Kustom Kontrollerz is All About Those Rad Customized Peripherals

Put a personal touch onto your controllers with Kustom Kontrollerz.

There’s a lot of companies out there that are making some pretty sweet custom controllers on the market, including Controller Chaos and others. But one name you should pay particular attention to is Kustom Kontrollerz.

This small but sufficient team has been around for some time, making waves on Twitter and other social channels.  So when they decided to show off some custom designs of what they have in store next, we jumped at the chance to share it with our audience.

Don’t “Mock” This Company

In this particular case, it’s mock-ups that revolve around Venom 2, the upcoming sequel to the Sony blockbuster comic book film. Granted, these aren’t official designs as of yet, but merely test designs that could go into production, provided there’s enough demand for them. But judging by what we’ve seen thus far, the team has some impressive ideas in store.

First is a general design with a not-official Venom 2 logo (but pretty close), along with imagery featuring the tongue-laden character in all his hungry glory. It’s a pretty sweet red and black design, with some white D-pads and buttons thrown in for good measure, for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. You can see that particular design below.

We…are impressed.

Next up is a Venom vs. Carnage themed controller, to tie in with the potential duel that will come with the sequel should it release on time later this year. As you can see, the design’s a bit similar with the red and black, but this time you see Carnage on the right side of the controller, available in both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One mock-ups.

Here’s a design we can get behind.

These are just two of the designs being offered by the company, as they have a whole webpage filled with ideas. These include an AEW-inspired controller; a sweet black carbon fiber design for those of you that want something simple yet sleek; and even an excellent Marvel’s Avengers inspired controller, which you can see below. For those of you still reeling from the brilliance of Endgame, this just might be what you’re looking for.

Avengers, be awesome!

While the controllers are slightly higher in price than the usual offerings, Johnny Marcos and his team of artists and makers really go all out with comfort in mind. They’ve made everything from Red Dead Redemption 2-inspired controllers (with shotgun shell-based analog sticks!) to a bloody PlayStation 4 controller that, well, seems just about right for horror games. You can shop the company’s full offerings here.

Get Your Own Kustom On

Based on what we’ve seen Kustom Kontrollerz do for celebrities and gaming types in the past, they’ve really gone all out to satisfy those cravings for special controllers on the market. Take a look and see what they can do for you – because it’s quite a bit.

Isolated in the House? Here’s Why You Should Give Arcade1up a Try

Social distancing has its benefits, such as Arcade1up.

Being stuck in the house sucks. It does. We know how it is. That said, it’s ideal for gamers because they can go and enjoy video games whenever they please without having to socialize with anyone – well, save for those in chat, of course.

But let’s say you miss the feeling of the arcade. A lot of them are closed these days due to the Coronavirus, and there are those that are hunkering to feel the glory of coin-op machines. But how can they in a time of crisis? Well, the team at Tastemakers might just have a solution.

It’s called Arcade1up, and it’s a line-up of build-them-yourself arcade games that feel and look just like the real deal. In fact, many of the models come with multiple games built into the system, so you can enjoy a number of classics on a dedicated cabinet.

Why yes, we do like the Star Wars cabinet.

Arcade1up brings the classics directly to you.

The company began producing these games a while back, starting with collections featuring Atari and Namco favorites, like Galaga/Galaxian and Pac-Man/Pac-Man Plus. They’ve become hit sellers, but then the company went the extra mile with even more popular machines, including a three-pack of Star Wars arcade games and a two-pack of Konami’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade games. It’ll continue its run this summer with a number of new machines, including a dedicated NBA Jam cabinet with online play, as well as other favorites like a Golden Axe/Sega package (with five games!) and a Frogger/Time Pilot combo machine, as well as virtual pinball in conjunction with Zen Studios.

So why would Arcade1up be just the thing for you, especially now? Let’s look at some of the positives.

They’re easy to build. With the Arcade1up, all you essentially need to put together a cabinet is a Phillips head screwdriver. That’s it. All the other parts – screws, joints, panels – come with the game. You assemble it within a matter of hours, although it wouldn’t hurt to have someone else helping you out. Heck, make it a group project while you’re all quarantined together. There are some smaller screws that can be a bit of a challenge, but you’ll find it’s all worthwhile when the machine comes together and sits comfortably in your home.

There are Arcade1up machines for every taste. No matter what kind of games you’re into, Arcade1up has a good variety to choose from. It recently introduced a limited edition BurgerTime cabinet featuring a number of Data East classics, like Bad Dudes and Caveman Ninja (Joe and Mac). Again, later this summer, it’ll bring a three-pack of basketball classics with its NBA Jam cabinet, along with online play functionality. And it’ll also have some other favorites. For some strange reason, we’re hunkering for that Frogger/Time Pilot combo, just because we can.

And let’s not forget the Mortal Kombat three-pack, which has been one of its best-selling cabinets to date. It just goes to show that it has some variety to spare, with even more games to come. You’re going to need a bigger game room.

Stuck in a house with family? You can always rely on Turtles and Marvel heroes.

They’re easier to maintain than actual arcade games. One big advantage to the Arcade1up is that they’re easier to take care of than actual arcade machines since you don’t have to deal with all the architecture and wiring of an actual machine. Sure, they may not be exactly the same as a real coin-op, but they’re much more affordable and, again, easier to work with. And if anything does go wrong – like with one of the buttons or something – their customer service can make it right rather quickly.

Your wallet will thank you. Finally, let’s be honest. Purchasing arcade games for the home can be expensive. Try to find a dedicated Star Wars arcade cabinet these days that won’t push over a thousand dollars. Go ahead, we’ll wait. (And if you do, make sure you check the condition, yeah?)

Build a game room or spruce up your home with Arcade1up.

But with Arcade1up, you get something that feels like the actual arcade game and offers a number of choices for a convenient price. And what’s more, they’re a little smaller in size, which means you can fit more of them into your home. Imagine being able to build the arcade of your dreams, but without having to compromise space. That’s what we’re talking about.

You’ll be able to feel the boomshakalaka this summer.

Again, you can learn more about Arcade1up on its official page. It never hurts to take a look and see what they’ve got to offer – and more importantly, what’s on the horizon. We did mention NBA Jam, yes?