Tag Archives | Character

…It’s TGI Friday: Upgrade Complete?

Upgrade Complete

In video games, upgrades usually mean your character gets better or your plot of land gets a few more decorations, but what if the upgrades made the game itself better?

In Upgrade Complete!, the goal is to upgrade both your ship, and the game itself. Want sound? You’ll need to upgrade. Want to mute that sound? Need to upgrade? Want to congratulate yourself when you beat the game? You guessed it; you’ll need an upgrade.

The game itself isn’t very hard, and you can probably play it from beginning to end in about 30-minutes, but the meta-gaming jokes are pretty funny, and it’s an interesting concept that’s worth a look.

[Upgrade Complete!]

[Via: Kottke]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Mr. Strings?

Mr. Strings

Mr. Strings is an imaginative ad campaign for Cheestrings in which you create your own character and then explore a fictional world to find four hidden clues and unlock the mysteries contained within.

[Mr. Strings]

…It’s Movie Monday: Ryan?


Ryan was “a Canadian animator. A gentleman panhandler. One of the pioneers of Canadian animation. Oscar nominee. Poor beggar. An artist unable to create. God observing the world. Fallen angel. Arrogant. Shy. Broken. Not destroyed.” 30 years ago, Ryan produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. Years later, plagued by alcoholism and drug abuse, he was destitute on the streets of Toronto.

In this rather captivating and haunting short, called simply “Ryan”, Chris Landreth animates a tribute to Ryan Larkin.

    In Ryan we hear the voice of Ryan Larkin and people who have known him, but these voices speak through strange, twisted, broken and disembodied 3D generated characters… people whose appearances are bizarre, humorous or disturbing. Although incredibly realistic and detailed, Ryan was created and animated without the use of live action footage, rotoscoping or motion capture…but instead from an original, personal, hand animated three-dimensional world which Chris calls ‘psychological realism’.

[NFB – Ryan]

[Via: Drawn!]

…Retro Reality brings video games to life?

Retro Reality Excite Bike

RETROnoob’s Retro Reality series of photos is a wildly imaginative idea.

By taking classic video game characters and Photoshopping them into actual pictures, they take on a realism that is somewhat creepy yet definitely cool.

[deviantART – RETROnoob – Retro Reality]

[Via: Neatorama]

…Niko Bellic has been untooned?

Niko Bellic

Niko Bellic is a pretty realistic character in Grand Theft Auto IV to begin with, so Pixeloo’s latest untoon isn’t quite as impressive as the last few, but regardless, he’s got more skill in his little pinky than I have in the entire Photoshop part of my brain, so check out his latest work and prepare to be amazed once again.

[Pixeloo – Niko Bellic]