By way of members of the International House of Mojo comes this teased screenshot from a soon-to-be-announced (as in, today) LucasArts game. Pieced together from various clues left on the LucasArts Workshop blog throughout PAX, the image hints at a style of game not created by LucasArts in quite some time.
[Brandon adds: as hinted at in the title, Joystiq’s ongoing coverage of the recently filed Lucas trademark Lucidity seems to be the best guess as to what the game will be when it’s later revealed.]
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Remember that scene in Ghostbusters 2 where they spray the Statue of Liberty with slime and then control the animated statue using nothing more than a simple two button NES Advantage arcade stick? Did you ever wonder what the control scheme for that would be? There’s a shirt for that.
Busters Advantage T-Shirt [Split Reason]
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The above illustration of PaRappa and Lammy jamming (umjamming?), rendered on a page from a music book, is part of a series of prints available for sale at Fort Awesome’s Etsy Shop. The illustrations of the various videogame characters are cute on their own, but their juxtapositions on vintage book pages elevate them to tongue-in-cheek whimsy.
Peach, Samus, and Zelda, in Agent Melon‘s “Nintendo Punk.”
Greyscalegorilla’s current “Five Second Project” — in which animators and motion designers are given a couple weeks to create a five second video — is on a theme close to our hearts: “old video games.” The entries, which at last count number up to 100, are collected in this Vimeo channel.
A hundred videos might seem like a lot to go through, but at five seconds each it should take no time at all. If that’s still too ADD for you: a pair of our personal favourites. Above, William J. Meyer’s slightly-longer-than-five-seconds take lends Donkey Kong a helpful hand, and below, Joe Clay’s Super Mario Bros. video also takes a turn for the 3D, but in a crazy glitch-out and “blow the cart” kind of way.
The above is especially enjoyable as a fan of the glitched-out aesthetic, which can also be seen in Brad Chmielewski Old Video Games Data Mosh and Sean McDonald’s wonderfully teasing Get Ready to Play… the Greatest Game Ever.
Five Second Project: Old Video Games [GreyScaleGorilla]
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By way of French act Je Deviens DJ en 3 Jours — who released a new running-through-the-streets-of-Nice music video a mere two weeks ago — comes a chiptune-powered tribute to fellow French musicians Daft Punk: DA CHIP!
The 11 track compilation, featuring covers by the likes of EvilWezil and Random is perfectly suited for your next lo-fi French electro dance party (as witnessed in JDDE3J’s Aerodynamic cover above). DA CHIP! is provided as a free download with individual bonus tracks available on the site.
Scottsdale, AZ artist James Barnett, formerly known as El Rey, has invented the term ‘fauxvism’ for his newly-posted series of landscape paintings capturing the videogame vistas of Fallout 3, Grand Theft Auto, Half Life and Team Fortress, all in the style of early-20th-century Matisse and Derain-led art movement Fauvism.
He has graciously provided us with a handful of higher resolution images that we’ve included below, with further explanation from Barnett himself. (more…)
Befitting their line of horror themed tees, the 8BitJason shirt is sure to recall the biggest nightmares of our youth: bad, licensed NES games. Now if only I could get a Fester’s Quest tee.
Also available in girl’s sizes.
8BitJason [Mini Cassette Tees]
Recently released on Berlin’s B-Hack Records is Mister Beep‘s “Monophonic Generator” album. It’s a chiptune album containing, mostly, cover versions of various songs by Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, amongst others, that is notable for being composed entirely on a Timex 2048. That one I had to look up.
The Timex 2048 was a cousin of sorts of the British favourite Sinclair ZX Spectrum. The system was mostly compatible with the “Speccy” and was most popular in Portugal and Poland, which accounts for its somewhat obscure nature. It’s also a computer that had a one channel “Beeper” for audio production. The entire album is 1-bit, which is trumped on the label site as “the first 1 bit album ever to be released on a netlabel!!!” I can’t confirm or deny that, but either way it is certainly rare.