Posted tagged ‘art’

Arcade Propaganda posters and 8-bit chiptune music for the arcade or gameroom

April 13, 2010

The key to making a good gameroom or arcade is partially about the games you have and partially about the ambient of the room itself.Here are a couple of things that can help you make that room a bit more awesome.

First up are these arcade propaganda-style posters, which feature Joust, Donkey Kong, Frogger and Dig Dug stylized like many political or wartime propaganda posters of old, as a way to ‘inspire’ young players to action. Pretty amusing and would look great sitting above the respective games that they represent. [Via GameSetWatch]

Next is for the audible ambient, an album of 8-bit “Chiptune”-style music by video game designer Rob Howard. Chiptune refers to the music being created with mostly emulated sounds from the NES. The music is original content inspired by a number of 8-bit video games in the past, which include a few arcade games in there too. I put a sample below and you can find out more about the album here. (Thanks to Rob himself for contacting us about this)

Action buttons – a classic arcade tribute sculpture

March 31, 2010

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When you think of sculptures, the likely thought to enter the mind is something carved out of stone. But that doesn’t always have to be the case, as we see here with this interactive arcade tribute sculpture by Steve D’ Angelo. The video below speaks for itself

New pixel art Coin-Op Posters for charity are pretty cool + Pac-Man in Vegas pic

March 25, 2010

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Art and arcades have always gone together in some form and while this story doesn’t have anything to do with sideart, it does have something to do with arcades being portrayed in art and for a good cause.

This artwork, done by Gary Lucken, features eleven different cabinets drawn in “pixel art” style and you can pick up a poster (for the game room, arcade or just because) for $25. The proceeds goes to a charity that works as follows:

SpecialEffect is a charity dedicated to helping ALL young people with disabilities to enjoy computer games. For these children, the majority of computer games are simply too quick or too difficult to play, and we can help them and their parents to find out which games they CAN play, and how to adapt those games that they can’t.

The go-between the artist and the charity is the Poster Cause Project. We’ve actually covered a few instances before of arcade titles that have specific functions for helping disabled gamers play, such as this article discussing efforts in the 70′s to make arcade games more accessible; to modern functions found particularly in racing games from Rush 2049 to a modified version of MaxiTune 3 so players in wheelchairs could easily play.

Find out more at The Poster Cause Project

[Via GameSet Watch]

Also as a little follow-up to Amusement Expo on something that is sort of art related, Namco was handing out a bunch of Pac-Man Mardi Gras Beads and the necklaces turned up in places on the strip outside of the show. Might be considered NSFW so it’s after the break.

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Kevin Williams visits the Faile Bast Deluxx Fluxx arcade art gallery

March 2, 2010

We recently reported about a new art gallery that opened up in London that used arcade machines as part of the art and now Kevin Williams, editor of The Stinger Report has checkedit out and has provided a write-up of the galley which is part of an upcoming Stinger Report. You can read about it by hitting the break.

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An arcade-themed art gallery “The Faile Bast Deluxx Fluxx Arcade 2010″

February 21, 2010

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One thing I like about arcade cabinets is the artwork some games have plastered all over. Great artwork can be an effective way to draw attention to an otherwise bland cabinet.  If you want a cabinet to stand out even more and you are an artist, then you might just do something similar to what these guys have done in London. Known as Faile and BAST, they have opened an arcade-themed art gallery which features their own “pop-comic-advertising style” over the cabinets. The exhibit is located at the Lazarides Rathbone Place Gallery in London and runs through March 19th. You can find out more as well as watch of video of them putting the exhibit together here.

An arcade-themed art gallery "The Faile Bast Deluxx Fluxx Arcade 2010"

February 21, 2010

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One thing I like about arcade cabinets is the artwork some games have plastered all over. Great artwork can be an effective way to draw attention to an otherwise bland cabinet.  If you want a cabinet to stand out even more and you are an artist, then you might just do something similar to what these guys have done in London. Known as Faile and BAST, they have opened an arcade-themed art gallery which features their own “pop-comic-advertising style” over the cabinets. The exhibit is located at the Lazarides Rathbone Place Gallery in London and runs through March 19th. You can find out more as well as watch of video of them putting the exhibit together here.

Check out these Atari glasses

February 2, 2010

Most of the news regarding Atari over the past few years has been negative – of the company barely holding on, churning through CEO’s at an alarming pace and not releasing many games that anyone actually cares about. Of course the Atari of the arcade world is long gone, the people and the ideas behind it going onto other projects or fields of work. But someone over at the current Atari has realized how valuable their classic material can be and over the past few months there has been a renewed push for merchandise featuring classic games and even the original Atari logo (which is much better than that bellbottom one they have been using for ages). The merchandise I have seen is mostly related to clothes but one company called Kryptonite Kollectables is now producing glasses that feature Atari artwork on them. I am not sure if these are officially licensed through Atari or not but they look professional enough. There are shot glasses featuring Pong, Breakout, Asteroids, Centipede, BattleZone and Missile Command; pint glasses featuring all of those minus Pong and Breakout; and some nicely detailed glasses featuring side art from Asteroids, Missile Command, Tempest and Centipede.

All of the items can be seen here at Amazon.com.

Don't just play Outrun – drive it!

November 11, 2009

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Driving a real car and driving a virtual one are generally different experiences but in the case of this heavily modified Sega Outrun cabinet by Garnet Hertz of the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, the line between reality and virtuality are blurred. Mr. Hertz has taken an Outrun cabinet, fitted it with an EVT America Electric Trike and has enhanced it with the GPS found on the iPhone along with some custom software. The result is a very cool albeit unable to use on regular surface streets, drivable Outrun cab. To see a demonstration of the software used, check out the video below

[Via Jalopnik.com] [More at GameSetWatch] [Discuss on the Forums]

Don’t just play Outrun – drive it!

November 11, 2009

stinger

Driving a real car and driving a virtual one are generally different experiences but in the case of this heavily modified Sega Outrun cabinet by Garnet Hertz of the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, the line between reality and virtuality are blurred. Mr. Hertz has taken an Outrun cabinet, fitted it with an EVT America Electric Trike and has enhanced it with the GPS found on the iPhone along with some custom software. The result is a very cool albeit unable to use on regular surface streets, drivable Outrun cab. To see a demonstration of the software used, check out the video below

[Via Jalopnik.com] [More at GameSetWatch] [Discuss on the Forums]

More mini arcade cabs

October 13, 2009

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It looks like miniature arcade cabinets are a big hit and so we are seeing more and more of them. These new ones are from the same guy who had recently been selling such cabinet kits for $20 and he has expanded the lineup to include Asteroids, Millipede, Sinistar and even Terminator 2. Apparently we’ll also seeing Joust, Galaxian, Asteroids Deluxe, Burgertime, Dig Dug,  and Mortal Kombat II soon as well. If he keeps it up, you’ll soon be able to have a sizable mini-arcade for all of your action figures to play in any time now.

[Via Technabob] [Discuss on the forums]


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