Marker Art #23: Final Fantasy 4

I talked extensively about my connection to Final Fantasy 4 in my Most Mentioned Games article, and now I’m excited to add a piece of my own pixel art to the wall to doubly represent my love for this game! Final Fantasy 4 (known as Final Fantasy 2 in the US) came out for theContinue reading “Marker Art #23: Final Fantasy 4”

Marker Art #22: Kid Icarus

1987 was a great time to be alive if you were a Nintendo fan. Mega Man, Contra, Wizards & Warriors, Final Fantasy, and Punch-Out were just a handful of magnificent selections that players had from which to choose in a market that wasn’t yet competing with next year’s Sega Genesis. Kid Icarus came to theContinue reading “Marker Art #22: Kid Icarus”

*Marker* Art #19 & 20: Dragon Warrior & StarTropics

Once again grabbing my Ohuhu markers and a couple of 4×4″ pieces of canvas, I decided this time to sketch out some pixel art of characters from two of my favorite games, Dragon Warrior (Originally Dragon Quest, NES, 1987) and StarTropics (NES, 1990). For the latter, I chose to use the sprite from the series’Continue reading “*Marker* Art #19 & 20: Dragon Warrior & StarTropics”

It’s Good To Be The King: Royalty in Games

King me! Legendary kings like Hrothgar and King Arthur have been appearing in literature as early as the 9th-century, and the oral histories of these types of characters reach even further back in time. The Greeks had Zeus, Norse mythology had Odin, and Middle-earth had Aragorn. It wasn’t long before people were creating their ownContinue reading “It’s Good To Be The King: Royalty in Games”

*Marker* Art #18: Black Mage

The last time I busted out the Ohuhu markers to create some pixel art of Frog from Chrono Trigger, I was enamored by the end result. So, I decided to try another project this weekend and settled on the classic Black Mage from the Final Fantasy series! Have you played any of the Final FantasyContinue reading “*Marker* Art #18: Black Mage”

Crayon Art #17: 1982 Atari Classics

The 30th anniversary of Kirby’s Dream Land was just last week, and that got me thinking that there must be games worth celebrating that are now 40 years old! So, I hopped on the google machine to see when my favorite arcade games were ported to the Atari. Lo and behold, many of the Atari’sContinue reading “Crayon Art #17: 1982 Atari Classics”

Crayon Art #16: Bosses of Super Mario Bros 2 (USA)

I’ve always had a special affinity for Super Mario Bros 2 (USA), and I even place it within the top five of my favorite Mario games. In particular, I really appreciated the game’s uniqueness, the ability to play as four different characters each with their own individual attributes, and the atypical storyline that expanded onContinue reading “Crayon Art #16: Bosses of Super Mario Bros 2 (USA)”

Hoppin’ Down The Bunny Trail: Rabbits in Games

Hippity-hoppity, Easter’s on its way! After you find your basket and eat way too many chocolate covered rabbits, hop on down the bunny trail with me as we take a look at the Top Ten instances of hares in video games! It’s lagomorphin’ time! 10. RobbitJumping Flash! (Playstation, 1995) The “first platform video game inContinue reading “Hoppin’ Down The Bunny Trail: Rabbits in Games”

I’m Telling Mom: Siblings in Games

Happy Sibling’s Day! Today, I’m posting a quick list of some of the most iconic siblings in video game history. Can you think of any others? Let me know in a reply! 10. Sirrus and AchenarMyst (Mac OS, 1993) 9. Nick and TomSnow Bros. (Arcade, 1990) 8. Popo and NanaIce Climbers (NES, 1984) 7. PoromContinue reading “I’m Telling Mom: Siblings in Games”

You Oughta Be in Pictures: Games in Movies

I didn’t know how to describe it at the time, but there was such pure, unadulterated joy in catching even just the slightest glimpse of someone playing a video game while watching a movie. Immediately, I would want to play, too; this was a feeling that was certainly exploited in shows like Video Power orContinue reading “You Oughta Be in Pictures: Games in Movies”