Buyer's Guide to Video Game Lamps Part 2
A while back we featured some of the greatest video game lamps available to gamers that like a little style in their home lighting scheme. Today, we salute some new products for that purpose and let you know where they are available.
It's always a good idea to start with Mario in gaming, and you can't do worse than this elegant and classic fixture from TRoweDesigns. The lamp stands a foot tall on a hand-painted wooden base, and is activated by the chain snaking through the real plumbing fixture pipes. You get your choice of Mario, Fire Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, or Toad as your representative. It's a bit steep at almost $200, but does come with a spare 6 watt bulb at least.
The Type 1 Energy Sword from Halo was the melee weapon of choice for the Covenant Empire, exclusively used by the Sangheili. You can't own one in real life, but this table lamp from Pete Betcher is the next best thing at less than half the price of the Mario piece. The blades are made up of polished, laser-cut blue acrylic that adds a soft glow to your room. The blades also lift out for cosplay purposes, but be advised that they are very sharp. Not for homes with small children.
TicketsSat., Mar. 4, 8:00pm
Je'Caryous Johnson's "Married But Single Too"
TicketsFri., Mar. 10, 8:00pm
The Illusionists - Live From Broadway (Touring)
TicketsSat., Mar. 11, 4:00pm
The King and I (Touring)
TicketsTue., Mar. 14, 7:30pm
Brain Candy LIVE: Adam Savage & Michael Stevens
TicketsThu., Mar. 23, 8:00pm
Another Pete Betcher classic celebrates the elegance and enduring majesty of the Legend of Zelda with this Triforce lamp. It projects both the minimalistic light of the Goddesses triangle sigils, as well as the crest of the Hyrulean royal family. Betcher has been improving his Zelda lamps tremendously over the years, and now offers a variety of versions in different sizes and styles on his page.
Flashback Buyer's Guide to Video Game Watches
I've got good news and bad news. The good news is that yes, that is a fully moveable GLaDOS ceiling lamp and it is so far past awesome it can actually see the release date of Portal 3. The bad news is it isn't for sale. Dragonator over on Instructables does lay out for you step by step how you can make one, though, if you have a 3D printer that is. This is honestly something you need to attempt only if you've got some serious tinkering skills yourself, and even then not all the bugs have been worked out. Still, there is no denying how absolutely incredible the finished product is if you can stand the testing.
Finally, Paladone Productsis offering this novelty Tetris lamp for a pretty decent price of $50 on Amazon. You can assemble the pieces in any configuration you choose and the lamp lights up once all seven have been connected. The pieces are not magnetic, though, so build accordingly and only on a stable, level surface. It's a little gimmicky, but makes for a great office talk piece.
We specialize in shopping guides for the well-heeled geek. Want to own a variety of Power Gloves http://blogs.houstonpress.com/artattack/2012/12/guide_to_power_gloves.php, or perhaps you're more interested in steampunk Nintendo accessories http://blogs.houstonpress.com/artattack/2012/08/steampunk_nintendo.php.
Get the Theater Newsletter
Get a rundown of upcoming theater events and ticket deals in Houston.