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Mega Man Tribute

Check out Mega Man Tribute's updated cover art


Reprint is on the way in December
Aug 28
// Chris Carter
The Mega Man Tribute artbook is a pretty wonderful little tome, and it's getting a reprint later this year. You can check out the awesome new cover art above, compliments of the amazing Hitoshi Ariga, and Jeffrey Cruz. The re...
Metal Gear Solid art photo
Metal Gear Solid art

Metal Gear Solid artist Yoji Shinkawa's still got it


Look closely at the V
Aug 26
// Jordan Devore
Check out this awesome Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain illustration from Yoji Shinkawa. I think it'd make for excellent box art, but the piece would look good on a wall, too. AOJI has several other Metal Gear Solid illustrations for sale, including this Diamond Dogs group shot:
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Cuphead

Check out these hand-drawn Cuphead animations


The bird one freaks me out
Aug 21
// Vikki Blake
Cuphead artist, Jake Clark, has shared a selection of animations from the upcoming platformer. The hand-drawn, pencil cartoons popped up on his Tumblr and they are both awesome and strangely hypnotic...    

Review: Beyond Eyes

Aug 17 // Jed Whitaker
Beyond Eyes (PC, Xbox One [reviewed])Developer: Tiger & SquidPublisher: Team17Release Date: August 4, 2015 (Xbox One), August 11, 2015 (PC)MSRP: $14.99 Rae is a young girl playing with some friends and fireworks when something goes wrong, causing sparks to fly into her eyes and permanently blind her. Her friends move on with their lives, leaving her alone with nothing but her thoughts to keep her company that summer, until a friendly neighborhood cat shows up. Rae quickly befriends this cat and names it Nani. It comes and goes as it pleases and eventually just stops showing up, prompting Rae to journey outside of her home to try to find her feline friend. It really is never explained how little or much Rae can see, though I was lead to believe she could see a very short distance around her due to the way the graphics paint themselves in as Rae moves. You can be considered legally blind -- in the United States at least -- and still be able to partially see, so perhaps she is in that murky area?  As Rae slowly walks the world will paint itself in around her in an extremely beautiful water color-esque way, which I'd imagine is a visual representation of how Rae sees the world or at the very least perceives it. As birds chirp, dogs bark and other sounds are heard, Rae visualizes them, providing clues as to where to walk. [embed]305547:60010:0[/embed] Walking is really all there is to Beyond Eyes, with maybe three or so presses of an action button: better known as a walking simulator. At one point a young girl tosses her ball out of reach and asks Rae to find it, which really is kind of an asshole thing to do to someone who is clearly at the very least visually impaired. Rae walks around with her hands out at times so she can feel for objects that she may collide with, so it isn't exactly hard to figure out that she is blind. It isn't like there is a whole lot of story in Beyond Eyes either, it could be summed up as "Girl gets blinded, girl befriends cat, girl searches for cat after it stops visiting." The whole thing was over for me in an hour and a half, though I missed most of the achievements that are seemingly just there to encourage more exploration thus extending play time.  There really just needed to be more of everything: more story, more to do, and more reasons to do it. With such a beautiful art style and such a unique character Beyond Eyes had a chance to be something really special but instead it just feels like walking past a beautiful painting, as it is over in the blink of an eye. You'd be better off visiting your local art gallery than spending full price on this, so give it a pass until it eventually drops in price. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Blindly searching for pussy
If you know me, you know I yearn for diversity in games and new experiences in general, which is why I jumped at the chance to review Beyond Eyes. It has people of color, the main character is blind, and the art style is beautiful. I just wish the devs would have done more, all this wasted potential.


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Pixel Art Academy

Learn how to make pixel art with this adventure game


Welcome to the Pixel Art Academy
Aug 12
// Jordan Devore
There's no shortage of pixel art tutorials online, but I've never seen them housed within a point-and-click adventure game. That's Pixel Art Academy in a nutshell. It sounds really cool. Your character is a bright-eyed studen...
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Need for Speed

Need for Speed's in-game engine versus real life


Eerily accurate
Jul 24
// Chris Carter
Having photorealistic graphics doesn't inherently make a game good, but it sure is nice to look at. The Need for Speed development team shared these photos by way of an interview from Speedhunters, and they look pretty fantas...
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Mario Kart

Cool dad builds custom Mario Kart nursery


Good on him for sticking with it
Jul 20
// Jordan Devore
It's strangely reassuring to know that this isn't the first time we've covered a game-themed nursery and it almost certainly won't be the final. Builder and father Wes Swain decided on Mario Kart 8 as "there didn't seem to be...
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Metal Gear Solid

I would watch this Metal Gear Solid cartoon


From the mind of Matt Synowicz
Jul 13
// Chris Carter
While some people claim that the Metal Gear series is tied to realism, I always ask them -- hey do you remember the vampire guy who could run up walls, or the guy who spits out weaponized bees? The series always felt lik...
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Capcom

Capcom is holding a Mega Man Legacy Collection art contest


Draw your best homage
Jul 11
// Chris Carter
If you're an artist, you may as well check out this new contest from Capcom, where you can win a copy of the upcoming Mega Man Legacy Collection. The gist is that the publisher wants you to "re-imagine" the covers o...
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Shenmue 3

Uncharted 4 concept artist creates Shenmue print


Buy a print before July 17 to support the Kickstarter appeal
Jul 09
// Vikki Blake
Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us concept artist, John Sweeney, has produced an exclusive print to support the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter.  There are eight large prints (24H x 47W) and 100 smaller prints (16H x 31...
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Meow

Squid Now 2: Splatfest - A Splatoon avant-garde art film sequel


Splatfests change a kid
Jul 05
// Jed Whitaker
[Warning: The above video is not safe for life and features a large man only wearing booty shorts.] Splatoon's Splatfest may be over, with those bastard dogs winning via popularity when cats are clearly better, but that didn't stop me from making a sequel to the critically acclaimed avant-garde short film Squid Now. Eat your hearts out David Cage, David Lynch, and David Duchovny. 
Mega Man Tribute photo
Mega Man Tribute

That kickass Mega Man Tribute artbook is getting a hardcover rendition


$59.99
Jun 30
// Chris Carter
A few years back, Udon put out a very cool artbook called Mega Man Tribute, which featured a ton of original art from creators all across the world. Right now used copies are going for roughly $45 online, but Udon is putting ...
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Dark Souls II

Prepare to draw: Dark Souls II: Design Works confirmed


Yes!
Jun 19
// Chris Carter
The art of the Souls series always gets me excited. I mean, a lot of it is creepy as all hell and keeps me up at night, but there's a quiet beauty in nearly every single cel that's produced for this franchise. I generall...
Metal Gear Solid V photo
Metal Gear Solid V

The Phantom Pain's official guide sounds slick


The hardcover edition has an art gallery
Jun 08
// Jordan Devore
The folks who created guides for the Metal Gear Solid series and Revengeance are working on the official guide book for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It'll cover every mission, secret, and collectible, as well as the ...
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Yooka-Laylee

Happy Friday! Here's some adorable Yooka-Laylee art


This should kickstart your weekend
Jun 05
// Brett Makedonski
Happy Friday! Tell your boss you're going home now because Brett Makedonski said "By the power vested in me by the state of the R.O.B.O.T., the weekend starts now." He'll understand. He also does whatever strange people on th...
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Uncharted 4

The Uncharted 4 box art is inspired


It's always either a gun or a sword
Jun 03
// Joe Parlock
Amazon has unveiled the official box art for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and dang is it a stroke of artistic genius. The way the light plays off of Drake’s back, making sure your eye is drawn directly to the litt...
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By your favorite person alive, me!
"Better than anything David Cage has been making" - Edgar Velasco (MoonSpiderHugs) "You've gotta be squidding me." - Zainré Fang "So Nintendo hired David Lynch to create a Splatoon commercial?" - quetzalcoat...

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SEGA posters

This Jet Set Radio print is unreal


Sega classics reimagined
May 15
// Jordan Devore
Nothing like a jolt of awesome art to wake you up on a sleepy Friday. Art dealer Cook & Becker has teamed up with Sega for a series of poster-sized prints based on some of our old favorites from Jet Set Radio to Phantasy ...
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Sup Holmes

Making The Shining funny and ordinary parenting scary with Pippin Barr


Sup Holmes every Sunday at 4pm EST!
May 10
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last time on Sup Holmes, w...
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Zelda comic

Nintendo Power's amazing A Link to the Past comic is back


Reprinted for posterity
May 05
// Jordan Devore
Oh hell yes. Viz Media has reprinted the comic adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Amazon has it as a paperback for $13.89. Illustrated by Shotaro Ishinomori of Cyborg 009 fame, the art is as wonderful now as it was back in the Nintendo Power days. I neglected to pre-order the book in January, so this is a pleasant surprise indeed. [Via Tiny Cartridge]
Famicom photo
Famicom

'My Famicom Exhibition' is an art show of games that never were


Japan? Doing something cute?! Since when?!
May 04
// Joe Parlock
Here’s something that really should be way too cute to exist. My Famicase Exhibition is an annual art show being run at the Meteor game shop in Kichijoji, Tokyo. The collection shows nearly 150 different fake Famic...
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Treyarch

The Call of Duty mural at Treyarch


A quick look at the studio
Apr 26
// Robert Summa
While visiting with Treyarch for its upcoming release of Call of Duty: Black Ops III, I happened to notice some impressive artwork that ran across a few of the walls inside. Done by iam8bit artist Dave Crosland, the pieces represent the entirety of Treyarch's contributions to the Call of Duty franchise. Here's a look at some of that art.
Journey photo
Journey

It's a hipsters paradise: Journey soundtrack going vinyl


Limited edition print also unveiled
Apr 21
// Robert Summa
Journey is a beautiful game. And what better way to honor that beauty than with two separately artful tributes that will soon be up for sale -- the soundtrack on two vinyl LPs and a "very limited edition" screen print by arti...
Hotline Miami art photo
Hotline Miami art

This Japanese Hotline Miami art is sick as hell


In the face of evil
Apr 15
// Jordan Devore
Danganronpa maker Spike Chunsoft is publishing Hotline Miami: Collected Edition, a localized bundle of the original gorefest and its thumping sequel Wrong Number, in Japan this year. Ahead of its June 25 release for PS4 and PS Vita, here's the bundle's slick promo art and logo. You've earned a new fan today, @b0neface. [Via Shane Bettenhausen]
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iam8bit art show

Mario, Sonic, and other gaming icons have put on some weight


The Famous Chunkies by Alex Solis
Apr 15
// Jordan Devore
Outside of occasional gags like Doughnut Drake in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, I tend to forget how generally fit most mainstream videogame characters are. Leave it to artist Alex Solis to remind me of that fact with his upcom...
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Bloodborne demake

I'd play this Bloodborne demake


The continuing adventures of Eileen the Crow
Apr 13
// Jordan Devore
The first time I saw Eileen the Crow, I was startled and almost attacked her on the spot. That would've gone badly. She's a powerful hunter -- easily one of the coolest in Yharnam -- and turning against her even late into th...
Capcom Art photo
Capcom Art

Udon's Capcom Fighting Tribute to feature amazing combination of artists


Bengus, Reyyy, Alex Ahad, and Linzb0t join a massive talent pool
Apr 12
// Jonathan Holmes
At this point in Udon's history, it's tough for them to top themselves. They've already published so many amazing books, containing work from both official production art from AAA videogame publishers and original work from t...
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Flyer Fever

Let's revisit thousands of old arcade game flyers


Inspired!
Apr 08
// Jordan Devore
Several weeks ago, I heard about Flyer Fever, an online archive of thousands of arcade game advertisements dating back to the 1970s, and the site has been clawing at my mind ever since. I've finally succumbed. This is just to...
Gross Sonic statue photo
Gross Sonic statue

Make an unholy shrine to Sonic out of bones


Preferably chicken bones, but whatever works
Apr 06
// Jordan Devore
In this episode of Craft Lab, hosts Anna Akana and Greg Aronowitz craft a Sonic the Hedgehog statue partially out of chicken bones. It's cut down the middle to show his insides. Eww. If I went into someone's home and saw one of these on display, I wouldn't expect to leave alive. Would've been less creepy if they had kept Sonic's legs nice and lanky.
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BioShock

BioShock's opening moments recreated in CryEngine 3


It doesn't go beyond the sea
Apr 06
// Jordan Devore
I was all ready to freak out when I saw this homage to BioShock's opening sequence created in CryEngine 3. I figured, perhaps naively, that it would go beyond the lighthouse and deep into the ocean, all the way down to Raptu...

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