Imagine a combination of low-budget spaghetti westerns and Pixar cartoons, such as Toy Story. What world would it be set in and what stories would we be able to see? In fact, such a story has been at the center of attention of an American illustrator, Ástor Alexander. Continue reading »
Whether they are set in the past or in an imagined future, ruins are a favorite subject of illustrators working in the fantasy and science-fiction genres. Not only can they be very visually appealing, they can provide the backdrop for a potentially rich narrative about a once flourishing world and the reasons for its demise. Continue reading »
Couples who love playing Final Fantasy 14 Online together can now get married with an officially licensed wedding themed after the in-game Eternal Bonding Ceremony in Japan.
The ceremony is set up through a wedding planning company called Bridal Hearts, and cost about $31,500 for a standard plan with 70 guests. Final Fantasy 14 director and producer Naoki Yoshida confirmed that the reservations for the service should open in a few weeks. Square Enix and Bridal Hearts held the first mock Final Fantasy 14 wedding on Feb. 14, in Kobe, Japan. Continue reading »
When you see an incredible cosplay like the one below (by Tasha), it’s easy just to take it for granted. Yes, it’s a meticulously-detailed, endlessly impressive recreation of Kerrigan from Starcraft — but there’s a ton of other stuff on the internet to ogle, so usually people stare at this kind of thing for a brief moment or two and then move on. Continue reading »
The awesome fantasy illustrations of Adrian Smith, a freelance illustrator, concept designer and comic book artist based in Edinburgh. Adrian’s drawing, character and figure work is just incredible, fantasy art doesn’t get any better than this. Adrian and Ian Miller are especially well known for their work in the early days of Warhammer and 40k in creating a dark serious atmospheric setting. Smith has illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game. Continue reading »
Ben Regimbal has made this fantastic bustling diorama, that is full of life and lots of mini narratives. The stylised art direction and the sheer density makes it a real joy to explore. Regimbal is an art director in South Korea who used to work in the Games industry. Continue reading »
Sometimes you click some art on the internet and just want to get lost in it. That’s certainly the case with the work of Ben Nicholas.
Nicholas is a senior concept artist at Ubisoft, so he’s well-embedded in the video game world. In his free time, though, he goes beyond that, exploring futuristic vistas through the influence of famous artists, or just his own take on what the galaxy might look like way down the road. Continue reading »
Sci-fi worlds are usually fairly recognizable. Maybe they’re shiny, gloomy, or desolate. But either way, there’s almost always a monochromatic, hard-edge feeling to them. That’s not the case, though, in the imagination of Matt Gaser. Continue reading »
Nikolay Lobzov is a Russian painter and digital artist based in Moscow who has been paying homage to games he loves with amazing oil on canvas paintings of classic titles like Halo, Half-Life 2 and Soul Calibur. From the texture of the paint to the contrast in the medium itself, these artworks are a fun and creative ‘fan art’ tribute to video games many of us grew up playing. Continue reading »
Graphic Designer Randy Lewis creates quite an unusual and fun series of image manipulations. The artist takes simple, everyday objects and blends them together, creating something new and unordinary. The result of his creativity is a series of clever and witty images. They’ll make you look twice, and they are certain to put a smile on your face. Continue reading »
Always curious to know what was hiding behind big buildings or beyond a thick forest, Martin Reisch started to photograph landscapes from above with his drone. Continue reading »
A Japanese photographer who goes by Nyan Kichi has made friends with a colony of feral cats. He’s found that the cats particularly love to play in an area where the street has a lot of drain holes. They don’t seem to enjoy Nyan Kichi’s attempts at a gentle game of Whack-a-Mole, but they don’t mind having their pictures taken at all. Continue reading »
“A decades-old urban legend was put to rest Saturday when workers for a documentary film production company recovered “E.T.” Atari game cartridges from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert. The “Atari grave” was, until that moment, a highly debated tale among gaming enthusiasts and other self-described geeks for 30 years. The story claimed that in its death throes, the video game company sent about a dozen truckloads of cartridges of what many call the worst video game ever to be forever hidden in a concrete-covered landfill in southeastern New Mexico. The search for the cartridges of a game that contributed to the demise of Atari will be featured in an upcoming documentary about the biggest video game company of the early ’80s”. – Associated Press
An E.T. doll is seen while construction workers prepare to dig into a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Producers of a documentary are digging in the landfill in search of millions of cartridges of the Atari “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” game that has been called the worst game in the history of videogaming. A New York Times article from 1983 reported that #Atari cartridges of “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” were dumped in the landfill in Alamogordo. (Photo by Juan Carlos Llorca/AP Photo)
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Photographer Ellen von Unwerth for V Magazine. Starring Hailey Clauson, Luma Grothe, Ashley Smith, Emma Stern, Jennifer Pugh, Lindsey Byard, Rebecca Fourteau. Continue reading »
Exactly one year before the long awaited Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Putin went to Sochi personally to see how the construction is going. After receiving a report saying the ski jumps that were supposed to be ready in 2011, are not completed still, while their price has sky-rocketed from 1.2 billion to 8 billion roubles, he commented, “Good for you. Good job”, and then fired the vice president of the Olympic committee.
Russian artist Vasily Slonov painted his view of the upcoming games, giving a new interpretation to the adored Russian mascot Cheburashka, and combining officially endorsed stereotypes of Russia with grimmer and less accepted ones. Continue reading »
Even if you aren’t that interested in the Olympic Games, we reckon you’ll love these pics of our furry friends taking part in the Guinea Pig Games. Continue reading »
You don’t have to be a smoker to know by now that cigarette packages come with plenty of health warnings, some more graphic than others. But this is the first time we’ve seen cigarettes with video game life meters printed on their paper.
Caine Monroy loves arcades so much, he built his own out of cardboard. The nine-year-old set up shop at his dad’s auto parts store in East Los Angeles, and wasn’t getting any customers until an independent filmmaker decided to set up a flashmob through the Internet to bring in more customers than even Caine could possibly imagine.
Take a look at the pictures below to see the day where Caine’s Arcade became the best-known cardboard arcade in the world.
Caine Monroy, 9, stands in front of his cardboard arcade inside his father’s auto parts store in East Los Angeles. Continue reading »
To celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a collection of specially commissioned images by twelve of the UK’s leading artists was unveiled on Friday. The visuals are a creative interpretation rendered by the artists exhibiting the pool of talent existing in the UK.
The official Olympic and Paralympic posters for London 2012 are unveiled in at the Tate Britain gallery in London November 4, 2011. (REUTERS / Luke MacGregor) Continue reading »
Fireworks at the Omnilife stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 30. (Roberto Escobar / EPA) Continue reading »
A three-month-old Bengal tiger plays with a three-month-old lion cub at a zoo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The keepers at the zoo educate visitors and raise awareness of endangered animals around the world. The park’s own tiger breeding program has enjoyed success with more than 20 tigers born since 2010, including a rare white Bengal tiger, according to zoo vet Martin Martinz. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters) Click image to zoom.
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