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Writer for GamesBeat and the cartoonist responsible for GameStuff. I love National Treasure.

Location:Poland, Ohio

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Talking Nintendo consoles welcome the Wii U

Imagine that all of your gaming systems talked to each other and were like a family. Buying a new console would be like the arrival of a new baby for them. This hilarious video brings this awesome premise to life, complete with a Wii oblivious to the fact that he's about to become obsolete. You'll also see an old, crusty NES and the black sheep of the family, the Virtual Boy. I think I could watch a whole movie of this.

The Wii U Song

Combine the sound of a game case snapping close with the whirl of a disk, the clicks of analog sticks, and various sound effects from New Super Mario Bros. U, and it turns out you actually get a pretty catchy, little diddy.

The Legend of (paper) Zelda

This creative short film has everything you'd want in a classic Legend of Zelda adventure, like sword fighting, traveling, a showdown with Ganon, and the rescue of a princess. The big difference is that this story forsakes pixel and polygons for simple, scanned drawings animated over multiple Apple product screens.

Did you know this Mega Man trivia?

Mega Man is one of my favorite gaming series, but even I didn't know all of the obscure facts presented in Did You Know Gaming's newest, trivia-filled episode. I certainly didn't know that Capcom was originally going to call the game The Battle Rainbow Rock Man. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?

Assassin’s Creed III confuses this stupid cat

Ha! Animals are dumb. No wonder we eat them or keep most of them as pets. You want proof? Just watch Assassin's Creed III confuse the heck out of this stupid cat. An in-game animal walks off-screen, and the silly feline looks behind the TV to see where it goes. What a dumb animal. It clearly has no understanding of digital projection.

See Descent recreated in Unreal Engine 3

I mostly remember Descent for making me sick, but a lot of fans look back fondly on the PC shooter series. We havn't seen a new release in the franchise since 1999's Descent 3, but one enthusiast, going by Mad Max, is trying to re-create the original inside the modern Unreal Engine 3, which powers games like Gears of War and Infinity Blade.

Animated Portal turns Wheatley human

An amateur animator going by Enquaynay on YouTube created an awesome, hand-drawn version of a cutscene from Portal 2. Even cooler, they reimagined the game by turning robotic characters Wheatley and GLaDOS human. As a fan of traditional animation, I find it incredibly impressive for one person to do this much quality work.

A beautiful homage to the “idle animation”

When I was a kid, I always loved when some real-world annoyance, like my dog whining to go out before she just gives up and pees on the floor, distracted me from my game long enough to trigger an idle animation. Sure, they don't really contribute to gameplay, but these little moments help sell the 8-bit characters' personalities. Just think of Sonic and his classic foot-tapping.

Real-life Rollercoaster Tycoon

Rollercoaster Tycoon is one of my favorite series, so I'm really geeking out over this video depicting a man with the power to play the game in the real world. Of course, it wouldn't really be Rollercoaster Tycoon without a couple horrible, horrible ride accidents. Now, excuse me while I go rummage through my old PC games. I've got some parks to build.

COPS…in Skyrim

You all know COPS. It's the show where real police officers protect America by arresting a bunch of people committing violent crimes. Honestly, it's pretty funny on its own, but what if it was set in Skyrim? Oh, then you have comedy gold, my friend.