The Coleco Chameleon Was Cobbled Together From SNES Parts, Cardboard, And Lies
In 2015, a team of visionaries decided to crowdfund a device that would be able to play all of the classic video games from the '80s and '90s without the hassle of buying various different consoles (or getting sued by Nintendo). The Retro VGS promised to make retro gaming simple and affordable again, provided they got the measly $2 million they were asking for. Also, each console would cost $300. Why so expensive? Perhaps because the circuit board itself was pretty revolutionary, in the sense that it was the first one to be made from actual cardboard.
RetroVGSIt's so retro that it even predates circuits.
Their first try didn't go well, so they decided to ask Coleco (an Atari rival back in the '80s) if they could slap their name on the product. This probably wasn't a very good idea, since we just had to tell you what "Coleco" even was. Still, they showed off their brand-new Coleco Chameleon prototype at the New York Toy Fair to prove it was real. It even played Super Nintendo games! And used Super Nintendo controllers, and a Super Nintendo power supply, and a Super Nintendo video cable ...
Wait, was their "prototype" a Super Nintendo duct-taped inside an Atari Jaguar case? No, of course not. They used electrical tape.
To silence the haters and doubters, the team then posted a photo of their prototype with a real (non-cardboard, non-SNES) circuit board visible inside. It took the enterprising nerds at Atari Age only three days to prove that this board was definitely an old DVR capture card. Minutes after they pointed this out, the photo mysteriously vanished.
The Coleco brand then ended up disavowing the project, effectively killing it. In hindsight, it's gutsy to name an obvious scam after the animal kingdom's master of disguise.
Famous Counter-Strike YouTubers "Recommend" A Gambling Site They Secretly Own
"Skin gambling" sounds like one of the most depressing pastimes possible, until you learn that it's about video game skins. Then it becomes the most depressing. Players log into a website, deposit the decorative skins they've accumulated on games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and use them to compete in casino-like games. Sometimes they win big, like the time YouTuber TmarTn won $13,000 in skins on a site called CS:GO Lotto. Might wanna lower your speakers if you watch the video below: