Videogames

Playful 8-Bit Versions of Studio Ghibli Characters

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

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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.
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