Friday, July 27, 2012

Object of geek desire: replica N64 Goldeneye Watch

Anyone fortunate enough to have lived in the halcyon days of the N64 will remember the awesomeness that was Goldeneye. Hailed by many as the most the most seminal first-person shooter on a console, it came to define a generation of gamers and stands out as one of the best titles from the N64's library.

While the blocky polygon art style of Goldeneye has not aged particularly well, its legacy has become near mythical as the gamers who cut their teeth on its fabled 4-person local multiplayer age into their 20s and 30s.

Luckily, these fortunate sons of an earlier age now have a dash spiffy way to identify themselves when out in the real world. Enter, the Goldeneye Replica Watch...


Full health and body armor? Someone's angling for the AC -10 award...
(source)

The idea for the replica watch hit the internet via Reddit about a month ago, but interested parties were skeptical as to whether or not it would actually work. The Reddit version goes through the cafepress competitor site artscow.com and requires a few steps to complete. The upshot is that the finished product will cost you less than $6.00 (pictured above).

For those wishing for simplicity, goldeneyewatch.com has a finished product for $29.99 $19.99 that stems from a worrying low-res product shot, but requires only one click to order. It looks quite similar to the "Sports Metal Watch" created through Artscow, but is roughly five three times more expensive. Still, I guess it does save you a few clicks in the ordering process.

For those interested in the DIY version, here's the basic rundown of how to get the $6.00 Goldeneye Watch via Reddit:
  1. Go to artscow.com and create an account
  2. Verify the account, then click on "My Account" and then "Credit & Discount" (right side)
  3. Enter the code GIVEITEMS and click redeem. It may or may not say the code is expired, ignore this if it does
  4. Click on this page and ctrl+F to find "Sports Metal Watch". Hit "order now"
  5. Customize the watch by uploading the template available on the Reddit thread
  6. Change the clock face from Numerics to "No Text", and your watch should be looking pretty spiffy. Click on "Place Order" when you're happy with the finished product
  7. Finally, enter the code "clockwatches" at the checkout page to bring the shipping down to $5.99
  8. Et Viola! GIVEITEMS knocks the watch down to free, and clockwatches ensures that you only pay $5.99 for the shipping.
Does all of this work?


You bet your DK5 Deutsche it does.

Via: Reddit and a bunch of cool users there
(particularly Firespray, rware, and icanarejesus)