Monday 17 August 2009 @ 11:12 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
The Mushroom Kingdom has been an analogy for many things, the process of maturity, the hero’s journey and even a communist allegory. What with Mario being a plumber, a member of the proletariat, overthrowing the evil regime and all. But Nazi Germany is one of those to which its rarely compared. The folks at Gamervision took it upon themselves to fix that by making this spoof trailer of Inglorious Basterds based on the Mushroom Kingdom.
Inglorious Plummers turns out masterfully done and Toadsworth’s performance leaves me wanting more every time. This could have very well been the intro to Super Mario Bros. 2, it certainly would have added a lot of depth to the game.
Saturday 15 August 2009 @ 10:47 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Above, the smelting of Sonic’s rings, part of a collection for France’s Amusement Magazine shot by Marc Da Cunha Lopes. It takes the concept of Videogames Industry a bit too literally. The 5 piece gallery shows the makings of such things as Arkanoid’s blocks, Mario’s mushrooms and coin boxes and the Tetris blocks. If anything this goes to show how amazingly unrealistic these games were, you know, in case looking at a plumber shoot fire from his hands didn’t tip you off in the first place.
Tuesday 21 July 2009 @ 10:35 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
While an actual Mario mushroom can make you go crazy and jump down buildings, there’s still hope for your dreams of eating the iconic fungus. Ana The Red, an american bento expert, teaches us how to make this awesome mushroom replica out of a radish and some seaweed. If you want to make a 1-UP mushroom and wait until the radish turns green before cutting it… you might end up subtracting a life rather than adding one after you eat it.
Monday 6 July 2009 @ 10:56 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
One man’s garbage is another man’s… scenery. Some Russian Fallout fans have taken advantage of what they had and turned the post-communism into post-apocalyptic. Using the ruins and debris of decades past these fans went all out for a Fallout 3 photo-shoot complete with some… equally resourceful costumes.
Never mind that the Brotherhood of Steel looks a bit under the weather or that the Scribes look dorkier than they are, some of these photos are absolutely stunning. Goes to show how much the surroundings affect a good cosplay project. On some of those shots you could just see a super mutant coming out behind a corner. I’m a bit let down though, no Vault jumpsuits?
Sunday 21 June 2009 @ 11:32 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Ever wanted to know why Samus is named like that? Turns out its a celtic form of James. Chrono Trigger’s Ayla? Most likely a reference to a 1980’s novel called Clan of the Cave Bear. These and many other secret stories and theories behind the names of game characters are dissected by word geek Drew Mackie in his blog. Drew dives into the sea of odd japanese translations and obscure etymology plaguing the names of your favorite characters… and also a bunch of auxiliary characters you never paid much attention to.
His article, which spans nearly 40 different game franchises, is filled with references and citations that add more back-story to these characters than you ever wanted. It’s a fantastic read, specially for oldschool gaming veterans.
Friday 19 June 2009 @ 9:09 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
The Sims 3 came out and so its time to share my latest obsession, Alice and Kev. For the past 5 days I’ve been religiously following the adventures of these two homeless Sims under the mercy of Robin Burkinshaw, a game design student. The game’s character traits and interaction coupled with Robin’s storytelling are addictive, compelling and even inspiring at some point.
I definitely recommend you check it out, and if you are a recovering Maxis-slave this is like the perfect nicotine patch. It certainly has prevented me from installing The Sims 3 and wasting 16 continuous hours on it setting up a ridiculous experiment in playing god only to lose interest two weeks later. Which is what I always do whenever a significant upgrade to The Sims comes around. All things considered I think I come out winning!
Oh who am I kidding I’ll end up playing with the virtual dollhouse in the end anyway.
Tuesday 7 April 2009 @ 12:34 am | By David 'KidKobun' Bruno
Anyone familiar with Berserk, the manga created by Kentaro Miura over 20 years ago is sure to appreciate this Italian fan-made film featuring the mercenary Guts and his colossal sword. A collaboration between LED Productions and Deus Ex Machina Visual Effects Studio, this gritty and dark short directed by and starring Francesco Sanseverino proves that given a chance, even on a-what I am assuming to be-small budget, there is a proper and effective way to translate a manga/graphic novel into a rather stunning, though short film.
Hollywood head cheeses, you may want to whip out a pencil and some paper and start taking notes.
Francesco and company, we here at DDN salute you.
We want to hear what you guys think of this fan-made film. Did you enjoy it? Have you seen any other manga, anime or comic book related fan films? If so, what are some of your favorite fan films?
Saturday 28 March 2009 @ 11:45 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
The guys at Night Zero, famous for their photo webcomics produced a collection of Left 4 Dead images with some pretty convincing models. A total of 10 shots, all shot in delicious HDR for that delicious lighting effect. They claim these are early promo shots for a live action movie, probably fan-made, however we dont yet know if the project is real or not, or any additional details for that matter.
In any case, enjoy Left 5 Dead, as much as the title is ruined, the images are superb!
Sunday 22 March 2009 @ 11:53 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Jason Harlan, a designer, gamer and talented papercraft creator just released his 6th ‘album’ of papercraft titled ‘My Virtual Memory’, which happens to be gaming papercraft. A total of 23 games are represented in the collection, including the mandatory Mario, Zelda and Final Fantasy but also containing some Chrono Trigger, Ar Tonelico, Disgaea and even Odin Sphere.
These are all wonderful and would probably make a great addition to your desk. If you’ve got a couple of hours free, a knack for crafts or impressive patience, you should really try and make a couple. Also remember to read our previous post on anime papercraft and general papercraft resources and tips.
Monday 9 March 2009 @ 11:43 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Is your PS3 collecting dust in a corner of your house? I’m pretty sure you’ve wondered what would happen if you put it in a microwave. What? You haven’t? Well what do you think about then? Luckily the swell (and hopelessly bored) guys at the dOvetastic Microwave Theater were willing to find out.
They put both a PS3 and a controller to the test. As you’d imagine there’s lots of fire, sparks, frying sounds and squishy plastic. Ironically the guy at the end of the video gets more entertainment out of that PS3 than I’ve seen in months. And what a great little tune he sings!
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