Culture By on Feb 26, 2014
Marbles, they’re not just for kids. At least not these ones. These cost $1,000 each. And what do you know, people actually buy them. Mike Gong created this series of handmade glass marbles titled “Acid Eaters”. They feature pretty wicked designs, images of eyes popping out and swirling, LSD-type patterns. The marbles are also 5 feet tall. Just kidding. But THAT would be really cool.
Culture By on Sep 19, 2013
If you’ve always thought the ‘board’ in board games was spelled b-o-r-e-d, we feel your pain. Perhaps it all stems from the die, that ancient gaming accessory. Dice+ ($40) is an electronic die that uses Bluetooth power to hook up with smartphones and tablets to take some traditional games into the 21st century. You roll it, your gear recognizes it. The list of games at the moment is small (Backgammon, This Way Up, and Bella & Max among others), but Game Technologies is promising many more to come at in Apples App Store and on Google Play.
Culture By on Apr 17, 2013
Working at a cool place like Google or Amazon probably means fun perks like break rooms where employees are encouraged to blow off steam with fun games. Sadly, most of us instead work for evil jerkbags who only grudgingly provide working toilets. But hey, now any room can be turned into a game room with the Kartoni cardboard foosball table. Just bring it to work and unfold the fun as everything comes together without screws or frustrating tools. The cardboard is made from 100% renewable raw materials, and despite its eco-friendly status, the tech sector is recognized with a built-in speaker for the iPhone.
Culture By on Dec 18, 2012
How does one make dice anyway? What is that stuff? Plastic? Not sure. But a few weeks ago we showed you some nifty stainless steel playing cards, and the only thing tackier than not having those cards is having those cards and not having some Precision Machined Dice ($33+) to go with them in your home gambling repertoire. Choose from aluminum, stainless steel, brass, copper, or titanium. Each die is precision machined from a solid piece of raw material, so the only hollowness you’ll feel is that feeling in your tummy when you roll snake eyes.
Culture By on Nov 21, 2012
When TV’s Ed Asner invented the world’s first playing cards in 1983, they were made out of al dente pasta*. Through the years they’ve been constructed out of heavy paper, cardboard, plastic, alligator skin, and now, we finally have a winner: Stainless Steel Playing Cards ($143). Each card is crafted from high-grade stainless steel and emblazoned with classic English style numbers and graphics. The question you have to ask yourself is, are your poker buddies even worthy of touching these beauties?
(*Haven’t checked this out on Snopes yet).
Culture By on Nov 20, 2012
Can you smell that? No, not the burning plastic odor from your neighbor’s backyard (you should look into that by the way)… I’m talking about the unmistakable scent of a foosball renaissance! Yes, old school table soccer is on the way back, and the Phoos Table ($599) is leading the charge. With a modern design featuring low-emission engineered wood, sleek metal rods, and spiffy styling, this table is the perfect host for what will surely be the sports comeback of the decade. Welcome back, foosie.