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10 Envy-inducing Video Game Bathrooms

The stereotype of the serious video gamer living in his parent's basement, sitting in the dark covered in Cheeto dust only covers a small portion of gamers. Many have grown up with video games and eventually bought their own homes. Owning a home means you can surround yourself with decor that reminds you of your favorite things. However, there are also spouses who will veto your wildest ideas. But many will compromise and the bathroom is a good, mostly private place to let your imagination run wild. Therefore, the video game bathroom was born.

1. Mario

The most recognizable video game character ever is a plumber -how appropriate is that? Lawyer, Lego artist and redditor Kueeny put together this Mario bathroom with her own painting skills and items she found on the internet. See more pictures in an online album.

2. World of Warcraft

Paul and Gloria are serious World of Warcraft players, and so renovated their bathroom to accommodate the Horde. There are weapons galore, potions, dragons for light fixtures, and a death raven perched over the toilet. They did all the work themselves! They also posted pictures of the project before, during, and after.

3. Space Invaders #1

The great thing about 8-bit video games, or any pixel-based art form, is that you can recreate it with squares in projects such as quilts or bathroom tiles. In a Hong Kong apartment decorated by the firm OneByNine, Space Invaders drop from the sky embedded in the shower tiles -complete with explosions and errors. The rest of the home is thoroughly adult.

4. Space Invaders #2

We are geeks

Liz’s bathroom renovation included a custom shower featuring Space Invader tiling. She said she and her husband are “both huge geeks” and designed the invaders, player ship, and mothership. The pixel mosaic is composed of glass and travertine tile. The remodel was done by R.A. Stacy. See more pictures of the finished work in her Flicker set.

5. Portal

Animation director James Farr produced a Portal bathroom for his son, Vector. It was an adjunct to his completely Portal-themed bedroom!

6-8. Tetris

The idea of converting pixel design to bathroom tiles makes a Tetris shower stall very tempting. The rare person who is not familiar with the game would think these are just clever designs. Mad Martha laid out shower tiles in a Tetris pattern for her sons' bathroom ten years ago.

This black and white Tetris shower stall could even pass for a random design, especially since its condition makes it seem very old.

This bathroom that fits all the shapes together was featured here years ago, but no one knows who constructed it.

If you want to try this in your bathroom, a tile supplier in England makes bathroom tiles in Tetris shapes. For faster installation, they also offer sheets of small square tiles laid out in preset Tetris patterns. If money is no object, you could even get yourself a Tetris-tile-shaped faucet, although the company that makes these calls them "basin mixers."

9. Nintendo

Gregory Pinzone didn't want to limit his bathroom to one video game, so he designed it around several classic Nintendo games: Super Mario, Donkey Kong, and Pac-Man! Notice the mirror frame incorporates all these together. See more pictures in his project album.

10. Star Wars

Yeah, I know Star Wars was a movie series, but there are plenty of Star Wars video games, too, and this pixelated Star Wars character bath enclosure is too cool to NOT include. May the Force of the water pressure be with you!

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Nintendo Is Releasing a Special Gold Famicom Mini, Which Will Come Pre-Loaded With 20 Games

Nintendo’s renewed focus on retro gaming continues as the company is slated to release a manga-focused edition of the Famicom Mini in Japan on July 7. The Famicom—short for Nintendo Family Computer—is the Japanese version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, and this new device will come with 20 games pre-loaded onto it.

Back when the NES Classic hit U.S. stores in 2016, Japan got its own Famicom Mini, which featured a slightly different selection of games from its Western counterpart, including Mario Open Golf and Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai. This new edition of the Mini will be gold-plated and is being released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the manga magazine Weekly Jump, according to Kotaku.

To go with the theme, the games on the system will be ones based on the popular manga at the time like Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya, and Fist of the North Star, as The Verge reports. These are games that most Western audiences would have never experienced for themselves in the late '80s and early '90s as the manga/anime culture had not yet spilled over into the States much, and companies would rarely waste the time and money on localizing them for an unfamiliar fanbase.

In the rare instances that these games did come stateside, they were usually altered to appeal to a different culture—the most famous example is Dragon Ball on the Famicom arriving in America as Dragon Power in 1988 with box art looking more like something from The Karate Kid than a manga series.

Now that American audiences have embraced manga, there might actually be a market for this tiny package of retro gaming in the States. Unfortunately, there's no word on a U.S. release, meaning you’ll likely have to head to eBay or your local boutique video game store in order to have a shot at landing one. If you want a consolation prize, the original NES Classic will be heading back to stores on June 29—though if history is any guide, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get your hands on that, either.

[h/t: The Verge]

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5 Smartphone Games That Let You Tend Plants and Chill Out
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Being in nature is naturally relaxing, but city-dwellers don’t always have an opportunity to get outside. Gardening can be therapeutic for mental health, but you may not have access to a garden—or even the space to tend a houseplant. You can still have a few moments of horticultural meditation every day. It will just have to be digital.

Over the last few years, video game developers have released a number of mobile games that revolve around the simple act of tending to plants. These games are, for the most part, slow-moving, meditative experiences that focus on beautiful graphics, calming soundtracks, and low-key challenges. They’re a great way to de-stress and pursue your gardening dreams, no watering can required.

Here are five relaxing, plant-centric phone games you can download now.

1. VIRIDI; FREE

Viridi is like Neopets for plants. The game is dedicated to nurturing a pot of succulents that grow almost in real time. You can plant a variety of succulent species in your virtual pot. Spritz your plants with water when they’re thirsty and wait for them to grow. Each week, a new seedling will be available for you to plant. The game moves slowly by design. You can let it run in the background, and your plants will do their thing, just like a real plant would. These ones are even harder to kill than real succulents, though.

Find it: iOS, Android

2. TOCA NATURE; $2.99

Toca Boca makes games for kids, but honestly, Toca Nature is pretty fun no matter what your age. You can create your own natural landscapes, adding trees, water features, and mountains. Different natural features attract different animals, and the type of landscape you make shapes whether you’ll get bears, beavers, or birds living there. You can collect berries, feed the animals, or just enjoy planting trees.

Find it: iOS, Android

3. BREATH OF LIGHT: RELAXING PUZZLER; $1.99

In Breath of Light, your job is to bring a garden to life by manipulating a stream of light. Move rocks and mirrors around your zen garden to harness and direct the life-giving light emanating from a single flower. When the light hits another flower, it causes that plant to grow. The very simple puzzles are designed to help you chill out, and the award-winning soundtrack by the audio designer Winterpark features binaural tones that are naturally relaxing. “As a unique, gamified version of guided meditation, Breath of Light helps you enter a state of calm serenity without you even noticing,” according to Killscreen. Sorry, Android users—the app seems to have disappeared from Google Play, but it’s still available for iPhone.

Find it: iOS

4. PRUNE; $3.99

Prune is a puzzle game with a horticultural twist. The object is to plant a tree, then as it grows up, guide it with careful pruning, helping the branches reach the light while staying away from the cold shadows or hot sun, both of which will kill the tree. As the levels rise, you’ll need to contort your trees into ever more complex shapes.

Find it: iOS, Android

5. EUFLORIA; $4.99

If you like your gardening to be a little more high-stakes, Eufloria is out of this world. Seriously, it’s about colonizing asteroids. Your mission is to grow trees on far-off asteroids, sending your seedlings out to turn gray space rocks into thriving landscapes. Your seeds hop from asteroid to asteroid at your behest, creating a chain of fertile life. Sometimes, alien enemies will attack your flourishing asteroid colonies, but don’t worry; you can beat them back with the power of more seeds. The game can be fast-paced and competitive, but there’s a “relaxed” play option that’s more meditative.

Find it: iOS, Android

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