Nintendo System Desk Organizers
For some reason, for me, this is the one. This is the worst one. This one really seems like the biggest waste because Nintendo systems aren't made by Microsoft. The NES I still have feels like it's going to last long enough for me to play with my children. So, this, to me, is the most offensive thing you could do to a working system.
If you're doing this to a dead system you don't plan on restoring, then this is actually kind of fine, yet a little creepy (kind of like when people's pets die and they stuff them and make them into side tables).
GreenCub, a console/controller modder making a name for his/herself on Etsy, is taking old Nintendo systems like the N64 and the GameCube and giving us desk organizers made out of what may as well be ivory.
Sure, these look cool, but you could be playing these systems. Either way, they've found really cool ways to fit all your pencils, paperclips and other office supplies in them. They use every crevice of the system as a weird, kind of ad hoc way to keep very specific supplies. Replacing the wires with plastic and the holes with stops, they basically make this into one of those desk organizers that nobody wants to take with them when a company goes under -- only made of Game Cubes and Nintendo 64's.
I mean, think of the joy this could bring to a kid without a console:
Here's an example of what the desk organizers look like.
And here's what the office supply organizers look like (these are really the most brutal ones).
So for all your anal-retentive, "drawers and backpack zippers aren't good enough for me" needs, here's the following Etsy store.
Once you're done there, you could always head on over to your local taxidermist for such wonderful, similar decorative needs such as this:
George Foreman Grill Made Out of a PS3
After that last picture, doesn't this kind of feel like it's panda meat? Let that sink in...
If I had a time machine, I'd go back in time to when people were waiting literal days in line to buy a PS3 and then serve everyone in line hamburgers from this George Foreman Grill.
The fine monsters who would be providing me with such a device are the guys over at The Real PS3 Grill who decided to sacrifice their PS3 so prematurely had the following mission statement:
"Their mission statement claims that the project was carried out to garner fame and glory, and for a very brief amount of time, they will indeed be on top of the world. Soon, however, everyone will forget about this amusing distraction in favor of playing their new gaming systems, while all these guys will have are a hopelessly outdated PS2 and a couple of leftover steaks".
Take that anyone who's ever donated games to charity!
Criminals Make Gaming Consoles into Tattoo Machines
When you're in prison and you don't have a tattoo machine, it's like going camping and forgetting to bring the board games or a deck of cards. It really just isn't the same.
Luckily, some prisoners have found a solution for this.
One prisoner in the Brook House Immigration Removal Centre in West Sussex was using what was left of a Playstation 1 machine as the internal motor to power a home made tattoo machine that he was using to ink up the other inmates.
Even though inmates are completely allowed to have a PS1, or any game system(why is it so bad to be in prison again?), the machine was confiscated and the tattoo frenzy came to an end.
After running the above story, Kotaku received an email from a man who works at a Maximum Security prison, informing him that a lot of prisoners have all kinds of systems. The least favored system among people who work at the prison, though, is the Nintendo 64.
Because they would use the rumble packs as tattoo guns, which would eventually have to be confiscated. How does one do this, do you ask?
Here are the instructions for the next time you're drunk at a party:
It is actually pretty easy. There are no workshops in maximum security. They do it in their rooms with a battery(power) taped to a tube(could be a pen or a tightly wound piece of paper). The motor from the rumble pack is taken out and attached to the top of the tube. A needle or pin is run down the middle of the tube. when "on" the needle will move up and down like a sewing machine. The needle is then dipped in "ink." This is made a number of ways the easiest is to use ball point pen ink, but they could use other items to get different colors or looks.
So yeah, this is the type of behavior is totally fine for convicts. They are the only ones excused (well, them and the people using recycled parts).
Making Your XBox 360 into a Fleshlight
Of course this exists. We've all considered it at least once. A website that no longer exists, that used to specialize in the act of showing you how to take household items and make them into things that you could bang (if you're a guy), came up with the perfect, extremely effort-heavy way to bang your XBox 360, once and for all.
These guys basically modded the XBox 360 so that you could stand it up on its hot, stumpy, grey little legs, install some arms on it that are always at the sides, beckoning you to "play with it", then finally "turn it on" at the power switch hole with your fully adequate, two-inches-indiameter-sized penis.
Those holes are pretty small, but if there were any reason it would rule to have a small penis, it would be to have the ability to express to your XBox exactly what you've always wanted to.
Unfortunately, you can't buy one of these. This is only okay because XBox 360 consoles red ringed so often at the beginning that it's almost impossible for anything they're used for to not be using recycled parts.
Making Your Old Controllers into "Tobacco" Pipes
Perfect. This is actually quite perfect. Yes, these are using controllers from great systems (like the N64), but this time they're actually going to a good cause.
The XBox 360 pipe merely takes out the guts, uses the guide button as a nut and allows you to use the cord holes (yes, this is the scientific term for this part of the controller, I swear) to suck your precious, precious "tobacco" from.
The classic Nintendo 64 controller pipe takes the middle handle and puts holes in it to make a carb, then the nut is put on top where the analog stick usually goes, and the "cord hole" (which I refuse to look up) is used to suck your wonderful magic through.
I'm okay with this, if not for just how ingenuous the idea was. Why not combine two of the greatest activities on earth?
An XBox 360 into a Tissue Box/Alarm Clock
Just because where can you find a tissue box or an alarm clock? Nowhere, that's right.
So, like a person in a zombie apocalypse making a spear out of old tools, this guy decided that he couldn't use his cell phone, or spend a cumulative $8 at Walgreens. No, he needed to take his XBox 360 and make an alarm clock out of it. My only hope is that it red ringed before it was done to it.
Otherwise this is almost like Shark Fin fishing (warning, link may be disturbing).
After re-wiring the XBox 360 to display the numbers in the BACK (which really, if you're going to do this is a bad choice), he decided to make what used to be the DVD/CD slot into a tissue holder -- which really makes sense. They should make more alarm clock/tissue holder combos as they are two things every guy should have at their bedside.
But making it so that the BACK of the XBox 360 shows was probably a mistake, since that's really the ugliest part of the system.
Maybe this guy got a PS3, or maybe he got sick of playing good multiplayer games with a huge amount of people?
The NES Lunchbox
Not ruining a perfectly good video game system that will not only be a HUGE collectible in ten years, but will probably still work at that time (by using a broken system), blogger Fluctifragus completely gutted an original NES and made, admittedly, the coolest lunchbox I've ever seen.
For step by step instructions on how to make this bad boy, go here (but ONLY if your NES is broken).
A Wallet Made of Old Atari Cartridgesv
Finally making appropriate use for the E.T. Atari game, a man who calls himself Nilesz is selling these beauties over here.
The okay part about this is that he takes mail-in requests, given that your cartridge is in the right condition.
What he does, basically, is that for $55 he takes absolutely everything out of the existing cartridge and replaces it with hinges and nothing, so you can fit all your cards and money into it.
The best part is that you'll always carry a cartridge around with you.
The worst part is that you're using a piece of pop culture that will never again be re-made to keep your money in, and that you'll probably break it within a few weeks.
Go ahead and buy them here
An Atari Lamp, Made of a Console and Multiple Gamesv
This is like a lamp made of panda genitals, elephant hearts and bald eagle egg shells.
Sure this looks like of cool, but why would you need this when you still don't own that awesome lamp from A Christmas Story?
But no, some talented bastard decided to cut up a bunch of box art, glue a bunch of games together and re-wire the Atari so that it works as a lamp.
Sure, this is clever as hell, but is it wasteful? Yes.
Is it awesome? Admittedly, yes. Click above to watch the video on the making of this contraption.
Related: The Atari Controller Lamp (not actually made from any real Atari parts).
Have you ever wanted to make a wireless router out of a Nintendo cartridge? Well then today's your lucky day, because someone has figured out how to do just this.
It's kind of a waste of a Nintendo cartridge but this one is actually so complicated that if you can manage to pull it off, you kind of deserve it. Kind of like that guy who really wanted to hunt and kill an adult T-Rex in The Lost World (except that you'll pull it off).
Do you have an old NES cartridge? How about soldering iron and a dremel? Sweet! Then you, friend, are in for a Sunday (or weekday, if you're unemployed or a morning person)!
Link to How to Make a Wireless Router out of an NES cartridge