The Dedicated Gamer's Guide to Video Game Lamps

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"Without lamps there would be no light."

-John Bender

Lamps are not the most exciting thing in the world, but Bender is right. Bender is always right. For the dedicated gamer looking to light up a room in a unique way, there are several different options to choose from. So welcome to the Houston Press's video game lamp guide, for all your video game lamp needs.

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This Atari-themed lamp was created by a YouTube user that they call doktaluv. It features the classic Atari game console with wood trim as a base, a stylish spiral of cartridge games as its shaft and an ingenious shade made of video game box art.


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If you're looking for something more modern and... organic, Daniel Ritthanondh has fashioned these ceiling fixtures to resemble Barnacles from the Half-Life series of games. Barnacles hang motionless on the ceilings, with their tongues hanging out waiting to snare prey. Barnacle lamps hang motionless, illuminating the room and creeping out your children. DO NOT CONFUSE ONE FOR THE OTHER.


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Along the same lines as the Atari lamp, but with that 8-Bit style, is this lamp crafted from an NES advantage control from Recycled Retro. The joystick has been removed to install the shaft and shade, but otherwise perfectly maintains the integrity of the number one controller for simulating the arcade control experience at home.


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Perhaps you're looking for something a bit more modernist...or communist. This one works either way. These hanging wall lights are based on Tetris, the addictive and popular puzzle game with the catchy theme song. The Tetris lights are not for sale, but the people over at Cut Out and Keep have simple instructions for you to make some for yourself cheaply and easily.

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