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8 Awesome Videogame Quilts

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I love the concept of combining the old and the new. Quilting is an oh-so-useful craft that goes back hundreds of years. Recycling scraps of fabric to make a sturdy bedcover has been elevated to an art form. It seems anachronistic at first glance, but 8-bit pixelated arcade game icons lend themselves well to the design of patchwork quilts.

1. Galaga Quilt
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Emily at Carolina Patchworks made this quilt depicting the arcade game Galaga. It's for sale at Etsy.

2. Quiltbert

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Lenore at Evil Mad Scientist adapted the traditional "tumbling blocks" quilt pattern and made a pieced quilt based on the videogame Q*bert!

3. Mega Man

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Mega Man is just one of Punzie's videogame designs for quilts and pillows. You can buy them through her Etsy store, Rapunzel's Tower, but she connot guarantee Christmas delivery on new orders now.

4. Pacman

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The maker of this Pacman quilt posted at Kotaku isn't identified, but you can click for a closer view at the site. It seems to be a counted cross-stitch project!

5. Super Mario

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Marie at DIY-namite made this Super Mario quilt from two-inch squares ...a lot of them. She shares the instructions in two parts, here and here. See more pictures of the project at Flickr.

6. Mario mushroom quilt

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Flickr user 3j0hn pieced together two-inch squares to make a Mario Mushroom quilt!

7. Space Invaders

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Here you see Craftster rainbowmeow working on her Space Invaders quilt. It was her first quilt, and turned out wonderfully.

8. Zelda quilt

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Quilters are not limited to 8-bit icons! This awesome Zelda Wind Waker wallhanging was quilted by AGiES' mother over several months. She even hand-dyed some of the fabrics!

If anyone knows of a World of Warcraft quilt, I'd like to see it!

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Can You Spot Fake News? A New Game Puts Your Knowledge to the Test
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In 2017, misinformation is easier than ever to access. During the 2016 election, scammers—including hordes of Macedonian teens—raked in serious money by churning out deliberately fake stories about U.S. politics, with a very real impact. In a December 2016 Pew Research Center survey, 64 percent of U.S. adults said that fabricated news was sowing "a great deal of confusion" about current events.

It can be hard to determine what’s real and what’s fake in the viral news world. A new game—expected to launch for iPhone on July 10—will test your skills. Fake News, designed by the creative agency ISL, asks players to distinguish between headlines found on true stories and headlines drawn from fake news sites (as determined by fact-checking sites like Snopes, Politifact, FactCheck.org).

The simple, arcade-style game for iPhone asks you to swipe left on fake headlines and swipe right on true ones. You have 100 seconds to sort through as many headlines as you can, competing for the highest score with other users. For instance, did Arby’s really get its name because “RB” is another way of saying roast beef? (No, RB stands for Raffel Brothers, the founders.) Does Jeff Goldblum really have a food truck named Chef Goldblum’s? (Kind of. It was a film promotion stunt.)

Fake News also exists as a physical arcade game. The creators installed a table-top arcade game in a D.C. bar on July 5, and may install it elsewhere depending on demand.

The game is harder than you’d expect, even if you think of yourself as fairly well-informed. As research has found, viral stories require two things: limited attention spans and a network already overwhelmed with information. In other words, our daily Internet lives. The more information we try to handle at one time, the more likely it is that we’ll fall for fake news.

Scientists found in a recent study that warning people that political groups try to spread misinformation about certain issues (like climate change) can help people sort through dubious claims. While that’s good to remember, it’s not always useful in real-life situations. It certainly won’t help you win this game.

One of the reasons Fake News is so hard, even if you keep abreast of everyday news, is that it doesn’t tell you where the headlines are from. Checking the source is often the easiest way to determine the veracity of a story—although it’s not a foolproof system.

Need help finding those sources? This Chrome plug-in will flag news from troublesome sources in your Facebook feed.

Update: The game is available for iOS here.

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