February 24, 2007


In times where explosions and high definition reign supreme, it’s nice to see something simple, refreshing and… calm. It’s not terribly long… but sometimes it’s nice to sit down on a lazy saturday afternoon and play something relaxing.


I am 8-Bit

February 22, 2007

i am 8-bit bookEveryone who is intersted in video game art should pick up the coffee table book i am 8-bit. It’s a showcase of some of the best pieces from the annual show, which is features some excellent paintings, drawings, crafts, and sculptures that is soley based on 80’s video games and gaming culture. Every piece is done by an independant artist, and every one of them is brings a new twist on your favorite games.

Pac-Man. Frogger. Super Mario Bros. These classic videogames are burned into the collective consciousness of an entire generation, thanks to countless hours spent at pizza parlors and bowling alleys across the country. Now artists such as Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, and Ashley Wood put their memories to paper, canvas, and wood to create original works of art inspired by the art of the videogame. Chuck Klosterman shares his thoughts — in his distinctively insightful and entertaining style — in a foreword on how videogames created a new playground for artistic expression. With more than 100 thought-provoking, amusing, and simply fun pieces of original art, i am 8-bit is a pixilated stroll down memory lane.

You can even get a signed copy, if you’re into that.  Link

“The City” – Yoshitaka Amono

February 22, 2007

The City Yoshitaka Amano is most famous for the illustrations he does for the Final Fantasy series. “The City” is from Final Fantasy VI, and captures the games theme of the battle over magic in an industrialized civilization. Amano’s whimsical style accentuates this.

Expect a post highlighting Amano’s best work in the future.

The Art of Video Games

February 22, 2007

We play video games. We spend hours immersed in immaginary worlds, exploring virtual cities and hunting digital beasts. Of course, this would not be possible without the graphics and sound that make up these masterpieces of imagination. The Art of Video Games is a blog that takes a more in-depth look at something that is lost to many when they fire up their Playstations for a quick fix of addiction: the artistic part. We analyze video games on the merit of artistic direction, look at illustrations and concept art, and highlight particular artists and musicians who dedicate their lives to you, the gamer, because without them, you’d still be slaying your dragons in text adventures.

Enjoy 🙂