Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Triptych: The Burglar, His Ring and a Glowing Dagger

"8-Bit Hobbit" by Dehtyar

"Burglars & Dragons" (t-shirt) by Pacalin

"The Little Limbbit" (t-shirt) by Annika Röth

Triptych: Venture Time!

"Venture Comics: Team Venture" (t-shirt) by Creative Outpouring

"Super Venture Bros." by MegaShaun

"Venture Time" (t-shirt) by ThinkGeek

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Triptych: Zebesian Life Form

"Mushroid" (t-shirt) by John Midgley

"In Zebes..." (t-shirt) by Adam Works

"Samus Yin-Yang" (t-shirt) by Brandon Wilhelm

Triptych: This Is How I Feel Today

"Limbo Design" by Yolkia

"Black and Gray" by Iago M

"Limbo 8-Bit" by Nestalgic Bits

Monday, January 27, 2014

Triptych: Everything Is Regular

"Regular Show #2 Cover" by MyNameIsMad

"Regular Shirt" by Joel Jackson

"Super Regular Bros." by Matt Sinor

Triptych: Born To Rock, Man

"Rock, Man!" (t-shirt) by In Stank We Trust

"Full Metal Man" (t-shirt) by Harebrained

"The Blue Warrior" by William Chua

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Showcase: Mike Wrobel's Pixel Islands

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[Mike Wrobel on Tumblr]

Triptych: A-Kart-A

"Plumbing Brothers" (t-shirt) by Azafran

"Kart" (t-shirt) by Adams Pinto

"Where Is My Mushroom?" by Marcos Moraes

Triptych: A Good Old-Fashioned Dust Up

"Robot Rumble" (t-shirt) by The Hookshot

"Super 80s Good vs. Evil 2!" (t-shirt) by Punksthetic

"90s Toon Throwdown" (t-shirt) by The Hookshot

Triptych: Totoroin'

"My Neighbor Bad" (t-shirt) by Le Duc

"My Neighbor Alice" (t-shirt) by Di.Jay

"Neighborhood" by Travis Carter

Triptych: Booker, Catch!

"Bioshock Infinite" by Ron Guyatt

"Vigors" by Kyla Covert

"The Adventures of DeWitt" by Moysche Designs

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Showcase: Custom Atari-Era Activation Action Figures by Dan Polydoris

"Pitfall Harry"

"Officer Kelly"

"Short-Order Sam"

"Roderick Hero"

"Frostbite Bailey"

[Chicago Toy Collector]

Triptych: The Party God

"Adventure Time" by Logan Faerber

"Rockwell Time" (t-shirt) by Joshua Ketchen

"The Party God" (t-shirt) by Beast Pop

Triptych: Creepy Crawlies

"My Neighbor Oogie" (t-shirt) by Ratigan

"Noche de los Muertos" (t-shirt) by Samiel

"Skellington Sweater" (t-shirt) by Busted Tees

Triptych: Decepticons!

"As You Command!" (t-shirt) by Nik Holmes

"Blue Mixtape 1984-1986" (t-shirt) Ryan Astle

"Devastator" by ta2nb

Monday, January 20, 2014

My Top 13 Games of 2013

2013 was a notable year in gaming in many ways. It represents a sort of Year Zero with the release of the PS4 and the XBox One (and the Wii U, which came out at the tail end of 2012), and at the same time represents the last full year that the previous console generation would reign supreme. While I have no doubt that the PS3 will continue to see releases in 2014 before the PS4 really takes hold, and neither the PS4 or the XBox One launched with anything that could be considered a ‘game of the year’, it’s only a matter of time at this point. 2013 was the pinnacle of one generation and the birth year of another.

More than anything else, though, the reigning theme of the year seems to have been that of disappointment. LucasArts was shuttered by Disney, with over a hundred employees being laid off and games in development like Star Wars 1313 being cancelled. The Android-based Ouya console, after raising millions on Kickstarter, was released and then… failed to make much of an impression. SimCity - which looked incredible in screenshots and trailers - suffered from such a troubled launch and unprepared servers that even multiple patches have failed to make it playable. GTA Online fared no better. There was the whole Aliens: Colonial Marines debacle. The Wii U and the Vita have failed to find their footing. I still don’t know what to make of the 2DS.

And there were some huge, huge games released: Assassin’s Creed IV, Grand Theft Auto V, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4. I don’t play these games (I lack both the time and the interest), so I have little to no opinion on them. Same with games like Animal Crossing and Pokemon X\Y: major sellers on the 3DS that I am just not in the demographic for. Nevertheless, even I can’t deny the fact that the 3DS took the lead with releases like these, not to mention a solid showing of other supporting titles from Nintendo. The Wii U may be floundering, but Nintendo has made something of the 3DS as of 2013, and I commend them for it.

Below are the thirteen games that didn’t disappoint me, but may or may not have been big sellers. These are the games that I invested hours in, that I enjoyed the most, that did something new and interesting and did it well, or that just appealed to me more than the typical fare this year.

(Please bear in mind that I do not currently own a PS3, which skews this list slightly. I have briefly played The Last of Us and Ni No Kuni, both games that have ended up on other critics’ best of 2013 lists, but I haven’t played either of them enough to justify their inclusion here. Since I play mostly on either a PC or a 3DS, only games released for those platforms will be represented below).

Hit the jump to see the full list.