Playful 8-Bit Versions of Studio Ghibli Characters

Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli has set the standard for lyrical stories, stunning visuals, and vibrant characters who are both powerful and fragile. Co-founder Hayao Miyazaki and company have the magic touch. Since the company’s inception in 1985, Studio Ghibli has amassed a devoted following — and naturally, the fans enjoy paying homage to the studio’s beautiful work. Designer Richard J. Evans, who we first learned about on Fubiz, did just that with these 8-bit odes to various Studio Ghibli characters. Films like Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Ponyo focus on themes of childhood, so the pixel makeovers are doubly nostalgic. For the die-hards, they’re also a fun reference to Ghibli’s videogame output (Magic Pengel and Ni no Kuni). We may never get an 8-bit era of Studio Ghibli games, but these playful, pixelated artworks are the next best thing. … Read More

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Photos of Hong Kong Streets Transformed Into a Retro Live-Action Videogame

Sneaker brand Jim Rickey commissioned Stockholm-based photographer Christian Åslund for their latest ad campaign — which we learned about on Colossal. The artist responded with a series of images that transformed the streets of Hong Kong into a retro live-action videogame. Taken from dizzying heights, and toying with perspective and the bold urban landscape, Åslund’s work makes us think of our favorite vintage platformers and sidescrollers — like Super Mario Bros. or Mega Man. Check out more of Åslund’s photos in our gallery. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we read about this digital copyright infringement nightmare. We learned why the details of the health care ruling could be lost on the public. We wished Atari a happy 40th. We remembered a few teen movie bedrooms. We watched a supercut of every movie ever screened… Read More

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Ghostly X-Rays of Video Game Controllers

A Reddit user who goes by the name of Diabolikal49 recently shared some ghostly x-ray images — which we first spotted on Dangerous Minds — that reveal the inner workings of various video game controllers. “I’m a software engineer doing some testing at the moment. Last week, someone submitted an x-ray film of an Xbox controller and after seeing some requests for higher resolution pictures in the comments section, I thought that I would oblige,” Diabolikal49 shared on the website. Check out the intricate maze of circuitry hiding inside the PS3, Wii, Xbox, and Gamecube controllers past the break. You could always hurl your system across the room in complete frustration to see the real deal, but a peek in our gallery will make you appear a lot less psychotic. … Read More

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Amusing Portraits of Kids Playing Videogames

We’ve admired Robbie Cooper’s fascinating photographs of gamers and their avatars before. This time, the artist aims his lens at children while lost in the virtual world of their favorite videogames. The head-on portraits show several zombified, hilarious, and eerily calm expressions. The images are reminiscent of that feeling you get when you catch your reflection in passing, or hear your own recorded voice for the first time. It’s interesting to note that the children in Cooper’s body of work are far more composed than the adults in Phillip Toledano’s portraits that capture the same moment — perhaps proving that we were more sane when pint-sized. Check out the images below in our gallery. … Read More

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Miniature 8-Bit Heroes

Toronto-based designer Jesus Castañeda creates miniature (and kind of adorable) 8-bit heroes. Pixelated characters from comic books and film are set against a simplistic background and beckon you to imagine what it would be like to play a videogame featuring every last one of them together. Certain scenes show characters together — like Hulk and Deadpool. There’s even a pixilated version of Boba Fett’s demise. Click through for tiny, 8-bit takes on famous fantasy heroes. … Read More

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Angsty Hippies Rejoice: The Beatles: Rock Band!

Rock Band, in addition to providing hours of entertainment for talentless children, is a virtual means of living out one’s dream of rock stardom. (We’re more a Guitar Hero kind of office.) The latest installment in the series is The Beatles: Rock Band. While previous Rock Bands harnessed Gen X anthems (Radiohead’s “Creep,” Nivana’s “In Bloom,” etc.), the new game is clearly targeted for angsty hippie mamas and papas who “sold out.” Oh fine, the videogame is also geared towards the rest of the world, which seems to unanimously agree on The Beatles’… Read More

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