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19 Amazing Video Game Cakes

Serious gamers know just how time-consuming gaming is, often making it difficult to do anything besides working (only to buy more games) and playing the games themselves. Even so, gamers usually do still manage to have lives outside of the console; these cakes are some of the amazing creations born as a result.

Consoles


While most people dedicate their gaming obsessions to the specific games they play, others adore entire consoles. For those who worship at the altar of the original NES, Debbie Does Cakes has made a simply amazing cake complete with some of the system’s most classic characters.



Of all the console cakes around, this PS3 cake by Pink Cake Box, accessorized with a Blackberry and spilled Pepsi can, might best capture the gaming lifestyle for those truly dedicated few.



There’s nothing quite like the feeling of pulling a new system out of its box for the first time and this Nintendo DSi cake by Pink Cake Box perfectly captures that blissful feeling.

Lego Batman



While most video game cakes focus on the characters in the game, Elisa Strauss from Confetti Cakes made a great decision when she chose to focus on the amazing backdrop of the Lego Batman game for this cake, created specifically for the game’s launch party.

Skyrim



It should be no surprise that video game launch parties are the source of some of the most impressive video game cakes around. If you need further proof, just check out this amazing Skyrim cake from Bethesda’s recent party for the game, as created by the legendary Charm City Cakes of Ace of Cakes.

Bioshock



One of the most amazing things about this great Bioshock cake is the simple fact that this was only the fourth time the creator had ever worked with fondant. While the faces aren’t quite perfect, I think Flickr user futurestar101 certainly has a gift for cake design and, with a little practice, she could in fact be quite a star in the cake-making world.

Q*Bert



While Q*Bert might not be as popular as many of the other console heroes from the past, there’s no denying that he does make a fantastic cake model. Just ask creator Karen from the Highland Bakery.

Mario



There are tons of cakes dedicated to this classic game, but DeviantArt user anafuji’s Super Mario chess set cake, based on an actual board game, just might be one of the cutest as it includes all of the best characters in the game.

Pac-Man



Flickr user hello naomi is the queen of Pac-Man cakes because, while there are plenty of Pac-Man-inspired sweets out there, none capture the essence of the game as well as this set of cupcakes.

The Legend of Zelda



Like Mario and Pac-Man, there are plenty of great cakes based on this classic NES game, but this Wind Waker cake by Little Cherry Cake Company is the most epic one I’ve ever seen.

World of Warcraft



Speaking of epic cakes, Cake Central user nwelper’s World of Warcraft cake is by far the most epic on this list and might be one of the most epic cakes ever created in general.

Star Craft



Star Craft may not be as widely loved as many classic console games, but it has more than a few dedicated fans and apparently they love to bake cakes. At least, that’s the impression I got after looking over this great gallery of fan cakes from one Star Craft forum’s contest. While there are plenty of great cakes at the link, a few that really stand out are Vincze01's (above) and pape’s (below).

Angry Birds



Angry Birds is a great game, but sometimes you just have to wonder how the physics would actually work out in the real world. Fortunately, Mike Cooper created this brilliant playable cake version of the game so anyone could find out for themselves. In fact, he even included directions so you can make your own.



If you’ve ever wondered what the Angry Birds would look like in real life, look no further than this clever Threadless shirt. It was rendered in cake version by Jamie Masterson as part of the Threadcakes competition that encourages fans of the tee shirt site to turn their favorite designs into edible treats.

Plants vs Zombies



One of the greatest things about Plants vs Zombies is just how cute the animation in the game is. That’s why this adorable cake, by OC’s Little Kitchen, is such a perfect tribute.

Portal



The in-game cake may be a lie, but this cake version of a space core by Mike’s Amazing Cakes is anything but.



One of the game’s most iconic symbols remains the Companion Cube though, and here’s a fantastic one by All About The Cake.

Halo



Mike’s Amazing Cakes not only makes amazing Portal creations, but also is quite gifted when it comes to Halo designs. Here’s his wonderfully detailed take on Master Chief’s helmet.


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Museum Discovers Classic Renaissance Painting Hidden in Its Own Collection
Andrea Mantegna circa 1475
Andrea Mantegna circa 1475
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A long-lost painting by a master artist of the Renaissance was recently rediscovered in the storeroom of an Italian museum near Milan, according to The Art Newspaper and The Wall Street Journal.

The painting in question, Andrea Mantegna’s 15th century The Resurrection of Christ, was found by a curator at an art museum in the city of Bergamo. The Accademia Carrara has been in possession of the Mantegna painting since the 19th century, but long ago discounted it as a copy. While working on a catalogue for the museum in March, Accademia Carrara curator Giovanni Valagussa took note of the tempera-on-panel work and began to investigate its origins.

Count Guglielmo Lochis purchased the painting in 1846, cataloguing it as an original Mantegna; it was bequeathed to the museum as part of his collection after his death in 1859. But decades later, other experts cast doubt on the originality of the work, first re-attributing it to the artist’s son, and later suggesting that it was a copy that was not even made in his workshop. The museum removed it from display sometime before 1912, and it has been in storage for more than a century.

A painting depicting Jesus rising from the dead while soldiers look on
The Resurrection of Christ
Andrea Mantegna, Accademia Carrara

Upon inspecting the painting, Valagussa suspected it was more than just a copy. The painting features a small cross at the bottom of the image that looked disconnected from the rest, and the structure of the back of the painting made it seem like it might be part of a larger work. Valagussa tracked down another Mantegna painting, Descent Into Limbo, that seemed to fit underneath—the paintings are likely two halves of one image that was cut apart.

The Accademia Carrara also conducted an infrared survey of The Resurrection of Christ, discovering that the artist drew nude figures first, then painted over them with images of clothed soldiers, a technique that Mantegna was known for.

A world expert on Mantegna, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Keith Christiansen, did his own analysis and believes the painting in Bergamo to be an authentic, high-quality Mantegna. That means that the Accademia Carrara’s forgotten wood panel, previously insured for around $35,000, is probably worth between $25 million and $30 million.

The museum hopes to one day bring the two parts of the painting, The Resurrection of Christ and the privately owned Descent Into Limbo, together in an exhibition in the future.

[h/t The Art Newspaper]

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USPS Is Issuing Its First Scratch-and-Sniff Stamps This Summer
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Summertime smells like sunscreen, barbecues, and—starting June 20, 2018—postage stamps. That's when the United States Postal Service debuts its first line of scratch-and-sniff stamps in Austin, Texas with perfumes meant to evoke "the sweet scent of summer."

The 10 stamps in the collection feature playful watercolor illustrations of popsicles by artist Margaret Berg. If the designs alone don't immediately transport you back to hot summer days spent chasing ice cream trucks, a few scratches and a whiff of the stamp should do the trick. If you're patient, you can also refrain from scratching and use them to mail a bit of summer nostalgia to your loved ones.

Since it was invented in the 1960s, scratch-and-sniff technology has been incorporated into photographs, posters, picture books, and countless kids' stickers.

The first-class mail "forever" stamps will be available in booklets of 20 for $10. You can preorder yours online before they're unveiled at the first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony at Austin's Thinkery children's museum next month.

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