The new Tomb Raider game is pretty fantastic so far. According to my save file I’m about 25% in. I’ll quickly make the obligatory comparison to the Uncharted series right now. Yes, it does feel a bit like uncharted, but that’s not a bad thing. Uncharted is a great series that has pioneered many adventure standards. Tomb Raider simply barrows the best parts of it, adds it’s own spice, while keeping in mind that Uncharted was inspired from Tomb Raider. It’s funny how things go full circle.
The game controls excellent, even more responsive than the Uncharted series, some thing Crystal Dynamics seem to nail in all their games. The puzzles are good, doesn’t stump you, but keeps you thinking, and the combat very enjoyable and feels well refined. One of my favorite parts of the game, as superficial as it might be, is the graphics. It’s one of the best looking games I own on my PC, and probably one of the best looking games I’ve seen in quite a while. I won’t comment on the story yet, as I haven’t finished the game, but I can say the common complains that the action aspect of the game play mismatches with Lara’s innocents lost story is exaggerated, and most of the complaint’s references are taken out of context. If you play the game, it does it’s best to explain why Lara is all of a sudden master assassin, even if it’s just through a quick statement or two.
Overall the game is very enjoyable, very polished, and just beautiful to view. Below are some screenshots of my game. There might be some minor spoilers, but they are kept to a minimum. No major story (or even minor) are revealed through these shots.
All screenshots were taken on the Asus G75, no mods, no photoshop, 100% in game graphics, real time renders. The game’s graphical settings are set to maximum with the exception of the anti-aliasing set to “FXAA”, and hair set to “normal” (I don’t like the tressFX hair).
If you are interested in this game please support the developers and make a purchase!
This is my new muse, I am completely addicted. Created in 2008, Dragon Ball Z Abridged has been a popular YouTube series that is a direct parody of the Dragon Ball Z anime. Created by Lanipator , It was made for the web site “Teamfourstar.com“. They parody the entire series taking out the filler and use their own voices and script to translate. Though the script is changed drastically for comedic effect, the story arch and events line up exactly as the original series. The best way I can describe it is, if 4chan or Reddit were to rewrite Dragon ball, Abridge would be it’s out come. Ridiculous in it’s content, but some how true to the source material.
With more and more projects piling on, it get’s harder to find time to sit down for a few hours and just draw. Of course this is really just an excuse, I’ve played my fair share of hours in Minecraft and Mass Effect 3’s multi-player to have four portfolios completed over the last few months. A friend wants me to do his story boards for his film, starting school again in August, and seeing friends of new and old surpass me in ability and passion was more than enough to motivate me to get back into it.
A little while ago I featured an article describing the altered art world of Magic the Gathering. Today I’m here to feature the alters of one specific artist.
Eric Klug is a freelance illustrator based in Maryland, US. His alters are some of the best and most imaginative I’ve ever seen. Some thing that garbed my attention right away while I was browsing his (many, MANY) alters was both the versatility in style, and the subtle witty undertone of his work. It’s one thing to be amazed by a beautifully re-rendering of a card, but it’s another to chuckle, while being amazed at the same time.
As usual, I don’t like being too wordy, I rather let the images do the talking. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s a million trillion worth of words.
Be sure to visit Eric online for even more incredible work!
Check out more of Eric Klug’s incredible alters
Can’t get enough of his stuff? Check out his portfolio blog
Gallery view after the break
I love comics as much as the next geek, but some times the shallow, uninspired, tripe that comes out of the genre is just too much to bare. Cash cows like Superman’s death back in the nineties make it hard to defend comics as a legitimate form of literature that it deserves to be. To describe how terrible Superman’s death was presented, one would have to possess super powers them selves.
I don’t possess these kinds of power but writer / director Max Landis does. Him and some recognizable names (Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, to name a few) has put together a hilarious yet truthful sixteen minute short, detailing the many failures of how Superman’s death was handled.
“Chuck Rozanski, owner of retailer Mile High Comics, would pen a controversial essay in the Comics Buyer’s Guide which blamed the Death of Superman promotion for playing a significant role in the collapse of the comic book industry in the late 1990s”
Hater’s gonna hate :P
Don’t be a nerd, play some magic.
Video games are great, art is great, and Google image search is great. What happens when you put them together? A lazy blog post with minimum effort! Here’s the best video game related art found on the first page of Google images when searched “video game art”.
(Thumb nail view after the break)
Dead Fantasy is an internet cult series produced and animated by Monty Oum, staring (mostly) Final Fantasy and Dead or Alive female characters. What do they do? they fight, then they fight some more. A simple premise, but one that makes it easy to understand why it became so popular on the internet. Some of you may have seen these videos before, but for those who hasn’t it’s all eye candy!
Dead Fantasy is far from a news flash. This series is on it’s forth year and already has five installments. Monty has already confirmed episodes VI, VII, and VIII, so we have even more to look forward to! But until they’re released, feel free to check out episode 2 – 5 after the break.
Magic the Gathering is possibly the most popular and most played CCG (collectible card game) available. There are a many things that MTG (Magic the Gathering) is known for; It’s strategic game play, It’s staggering amount of terminology, the nerdy followers, and of course the magnificent art work that got many players (including myself) into the game.
MTG’s art has featured some of the industry’s best artists, and not just the CCG industry but every spectrum of the art industry. MTG feature great art from those who have worked on concepts for movies and games, fine artists, comic artists, pretty much any professional artist out there.
The problem with Magic cards is the boarder hide or limit the artist’s work. This problem, coupled with a collector’s desire for customized cards has started an underground culture called “Altered art” and it’s almost 100% internet fueled.
“Altered art” is when an artist change an existing Magic card so the art is the main focus, and often time, to rid the detracting and boring boarder (though a few altered art cards work with in the boarders for a desired effect). Many altered artists achieve this by extending the current art beyond the boarders, removing the text box so only the art is featured, or some times altered art artists will create an entirely original image for the card s/he’s altering. Many altered artist who make a living doing this sell almost exclusively on Ebay, and you won’t find these cards in any local store. You can also find many privet players who alter cards for their own personal use, showing them off on large MTG forums.
The best thing about all this, and one of the main reasons why this culture could even exist, is because DCI tournament rules state that these cards are 100% legal.
Latest DCI Policy on Tournament Legality:
MAGIC: THE GATHERING® TOURNAMENT RULES Effective July 1, 2009
Section 3.3 Authorized Cards: Artistic modifications are acceptable, provided that the modifications do not make the card unrecognizable or contain substantial strategic advice. The Head Judge is the final authority on acceptable cards for a tournament.
If you are interested in these altered one of a kinds, be ready to pay a premium. Depending on the quality of the art, who the artist is, and the rarity of the card, these altered arts can run over one hundred and fifty dollars or more! a Well painted card from a known altered artist can turn a common ten cent card into a twenty or fifty dollar investment. Many are willing to purchase these cards at over twenty times it’s original value because the collectors understand that these are more than just Magic cards, these are one of a kind works of art with time and talent invested.
Continue after the break to see highlights from my own personal collection of altered art Magic cards
Check out more from them after the break.