Archive for: February, 2011
You asked for it, so we’re finally doing it! Fan favorite “Fight Night” is now here in old-school tri-color poster form, printed huge on 22″ by 28″ poster board by one of LA’s longest running print shops. It’s perfect for framing for your game room or haphazardly stapling to the nearest telephone pole.
The first batch of Fight Night posters will be available at this week’s Game Over 4 show at Giant Robot San Francisco in limited supply. If you’re unlucky enough not to attend the show (which, incidentally, runs from March 4 to March 30), we’ll have some for sale on the online store soon. Keep an eye out!
Don’t miss Game Over 4, which kicks off with a big reception this Friday.
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Let’s catch up on all the things that happened this week, starting with our first real look at The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Now, I may not have been an Oblivion player (I, on the other hand, beat Oblivion, Knights of the Nine, and Shivering Isles. -Scott), but my goodness does Skyrim look pretty amazing. 2011 may be the year of the RPG, with Bethesda’s game being joined by Mass Effect 3, Dark Souls, Dungeon Siege III and Skyrim this year. Maybe Diablo III should take its time…
If you need more analysis into that Skyrim debut trailer, don’t miss PC Gamer’s shot-by-shot breakdown.
Oh, one more RPG for the list. A little Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked, anyone?
You know, someone should make a video game based on the Kewpie Corporation’s kaiju playing cards. I don’t know how it would play, but it will have to involve mayonnaise in some capacity.
Finally, we couldn’t pass up a chance for a Meat Bun cameo. Mike Ross repped some Meat Bun on G4 this week, playing a little MVC3. Yuss!!
Next week, Giant Robot will hold its fourth “Game Over” show at GRSF in San Francisco. Meat Bun will be there with something special, happy to join some of our favorite friendly artists. Like who? Well, pixel master Jude Buffum for one.
Jude is bringing some beautiful 8-bit terrariums to the show, which you can see at his blog.
Also showing will be the talented Cory Schmitz, maker of Controller magazine and other cool things that go to print. You may have seen his excellent Killer 7 inspired tee at Attract Mode or his Wisdom, Courage, Power tee from Fangamer.
Here’s a much longer list along with details on Game Over 4, which opens on March 4.
While it may not have been the best week for PlayStation 3 controllers–those jerks at Amusement had to go and smash the thing up with deadly discs from Tron–it was a mind-blowing week for video. Great trailers, even better trailers and stunning fan-made homages to classic gaming consoles. Let’s take a look shall we?
The one trailer everyone was talking about this week was that Dead Island re-announcement. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much discussion about a video game trailer. It spilled well beyond video game sites and forums… I only hope the game lives up to that video.
One video that should’ve had more eyeballs was Aaron Nanto’s awesome Neo Geo tribute. So sexy (in a 16-bit way) it could easily be labeled video game porn.
And for the really obsessive, now’s the time to play Gran Turismo 5 on up to five TVs. Anyone have four spare PS3s and four extra HDTVs we can borrow?
This week, I think I might’ve found my main in Mortal Kombat. Noob Saibot!
Finally, while there’s sadly no video to accompany it, this is what Diablo III used to look like a long time ago, before a rainbow of fruit flavors was sprinkled all over it.
We’ve been hard at work on the next line of Meat Bun goods for some time and we’re almost ready to show them in the flesh. But first we want to offer a brief preview of the inspiration behind the line, “The Year 20XX,” which will be arriving at the online store soon.
After going a little medieval with Wizards ‘n’ Warriors last year, we decided to look to the future. For that is where you and I will spend the rest of our lives… So what futuristic games do we love? And which sci-fi classics inspire us?
One of my personal favorites is Capcom’s Forgotten Worlds, released in arcades in 1988. This side-scrolling shoot ‘em up felt like nothing else at the time, sporting a unique control scheme featuring a big rotating button and two memorable, but unnamed protagonists: P1 and P2. We’ve talked about doing something with the game’s War God since the inception of Meat Bun, but we finally found the right artist for the job.
Another great character, Space Channel 5′s Ulala. Maybe unwavering love for the Dreamcast made us fall in love with the future’s hippest space reporter, but United Game Artists gorgeous design for Ulala was probably the thing that won us over. We really dig the swinging ’60s characteristics of Ulala and have always wanted to do something Space Channel inspired.
F-Zero was one of the first Super Nintendo games I ever owned, one that I spent hours upon hours with, whittling down my lap times on Death Wind. I’ve always been a fan of non-traditional racing games, whether they’re the futuristic hover cars of WipEout and F-Zero or the speedboats of Hydro Thunder. And Meat Bun loves classic racing imagery. So maybe you can see where this is going…
One last-minute addition to the line is Star Fox inspired. Or maybe it’s Super FX Chip-inspired. Old-school polygonal graphics, the kind of stuff seen in games like S.T.U.N. Runner, Steel Talons and Star Fox, brings back great memories, just like pixelated 8-bit sprites do.
Of course, we have more planned for The Year 20XX than just stuff inspired by the above. Keep an eye peeled for more news soon.
If there’s one thing we love at Meat Bun HQ, it’s the shoot ‘em up talent at Treasure. Enough to spend ludicrous amounts on an imported version of an Ikaruga model kit? When it looks this good, the answer is YES! Maybe we should reprint our Shooting For Vengeance tee…
Speaking of good looking, Portal 2′s Chell looks pretty damn foxy for being a few hundred years old.
Maybe not so appealing is the Dragon Quest cafe’s Pink Sanguine Tiramisu. But if given the chance to visit Luida’s Bar in Japan, we’d probably order just about anything. Hopefully we’ll be there when they’re making Slime jello shots.
On the video front, you’ve seen Remi Kart 2, I take it? Another hilarious Mario Kart meets the real world stunt, in which Remi Gaillard is finally accosted by The Man. He needs to take it to the next level for Remi Kart 3, rainbow painting those Parisian roads.
Oh, can someone please explain this Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 commercial from Japan?
Finally, keep an eye peeled for a little Meat Bun cameo in this College Humor clip.