Also spotted at Justin ‘jublin‘ White’s portfolio site via his ‘Game Over’ shirt: this series of ‘Busted Up Pokémon.’ Let’s face it, dress it however you’d like, but over the past decade our beloved pets have taken nothing short of a straight-up drubbing millions of times. White’s just showing the truth behind the mask. ‘Fainted’, indeed.
Well spotted as usual by Jenn at Infinite Lives, this cocklewarming set of Metroid amigurumi, custom made by Deadcraft-er Nissie, deadlocked in a cute-war with karaimame’s Day of the Tentacle and Sam & Max crafts.
Nearly every entry in the latest weekly-challenge from artist-forum PixelJoint (the site housing the previously linked Katamari meets Colossus) — which celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Game Boy with by restricting participants to the original GB’s four-color palette — has something to offer, but jalonso’s Plagued seems the clear shoe-in.
The faux-game’s a cute RPG based on Hieronymus Bosch’s renowned triptych ‘Garden of Earthly Delights‘ (you can see the carved out man battle card at middle-left) — as ripe and perfectly surreal a world for games to visit as any I’ve ever seen.
As previously mentioned, Japan’s finest hipster retro/game culture store Meteor recently opened its latest Famicase art exhibit with some 58 designers and artists imagining their ultimate games never created.
While the show lacks some of the visual punch that typified its 2008 entries (by which I mean, no repeat of last year’s fantastic Vector Planet and Whale of noise, both of which do need to be turned into working games), there’s still some fantastic stuff in the mix.
The one game most after my one true heart is Cap’s vino-red King Drunk (which appears to serve dual purpose as pun on the shop name, Meteor [Mei Tei Oh]), in which players are given several attempts to clear stages “while enjoying the state of drunkenness,” and which prides itself on its “inability to control game action”:
But also excellent are:
Oh, and — whoops! Hawken King‘s ultra-subtle Bush Jr (published by GWBSOFT, natch) in which you must simply “save NYC!”
See the rest of the exhibit via the official Famicase 2009 site.
There comes a time and a place when we feel the need to give a little affection to our handhelds. But while glass plated touchscreens and rounded hardware corners are a little tough to love, the hand-made plush consoles of French crafter Marine Beloir are made for embracing.
To choose a favorite between the colorfully embroidered New Super Mario Bros. scene on her DS plush and the tiny stitched green Tetris blocks falling across her Game Boy is difficult at best, and naturally it would be hard to imagine any Apple fan not wanting to dotingly push the felt app buttons of her iPhone.
But beyond the soft hardware, Marine’s plush works are quirky, adorable, and deserved of attention, regardless of whether or not Zombie Cat actually actually sneaks a debut mutant appearance into House of the Dead: Overkill.
Les doudoux [Marine Beloir]
NYC artist Satre Stuelke’s radiologyart project takes cat scans of every day objects that “hold unique cultural importance in modern society… to plant a seed of scientific creativity in the minds of all those inclined to participate.”
Coming soon to Stuelke’s project, “the PlayStation 3 box, and a de/re-construction movie.”
One more reason to wish you were in LA (or to celebrate for being there): coming just one day after Poketo’s excellent sounding Her Space Holiday/PCP art/music exhibit is Gallery Nucleus’s Jab Strong Fierce.
Put together in collaboration with Capcom and art/game crossover mainstay iam8bit, the free exhibit brings together 40-plus designers and illustrators doing Street Fighter themed interpretations, alongside an official EVO-sponsored Street Fighter 4 tournament.
The full list of artists includes:
David Lee Duong,
Jorge R. Gutierrez,
T & A,
Tang Kheng Heng and
Bonus points to anyone that returns with a nice photo gallery of the art for Offworld to print up in the future.
The show opener will take place April 25th from 7:00PM – 11:00PM at Nucleus’s 210 East Main St location in Alhambra, and will continue through May 11th. See Nucleus’s site for more details and tournament specifics/prizes.
So I’d noted this as early as last Wednesday via my infinitely-more-artsy/designy-than-Offworld tumblr (in a fit of jealous pique for not being anywhere near the west coast), but seeing as how Poketo wrote in specifically to see if it’d be of interest to Offworld, I can’t help but see how it’s not.
This Friday, art/apparel/decor design shop Poketo will be hosting Bang! Bang! Draw! at their Los Angeles studio, an event that will bring together live music by Offworld favorite solo orchestral-sampled pop outfit Her Space Holiday with visuals done in collaboration with Tokyo artist Heisuke ‘PCP’ Kitazawa.
Your unnecessary and tenuous games-related link? You might’ve seen PCP’s fantastic(ally vertical) Ico-related mural, “the end of ICO is beginning of another”, at Giant Robot’s oft-blogged Game Over/Continue show.
On top of that, Kitazawa — who will also be exhibiting his art in a post-music gallery show at the studio — was one of the select artists Nintendo and FM802 curated for their 2004 “ART MEETS GAMES” exhibit (now sadly offline and obliterated by the wayback machine), which attempted to show off the dual-screen potential of their then-upcoming DS by getting illustrators to do wall-size faux-DS artwork.
But either way, you should go not for its games-relatedness, but because both are fantastic artists in their own right. Hear Her Space Holiday’s Forever & A Day below for a sample, or try his My Boyfriend’s Girlfriend, as well.
Bang! Bang! Draw! will be held at Poketo Studio at 510 South Hewitt Street, #506 (5th floor) in LA on Friday, April 24th. The Her Space Holiday set will run from 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM, with a moderated q&a session, and will be followed from 7:30 PM – 10PM by PCP’s art show and party. Poketo will be releasing two signature wallets, a mug, and a T-shirt all designed by Kitazawa at the show. Head over to their blog for more details.
Poketo presents: Bang! Bang! Draw! on April 24th 2009 [Poketo, PCP home, Her Space Holiday home (designed by PCP)]
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Joining Simon Parkin’s excellently single-minded Box Art tumblr (which has ever so slightly slipped in the past week [but ended on a high note] — everything ok, Simon?) as my new favorite follow is pixelstyle, a new tumblr devoted solely to “showcase and celebrate the aesthetic of pixels, whether from games, demos, original artwork, or anything else.”
The site is being run by Alex ‘enso‘ Bond, a fantastic pixel magician in his own right (see: his animated portrait of previously mentioned NES hacker/musician No Carrier and similarly excellent VJ visuals).
There are some slightly NSFW pixels currently roaming around the front page, but for the most part enso’s stuck to inspiring game landscapes, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing where he takes us next.
Today’s best art/toy/game crossover (and a nice snack before tomorrow’s Game Over/Continue? show), Australia’s Touch My Pixel has sent over the latest trailer for their forthcoming web game based on Nathan Jurevicius‘ Scarygirl.
TMP head Tarwin Stroh-Spijer says the final game will include “platforming and adventure elements as well as physics based bike riding and even a street Street Fighter style fighting game,” and I don’t really need to hear much more.
Scarygirl [Nathan J]