Thanks to it8bit, I’ve found one of my new favorite artists: Billy Butcher. His collection Come Play My Game, I’ll Test Ya! is an edgy and lively mashup of pop culture, headlined by my favorite pastime: videogames.
I’ve been hanging on to my original fat, shiny, backwards-compatible PlayStation 3 in anticipation of the eventual release of the PS4 – but I might just have to run out and buy this newly-announced bundle when it comes out anyhow.
I featured this funny video a while back over on The Awesomer, but realized that many of you guys never got a chance to see it.
What we have here is a brief video showing off what it might be like if God of War’s Kratos were actually a scrawny shirtless dude in his underwear, and he had to make a PB&J sandwich.
Watch as artist Robert Mangaoang (aka “Doom CMYK “) creates a digital illustration of Kratos from God of War 3 in this awesome time-lapse painting session he did using Photoshop CS3 and his Wacom tablet.
The authentic music from the game really puts me in the mood to dust of my game disc and play through again.
…or actually, you probably shouldn’t do that. But you still will look awfully cool walking around with this big, bad-ass GoW blade that looks just like the one Kratos slashes his enemies with.
This prop-replica of Kratos’ Blade of Chaos is cast from sturdy zinc-aluminum, and has custom etched textures to give it that war-worn look.
The video gaming part of the internet is abuzz right now with God of War III’s insanely giant creatures and/or environments. And if you’re a fan of the series, you’re probably pretty envious of people like Nick Chester of Destructoid, who were lucky enough to be allowed to play the demo involving Kratos fighting a giant water crab monster thing while the two are on the arm of the gigantic Titan Gaia.
Compared to 15 pixel videos of games, these minimalist prints of video game characters are much more recognizable. Of course it helps that the characters shown are very popular.
Or did they become so popular partly because they have such recognizable features?
[UPDATE 2/13/07: IGN has since updated their original review, now stating that SCEA has confirmed that the title will only run in 480p. Bummer.]
I was already psyched for the impending release of God of War II for the Sony PlayStation 2, but now there’s even more reason to rejoice.