Archive for: March, 2011
What a week! Any seven day period that includes the long-awaited release of Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP must be a good one right? If you haven’t already downloaded the iPad release, grab it from iTunes now. Done? OK good! Let’s carry on.
If you’re hankering for ways to show your love for Japan, you can still bid on this custom Xbox 360 stuffed with XBLA games, give through the purchase of Team Fortress 2 hats or donate through the PlayStation Network.
Or you can simply keep your spirits up about the whole thing with Street Fighter’s Japanese cast in wallpaper form.
Did you catch wind of William “xiaobaosg” Chua’s awesome Contra-inspired ukiyo-e print? Do your eyeballs a favor and check it out. You know, he’s the artist responsible for Meat Bun’s ukiyo-e style Ninjawarriors tee. Fact!
Finally, for some ninja fail fun, give it up for Shogun 2.
We’ve urged you to listen to the music of George & Jonathan before, so let us urge you again to listen to Jon Baken’s solo concept album The Octagon, “an epic journey through the mystical planet TragnaR.” If you like electronic mysticism, future worlds, wizards and mood-setting music made with a Game Boy, Roland Juno 106, Nord Lead II and saxophone, give Baken’s latest a listen.
For more moody atmospheric electronic bliss, go back and listen to Enter The Thicket, full of the same ethereal blippy stuff.
Happy weekend! Let’s start it off with some great 3D artwork from Victor Hugo Queiroz, featuring one of our personal favorites, Poison from Final Fight. You know, we should really do something with Poison… and Roxy.
Did you know that Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP is coming out (*fingers crossed*) for the iPad this week? Lowly iPhone users like me will have to wait a bit longer, but to ratchet up the hype, take a look at creator Craig D. Adams early video work, Children of the Clone.
And when you’re done watching that, did you catch Indie Mario?
Or this great Fez gameplay from PAX East?
Finally, if you’re in the LA are and want to get your hands on a Nintendo 3DS early, look for these pods in Santa Monica.
Our friends at Giant Robot are hosting an exhibition and benefit for UNICEF, with proceeds going to the victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, kicking off tomorrow. Tons of great artists will be exhibiting, including friends and talented acquaintances like Gary Baseman, Kozyndan, Jude Buffum, Matt Furie, Barry McGee, Junko Mizuno, Katsuya Terada and many more…
Here are all the details.
Let’s remember this week for the good stuff, like the first footage of one of our most beloved Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 contestants, the Lord of Chaos… He Who Sleeps, but Shall Awake… the mighty Shuma Gorath! Gotta say, I was a little concerned about Mr. Gorath’s transition from beautifully animated 2D to 3D, but after seeing him and Jill in action, no more worries.
On the bad news front, it appears that panty-filled shooter Gal Gun–one of my lowlights from TGS 2010–is losing some ogling features.
Who’s doing lunch better? Anna the Red, with her amazing Okami-inspired bento creation or Wendy’s who are crapping out some Pac-Man kid’s meals. Sure, I’m poo-pooing it, but I’m actually kind of interest in these Pac-Man trinkets. Someone, please stop me before I eat a Wendy’s junior sized lunch!
From the You Can’t Have This department, be jealous of these great, one-of-a-kind Mortal Kombat kab… err, cabinets, the grand prize of an upcoming UK tournament. They should really give another one of these at this year’s EVO tourney.
Finally, we’re obviously saddened to hear about this week’s massive quake and tsunami affecting Japan. We’re staying positive, knowing that some of our Tokyo and Osaka-based friends are safe and that the tragedy is bringing out the best in some people.
The annual Game Over art show hit Giant Robot this weekend, an event that drew hundreds of video game art-loving fans to the wee San Francisco store. We were there, offering first dibs on the big, bright and beautiful Fight Night posters (still coming soon to the online store!) and hangin’ with all the GDC stragglers. You still have time to make the show, which runs until March 30 at GRSF.
Jude Buffum’s great 8-bit terrariums where there and being snatched up like nobody’s business. Sadly, one of the pieces I wanted to buy, Kinuko’s “Slimes,” was already spoken for by the time I arrived. T_T
This beautiful piece, a tribute to rhythm games that included Taiko no Tatsujin, Dance Dance Revolution, Parappa the Rapper, Pop’n Music and more, looked dazzling on its lightbox.
People love to look at video game art. The proof!
GRSF couldn’t handle the crowds, so lovers of fine art were forced to spill out onto the streets.
Here’s a photo of Cory’s piece from GO4. R.I.P. Saturn.
Oh, this may look like Skulls of the Shogun developer Jake Kazdal assaulting writer Evan Shamoon while IGF chairman Brandon Boyer watches disapprovingly, but I assure you it’s all in good fun.
Good times! See you next year Game Over show.