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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The NES Classic Edition Is Returning to Stores June 29
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It wasn’t easy to land an NES Classic Edition when Nintendo released it in November 2016. In fact, it was nearly impossible. Stores were selling through their (extremely limited) stock within hours of hitting shelves, and soon enough, the only way to actually get one was to pay well above the MSRP on eBay or through a scalper.

Nintendo is now giving people another shot to satisfy their 8-bit nostalgia as the company announced that the NES Classic Edition will be hitting stores yet again starting June 29. Best Buy has already gotten out in front of it, announcing that they will be using a ticketing system for the console similar to how they treat Black Friday—and both in-store and online orders will be limited to just one per customer.

Chances are, many major retailers that got shipments in 2016 will get new stock on Friday, but no one knows how many each store will get, exactly. Thrillist got in touch with stores like ThinkGeek—which said "We do know it will be similar to last time. So, people will have to act fast."—and GameStop, where some stores may just see 10 units overall on Friday. If you want to make sure you're not wasting your time, call ahead.

This all may sound like more gloom and doom from Nintendo, but in a Facebook post about the release, the company did say both the NES and SNES Classic Editions will be available through the end of the year, meaning that while you might not score one on the 29th, you could still get one with a little patience.

The NES Classic hitting stores on June 29 will be the same one released in 2016, with 30 pre-loaded games, like Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Legend of Zelda, retailing at $59.99. The company's renewed interest in the Classic Edition isn't just a U.S. thing; on July 7, gamers in Japan will be able to pick up a special gold Famicom Mini loaded with 20 games based on popular manga series like Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya, and Fist of the North Star. Don't expect that one to make its way stateside, though.

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A New Stranger Things Video Game Is in the Works
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The world of Stranger Things is ready to get the proper video game treatment. TechRadar exclusively revealed that the hit sci-fi series from Netflix will be coming to consoles, courtesy of Telltale Games. Though details are scarce, this seems to be the beginning of a working relationship between the two companies as it was also announced that Telltale’s popular Minecraft: Story Mode game will soon be brought to Netflix as a “5-episode interactive narrative series,” according to the site.

Though Minecraft will be experienced through Netflix itself, the Stranger Things game will be a traditional console/computer release. If you’re unfamiliar with Telltale, its brand of games tends to favor a branching narrative experience that emphasizes player choice over button mashing. These point-and-click adventures usually don’t have a standard release schedule, either; instead, they’re split up into parts and distributed episodically for download. The games are usually released on consoles, including the Nintendo Switch, as well as PC, Android, and iOS.

While the highlight of Telltale’s work is widely considered to be its Walking Dead adaptations, they’ve also found success with other blockbuster franchises like Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, and its latest effort, Batman: The Enemy Within. There’s no word on whether or not the Stranger Things cast will be involved in the game, or if it will follow the established Telltale formula. In a statement to TechRadar, a spokesperson for the developer said, “we're excited to reveal details on these projects later in the year.”

This might not be the end of Netflix’s foray into the video game world. While the company has no plans to enter the market itself, TechRadar did find a job listing at Netflix for a Manager of Interactive Licensing who will "use games as a marketing tactic to capture demand and delight our member community (ex: Stranger Things: The Game)." May your dreams of a Narcos economic simulator game be realized.

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