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3:33 PM on 05.10.2010  

Bead Art: Crazy Med Students, Worms and Mighty Pirates

I've been at the bead grids again and this is what I've come up with ....


I am Guybrush Threepwood, mighty pirate. Guybrush from Secret of Monkey Island


Wanna buy a boat? Stan from Secret of Monkey Island


Laverne from Day of the Tentacle


Earthworm Jim - Card Gallery version


Princess Peach [unfinished] - Card Gallery version

I plan to make Mario next to keep Princess Peach company.

Nothing here is in my store but they are always available for sale. Just contact me.   read


9:08 AM on 05.03.2010  

Back with More Pixelated Creations


I haven't post any of my art in a long time and I thought today would be good as any. I've been experimenting with a lot of pixel art pieces from this site - Card Gallery Tales. And while I think the pieces look amazing, nothing has sold yet in my store. Boo.


Link and Navi


Prince from Katamari Damacy


Kirby


Spiderman

I have also been making new items for customers like Ghost Pirate LeChuck from Monkey Island 1 and Kratos. LeChuck glows in the dark.


Ghost Pirate LeChuck


Kratos

I also created some new tiny key chains in the form of a Gameboy, Super Nintendo controller and Joystick.


Gameboy Key Chain


Joystick Key Chain


Super Nintendo Key Chain

Finally I made purple tentacle from Maniac Mansion.


Purple Tentacle

Some of these items are available in my store, Pixelated Creations right now but others have a bigger destiny like Spiderman or Link for example. I plan to make a bigger art piece with them which includes a friend or two. But custom requests are always available, so don't hesitate to ask for items if you don't see them listed.   read


3:16 PM on 03.22.2010  

Best Day Ever - Interview with Bruce Campbell


I take back everything bad I ever said about Bruce Campbell as he does keep his word - he just takes a long time to fulfill it.

Finally after a long wait, I have my interview with Bruce Campbell and here's you will find it over at The Girl Gamer.net. We talk Evil Dead 4, Twitter, World of Warcraft: the Movie and more.

As a writer and fan of Bruce Campbell, this is probably the ultimate story for me - I couldn't be any happier today, so if I die in a car crash on the way to my mom's house this day - note that I died happy.

-- Link Fixed --   read


9:09 AM on 02.05.2010  

May I Sell You a Bruce?


[UPDATED] So I still have a few items that didn't sell if anyone is still interested:
I have a 15 issue collection of Army of Darkness comics for $20.00 plus shipping.
An Evil Dead 4 issue collection for $10.00.
An Army of Darkness/Xena comic 4 issue collection for $10.00.
And finally an Autolycus figure - mint in box for $10.00.

Let me know if you are interested. [email protected]
[email protected]------------------------------------

I probably should have posted this a little early but I thought my auctions were going to do better on their own. Believe or not, I'm selling most of my Bruce Campbell collection on eBay - an incident with Mr. Campbell himself has caused me to rid my home of all the major Bruce items as I no longer wish to dedicate my life to worshiping an asshole celebrity that has no time for his fans.

So right now (10:13am EST), I have about 5 hours left on my auctions and some items don't even have bids yet, so please if any one is fan - check out the auctions.

I have action figures for sale from Army of Darkness, Bubba Ho-tep, Xena, etc. - both big and small
I'm selling the Ash Hero Doll.
I have film cells from Army of Darkness for sale that are framed and mounted.
I have a huge comic book collection for sale - Marvel Zombies, Army of Darkness, Jason vs Freddy vs Ash, Evil Dead, Xena vs Army of Darkness, My Name is Bruce, etc.

All at decent below the original purchase prices, cause honestly I just want them out of my house. If they don't sell on eBay, I will be offering them up privately so if you miss them on eBay and see that they don't sell, then PM me or email me @ [email protected]

Check out the auction here.   read


4:47 PM on 01.04.2010  

Faith's Top Ten Best Games of 2009


10. Resident Evil 5

I couldnít start my list without included one of my favourite franchises, Resident Evil. Resident Evil 5 brought back favourites like Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine and Albert Wesker as well as introducing a few new characters and enemies. Resident Evil started our video game love affair with zombies and it will always be as addictive as the T-Virus is infectious. I plan to check out The Darkside Chronicles on the Nintendo Wii very soon.

9. Ghostbusters: the Video Game

This has been a good year for fan boys in the video game industry and Ghostbusters was just one game to proof that fact. Picking up where the 2nd movie left off, the excellent story line will bring you back into the world of the Ghostbusters as if you never left, and the excellent voice-over work of the original movie cast and funny humour of Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis doesnít the nostalgia factor either.

8. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

Who knew all my knowledge of logic puzzles would finally pay off in video games? Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, the sequel to the highly cool Professor Layton and the Curious Village, will have you using brain cells you didnít know you had in order to solve all its many logic puzzles and dark mysteries. Only Nintendo could make learning this fun and addicting. Kudos to the Professor and his assistant on another excellent game and hopefully weíll see another one of your sequels come to our shores next year.

7. Ratchet and Clank Future: Crack in Time

This was truly a year of new game experiences for me and one of those experiences was my first real Ratchet and Clank game. So many franchises donít survive to see their next generation of consoles or if they do, they live on a series of failed titles like Sonic the Hedgehog, but Ratchet and Clank is now on their 3rd generation console and they are still rocking the platforming genre. Youíll love this dynamic duo and their crazy arsenal of weapons and gadgets. Bonus points for the awesome weapons commercials shown in the game.

6. New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Like a blast from the past, the New Super Mario Bros. Wii is like playing Super Mario Bros. 3 all over again with a shiny new coat of paint. With a new power-up suits and multiplayer modes, itís time venture forth into the Mushroom Kingdom with the brothers and save the Princess again. Hopefully sheís not in another castle this time.

5. Halo 3: ODST Ė Xbox 360

I have to give high props to the first Halo FPS that managed to grab my attention. Halo 3: ODSTís film noir style story line and all-star voice cast made this a fabulous game to kill a Sunday afternoon with. Sure, the campaign mode might be short but youíll have Firefight mode afterwards to fill the void as well as the second disc full of Halo 3 multiplayer maps if you donít already own them all. I plan to go back and finish the fight this winter with the first 3 Halo games now that this game has shown me what Iíve been missing.

4. Borderlands Ė Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC

Imagine Fallout 3 Ė take out all the extreme walking times between missions, add a 4 player co-op mode and injected some wicked humour and you have Borderlands. This futuristic Mad Max like role-playing game will have you and your friends addicted to its vast landscapes, cool weapons and freaky looking enemies. Fallout 3ís vault will be a thing of the past and Pandoraís legendary vault will be all you can think about all.

3. Batman: Arkham Asylum Ė Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC

Batman: Arkham Asylum couldnít have been a more perfect Batman video game and it was hard not to put this game higher on the list after all the crappy games we Batman fans have suffered through over the years, but honestly I canít let my fan girl love of the Dark Knight affect my decisions. While Batman: Arkham Asylum did sport one of the best storyline lines, amazing game play and one of the best voice-over casts possible, the short ending, crappy Riddler reward and a few other issues kept this game at the number 3 spot.

2. Assassinís Creed 2 Ė Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC

From the breath-taking digital recreation of Renaissance Italy to Ezioís amazing killer moves, Assassinís Creed will have you loving every minute of this sequel to the Assassinís Creed franchise. You will be drawn into the story line here and once thatís complete, the side quests and item collection will keep the major perfectionists out there busy. This was an amazing follow-up to Assassinís Creed which only improved upon the franchise and I canít wait to check out the first DLC in February.

1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - Playstation 3

If you need a reason to purchase a Playstation 3, this Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is it. Heart stopping action, eye popping graphics and interactive game play unlike anything Iíve ever seen. The developers at Naughty Dog have set the bar high for what games should be Ė interactive Hollywood blockbusters. While this was an amazing year for games, Uncharted 2 is still the clear winner in my mind as the gameís amazing musical score still tugs at my heart strings and the graphics still blow my mind every time I see them. When my brother-in-law bought his Playstation 3 on Boxing Day this year, this was the first game suggestion that popped out of my mouth as would it be to anyone buying the console.

Honourable Mentions: Loco Roco 2, Patapon 2, Little Kingís Story and Boom Blox Bash Party.

Best Downloadable Games of the Year


1. Tales of Monkey Island: All Episodes Ė PC Game, Wiiware
2. Plants vs. Zombies Ė PC Game
3. Axel & Pixel Ė Xbox 360
4. Machinarium Ė PC Game
5. Shadow Complex Ė Xbox 360

Honourable Mention: Farmville   read


4:22 PM on 12.01.2009  

Baby Mario and Luigi Frames - Handmade Gifts Rule!


I'm a little strapped for cash this Christmas, so instead of spending a lot of dough on a ton of store bought presents, I'm making a lot of my gifts instead.

For example, I made these picture frames for my sister. My nephew, Evan is a big gamer and loves Mario games, so I decided it would be cool to make gamer themed picture frames with his name and my other nephew's name, Logan. I figure both my sister and Evan would enjoy them.


I used Baby Mario and Luigi sprites for the themes and customized the frames with their names. The Mario frame is about 2 rows of beads too small to cover the whole frame so I'll have to paint the frame to hide it or add on some beads somehow. Or I just might keep the bad one for me and make a new one for my sister.

With these designs in mind, I plan to make baby shower frames for my store too. A Mario frame for boys and Peach frame for girls. People can customize them with the baby to be's name or I can just make them with It's a Boy or It's a Girl on them.

Demos of those ideas to soon follow.

Also I'm still taking Christmas orders at Pixelated Creations, but I need people to get them in as soon as possible or I won't have them done in time for Christmas. Email me for custom orders - [email protected]   read


2:28 PM on 10.28.2009  

Support Men's Health with Moustaches


I have decided to join a global movement known as Movember to bring much needed attention to menís health and prostate cancer.

Movember is the month formerly known as November where men start clean shaven and commit to growing a Moustache for the entire month. Thatís right, the Prostate Cancer Society is bringing back the Moustache to raise funds and awareness for menís health. All the funds I raise go directly to Prostate Cancer Canada.

What many people donít know is that 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to afflict Canadian men with 25,500 diagnosed and 4,400 dying from the disease each year.

My Father was diagnosed with colon cancer a few years back and what was suppose to be something they could just remove easily, soon spread throughout his entire body and killed him. For this very reason, men should never take their health lightly because even something as small as back pain or an problem with iron in your blood can turn out to be more serious.

Now clearly I canít grow a moustache but the love of the men in my life has convinced me I should get involved and I am hoping that you will support me with a donation.


To make a donation, you can either:

- Purchase one of my moustache necklaces over at Pixelated Creations for $10 plus shipping. $5 will be donated to the Prostate Cancer Society of Canada.

- Click this link and donate online using your credit card or PayPal account

All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Prostate Cancer Canada will use the money raised by Movember for the development of programs related to awareness, public education, advocacy, support of those affected, and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer.

For more details on how the funds raised from previous campaigns have been used and the impact Movember is having please go to http://ca.movemberfoundation.com/research-and-programs.

Thanks for your support, Dtoiders!   read


12:48 PM on 10.14.2009  

More Pixelated Creations - Patapons, Clank & King's Quest

I've been doing a lot of minor projects on the side over the past couple of weeks. You can find some of these in my store currently while others I haven't decided if I want to sell them or not. Check them out and tell me if you would buy them.


Clank from Ratchet & Clank.


Robot from Earthbound


Master Chief Keychain


King's Quest Heroes from 4,5 & 6


Mew from Pokemon series


Mew Keychain from Pokemon Series


Onii from Little King's Story


Patapons


Princess Schala from Chronotrigger


Drunken Pigeons and Rat from Sam & Max series


Sam & Max: Hit the Road Art Piece

Available at Pixelated Creations   read


12:42 PM on 09.23.2009  

Girls Go Geek - My 45 seconds?


It's been a while since this girl gamer has been on TV but luckily I tend to run into the right people through all my journeys. At the end of August, I went to the Fan Expo in Toronto and happen to run into Amber MacArthur, tech guru and host of Xbox Live's Girls Go Geek.

I had been conversing with Amber online and she invited me to do her show's tip of the week segment. Of course, I suck at games on Xbox so we opted to just talk about 1 vs 100 instead of trying to pawn some weak wisdom of mine onto the masses. I doubt you guys need to hear my Fable 2 fashion tips.


Anyway, the episode, Episode 6, that the tip appeared in is now up on Xbox Live in the US only but non-US subscribers can see a preview here. Just hit the preview button for Episode 6.

Try not to make fun of me too much. I'm not the best in front of a camera.   read


2:27 PM on 09.15.2009  

Scribblenauts - Pixelated?


So this is my entry for the Super Punch Scribblenaut's art theme contest. It's not much but its my own design and I made it in one day.

I don't really make a lot of my own videogame designs and this is probably the coolest one I've made on my own - completely on my own. No pattern to start with.

I don't think I'll win with it but the blog owner of Super Punch did feature it on the site today which was nice. Kudos for me. Yay!

I can't wait to play this game. It looks so awesome.

"ALSO WHERE'S THE ARTSY FARTSY TAG GONE?!"   read


5:32 PM on 09.08.2009  

CyberneticTigerZ - Pixelated and Beaded

I'll just start by saying I am the worst secret keeper in the world but amazingly I managed to keep one secret of more than 2 months from the entire Destructoid community and one special member of the staff.

A while back I was asked by community member, Maya aka Bushofghosts to create a custom sprite of Hamza's alter ego, CyberneticTigerZ out of perhaps a Metroid sprite for a special PAX gift. After looking at pictures of the Shark suit, I realized that it was just a modded version of Master Chief's armor and decided to mod a Master Chief sprite instead of a Metroid one.

I started with this:

which was less blurry when I zoomed in on it.

Used these pictures for references to the Shark suit.


Thank you, Mikey!

And in the end, came up with this:


If I had to do the piece over again, I would have added in a fin on the back and fixed the glove on the right as I didn't match the colours up to the other glove when I was playing with the colour scheme. Otherwise I am happy with it.

Of course, I forgot to take a picture of it after I ironed it but hopefully Hamza will do that for me. *big grins*

This piece was given to Hamza this past weekend at PAX by Maya in a touching moment which I can only assume was this:


Yes, I troll facebook quite often looking for those beautiful moments caused by my bead sprites. This looks like a truly epic one.

So there you go. That's what Hamza looks like as a videogame character. I hope he liked it. I was told people were late to dinner because he did, so I figure that's good. Choosing my work over food.   read


12:52 PM on 08.25.2009  

Pixelated Creations - Inventory Sale & New Stock


So I finally got around to posting some new stuff in my store this week as well as putting some of the old stock on sale.


I've reduced the prices on 8 different items in the store from a Tiny Toons set to a bunch of keychains. Everything on sale is already pre-made and ready to ship. That's why its on sale, cause I need to move the leftover stock. Nothing is over $8 and all items are marked with SALE in the title.


All the new stuff I've posted is pretty cool too. I've got a Pokemon bag tag listing, a new Donkey Kong picture frame, a Legend of Zelda magnet set, Final Fantasy bag tags and a Dig Dug magnet set. Check out my store at Pixelated Creations


I've also gotten into jewelery making recently but those pieces are not for sale yet. I'm still perfecting my techniques, but here's a few pieces I've made so far.


Pac Man Neckalce


Pac Man Earrings


Mushroom Necklace


Mickey Mouse Necklace

As usual, comments and suggestions on the new stuff is always welcome. I love to hear what is a good and what needs work.   read







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