One day, US-based deviantART user StarRoivas decided to redesign popular modern-day games like Left 4 Dead 2 and Fallout 3 by mashing classic school illustrations with Atari cartridges. The result is pretty rocking.
Ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence? Equal parts puzzle game and lightning fast twitch shooter, Hotline Miami is stylish, hallucinatory nightmare of a 1980′s crime paradise. At the behest of possibly imagined voices on an answering machine, our masked antihero goes on a Taxi Driver-style killing spree through drug dens and nightclubs.
It’s been fun digesting the fruits of the latest Ludum Dare, a competition/celebration where contestants develop a video game within a single weekend. This time’s winner, Evoland, is a cleverly self-referential Zelda-style game that mirrors the development of gaming itself. You start in a silent, monochromatic state of limited mobility and grab practical and aesthetic […]
If, like me, you are repelled by the thought of Call of Duty, don’t worry. There is a video gaming market out there for you. ‘The Cat and the Coup is a documentary game in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran’. We shall discuss […]
The elegant, gloriously nerdy FTL: Faster Than Light has you managing a starship through the roughest of times. The rules are simple enough to be understood quickly, yet complicated in play so that it’ll never cease taxing your brain. It’s also a lovely new take on the old genre of rouge-likes, where the fun isn’t in winning but in how long you can elude death against random encounters and increasingly unfair odds.
No, it’s not some new shower game for Kinect. DigitalSoaps founder and inventor Chrystal Doucette knows how to make Nintendo fanboys and Tetris fiends alike smell good while, er, rubbing up against their favourite game controller in the name of cleanliness. Every soap is a crafty wonder and made by hand with vegan ingredients. Some even come in scents inspired by the liquid diet that geeks subsist on, like root beer, Mountain Dew and grape soda. It’s obviously something Doucette believes in to the core — he left a good job in news reporting to get gamers to lather up.
Game Masters is an ACMI exhibition where I’ll actually get the chance to corner the developers from Blizzard, to raise my RSI ravaged right hand, and to say: ‘Look what your StarCraft has done to meeeeeeeee!’
Hamburg-based Patrick Runte fuses gaming with reality in his photography series Jump N’ Run, with video game icons like Pac-Man and tetris blocks invading life as we know it. Very fun stuff. Now, where can we buy that tetris costume?
Sonic the Hedgehog is celebrating his twentieth anniversary this year. First released on SEGA Mega Drive in 1991, the famous blue hedgehog has become a worldwide gaming icon from a time when you actually had to plug the controller into the console and if you wanted to play against someone you had to go and get the kid next door. Sacrilege! This collection of video game advertisements from the 1980s and 90s features many of the classic motion pictures of the time and their accompanying video games. Of course, the collection wouldn’t be complete without other childhood favourites like Super Mario, Donkey Kong, and my personal favourite, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Chicago-based artist Krista Wortendyke re-assembles pieces of images from video games, war photographs, and movies to create new battle scenes that omit narrative-suggesting elements – thereby leaving no moral context for the viewer — as well as suggesting extreme mediation, with the overlaying squares and rectangles suggesting the pixelation of digital technology.
The illustrations and character designs by UK-based artist Alice Duke are completely captivating with their moodiness and wonderfully textured rendering. Her monster designs have more of a storybook quality to them rather than a fanboy fantasy aesthetic, making her work versatile enough to suit both video games and rock posters.
Located in an old storefront with blacked out windows on the Rockwellian Main Street of Beacon New York, this ‘museum‘ is a bit spooky at first. Once you’re inside, you’ll quickly forget this century. All the 1970s vintage pinball machines, early video games, and side-showish arcade games are present in mint condition. I brought my […]