Game of the Year 2014 Will Not Be Titanfall, But Dad Face

February 14, 2014 - By - Tags:

Time once again to survey the Instragrammed landscape, and admire all the weird and wonderful ways in which video games are represented.

That also includes people doing their best to deal with the cold weather. We’ve seen how Israel slides down a mountain already, around this time last year, come to think of it.

And if you’re thinking of doing the same, better dress for the occasion. In that instance, I’d highly recommend Infinity Shred’s brand new line of winter apparel…

Who out there enjoys scarfs? Pixelated scarves, to be exact. Well, be sure to check out what Dannel is sporting! Something that Jeff Donaldson, aka Notendo, has come up with…

Though as Angela Musser demonstrates, sometimes you just need the right tools to tackle the cold. Like Minecraft blade, IRL. Also, a chainsaw and Guy Fawkes mask…

Or you could just stay indoors, where it’s nice an toasty, and play some games! Doesn’t even have to be the electronic kind either, like Diego‘s kid sister(?) demonstrates…

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Marpio Rides Yorshi

December 5, 2013 - By - Tags:

Yes, there’s someone inside that thing (it’s Bladewolf, from Metal Gear Rising, for those not familiar). And it’s also time for part two our latest game focus survey of Instagram.

As with part one, kicking things off with some cosplay, this time from New York Comic Con 2013. Given the focus, most were donning comic book, movie, and anime attire, but you still have this Ni no Kuni fan…

Hey, it’s Crash Girl!

Given the popularity of Pokemon and Attack On Titans, the following mash-up was perhaps inevitable, yet highly original nonetheless…

The best part of Mario with FLUDD and Luigi with Poltergust 3000 are their GameCube traps…

ROB here is an excellent use of discarded styrofoam, imho. And is it just me, or the does the size of Sailor Moon’s phone in the back seem gigantic? Guess it’s one of those phablets…

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Our Phantasy Became Real

December 5, 2013 - By - Tags:

It’s Isabelle! And she’s asking where in the hell has the mayor of New Inaba been for the past several months (that’s the name of my town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, btw; Persona 4 represent, yo). Though in the friendliest manner possible, as always.

It’s also been a while since I last showcased the wonderful world of video games, as seen through the eyes of those who use Instagram. A couple of weeks before PAX Prime 2013 to be exact, which is where the cosplayer above hails from.

I was actually too busy with Fangamer X Attract Mode related business to take many pictures (once more, prints from that show is finally available online). But I at least had enough time to play Super Mario for the Atari 2600…

Like usual, I avoided all the big publishers and instead sought out indie offerings. That’s how I ran into Jazz Punk again! Which I first encountered in May, at the very first Bit Bazaar, during Comics Vs. Games 2; it should finally be available to everyone soon, via Adult Swim…

And alongside Galak-Z and Synchroma as my picks for games of the show, for obvious reasons, was Crypt of the NecroDancer. It’s also where I finally met Attract Mode member Ted Martens!

Again, really didn’t take in PAX proper, but I was at least around long enough to get a couple of new residents for New Inaba…

Which, in turn, have led me to doing a little redecorating in my own home…

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How Some Very Stylish French People View Video Games

October 23, 2013 - By - Tags:

The other day I stumbled across the above, some oldies but goodies (over at68k Heart on Fire, which is like the best thing ever). Pictures that had I originally seen via the digital pages of AMUSEMENT.

For those who aren’t familiar, it’s a high-end French fashion magazine that focuses on game culture. Their gorgeous spreads turned plenty of heads when the publication first hit the scene, around late 2008, if I’m not mistaken.

Though AMUSEMENT has been somewhat forgotten in recent years; my best guess is that everyone got frustrated with the lack of an English print edition, but I’ve always kept tabs. Helping quite a bit is how they began publishing content online to non-French speakers about a year or two ago.

And along the way, I’ve kept a personal collection of my favorite glamor shots, which I figure are worth sharing. Some you may have seen before, while others might be brand new. First we have some more from the photographer above, Jean-Yves Lemoigne. That top spread btw is from “Forever A Gamer”, and here we have selected shots from “Movers”

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I Think That’s An Xevious Bra?

August 5, 2013 - By - Tags:

That vaguely creepy looking PaRappa cosplayer you see above? Spotted him while I was at E3, and I don’t believe he was part of Sony’s booth. So unlike PAX, which is open to the general public, the guy above paid $995 to be there. Yikes.

Since my last Instagram dump was on the eve of my trip to LA, I figure that’s a good place to start. In the end, E3 was what it was, yet I still managed to find a few curiosities that have not been reported to death, I think. Like this super rare Puppy Pong machine…

The retro section of the show floor was the chock full of amazing oddities, like this notebook that belonged to Atari techies back in the day…

Though my absolute favorite was this old Activision scrapbook that commemorating their sponsorship of the Special Olympics…

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Behold Corgi Link Accepting Gaming Jesus Into His Little Doggie Heart

June 9, 2013 - By - Tags:

I originally thought today was Father’s Day, but was just informed by my own dad that it’s actually next Sunday. Oops.

Still, given that E3 is literally around the corner, aka one of the craziest times of the year when it comes to video games, now might be just the time to take in serene scene of a father enjoying some Xbox 360 with his son, as captured by wife/mom Jinny Koh.

Though video games are for the whole family, so here we have Kyle Reimergartin‘s wife and daughter spending some quality time with their PSPs…

Plus here’s a picture of a picture of an elderly couple playing OutRun that the Arcade Hunters came across during their last visit to Funspot, at Weirs Beach…

And thus we have the latest Instagram dump around these parts, the first in almost two months! Much has happened since then, including Mother’s Day. Which Bento Miso, our partners for Comics Vs. Games 2, celebrated by holding a game jam in which everyone got a little help from dear old mom…

According to Jennie Faber, we’re looking at Sprout, “a game about a little family that lives in old photos”

Along with Doubt Cloud, which is “about the Sysyphean undercurrent in game dev”

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A Final Fantasy Cosplayer Walks Into The Forest And…

April 17, 2013 - By - Tags:

This month’s round up of random game related imagery found on Instagram kicks off with perhaps my favorite cosplayer from PAX East 2013. Not much else to say here, other than, check the other angles…

I know it’s somewhat awkward (maybe even inappropriate) to bring up fun times had in Boston, in light of recent events. But they help to remind myself how incredible the city is, along with the people who live there. Who will all unquestionably bounce back.

K, enough real world pontificating; time for more pictures of gamer dorks, dressed to the nines (hey, PAX is all about the cosplay). Like this super stylish, and super creepy take on Phanto from Super Mario Bros 2

And this Lucca, from Chrono Trigger, was simply the best…

As were these two dudes, as James and Gary, from Typing of the Dead

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