Video Game Art Piece: Starfox

Reddit user RekoZep has taken note of all the classy video game art pieces, and decided to matte, frame, and mount one of his own. His video game art piece is a Feudal Japanese take on the Starfox franchise.

Everyone knows that clouds were just early versions of spaceships.

I have posted some pictures similar to this before in one of my earlier Classy Nerdy Art posts. That time it was a take on the Mario Kart series. Once again, this nod to classic video games works well because it plays off of the popularity and distinctiveness of the game, with relying on people understanding the reference. Those who get it will get it, but it is still worth looking at for those who don’t understand.

Some quick research (see: first comment on Reddit) shows that a full collection of these works can be found at Ukiyo-e Heroes. The look and feel of the Feudal Japanese art works very well for both Starfox and Mario Kart, and the website has a couple more. Most are based off of Nintendo franchises, but I believe some Capcom ones are to be discovered as well (the Street Fighter piece may actually be too similar to the original game for my tastes).

In any case, this is another fine example of a way to be classy while still respecting your video game roots. Much respect and good vibes to RekoZep.

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How To Be Classy In 3 Easy Steps

Stolen from MakeUseOf and then slightly edited.

Click each of the links below:

Step One: Rain

Step Two: Jazz

Step Three: Crackling Fireplace

Use this at work and you can perpetually have the classiest sounding work-space the world has ever seen.

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2-D Video Games Turned 3-D

I have been able to find a couple images online of 2-D video games that have been mocked up in a 3-D space. Reminiscent of Super Paper Mario, these screenshots take a new look at what is possible in the world of remakes.

Who wouldn’t pay good money to play that?

Another one I saw was the original Pokemon game turned into a 3-D model. This one almost constitutes as art, with the black and white pixel art bring anyone who played that game right back into it.

3-D Black and White games just don’t exist enough.

The style of these pictures has been seen in games before. Super Paper Mario is the most notable, which allowed you to switch perspectives from 2-D side scrolling to a behind the character down the path view.

Flat Stanley has never been so jealous.

The same technique was even used in the Classic racing mode in Excitebike 64:

Nintendo is really good about churning out original idea over and over again.

The most similar, however, was the PS3 exclusive 3-D Dot Game Heroes, which brought the 8-bit Zelda games we know and love into a pixelated 3-D wonderland. And remember, this was a year and a half before the Minecraft revolution changed the lives of nerds that never leave their basement.

Still better than what KFC does to their chickens.

What I am saying is, these games have been able to make it into production before, and with the exclusion of Excitebike 64, have managed to be pretty successful. Hopefully some group with enough desire, creative energy, and free time out there will be able to take these screenshots and develop them into the games we are desperate to play again without seeming like we are too old to ever move on.

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Simple Is Classy: Tetris

If there is one video game that has defied all barriers, it has been Tetris. Ever since it was first invented in the English county of Wiltshire somewhere between 3000-2000 BC (ref), stacking blocks on other blocks for a purpose has captivated us.

An early concept design for Stonehenge.

Then there was a long period in block-placing histroy where no notable advances were made. That is, until some Russian guy named Alxey Pajitnov decided he wanted to make millions. So he decided to create one of the most brilliant uses for the newfangled computers that he could: a simple block dropping, line clearing, ever faster game called Tetris.

Yes, that does say “From Russia With Fun” at the bottom

Sadly, this man was Russian, and that means that what is now basically the best-selling digital game in history netted him nearly no money and about a million court cases trying to fight for it. However, his lack of profit has not stopped the rest of the world for taking his idea and trying to make our own money off of it. And there are some pretty sweet and classy ways to take advantage.

Bravespace has become the top-of-the-line manufacturer of Tetris-themed shelving. Their product is regarded as some very high-quality, and is designed for those who got really lucky with making money. Even the colorful Tetrad Flat comes in at a whopping $1,315. However, the bamboo shelving is one of the classiest video game furniture pieces to ever exist.

Colorful and Classy, but damned expensive.

In a more affordable sense, this sweet Tetris-themed silicone ice cube tray is a classy way to cool down your beverage.

These ones will disappear without needing a whole row.

There are a ton of shaped ice cube trays out there, and some of them are actually somewhat funny (gin and titonic ones are tragically hilarious). However, these still maintain simplicity, and because of that, they conform to the modern classiness, while still allowing you to be nerdy. However, I have not been able to find a cheap one of these online (the places I found charge a ridiculous amount for shipping). However, I’m sure at the right place and at the right time, you can find these pretty cheap.

If you are either super-nerdy or need a nightlight, then the Tetris lamp is right up your alley. As far as geometric light sources go, this has to be way up the list. This may fall a little further away from the classy side of things, but each one lights up independent of the others. That way, you can build yourself a new lamp every day. Head on over to Amazonto preorder this constructatble light set, available in October.

Construct a new lamp every day.

Finally, we have something that is classy and apparently is only a could-have been. This is a 3-D rendering, so unfortunately, unless you have a large amount of pottery skills, this one has eluded us. However, it does show the concept and class that can be achieved with the simple tetris shapes. The 4-block shapes aren’t going anywhere, and I wouldn’t be surprised to continue to see tetris-inspired pieces like this for quite some time.

Grow your plants in 90-degree style.



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Kraken Zoidberg: Just Plain Nerdy Art

I found this awesome picture of a Kraken version of Dr. Zoidberg. I think I may have found my next canvas print, although this is very nerdy, and not really classy at all.

My name is Zoidberg! John &%@$!#* Zoidberg!

I really wish I knew where this originated from. I enjoy giving credit where credit is due, but apparently this has been making the round of the old interweb for quite some time. I found it on reddit a couple days ago, but while using this amazing internet tool called “Google” (spelling?), I was able to find traces of it as far back as 2008 (that’s half of an entire decade ago!).  It was probably created before that, and as big as a Futurama fan as I am, I am shocked I had never seen it before. If anyone knows who I cvan give proper credit to, please let me know! Otherwise, enjoy another auspicious piece of nerdy art.

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Rocks in the Sink

One of the more recent trends in making yourself classy is by putting rocks in your sink. Since the first picture of the spa that did it hit the internet, putting rocks in your sink has been a great way to class up what is otherwise a very boring area of the house. Also, it’s super cheap!

The original “rocks in a sink”

The first thing you need to do to class up your sink is by finding rocks. The original rocks in a sink picture used small rocks, and most people I have seen do it use the small decorative rocks that you can buy from Target, Wal-Mart, Michaels, or The Dollar Store (depending on cheapness). However, when my girlfriend and I did ours, we grabbed some rocks from our trip to Duluth, to remind us of our trip every time we were in the bathroom. Girls love commemorative junk like that.

Before Rocks

One thing you will need to remember, no matter what size rocks you are using, is that your sink will still get dirty. Actually, it will get extra dirty. It won’t look dirty, as the rocks neatly curve to hid all the dirt and filth you wash into the sink. But because the rocks put up a wall for the water, a lot of buildup can happen.

There are two ways around this. You can either take the rocks out of the sink about once a month and clean under there (easy if you have big rocks, more difficult if you have small ones). Otherwise, you can move the rocks around in the sink about 2 times a week. Nothing drastic, just a small move to avoid buildup happening in the exact same place.

After Rocks

One thing to remember, though, is that girls are very picky. If they set something up one way, a lot of times, that is THE ONLY correct way to do it. Be careful when rearranging to avoid fights and potential sleeping on the couch (sleeping on a couch is never classy). Another thing that can spruce up a bathroom is a basket. Found at most thrift stores, it will hold your towels, rags, and various lotions and scrubs you may have. Also, it looks nice, and make your counter and sink area less cluttered.

Also, note that we grabbed a medium sized flat rock to put the soap on. It’s a small touch that separates you from all those other classy sink-rock havers. They may be classy, but they will come over, see you bonus rock, and know their classiness has been topped by your superiority.

A closer look at “rocks in sink”

So there you have it, a simple guide to making your bathroom counter look nice. Grab some rocks and throw them in you sink, head over to your local thrift store and find a nice medium sized basket, and throw all the crap your significant other bought at Target on discount in there. Voila! Now WC can stand for “way classy”.

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Classy Nerdy Art

This week, we look into the art gallery once more, this time combining the Victorian art style with the ancient art of “plumbarius”.

The trials and tribulations of the plumber in ancient Greece.

This piece of Mario art re-imagines some of the basic pieces of the Super Mario games. The change to Bullet Bill and his Bill BLaster seem to be the most significant, while the rest seem to have undergone more of a general stylization.

This once again falls into the “Cool To Look At, Not Cool To Hang On Your Wall” series. As classy as it is, it is a very obvious homage to the double-named plumber we all know and love. The Bioshock art piece can very easily be passed off as a simple city architecture piece, and the ability of it to be glazed over is what makes it so girlfriend/fiancé/wife-friendly. This one, however, might be best served as a background on your desktop.

However, this is a well-made piece of back-in-time video game art, and sure looks cool.

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