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The latest art project on Game-Art-HQ...as soon as that wonderful website is back online... (hopefully next tuesday)

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

Upcoming Art Collaborations on Game-Art-HQ are the 5th Round of Link's Blacklist on the 15th June and two 20th Anniversary Tributes for the Tekken series and the first Playstation console. Both projects will be published in the first December week of 2014.


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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 bit art colalborations and tributes and sometimes contests with artists which are also gamers.

These art tributes and my own website Game-Art-HQ are meant to tell viewers a lot about the games, it makes me happy that websites like dtoid, eurogamer, kotaku, eventhubs etc are writing about them.


Some of my favourite game series are Tekken, Mortal Kombat and more or less everything from SNK. I care a lot about character designs, storytelling and the music in video games.

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 150 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 fana rt and cosplays.
You can find this growing database here



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and founded his own small game studio. He left Konami on last Saturday and now he hopes that he can develope game(s) that his fans want.

Personally i guess he was everything but satisfied with the course Konami was going with the Castlevania series.


This guy made Castlevania SOTN which is seen as the best Castlevania ever by many of us and it looks like he was not able to work on new games he wanted to make.

He said: "I've decided to break out on my own to have the freedom to make the kind of games I really want to make -- the same kind I think fans of my past games want as well,"

"Leaving Konami was a big decision, and not one I took lightly – I’ve spent my entire career there, made many friends, and had a lot of great opportunities – but I hope all the gamers and fans who have supported me in the past will join me in being excited about what comes next. Wish me luck!”"

Igarashi is presentating a "exploration of his experiences and methodology in creating some of the most popular and influential games in the genre over the last 15 years." at the Game Developers Conference in this week.

Source for all this was http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/03/17/castlevania-producer-koji-igarashi-leaves-konami

Looking forward what this guy has to say.

He worked on almost all of the Castlevania Games since SOTN till Harmony of Despair and also worked on a few of the oldschool shoot'em ups by Konami.

Its quite a trend that people are leaving big publishers these days to form own small studios, eh?



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