R-Kaid-R, the first wooden games console since Atari’s VCS, lets you maim via MAME
Have a seat, dear gamer, and behold thIS lavishly hand-tooled, personal arcade system of which a mere 50 are being constructed. The work of excellently named Swedish designer Love Hultén, the R-Kaid-R (“Arcader”, do you see?) is a classic cabinet-emulating love letter to retro gaming days of yore.
It boasts an eight-way joystick, fire buttons aplenty and an eightinch, 800x600 screen, but most importantly (and expensively), it’s all built into a box made from maple, ash or walnut that can be slipped into a leather carry case for eight hours of USB-charged play.
Running games involves a MAME emulator app, an SD card and varying levels of copyright infringement, with consoles from Game Boy to PlayStation covered. It was built to “create curiosity towards the origin of gaming” and is a magical meeting of digital and analogue. $3,590, lovehulten.com, out now