but personally, I never drink the stuff. I prefer either coffee or gin. I'm probably revealing personal information here, but some of my fellow G4-ians have been downing a ton of five-hour energy drink lately. What about you? What's your gaming beverage of choice, and do you think the stereotypes of gamers as having unhealthy diets is true? Like some stereotypes, I think there's some definite accuracy at the bottom of this one: Last week was E3, and I'm telling you, that convention center was packed with unhealthy people. Still, I wonder if it was more unhealthy than the rest of the country. People in the U.S are really putting on pounds, know what I mean?

Bleep Bloop

Check out web-series Bleep Bloop's look at the history of pinball, and get a little background on how people wasted time and quarters before there were video games.

I want every single one of the tables featured. Click the link to watch, but don't shake your computer too much: You'll totally tilt.

I'm a huge pinball freak, but I realize it's a dying genre. What about you? Do you still roll the silver ball?


The jig is up, internet kiddies: The local Fox affiliate in Atlanta has cracked your important code and is sharing the info with The Man. As a public service to parents worried about their children's texting habits, MyFox Atlanta has posted a list of the 50 most popular acronyms "commonly used on the internet and in text messages." They must have done a lot of research, because these are ranked in order of popularity! So next time you type "MOOS, GYPO" into our comment section, Mom and Dad will know exactly what you said:  "Member of the opposite sex, get your pants off."

Being active members of the information super-highway patrol and avid hackers of mainframes, I'm sure you already know all these terms forward and backward, but other commonly used abbreviations Fox cited include the 17th most used acronym, "FOL: Fond of Leather," number 21 "IF/IB: In the front or in the back;" number 10 "Banana: P*nis;" and coming in at number 36,  "NALOPKT: Not a lot of people know that."

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Palm Pre

It's official: The Palm Pre will hit stores on June 6th. The would-be iPhone-killing phone will be sold at Sprint stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, select Wal-Mart stores and online for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

While not exactly a surprise, it's great to have an official date to circle on my calendar. I'd choose the full keyboard the Pre sports over Apple's touchscreen input, and some of the Pre's features are remarkable, but I don't know if I'm actually going to get one of these phones. I mostly don't care what kind of cell phone I talk on; I don't even bother to have any data plan beyond text messaging; and I never feel like I'm missing out on anything. But I imagine someone will show me something the Pre can do that's impossibly cool and I'll change my mind. We've covered this phone extensively since it was announced at CES, and I urge you to enjoy our past discussions of the phone and its features.

Dan Hesse, president and CEO of Sprint, celebrated the announcement by saying the following in a press release: “The argument that you need one phone for work and another phone for play, or that you have to make compromises between business and lifestyle productivity, is over. With Pre, compromises of the past are history.”

Wow, Dan, I was totally unaware of this argument, but I'm glad your phone has solved this dilemma. Kind of. If you're into gaming, the iPhone is clearly the phone of choice...at least for now. As the Pre develops, we'll see how its gaming potential pans out.

Tags: iPhone, Style, Tech

New Volkswagen Gets 235 MPG

The sci-fi looking car you see pictured above is the Volkswagen 1-Liter. VW's new car features a 1-liter engine (duh) and gets 235 miles per gallon. "Nice concept car," I'm sure you're thinking. But here's the thing: It's not a concept car. According to the company, the first 1-Liters may be rolling out of Volkswagen factories in 2010.

As you may have surmised from the car's profile, the 1-Liter was developed in a wind-tunnel for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. It's 4.1 feet wide, 11.4 feet long, and just over 3 feet tall, it boasts a top-speed of 75 mph and can travel 400 miles on its 1.7 gallon fuel tank. The car can hold two people, with riders sitting tandem-bike style: One passenger in front, one in back.

Keeping the weight down is integral to the 1-Liter's fuel-sipping strategy. This car is made entirely of carbon fiber composites with a carbon fiber-reinforced skin stretched over a spaceframe made of magnesium. The engine is light-weight aluminum, the wheels are composite, and even the seats are spare: They're made of magnesium with fabric covers as opposed to upholstery.  Overall, the car weights only 639 pounds, which is less than some people I've met.

So the question is, if this was priced around what a "regular" car costs, would you pick one up? Personally, I don't think I would. I'd be concerned that the new technology wouldn't be tried and tested enough to make the car viable against other cars, plus, I'd worry about safety. Sure, Volkswagen promises it's employed high-tech safety devices like airbags and auto-stability, but I drive on L.A.'s freeways, and that thing would be demolished by an SUV. So I'm waiting until Volkswagen creates a car that is powered only by the self-righteousness of its green-obsessed driver. 


Tags: Cars, Style

Sony Reveals New 'Patapon' T-Shirt Contest Details

Heads up Patapon-ites. Remember last week when I told you about Sony offering gamers the chance to turn their favorite Patapon 2 inspired Home avatar t-shirt into the real deal? Well, now Sony has revealed a new contest to get that shirt off your avatar’s back and onto yours.

And since Sony will only be making 100 shirts (and you won’t be able to buy them or get them anywhere else), competition will no doubt be intense. At least as intense as a contest that requires you to print out a Patapon mask and post a fan photo or video onto Sony’s Facebook page can be.

If you can’t imagine your life without one of these shirts, be sure to check out the official contest rules. Good luck.

Anyone going to get in on the Patapon action?



Platinum iPhone Case

If you're a classy guy like I am, you know which fork to pick your teeth with and what wine goes best with a maxi-melt burrito from Taco Bell (hint: A Central Californian Sirah). You also have no doubt heard of Liverpool's Stuart Hughes. This upscale retailer promises "The world's most luxurious communications and bespoke elements." Among those bespoke elements, the platinum and diamond iPhone case you see above.

According to the company, a colossal amount of platinum was used (totaling approx 230 grams) in developing these cases, and each "is started and finished by hand with 53 VVS1 diamonds settled in the platinum Apple logo. The resulting telephone is "outstanding even down to the precise polishing to reveal its most scintillating appearance."

How much will it cost you to be a man of true iPhone distinction? Only $37,406.32. On the downside, if I see you talking into one of these blinged-out handsets at the mall, I will totally pour an Orange Julius on your shoes.


Jump for your life (and high score) in Dejobaan Games Base jumping PC game AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! -- A Reckless Disregard for Gravity. Yes, that is the full title and no you can't shorten it. Check out two alpha videos showing gameplay of the skydiving-stunt game where you can earn bonus points by blowing kisses to people -- or by giving them the finger -- as you barrel down through Mirror's Edge DLC-like levels trying to prevent your own "street pizza" status.

Part PilotWings, part Mirror's Edge... you can fetch the demo over at Shack while you wait for the launch later this year exclusively on the PC.

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! -- A Reckless Disregard for Gravity Alpha Test Gamplay 1

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video game girls burlesque

Remember a few months ago when I asked you all for character suggestions for a potential videogame-themed burlesque show?  That was awesome right?  Its about to get more awesome as Video Game Girls Burlesque is getting set to hit the mean streets of LA Saturday May 9th.

I'm not quite ready to reveal which characters will be "featured" at the show, but some of the suggestions YOU made definitely made the final cut.  And if somehow we didn't have you at "video game + girls + burlesque", Jason Payne and Bon Harris of Nitzer Ebb will be providing a live, classic video game soundtrack for the entire event.

If you can't make the show don't fret (do people still fret?), TheFeed will bring you coverage in glorious high defination internet video. 

Video Game Girls Burlesque will take place Saturday May 9th 9pm - 2am at Bordello just east of downtown.

Thanks, and you're welcome :)

The latest images on EA and Pandemic's WWII stealth-action game The Saboteur depict the darkness that is the occupied City of Lights. Been quite a while since we last saw anything on this action-adventure but the features list is quite interesting (after the cut). Most noteworthy:

"Will to Fight – The Saboteur introduces a innovative new feature that is both an iconic visual style, and a compelling gameplay element. See and feel Paris change around you as you progress through the game. Go from a dark and oppressed black and white policed state, to a bright and inspired world where the citizens fight back.."

The gaming equivalent of the feature film Pleasantville I'm imagining... except instead of changing a prudish society you're killing nazis. Look for The Saboteur later this year on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

'The Saboteur' Gets New Screens And Artwork

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