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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Purchased a PlayStation 3 Between 2006 and 2010? You May Be Entitled to $65
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All that time you spent playing video games in the late aughts could finally pay off: According to Polygon, if you purchased an original-style "fat" PlayStation 3 between November 1, 2006 and April 1, 2010, you're eligible to receive a $65 check. You have until April 15 to file your claim.

PS3 owners first qualified to receive compensation from Sony following the settlement of a lawsuit in 2016. That case dealt with the "OtherOS" feature that came with the console when it debuted. With OtherOS, Sony promised a new PlayStation that would operate like a computer, allowing users to partition their hard drive and install third-party operating systems like the open-source Linux software.

OtherOS was included in the PlayStation 3 until April 2010, when Sony removed the feature due to security concerns. This angered enough PS3 owners to fuel a lawsuit, and Sony, facing accusations of false advertisement and breach of warranty, agreed to settle in October 2016.

PlayStation 3 owners were initially told they'd be receiving $55 each from the settlement, but that number has since grown to $65. To claim your piece of the $3.75 million settlement, you must first confirm that you're qualified to receive it. The PlayStation 3 you purchased needs to be a 20 GB, 40 GB, 60 GB or 80 GB model. If that checks out, visit this website and submit either your "fat" PS3 serial number or the PlayStation network sign-in ID or online ID associated with the console.

[h/t Polygon]

Barbie Is Now Giving Coding Lessons

Mattel wants to help 10 million kids learn to code by 2020, and the toy giant is enlisting one of its most career-focused assets: Barbie. According to Engadget, Mattel is working with the coding education company Tynker to make seven Barbie-themed computer programming lessons.

Barbie has been a pilot, an architect, the president, and a computer engineer, so there may be no better character to teach kids the joys of coding. The lessons, arriving in summer 2018, will be designed for youngsters in kindergarten and up, and will teach Barbie-lovers more than just how to make apps. They’ll use Barbie’s many careers—which also included veterinarian, robotics engineer, and astronaut—as a way to guide kids through programming concepts.

An illustration depicts Barbie and her friends surrounded by cats and dogs and reads 'Barbie: Pet Vet.'

A screenshot of a Barbie coding lesson features a vet's office full of pets.

There are plenty of new initiatives that aim to teach kids how to code, from a Fisher-Price caterpillar toy to online games featuring Rey from Star Wars. This is the third partnership between Mattel and Tynker, who have already produced programming lessons using Hot Wheels and Monster High.

Kindergarten may seem a little soon to set kids on a career path as a computer programmer, but coding has been called “the most important job skill of the future,” and you don’t need to work for Google or Facebook to make learning it worthwhile. Coding can give you a leg up in applying for jobs in healthcare, finance, and other careers outside of Silicon Valley. More importantly for kids, coding games are fun. Who wouldn’t want to play Robotics Engineer Barbie?

[h/t Engadget]

All images by Tynker


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