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Link's Friendlist is an art collaboration where 30 Legend of Zelda Protagonists and Allies of Link were illustrated by over 50 artists

Current and upcoming Art Collaborations on Game-Art-HQ:

KOF 20th Anniversary Tribute: 25th August 2014
http://www.game-art-hq.com/76782/kof-1994-2014-the-game-art-hq-community-tribute-for-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-king-of-fighters-series/

Mario's Blacklist!: 30 September 2014

PSX 20th Anniversary Tribute: 03.12.2014
Tekken 20th Anniversary Tribute: 09.12.2014


About me:


Reinhold Hoffmann is my name..i am German am born in 1980. Played thousands of video games, especially Fighting Games.

I like to write about video games and their characters and organize art collaborations and tributes and sometimes art contests via my Website / Community Game-Art-HQ


In March 2014 I started working to add a video game character database to Game-Art-HQ.

It is still small but it is possible now (May 2014) to see when and where around 250 different game characters made their debut and some other details from them as well. About 10-20 more characters are added per week including articles about them with official illustrations as well as fanart and cosplays.
You can find this growing database here



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This is partially a gimmick blog.

Since I started using a M.Bison (The evil dictator known since Street Fighter II in 1991) avatar for the comment section talking like M.Bison and using his win phrases sometimes or quoting some of his more popular Street Fighter: The Movie lines (for me, it was just a Tuesday / of course!) became a bad habbit of me, and often other dtoiders had their fun as well and posted that YES! YES! video or gif or wrote me they imagine I would say everything in a comment like M.Bison would.

Okay..thats fun stuff for me and I really like the fictional M.Bison in the Street Fighter games..so why not having a wordplay @ the Tuesday thing and talk a bit about stuff that happens years ago...not always on a tuesday but on the 12th August.



Some of you might know it from some dtoid frontpage articles, I really like 20th Anniversaries..and twenty years ago (a Friday) a really nice game was released for the Super Nintendo. The most older ones of you might know it or the first game of this series, I am talking about Lemmings. Those little guys you can kill with nice fireworks like explosions..and yeah..you had to do the opposite thing and help those guys..meh!


I got this game for a good price, seems it did not sell so well and it was soon available for 29,95 Deutsche Mark at the time.
Lemmings 2 had like the first part an super amazing and very fitting soundtrack and the puzzles were sometimes hardcore, I remember that I was never able to beat the game with all tribes. This truly is a gem of a game and I would love to see it getting a HD remake + rearranged music.

Psygnosis is Game Over since many years but for me..it was just a Tuesday!




Now lets go back in time some years more even...to the 12th August 1988..hmm a Wednesday... =/
Does anyone of you..know this game? I mean..a friggin' WARGAME from Nintendo? How the hell is that even possible? This is some weird bizarro world shit if you ask me!


Famicom Wars..released for the NES...and many many many years later also for the 3DS and the Wii. A tactical..a strategical game with guys on the cover which look like U.S Marines to me. It had paratroopers and all kinds of military units without the typical "cute" factor seen in the most games developed by Nintendo itself.
This game has never seen a direct sequel as far as I know and was only released in Japan, but there is a fan translation, useable with roms.Oh and yes..its from the guys which developed Advance Wars decades later.




Lets do a journey to one of the last big years of the first Playstation..which has its 20th Anniversary in December btw.

The 12th August 1999 (a Thursday but whatever) saw the release of the - in my opinion - first really good game by the now defunct 989 Studios. This development team created games like 3XTreme, Cool Boarders 3 and ..urgh..Twisted Metal 3 and 4 among other games which were seen as bad sequels of previously awesome series on the Playstation.


But than there was Syphoon Filter..which was awesome in comparison to their other games and a really good game on the system in general. Till today it spawned a handful of sequels and I am pretty sure we will see a new part on the Playstation 4 in the next years. Syphoon Filter was released in Japan on the 12th August and 989 Studios are no more..but for me it was just a Tuesday!



..Ten years ago...such a coincedence.



Fun stuff..because I just wrote something about KOF Maximum Impact 1 and 2 just a few hours ago in related to..yes OF COURSE  a 20th Anniversary.
The first 3D KOF was released exactly 10 years ago ( Friday) in Japan and was well..not bad..but in comparison with the classic 2D KOF games it really lacked in many regards like the number of characters (just 20) and the gameplay itself needed some finetuning.

The sequel however was excellent and till today I think it sucks that we never got a third game. For Falcoon this was really bad..but for me..it was just a Tuesday.


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Personally I find it fascinating and very interesting to look up what happened in video game history many years ago, its fun to see the giant changed between the 8bit Pixels and the "AAA" games of today which have budgets, similar to what a high profile movie with famous actors costed a decade ago. Am most likely going to write a similar blog next week.


by http://bigwhitebazooka.deviantart.com/



But for you..it was just a Tuesday!








For the first time since..ages, I read something really cool about Capcom today.

That company did some really shitty decisions in the last years, we don't even have to talk about MegaMan and Resident Evil 6 and dMc but many of their dlc and mobile / iOS sequels like Breath of Fire 6 were making me shake my head multiple times too.



Now, today I came back from work and "boooff" saw people talking about a Resident Evil HD Remake...and so I looked at blogs about it and damn..yes..Capcom is not only porting the best version of Resident Evil so far (The Gamecube REmake) to Playstation 3,4 XB360 and Xbone as well as to the PC, it is also adding a higher resolution  and lots of new textures to make the game looking much more detailed than before.

As a fan of the "oldschool" survival horror Resident Evil games this was the news of the month for me and thought I share it with you.



The game is coming at the end of the year if I read it right

Here are some links to articles and screenshot galleries

http://www.gamefront.de/archiv07-2014-gamefront/Resident-Evil-HD-Remake.html
http://www.siliconera.com/2014/08/05/resident-evil-hd-remaster-slated-november/
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-08-05-resident-evil-1-getting-remastered-re-release-on-pc-ps3-ps4-xbox-360-and-xbox-one

Its weird. Seems almost like some people at the Capcom headquarters listened to us fans /gamers.
Now release a new MegaMan in the next 2 years which is not a iOS game but a great title for the big screens, create a new Dino Crisis, a new Onimusha and a new Darkstalkers already ;-)

ps: Some of you here on dtoid asked me before if there could be a Resident Evil Art Collaboration on Game-Art-HQ. My answer was and is: 2016. Because I just love the number 20!








Hello Friends, after reading a few c-blogs today I was getting motivated to write an own one again and maybe make this a little series of blogs as well.

As some of you already know (I mention it often enough) I am quite heavily affiliated with many artists, some of them are professionals and work in the video game industry since many years, others are basically guys like you and me, posting stuff on video game sites but also have a fucking god given talent to create wonderful art which is related to video games and their characters.

In the past I wrote c-blogs here about some of the art collaborations, also about pretty great cosplayers or artists which were involved in GA-HQ stuff often. Today I want to feature three artists which all did some seriously badass stuff which has nothing to do with my own projects. If you like what you see below, visit their galleries on deviantART please as well.



Ruth Taylor,24, from the Netherlands (Europe)
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http://ruth-tay.deviantart.com/


Ruth Taylor draws a lot of dragons, other mythical big creatures and since some years also these Pokemon fan arts which are meant to be realistic takes on the Pokemons. The small thumbs here in this blog can't illustrate the many details and dedication she puts into her works. There are a lot of Pokemon re-designs and different takes out there, especially on dA but I believe her works are outstanding and extraordinary beautiful.[url=http://ruth-tay.deviantart.com/]
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Arman Akopian from Canada
Personal Quote: Life is about chances. Taking them and giving them to others.
http://i-guyjin-i.deviantart.com/
I learned about his Street Fighter Chronicles series on another site I think..maybe it was even fucking Kotaku a few years ago.
Arman drew the classic SFII characters with his own ideas how they would change years after the game. His vision is a lot darker than anything we would ever see in a Street Fighter game by Capcom but some of his ideas are really cool, loved his ideas of what would happen to Balrog and Vega...sadly he did not draw one oabout M.Bison yet..








Nemu013, 23 from Moscow (Russia)

Yes, she is a cosplayer, and a damn good one who worked with Warner Bros. / Netherrealm Studios 2 times in the past already when they made her promoting MK9 and later Injustice as Jade / Wonder Woman.
I dunno how much influence she has in all the photo shootings she shares pics from online, and her photographers and stylists were most likely all involved in the ideas of the cosplay photos but damn..a lot of them look super professional, thats for sure. No matter if she is a sexy Mortal Kombat Ninja, a Super Hero or a Dark Drow Elf...these cosplays and the photos deliver!
http://nemu013.deviantart.com/





I would have used bigger images but seriously, the blogs here on dtoid are not the ideal way to display these artworks and they are worth it to be seen in their original-sizes in the galleries by the artists.

If you liked this blog and you would like to see it going into a weekly series, please mention it via comment or just hit the "I was here" button

And hey, do you care about video game related art?








Game-Art-HQ's Link's Blacklist is an art collaboration where selected artists are illustrating enemies and bosses from the Legend of Zelda games.





This art collaboration was started by myself in June 2012 and is getting 1-2 big updates per year. Now on the 30th June it got its 4th big update in the form of around 50 new artworks of 42 not yet covered characters.

The focus was set on minor enemies and especially characters from the handheld Zelda games ranging from Link's Awakening up to the 6,5 Zelda Game also known as Link Between Worlds.

To feature all 48 artworks here, the blog would be a bit long but to see the whole update or the complete Link's Blacklist Gallery which covers around 200 different enemies and bosses now visit The Link's Blacklist Round IV Gallery or the complete Link's Blacklist.
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Later this year, probably in November I am going to organize another update about the new enemy characters from the upcoming Hyrule Warriors. The next big "standard" update will happen in Summer 2015, have fun browsing through the big galleries there or just viewing the following new Link's Blacklist Illustrations!



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[url=http://www.game-art-hq.com/47706/links-blacklist-the-scary-dead-hand-monster-from-zelda-ocarina-of-time/]The Dead Hand from Ocarina of Time by Rachael Nelson
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[center][url=http://www.game-art-hq.com/71935/links-blacklist-the-angler-fish-boss-from-the-legend-of-zelda-links-awakening/]The Angler Fish from Link's Awakening by CorvusRone
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[center]The BuzzBlob from Zelda ALTTP by Eric DeSantis


Our next art tributes /collaborations are coming in August with the King of Fighter's 20th Anniversary Art Tribute and our second "Blacklist Project" Mario's Blacklist in Mid September. This one will feature around 50 different Super Mario Series enemies and bosses, greets Reinhold
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Have plenty of ideas for upkoming Art Contests and also future Collaborations and Art Tributes but thought it can not hurt to hear out other gamers..like YOU as example.


Via the GA-HQ Community I can organize both art contests as well as collaborations like Link's Blacklist, the upcoming King of Fighters 20th Anniversary Tribute etc.

Art contests which were done already were

- Screenshot redrawing Challenge last year. Where it was the target to "re-draw" a screenshot with one's own style.
- Allignment change. Evil game characters were drawn as nice guys and vice versa
- Sega Contest
- Borderlands 2 Contest
- Chibi Art Contest

Planned is a Halloween Themed Contest for october this year where Zombie versions of game characters and basically everything Horror related will be in the focus.


If you have ideas for an art contest, out with it. Basically everything from redesign ideas to something to celebrate a specific character type, an art style, a specific game or series is possible.

Same with art colalborations. We have the big one about the many enemies of Link and Zelda and a new one ongoing about Marios enemies and 3 anniversary tributes ongoing for Tekken, KOF and the Playstation which turns 20 in this December. We also covered Castlevania, MegaMan 1, Final Fantasy 1, Final Fantasy Protagonists, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter in the past.

Any ideas for future projects are very welcome



Greets and a nice week, Hoffmann








At least if you don't only play the games, like to jump on Goombas and collect 1UP's but also like to view art.

Was thinking about this idea since months and well..Mario's Blacklist just started, has over 35 handpicked artists on board I knew from previous projects and 15 new faces which are fired up and love the idea of illustrating the bad guys from the Super Mario games.


Seriously..even damn Tatanga, that Alien which abducted Daisy back in 1989 in Super Mario Land gets drawn by a super talented artists while also other classic SMB 1-3 enemies, many from SMW 1-2 and also the newer games + Mario RPG and the Paper Mario games are on board..and yes..even Waluigi will get his spotlight.


This latest video game art tribute for my website and community Game-Art-HQ.com  started just on this Monday and five illustrations were done already while the deadline for those goes till the 30th July. As said..the artists are on fire and it looks like we will have something damn great online, most likely in the 2nd September week since the King of Fighters 20th Anniversary Tribute will be published online on the 25th August.

On the 30th June its time for Link's Blacklist Round IV. Around 45 more Legend of Zelda enemies and bosses were illustrated and are described by the artists and myself in the galleries, this time with a big focus on LOZ Minish Cap and also ALBW guys like Stalblind and Yuga for the first time.

After the downtime because me deleting the database of the website which resulted in 9 horrible long offline days the site is back with a vengeance though. Redesigned and better looking than ever, with shorter loading times and a much better navigation. Could use the downtime days to try out things which made the site better than before.

Have a look at these five fan arts of super mario enemies and bosses, around 45 more will be part of Marios Blacklist!





The classic Bullet Bill by http://stlemons.deviantart.com/





Iggy Koopa from Super Mario World by http://c-r-o-f-t.deviantart.com/

One of the hardest boss battles ever in video game history ^^




The Spiny Koopa, classic enemies from SMB by http://mortalshinobi.deviantart.com/




Dry Bones by http://emortal982.deviantart.com/




Antasma by http://spadenightmaren.deviantart.com/





ps: Wondered me that there was no dtoid article about it but OCRemix just released their Mario 64 Tribute Album: Portrait of a Plumber which also comes with a few artworks by Game-Art-HQ members after DJ Prtezel and I worked a bit together for the first time.

This album is pretty awesome, download it!