The iCade might have started its life as an April Fools gag but, as Think Geek told us after the Internet went wild for the concept, some jokes have a way of becoming reality. The $100 iCade is now available, and we've had the chance to open one, assemble the hardware, and play for a number of hours. There are a few annoyances here, but this is an impressive way of adding physical controls to the iPad in a package that's both an instant conversation starter and small enough to fit on your desk.
I have yet to see anyone take a look at this thing and not immediately want to play it. My kids have been going ape playing the classic Atari games. It's easy to look past the hardware's uncertain future when the present is already so striking.