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“Wagashi” is a type of traditional Japanese candy that’s usually served with tea. Typically, the candies have some sort of nature or animal theme (you’ll see some flowery examples below). However, Twitter user Otakumi makes wagashi that are influenced by anime and video games. Otakumi makes these candies at Kuramoto Hinode, which is a wagashi shop in Tokushima Prefecture. They’re soft and they’re made from rice-based dough and bean paste. These particular wagashi are called “nerikiri”.

If you’re ever in Japan, make sure to check out Kuramoto Hinode and pick up some of these treats. They sure do look tasty!

Check out some more examples after the break…

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There’s something so amazing about seeing the beauty of a Final Fantasy game brought to life in the form of this Final Fantasy XIV-themed restaurant in Tokyo called the Eorzea Cafe.

They’ve definitely gone all out, from the decor to the design and even the menu. They’ve even included a bank of computers where you can play the game. Between the Moogles and the food decoration — and some appropriately named drinks (they have one called Alchemist Elixir), I can’t imagine it must be a complete blast to visit.

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Tetris Tots Anyone?

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These illustrations of BioShock plasmids done up in the styles of different video games would look truly beautiful sitting on a shelf in your liquor cabinet. They’re the work of artist Sylvia Schneider. Th’um of Dovahkiin sounds like it could be interesting, but there’s no way I’m trusting a bottle of anything from Aperture Science.

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I’m not entirely sure what the advertising angle is for the Atari Remix mobile game bundle from Denny’s, which features classic Atari games like Asteroids, Centipede, and Breakout with a sort of diner/breakfast theme. I mean, breakfast foods are great, but I don’t think blasting asteroids shaped like hash browns is going to push me to hop in the car and drive to my nearest Denny’s. Still, here’s what Atari had to say about the remix in a recent press release:

Inspired by Denny’s new “Greatest Hits Remixed” menu – which features a selection of the diner’s iconic dishes all with a new culinary spin – three of Atari’s most famous games, Asteroids®, Centipede® and Breakout®, have been remixed as “Hashteroids,” “Centipup” and “Take-Out.” Beyond just a new name, the games will feature diner elements, such as flying hash browns and syrup bottle shooters.

As you may have heard, Atari has had some financial trouble in recent years and it seems they’re a little desperate to reinvent the brand. An Ad Age article had this to say about the Denny’s partnership:

The partnership is the biggest for Atari since it came out of bankruptcy in December, said Kristen Keller, exec VP-business affairs and general counsel at Atari. The company filed for Chapter 11 in January 2013, saying it wanted to sell its portfolio of more than 200 videogames to a highest bidder. That original plan didn’t happen, so the company decided to sell off assets in pieces.

Ms. Keller said that the company had previously inked partnerships with companies such as General Mills and Taco Bell, but it had been years since those efforts. “From a brand-marketing perspective, we’re excited about this partnership because we get to connect with existing fans, but we get to expose the Atari brand to new fans as well, which part of the strategy for our comeback,” said Tony Chien, senior director-marketing at Atari.

If you happen to be into the whole Hashteroid thing, then head on over to iTunes or Google Play to download the Remix.

(via Kotaku)

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Gaming pro TaeJa, can win at StarCraft II and can go 17 – 0 at Dreamhack, but gets pwned by a champagne bottle.

Apparently, the Dreamhack Champage bottle is the highest level boss at the competition, since this is the 4th year this has happened.

My guess is they’ll go in with a full raid against that champagne next year.

You can watch the video, which is sort of adorable, after the break.

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Pokémon Lava Cookies . Photo via Gourmet Gaming.

There’s something especially delicious about how food and drink look in video games. Whether it’s something you pick up to replenish health or it’s something you just see during gameplay, there’s a part of every gamer that wonders just what they might taste like. If you’re a gamer who also loves to cook you might actually spend time thinking about how you can make these things a reality – so why not try? Whether or not you have experience cooking, there are lots of resources out there that can help you bring these from your console to the dinner table!

For example, Gourmet Gaming and The Geeky Chef offer game-inspired recipes that will have you eager to cook and replay your favorite games. Find out how these game-loving foodies started out, get their tips for combining these interests, and try four delicious recipes for yourself after the break!

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We all love food and drinks with nerdy themes, especially when it comes from an equally geeky establishment. Unfortunately, going out to eat and being greeted by a nerdy menu is still something of a rare event. We don’t know why, but many places still choose to use the rather boring menu format without a themed-item in sight!

To fulfill our craving for creatively geeky menus, we conducted a search around the world. Here are nine of the nerdiest menus from the United States and abroad. See the menus and some of their deliciously nerdy food and drink after the break!

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There was a time, roughly two decades ago (God, I feel old), when Chuck E. Cheese had some awesome games. Sure, they were mostly the size of refrigerators—if you can remember the old school Jurassic Park rail shooter arcade game then you’ll know what I’m talking about—but they were great for the time.

Nowadays, mobile and console-based video games pretty much trump anything that can be found at the family oriented pizza and play place. “Kids today have unprecedented access to game consoles and tablets,” said Roger Cardinale, president of CEC Entertainment, the company that owns Chuck E. Cheese. But CEC is looking to modernize Chuck E. Cheese’s entertainment offerings by giving their customers the chance to experience the best in virtual reality technology.

Over the next six weeks, 29 Chuck E. Cheese locations throughout the country (including Dallas, San Diego and Orlando) will receive the new Virtual Ticket Blaster Experience game, which utilizes an Oculus Rift VR headset. The object of the game is pretty simple: Players will step into a booth, don a headset and try to catch simulated Chuck E. Cheese tickets.

“Our challenge is to deliver an experience not available at home, and there is no doubt virtual reality does just that. Oculus Rift technology is the next frontier in the gaming industry, and we’re thrilled to be able to say it’s part of the Chuck E. Cheese’s lineup,” said Cardinale.

It’s not completely clear what kind of version of the Rift Chuck E. Cheese will utilize for this simulator, but we’re looking forward to seeing how this all pans out.

(via Tech Crunch)

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If you’re looking for a bar environment that’s like “Cheers,” but with a lot more video game references (think: a place where everybody knows your “gamertag”), then Atlanta’s Battle & Brew game bar should be right up your alley. Battle is a gamer’s kind of boozy establishment: they have anime nights, Geek Trivia, e-sports events and lots of video games (everything from the latest XBOX One titles to old school NES classics). Chef Lu Bu, an ex-Gamestop manger and a diehard Dynasty Warriors fan, cooks up all kinds of tasty grub,  ranging from pizzas to wings and quesadillas. Anyway, if you’d like to learn more about the bar, then you can watch their promo video after the break.

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