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Silent Hills fan trailer photo
Silent Hills fan trailer

Torture yourself with this fan-made trailer for Silent Hills


Wear your headphones
May 14
// Nic Rowen
I still can't get over the cancellation of Silent Hills, and this fan-made trailer from GLS Machinima isn't helping. It's a short clip and was made a few months ago, but its more than Konami seems interested in giving us and...
FNAF fan film photo
FNAF fan film

Five Night at Freddy's fan film is short and creepy


Small run time, big spooks
May 08
// Nic Rowen
Horror movie trailers always give away the best bits of the film, and this fan made short for Five Nights at Freddy's by Typhoon Cinema is no exception. You've got all the greatest hits, spooky music, fuzzy security cameras,...
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Pixel Horror

This horror movie fighting game would be more dream than nightmare


Oh, the sights they could show us
Apr 19
// Jonathan Holmes
Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees are already in Mortal Kombat. The Predator will be joining them soon. It's clear that horror fans like the idea of seeing their favorite death-dealing icons duke it out in a fighting gam...

Botched Pokemon tattoo becomes newest beloved internet meme

Apr 17 // Steven Hansen
[Vaughn Pinpin, 2012] But that out-there "blackface Charmander" design wasn't the result of a handful of pills and a Smirnoff Ice. It was a crudely drawn recreation of work done in artist Vaughn Pinpin's Tim Burton x PKMN Project collection, in which Pinpin drew Charmander, all its evolutions, and about 70 other pocket monsters in this style. We covered them almost three years ago. They're all on Pinpin's Tumblr. And while reddit was busy making fanart of this assumed addled original creation as fast as it designs amiibo mock ups, credit to the original artist fell by the wayside. Even the reddit top comment, "Looks like a Tim Burton Pokémon," links to an Imgur upload of the original Charmander drawing that points to the URL of a site that seems to aggregate and talk about art. The reply to that reply, the "full list" is a low quality, not-full collage featuring 25 of Pinpin's drawings. Finally, the third nested reply, after being edited, includes a link to Pinpin's Tumblr. One website actually posted Pinpin's original work under the impression that it was fan art of the tattoo, which is a bit like saying The Beatles sounds like Oasis. Lack of credit on an internet where it can feel as if things just materialize is a big issue today for people who create things. Artwork is passed around (sometimes watermarks maliciously removed, or added by outside parties), jokes are stolen, and people expect (and get) an endless influx of free stimuli. In this case, it went beyond fans giggling over a meme, as some folks started making and selling products -- necklackes, t-shirts -- with the tattoo's likeness. Pinpin responded to the situation on Twitter: "I'm cool with you guys getting tats of my dang Burton PKMNs, but try not to profit over it please. That's not entrepreneurship, that's theft." That was about as close to positive as Pinpin got about the situation, saying, "This just in: dumb kids did a dumb thing and everyone's laughing about it in the cesspool that is reddit. This is news!" before following up with, "I think I feel better about the whole situation now. But I don't think I can laugh with reddit. It's sort of like laughing with the school bully when the joke was punching me in the face." We all carry varying degrees of guilt for this sort of thing. I take shiba pictures and animal gifs for a public good. I tweeted out a still from A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night last week without naming the film, director, actor, or cinematographer. While you enjoy the fun times with friends you have on the net, it's good to remember that some of the things you enjoy -- web comics that end up as images in comment threads, photo galleries that get linked to on Facebook -- come from people who worked hard to make them. Sometimes someone just took a picture of their dog at the right time. Still, crediting the source is always a good move.
Charmander tattoo photo
'My friend was drunk and on Xanax when he decided to tattoo a black face Charmander'
If there's one thing my grandfather fought for in World War II, it was the right to monetize memes. Of course, he was in the Italian army, the side that rightfully lost the war, because all your grandfathers were fighting aga...

King Dedede photo
King Dedede

King Dedede is your best new virtual pet friend


Poop, sleep, eat, life: This is Dedede
Apr 11
// Jonathan Holmes
We all thought that Paperbeatsscissors had already conquered the Internet with this Hulk/Hulk designer t-shirt, but it turns out it was just getting warmed up. Now it has gone and made a new Tamagotchi-style virtual pet for y...
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Zak McKracken

Zak McKracken fan film feels alien in all the right ways


'If you've recently been feeling stupid, trust me, you're not the only one'
Apr 05
// Jonathan Holmes
In my mind, Zak McKracken is the unsung hero of the classic LucasArt point-and-click line up. If the Monkey Island series is analogous to a crowd-pleaser like Back to the Future, then Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders ...
Sherlock Holmes photo
Sherlock Holmes

A lot of people want a game about Black Steampunk Sherlock Holmes


If Lucy Liu can be Watson, why can't Sherlock be brown?
Mar 30
// Jonathan Holmes
This concept art for a new Sherlock Holmes game isn't new. Former Starr Mazer artist Christina Antoinette threw it together a while ago, but for whatever reason, it's found new life on Twitter over the past few days...
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Daisy's Quest

Daisy swings a mean bat in this fan game mock-up


Casey would be proud
Mar 24
// Jonathan Holmes
People want more Daisy. The Iconoclasts' Joakim Sandberg already showed us his plans for an adventure starring Sarasaland's finest. One particularly passionate fan even wrote a lengthy article in first person about why Daisy...
Mother 3 fan art photo
Mother 3 fan art

Mother 3 hot springs man lovingly recreated with polygons


Yes?
Feb 11
// Ben Davis
YouTuber KamiWasa created a short animation of the mysterious old man from Mother 3, who is sometimes seen hanging out in the hot springs. It's just a quick loop of the man appearing and disappearing, as he often does, and u...
Adventure Time! photo
Adventure Time!

Here's a contest to design an Adventure Time character


For a 'soon-to-be-announced' new game
Jan 28
// Steven Hansen
If you've got drawing chops, or at least some creativity, you can see your work show up in the, "next soon-to-be-announced Adventure Time console video game" thanks to this contest from publisher Little Orbit. You have to at ...
Smash Bros. photo
Smash Bros.

Outfit swap DLC for Smash Bros. would make a lot of money


Sometimes the least important things are what we want the most
Jan 25
// Jonathan Holmes
[Image by Pitarou] The amiibo craze doesn't seem to have died down yet. My guess is that once Nintendo has released 50 different figures, amiibo fans will start to look at all the fun-but-relatively-worthless figures they've ...
Super Mario Land photo
Super Mario Land

Iconoclasts creator imagines a Daisy focused 2D action game


'Rosalina can piss off'
Dec 21
// Jonathan Holmes
My first waking thought this morning was "What if the next Wii U Mario game stars Peach, Daisy, Rosalina and Toadette as they giant sentient broccoli people who reluctantly eat children because they are nutritious?" The ...
Owlboy photo
Owlboy

Owlboy creator proposes a new Wario Land


TakeMyMoney.org
Nov 29
// Jonathan Holmes
D-Pad Studio has been working on Owlboy for a long time. When a game looks this good, expectations run high, and the pressure to deliver can be overwhelming. Like a lot of developers, it seems that they escape from the s...
Bowser and Son photo
Bowser and Son

An irony-free feel good fan video about Dads


Bowser and Son are legit heartwarmers
Nov 08
// Jonathan Holmes
There is a whole genre of comedy dedicated to uncomfortable emotions about Dads. Pierre's Doo Dah Doo Doo rap is one example. That's doesn't mean there isn't plenty of room in the internet's heart for honest, not-weird affec...
Fangamer <3 Attract Mode photo
Fangamer <3 Attract Mode

Love is in the air for Seattle's Fangamer <3 Attract Mode


It's the best a man can get
Aug 23
// Jonathan Holmes
Some events are better than others. It's an objective, measurable fact. What unit of measure can you apply to an event to quantify its level of quality? Simple -- add the amount of Jake "Virt" Kaufman to the total of Cor...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

Reshiram and Zekrom are the best


Yes
Aug 08
// Jonathan Holmes
"If I were to marry Reshiram, Zekrom would be my best man"- JustinRPG
Gameboy photo
Gameboy

It's Mario vs. Pokemon Trainer with a claymation twist


Presented in Gameboy Camera-vision
Aug 03
// Jonathan Holmes
It's the Gameboy's 25th birthday this year! I never liked that thing. The fact that it beat out a quality piece of hardware like the Atari Lynx used to really bother me... when I was 13. Since then I've learned to not worry ...
Smash Bros. photo
Smash Bros.

This fake Choir Kids trailer for Smash Bros. 4 is a scream


Living the dreams of our generation
Jul 21
// Jonathan Holmes
Did you hear the news? Sweet Patrick Hancock and I let loose a huge eruption of mental fan fudge about Smash Bros. 4 last Sunday! We rattled on and on about our hopes, fears, and predictions for the game, making for an edito...
Smash Bros. photo
Smash Bros.

Skullgirls lead animator fantasizes about Fatal Frame in Smash Bros.


Would you want to see this 'develop' into something more?
Jul 17
// Jonathan Holmes
[Update: Mariel wanted you to know that the heavy lifting on the animation for Double was done by Dave Smith and BahiJD. The original concept for the character came from Skullgirls creator Alex Ahad.] Mariel Cartwright i...
Fan art photo
Fan art

This Pokemon x Attack on Titan art is so gross, I love it


Enjoy
Jul 07
// Steven Hansen
There's almost a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark vibe here, but less wispy and terrifying. These come courtesy of Beth "Zsparky" Emery. Charmander and Mr. Mime are my favorites. 
Metroid photo
Metroid

This Mayan-styled Mother Brain painting is amazing


Pretty freaky, no?
Jun 27
// Brittany Vincent
Okay, this might very well be one of the most amazing pieces of video game art I've ever seen. It's a Mayan-styled painting by Redditor NotSureHowItGoes' wife, who is obviously quite the skilled artist. I'm immediately drawn ...
Zelda fan art photo
Zelda fan art

All of A Link Between Worlds as a single painting


EternaLegend's Zelda
Jun 04
// Steven Hansen
Remember when Chris Carter reviewed A Link Between Worlds? I don't see that part of history in this painting, but this painting by DeviantArt's EternaLegend is still pretty cool. Liking that Ganon.
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This Street Fighter fan art is super badass


Can I buy some?
May 02
// Dale North
Behance artist Phuwadon Thongnoum has put together some of the coolest Street Fighter fan art I've ever seen, and I've seen plenty! The style -- the shapes and lines, with defined edges and bold colors -- really catches the e...

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