Monday, August 29, 2011

Triptych: NEStifying! Part II

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"Videogames" (series) by Crabhearst

"<(' . '<)" by Michael Steele

"I'm So Bad" by Daniel Bressette

Triptych: NEStifying!

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"Megawood" by Joel McKenzie

"Punch-Out!!! at the Last Supper" by Tim Doyle

"The Wizard" (show poster) by Tim Doyle

Triptych: Shmowzow!

"What Time Is It?!" by Kuroi Tsuki

"Why So Mathematical?" by Dan Hipp

"Adventure Time Travel Poster" by Tom Whalen

Triptych: Heroes In A Half-Shell

"Turtles" (art print) by Albino Raven

"TMNT Woodcut" by Scrojo

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" by Rhys Cooper

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Showcase: Shirt.Woot's "Every Day 8bit" Derby

"Stage Select" by Eric Mullins

"Super Office Worker" by Wizzr

"Not Enough Rupees" by KentZoneStar

[Shirt.Woot, "Every Day 8bit" Derby]

Triptych: Infinite Sadness

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"Scott Pilgrim Wallpaper" (1920x1080) by Blacksabbat

"Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" (movie poster) by Dann Matthews

"Scott Pilgrim and Friends" by SkeletonJack666

Showcase: Andrew Kolb


"Mega Man"

"Duck Hunt Dog"

[KolbIsNeat's iam8bit Swap Cards]

Friday, August 19, 2011

Gaming Wallpapers

"8bit Heart" by JusticeBleeds

"NES Controller", Artist Unknown

"Map of Hyrule" by Bill Mudron

Detail of Bill Mudron's "Map of Hyrule"

You can buy Bill Mudron's "Map of Hyrule" from HERE.

Triptych: Triforce Triptych

"Untitled" by Hermes Arriola

"Legend of the Matrix" by Rhonda Walker

"It's Dangerous To Go Alone" by Sciosis

Triptych: Spoiler Alert!

"El Tortuga" by Dann Matthews

Even Danny Trejo's head is bad-ass. Remember when this happened?

"Game of Crossbones" (t-shirt) by Space Monkey Dr.

Another spoiler: This happens on Game of Thrones. And it is AWESOME.

"Donald Glover: Spiderman" by DaNN_y

Maybe not a spoiler since it never came to fruition, but I'm pretty sure every single person on earth who has ever watched five seconds of Community knows that Donald Glover\Troy Barnes\Childish Gambino would have made the greatest Peter Parker in the history of cinema.

Triptych:Teenage Mutant Something Something

"Teenage Mutant Koopa Troopas" (t-shirt) by Dakin Costello

"Teenage Mutant Koopa Troopas" by Dann Matthews

"Strange Adolescent Karate Reptiles" by Alex Leighton

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Alice: Madness Returns

I meant to post about Gallery Nineteen Eighty-Eight's "Alice: Madness Returns" exhibit long ago, and although the exhibit itself (June 8th to 12th) has come and gone, there were a few standout pieces that really caught my eye.

I will say this: EA and Spicy Horse know how to market the hell out of a videogame. Pairing up with a handful of talented artists and the renowned Gallery Nineteen Eighty-Eight for a show themed around "Alice: Madness Returns" brings the game to the attention of all sorts of people, gamers and otherwise, who might have been tempted to dismiss it as a cheap sequel. It's a brilliant move.

Also brilliant is the fact that the official "Alice" store is selling prints of all of the pieces shown at the G1988 exhibit, alongside prints of some absolutely stunning concept art from the game.

As for the game itself? I've played through the first few levels, and while it's not the greatest videogaming experience of all time, it's pretty solid. Gameplay, style and tone are the same as the original, so if you enjoyed that, there's no reason why you wouldn't enjoy this. At the same time, thus far at least it doesn't have anything all that new to offer, as far as third-person action-adventure games go.

Which is beside the point, really, since "Alice: Madness Returns" is aimed at people who appreciate style over substance. That sounds harsh, but it's meant as a compliment: the game is shiny, slick and clever, and if it doesn't have much in the way of profundity, who cares? It's a freaking videogame. It's job is to look nice, sound nice, and play nice. All of which "Alice: Madness Returns" manages with aplomb.

"Alice's Phantasmagoria" by Ken Wong

"Adventures First...Explanations Take Such a Dreadful Time" by Kevin Tong

"Alice: Madness Returns" by Phantom City Creative

"The Little Magician" by Brian Colin

Triptych: Gettin' Caught Up

"Mystery Mech" (t-shirt design) by John Sprengelmeyer

"Neil, Your Bed's On Fire..." by Scott Derby

Okay, I'll admit this one is a bit of a stretch from the usual Apocalypse POW! fare, given that it involves a British comedy series from 1982... but c'mon, man! The Young Ones! Vyvyan busting through a wall! Neil getting himself in over his head! Unabashed violence! The greatest show... EVER??! PERHAPS.

"The Magic of Man" by ben6835

It's Aperture Time!

Aperture Time
C’mon grab your cores, there’s lots of places to explore
Wheatley the core
And Chell the human
The tests will never end
It’s Aperture Time!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Forgotten '80s Video Games

Triptych: 1-Up!

"God Save The Princess" (t-shirt design) by Kuwahara

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"Super Mario Bros. 1-1 (sumi-e)" by Derek Motonaga

"Rave On" by Daniel Bressette