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Soul Calibur photo
Soul Calibur

Volpin Props has another slick Soul Calibur IV replica

The Omega Sword and Elk Shield, together again
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
I've been following the work of Volpin Props for years and haven't lost interest yet. The end result is frequently terrific, sure, but it's the step-by-step photos and explanations of the building process that keep me coming ...
Dark Souls photo
Dark Souls

Fan-made Dark Souls II shields look great in-game

I quite like the Wicked Eye Greatshield
Jan 27
// Jordan Devore
From Software is incorporating the six winning community-made shield designs from that contest into Dark Souls II and here's a look at two of them all finished up. How seamless. Not only are the winners going to receive a cop...

Colossal Shadow of the Colossus fan art is just that

Everything to scale means big things are big
Dec 09
// Ian Bonds
DeviantArt member Andrew McGee has visualized each of the various Colossi from Shadow of the Colossus into one image, showing exactly how they compare to one another in scale. It's a breathtaking image, especially when you co...
Arma photo

Bohemia is giving out Ä500,000 to Arma 3 modders

Big plans for next year
Dec 06
// Jordan Devore
"Make Arma Not War" is the name of an upcoming Bohemia Interactive contest which should greatly help incentivize community-led content creation for Arma 3. The studio is giving out €500,000 in prize money and here's the ...
Mass Effect photo
Mass Effect

Life-sized papercraft Mass Effect characters creep me out

Mesmerizing recreations of EDI and Jack
Nov 30
// Wesley Ruscher
Papercraft is cool. Giant, human-sized papercraft, on the other hand, gives me the heebie-jeebies. That said, DeviantArt member Tankball has crafted two eerily realistic papercraft recreations of Mass Effect 3 characters...
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Here are the year's best Team Fortress 2 shorts

The third annual Saxxy Awards
Nov 27
// Jordan Devore
The votes are in for the 2013 Saxxy Awards and, thank goodness, the phenomenal short Patrick recently posted, "Lil' Guardian Pyro," took top honors. It's embedded above and I urge you to make time today to see it. I'm fighti...

Hotline Miami co-creator got badass ink of his own game

An impressive tattoo based on fanart no less
Nov 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The first time I met Dennis Wedin, co-creator of Hotline Miami, I could not stop looking at his arms. His body is adorned by awesome unique tattoos, and his latest piece takes the cake. Dennis got a new tattoo on his chest ba...
Pokemon X/Y photo
Pokemon X/Y

Here's the guy to thank for some of the best new Pokemon

Manga artist Hitoshi Ariga
Nov 15
// Jordan Devore
This was too neat not to share. The artist behind Mega Man Megamix, Hitoshi Ariga, contributed designs to Pokemon X and Y. And, looking at the list of Pokemon he worked on, I think it's safe to say he had a substantial impact...
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Check out these crazy comics from Dtoider BeatBeat

Nov 10
// mrandydixon
Dtoid Cblogger BeatBeat has been creating awesome art for the community for a while now -- including this piece inspired by an episode of Communitoid -- but his latest efforts really take the cake. I'm not even going to spoil...

Hideo Kojima asked for it and he has received

Nov 10 // Wesley Ruscher
Photos: Sebastian MatthewsCosplay: Kelly Jean
MGS V cosplay photo
There's nothing 'Quiet' about this MGS V cosplay
Back in September, Hideo Kojima tweeted that he was making Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's Quiet "more erotic" to entice cosplay. He shared designs of the character's backside and almost seemed to taunt ...

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Weekend Wallpapers: New and Improved Ninja Gaiden Z style

Set your desktop loose
Nov 10
// Wesley Ruscher
I'm not even sure when the last time we had such a lovely gathering of eye-exploding 2560x1600 renderings to decorate your desktops with, but here you go anyways. Ten new backgrounds that include: The Joker, World of Pla...
LoZ 3DS Concept Art photo
LoZ 3DS Concept Art

A Link Between Worlds concept art is so pretty it hurts

So many colors!
Nov 04
// Brett Zeidler
Nintendo has rounded up a new handful of concept art from the upcoming (just a few more weeks!) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds to give all of us a peek into the vision behind the game. Yet again, we're presented w...
Mega Man photo
Mega Man

Roll gets a new costume every day until Halloween

A whole lot of Rolls
Oct 27
// Jonathan Holmes
It's almost the end of the year and it seems like everyone's doing more for Mega Man's 25th birthday than Capcom. We've seen the announcement of the Mega Man Legends 3 Demake, the Mega Man board game, the Mega Man c...

You have something in your eye, Dr. Robotnik

I refuse to call him by his other name
Oct 18
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Oh yeah, we just found your new wallpaper thanks to Ian Wilding. Dr. Robotnik looks quite menacing here, if not a little annoyed thanks to Sonic the Hedgehog. What's that? You don't see Sonic? Look closer. Closer! Ian's art h...
Pokemon photo

The Pokemon creation process sounds brutal

But if this is the end result, it's worth it
Oct 11
// Jordan Devore
Speaking to Gamasutra, Game Freak designer Hironobu Yoshida has given insight into the Pokemon creation process. As we approach the 700s on the Pokedex with Pokemon X and Y, one can only imagine how much of a challenge it is ...
Marble Mario sculpture photo
Marble Mario sculpture

Peach mourns Mario in this styrofoam chainsaw sculpture

Game Over
Oct 09
// Darren Nakamura
In videogames, and Mario games especially, we rarely think of death in the same way we would in a real world context. Touching goombas may be hazardous to an Italian plumber's health, but even after all lives are lost and the...
Zelda 3DS art photo
Zelda 3DS art

This Zelda: Link Between Two Worlds art is beautiful

I'm loving the new take on the Master Sword clearing
Oct 02
// Chris Carter
A Link to the Past is my favorite Zelda game, so I'm pretty excited for the direct follow-up coming next month -- A Link Between Worlds. After the announcement that the game will allow you to "rent" items to play dungeons in ...
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Indie Game Showcase

Arizona indie game developers show off their stuff

Valley of the Sun? More like Valley of the Fun, right?
Sep 30
// Darren Nakamura
The Smithsonian's Art of Video Games exhibit enjoyed its last day at the Phoenix Art Museum yesterday. It will move on to the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York late next month. As a send off for the exhibit, the Ari...

It's the Super Miyamoto Show!

It'll haunt your dreams
Sep 19
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
What happens when Shigeru Miyamoto's face is applied to various Nintendo characters he's created? THIS. All of the drawings by Ian Brooks are equally amazing as they are terrifying. Check them all out!
Shantae photo

Inti Creates contributing art to both new Shantae games

Pirate's Curse and Half-Genie Hero receive a 'mighty' touch
Sep 17
// Tony Ponce
We all owe WayForward an apology. We haven't been paying the Kickstarter for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero much attention because Mighty No. 9 gobbled up everyone's focus. I knew weeks in advance that WayForward was planning to la...
Mega Man art photo
Mega Man art

This is the big one, guys: Orioto's Mega Man fresco

It's like it was made just for me
Sep 14
// Tony Ponce
I knew it would happen eventually. It was inevitable. Now my wallet is starting to get very antsy. To bring you up to speed, digital artist Mikaël "Orioto" Aguirre has been whipping up tasteful spreads of games like Fina...

Lovely, huge art book: The Art of God of War: Ascension

Almost 400 pages
Sep 12
// Dale North
Here's a quick look at a brand new art book titled The Art of God of War: Ascension. It weighs in at 400 gold trimmed pages and is packed with tons of work from Ascension, including concepts, renders, details and more. ...
Fangamer X Attract Mode photo
Fangamer X Attract Mode

Fangamer X Attract Mode: Art, indie games, music, drinks

The PAX party you'll want to be at
Aug 28
// Dale North
After the success of last year's Fangamer VERSUS Attract Mode party, they're returning with the bigger and better version, set for this weekend during PAX in Seattle. Fangamer X Attract Mode will feature hot new games from 17...

Have your Zelda art displayed at Legend of Zelda concert

Set to Zelda music!
Aug 25
// Dale North
Nintendo has a cool contest on their Facebook page that will have the work of the best artists displayed at the currently touring The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess concert.  Submit Zelda fan art to the contest...
Super Mario Bros. 3 photo
Super Mario Bros. 3

Next-level art magic: The Super Mario Bros. 3 fresco

Aug 23
// Tony Ponce
Last month, digital artist Mikaël "Orioto" Aguirre made this happen. Now this is happening. Orioto is a classy fellow, and a classy game deserves to be treated like a classy lady. His Super Mario Bros. 3 fresco gives you...
Edo Superstar photo
Edo Superstar

Early thoughts on the ukiyo-e fighting game Edo Superstar

Monkey steals the peach!
Aug 14
// Tony Ponce
Last week, I guided your gaze towards a Kickstarter for Edo Superstar, a mobile fighter with a Japanese woodblock carving aesthetic. It is the brainchild of Jed Henry, who hopes to translate his Ukiyo-e Heroes style into an a...
Super Metroid photo
Super Metroid

This fan made Super Metroid animation is amazing

But y can't Metroid crawl?
Aug 13
// Chris Carter
If there's one Nintendo franchise that I could never get tired of, it's Metroid. Although the series is fairly popular (especially if you include Metroid Prime in the equation), there actually haven't been a whole lot of gam...
Archie Mega Man photo
Archie Mega Man

Wily and Mega Man team up in Mega Man #32

Cover art for the last issue of the Super Adventure Rockman arc
Aug 12
// Tony Ponce
This month's Archie Mega Man issue ends with all technology on the planet shutting down. Planes in mid-flight plummet towards Earth, hospital monitoring equipment ceases to function -- we're talking an apocalyptic scenario he...
Edo Superstar photo
Edo Superstar

VG woodblock artist is now making a ukiyo-e fighting game

Kickstarter campaign helps both the game and the Japanese art community
Aug 08
// Tony Ponce
Last year, illustrator Jed Henry produced a line of fan art that re-imagined Nintendo characters as samurai, all rendered in the Japanese woodblock print style. His Ukiyo-e Heroes series proved incredibly popular, leading to...
XCOM Declassified photo
XCOM Declassified

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified devs discuss art style

New developer diary focuses on tone and visuals
Aug 08
// Chris Carter
2K Games has released another developer diary for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, and it talks about about the general tone of the game, including the visual style, and how other forms of media influenced it. Specific influen...

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