Netflix Is Resurrecting Inspector Gadget

Du nuh nuh nuh nuh, Inspector Gadget is coming to Netflix. The absolutely amazing 80s gadget adventure show is being resurrected in CGI form along with the amazing 80s spy show Danger Mouse and three other kids' shows. The best part? This is happening very soon. Inspector Gadget premieres on March 27. » 2/25/15 7:15pm 2/25/15 7:15pm

Awesome animation is like a cross between Back to the Future and Tron

If this video doesn't get you going, you're dead inside and we can't be friends. Florian Renner made this short animation, Retrowave, as an ode to the style of the 1980's. It basically combines the worlds of Back to the Future and Tron by turning the DeLorean into a Light Cycle on The Grid. » 2/10/15 7:57pm 2/10/15 7:57pm

2,400 MS-DOS Games Are Now Free Online (Some of Them Are Porn)

The Internet Archive just dumped nearly 2,400 old MS-DOS video games into an easy-to-navigate repository. Every single one of the games is free to play in your browser. Some of the games are classics. Some of them are hilariously obscure. And some of them are porn—which is something you probably didn't realize existed… » 1/06/15 4:37pm 1/06/15 4:37pm

This Amazing '80s Arcade Is the Best Virtual Reality Trip Yet

The Oculus Rift VR headset can take you to incredible fictional places, like scene from gorgeous movies like Interstellar or Spirited Away. Last night, it took me somewhere more grounded in reality, but still spectacular: my own personal, deliciously retro '80s arcade. » 11/06/14 7:08pm 11/06/14 7:08pm

Hey Internet Old Timers, What Was Life Like During the Web's Early Days?

Before fiber optic cables, before Wi-Fi, before you got bombarded with enough AOL free trial CDs to build your family a (very weak and ineffective) home, the internet was a vastly simpler thing. So tell us, you internet pioneers, what was life like during the wild west days of the early internet? » 10/28/14 3:28pm 10/28/14 3:28pm

What It Was Like to Be Online During the 80s

Here are two first-hand accounts of internet life in the 80s, when porn was restricted to asterisks and dashes and the screeching sound of dial-up was music to young computer geeks' ears. » 9/25/14 1:30pm 9/25/14 1:30pm

8 of the World's Coolest Skyscrapers Rendered Like 1980s Futurist Art

An increasing number of skyscrapers that line our horizons these days resemble the future we were promised: twisting pillars of glass and steel that stretch up into the clouds. When you glaze those buildings with some 1980s-inspired French futurism, however, they look simply surreal » 8/28/14 9:00am 8/28/14 9:00am

Haim's New Sally Jessy Raphael-Style Video Is Pitch Perfect

Haim just can't move out of the shadow of the 80s. They've been compared to Wilson Phillips and lauded for their #dadrock vibes. So why not embrace it? Their new video is gloriously retro as only a sendup of a 1986 daytime talk show can be. » 8/19/14 7:00pm 8/19/14 7:00pm

Try Listening to "Danger Zone" Without Feeling Like a Hero

This was bound to happen. After spending three hours writing about 80s music and flying dog-dragons, I can't stop listening to 80s music. I did, however, graduate to the guitar-shredding Kenny Loggins version of 80s music and F-14s. » 7/20/14 7:00pm 7/20/14 7:00pm

How The Neverending Story Taught Us to Love 80s Synth-Pop

Exactly 30 years ago today, the world saw The NeverEnding Story for the first time. It was a time before CGI, when you had to make fantasy movies with puppets. But nothing feels old fashioned about the synth-laden, sunset-colored theme song by Giorgio Moroder. The flying dragon-dog was pretty cool, too. » 7/20/14 6:10pm 7/20/14 6:10pm

15 Toylines from the '80s That Will Never Ever Be Coming Back

The ‘80s were the golden age of the action figure, but not all '80s toylines were gold. For every He-Man or Transformers, there are a dozen series that will never return — either because they’ve been forgotten, or they've been outclassed, or just because they sucked in the first place. Here are 15 toylines whose… » 9/20/13 12:10pm 9/20/13 12:10pm

This Incredible Orgy of '80s Nostalgia Will Melt Your Brain

A year or so ago we posted a video by Smash TV called Skinemax. It's was an incredible supercut of everything 1990s. Smash TV's newest joint is called Memorex, and it's all big hair, crappy video effects, and oh my God I haven't thought about that commercial in decades! » 1/17/13 9:00pm 1/17/13 9:00pm

Cellular Radio Telephone Ad From the 80s Predicts "Cellular Revolution"

Look at these old cellular phones. You could probably shove 10 iPhones inside each of these puppies. That Motorola handset weighs only 30 ounces. Amazing! » 1/20/12 12:01am 1/20/12 12:01am

If You Couldn't Afford the '80s Bigtrak, Download the Free iPhone App…

Sure to get men of A Certain Age all flustered, Bigtrak's iPhone app has arrived in the same year that the toy relaunched, and while it's not much more than a glorified calculator, it's a free trip down memory lane. » 9/07/10 4:40pm 9/07/10 4:40pm

Nintendo Service Training Video Explains that All Customers Are Idiots,…

According to this classic Nintendo service training video, it's damned near impossible for the NES to fail...unless the customer broke or misused it. Even poor old John Billingsley can't get a break! [via Kotaku] » 2/04/09 2:40pm 2/04/09 2:40pm

Re-Released Takara Tomy Transformers Watch Needs a Little More AllSpark

If you need help reliving your childhood, Takara Tomy is re-releasing its classic Transformers watch. I don't remember Transformers looking so drab though. Funny what a few years will do to your perspective. » 1/22/09 2:00am 1/22/09 2:00am

DIY Passive Multitouch Input Device Recreates the 80s for About $50

This passive multitouch controller designed and built by Randy Jones requires no electric circuits to operate. All it needs it a little 80s synth and the party starts itself. » 12/28/08 5:00pm 12/28/08 5:00pm

Wonderfully 80s Boombox Wristwatch Doesn't Play Music

I was all amped up for this little boombox watch until I got to the last sentence over at technabob » 11/16/08 8:00pm 11/16/08 8:00pm. "I only wish the tiny little speakers actually worked," they wrote, at which I wept a little because part of me wanted to relive the smashing acid wash 80s in whatever way I could. I can't lift massive boomboxes onto…

Real Life Autobots Found in Chinese Scrap Yard

It's got to be tough distinguishing your scrap yard (a big lot filled with junk) from a competitor's scrap yard (another big lot filled with junk). But one Chinese entrepreneur from the Zhejiang province had a plan to promote his particular pile of junk as something special. He'd build full scale Autobot » 10/10/08 3:45pm 10/10/08 3:45pm sculptures.…