Posted tagged ‘Pac-Man’

Arcade Art – hand painted 8-bit goodness

December 9, 2008

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We’ve discussed arcade-related artwork before but I hadn’t thought of looking up “Arcade Art.com” before to see what would pull up. It seems like a no brainer now, but there is a website called arcade-art.com that is run by UK artist Donna Pike (who pointed us to her site) where she makes different kinds of artwork inspired by 80′s video games. From Pac-Man to Mario to Donkey Kong, she has many pieces of work that uses a variety of methods for what she has done. It would be cool to see more characters from some classic arcade games but either way the pixel art she has done isn’t digitally printed but all painted by hand (whether it’s on canvas, a mosaic or something else) which I think gives it much more value, and some of the backdrops used for the pieces of work are pretty cool. Check out the links below for more

[Arcade-Art.com] [Arcade Art store] [Discuss on the Forum]

The Pac-Man Christmas Ornament

November 12, 2008

It’s that time of year, where stores start jumping the gun for the Christmas holiday and begin rolling out thepacornament merchandise well before the month of December rolls around. It’s a little easy to get worn out early on since where I live several radio stations got it into their heads that it would be fun to start playing all Christmas music all the time starting on Halloween (I just avoid those stations but it is still irritating) but that’s all part of the game these days.

Whether you have already purchased your Christmas tree or you are deciding to wait until December, this ornament is the perfect addition to any gamer’s tree – the Pac-Man arcade cabinet tree ornament. It even lights up and plays sounds from the game so it’s one of those few things that could probably work as a decoration on something other than a tree, in case you don’t celebrate the holiday or you just need arcade decorations for some reason. The ornament is only available in Hallmark stores and it’s running for $18.50 but it is available now. I might get two, one for the store and one for home. ;) Next they should do games like Sinistar, Berzerk or Gorf – anything that had voice in the game to taunt the player, you could have a bit of fun with that.

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Video Review: Namco Classics Collection Vol. 2 UPDATED

September 3, 2008

Here’s another video review from a game at my arcade, sorry about the delay but I had misplaced my transfer cable but after finding it I’m ready to make videos again. Today we’re looking at Namco Classic Collection Vol. 2 which was released back in 1996. It includes three classic titles on it’s roster – Pac-Man, Dig Dug and Rally X. This game also includes upgraded versions of each game that stick to the same premise but adds new features to the game making them new. Pac-Man and Dig Dug are big names that everyone recognizes but RallyX might have gone under the radar for some people. RallyX has you racing on a scrolling playfield so you can go in any direction you wish, gathering flags to move onto the next level. At the same time several cars are trying to smash into you and you must avoid them by using things like a smoke screen to avoid them. I missed out on RallyX in the video because my battery died but if anyone wants to see more on the updated version of the game I’ll make a second part.

UPDATE: I recorded some footage of RallyX that was missed on the video above, here it is below

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Pac-Man – The Real Story

May 4, 2008

[Via Kotaku]

You have to love it when a T-Shirt design turns into a narrative for what really is going on in Pac-Man’s world. Innocent little guy being chased by ghosts in a maze? Scratch that, try a space man overdosing on pills and hallucinating! As it stands, it is a good narrative as to why one should not take drugs in space while running around in futuristic labyrinths. [For the T-Shirt, visit Threadless.com]

For the YMTND animation (which is great for startling people near your computer if the volume is up high) check out Don’t Do Drugs In Space! Please!

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Pac-Man Coasters

February 17, 2008

So I have been away for a few days, and have just about caught up with everything that has been going on at the AOU (thanks Shaggy). Pretty cool stuff, I’m still mega excited about SF IV and all these video have done little to curb my enthusiasm. I figured I’d break up all this AOU news and bring a little arcade related fun to you all. That’s if you’ve not seen this on Kotaku yet!

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Right now, recycled circuit board coasters are my living line of defense between condensation and the fragile finish of $30 coffee tables. (Yes, I spent as much on the coasters as the tables they protect). And even though these coasters really are pretty fantastic, they can be out-gunned during my larger gatherings that feature more condensation.

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Pixel Party – Art for the game room or personal wear

December 13, 2007

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I’m always interested in finding something to spruce up the game room or arcade. These pieces of art from Pixel Party at Etsy.com seem to do the job, especially if you hold any affection for Pac-Man or Mario. There are also a few NES related items there too (which technically showed up in arcades due to Nintendo’s PlayChoice systems back in the day).

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Spain's Pac-Man Christmas tree

December 7, 2007

This is probably the best Christmas tree ever – a Pac-Man Christmas tree in Madridpac-man_chrmas_tree.jpg Spain and on top of it all, this tree is animated (although it’s not fully animated to the point where it actually plays a game). I’m not sure if anyone has done something like this before (probably) but either way the most iconic arcade character of all time continues delighting people through many different methods. If you happen to be in Spain this holiday season, the tree can be seen in downtown Madrid at Nuevos Ministerios. Enjoy!

[Via Technabob & The Stinger Report] [Discuss on the Forum]

Spain’s Pac-Man Christmas tree

December 7, 2007

This is probably the best Christmas tree ever – a Pac-Man Christmas tree in Madridpac-man_chrmas_tree.jpg Spain and on top of it all, this tree is animated (although it’s not fully animated to the point where it actually plays a game). I’m not sure if anyone has done something like this before (probably) but either way the most iconic arcade character of all time continues delighting people through many different methods. If you happen to be in Spain this holiday season, the tree can be seen in downtown Madrid at Nuevos Ministerios. Enjoy!

[Via Technabob & The Stinger Report] [Discuss on the Forum]

Pac-Man Sofa

November 9, 2007

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I’ve always wanted one of the massive corner sofas for my place, but forget that! I want one of these awesome Pac-Man inspired sofas.

[via Level Select]

Apparently this original bed design is a sophisticated and innovative answer to the demand for combining the sofa function with the bed function. Just looks like somebody ripped off Pac-Man to me, maybe we could have Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde as occasional tables.

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Pac Gentleman impresses with arcade action from the 1880's

November 2, 2007

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OK so it really isn’t from the 1880′s but this sculpted piece of art by an artist known as Doktor A makes one wonder if this is what arcade games would have been like at that period in time. It uses crank driven gameplay and wooden and metallic accents. The artist explains it like this:

“When this game was first released in 1880 it was so hugely popular in taverns and inns that the bank of England was forced to mint more threepenny bits to keep up with demand. The game was created by messrs Nam & Nam and Co. as a novelty pastime for the masses. Outdoing the previous top public house game of Shove Ha’penny. “

Hehe, pretty nice background for the piece, playing on real game history – overall the piece and ‘history’ on it are quite witty. You should be able to check out Doktor A’s work at the Spit & Polish toy show at Cardboard Spaceship in Santa Cruz, CA. The show runs from now through November 30th, 2007.

[Via The Stinger Report Via Technabob.com via Urban Retro Lifestyle] [Discuss on the Forum]


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