I grew up playing video games. My first console was the Atari 2600. The games were quite primitive, literally a few pixels on the screen moving. Remember, that was the 80s. In the 90s my brother and I got the Sega Mega-Drive (Genesis in US). It was a massive improvement in graphics. A 16bit console, whoah! There are incredible games, however the one that marked was Streets of Rage. I remember seeing some kids playing at this shop and I was blown away. I wanted to play it. We got the game a few weeks later and we used to play it all the time. The soundtrack was phenomenal.
Yesterday I read that Greg Martin, the illustrator behind some of the most iconic video-game boxes ever made, has passed away. Greg was responsible for some of the most famous designs in gaming including Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series characters and Namco's Pac-Man, in particular. Many Sonic the Hedgehog games released in America during the Sega Genesis and Game Gear era have Martin's cover art, including Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, and Sonic Spinball, among others. This post is to pay a little homage to Greg, he was an inspiration to us all.
Last weekend I was reading my RSS and stumbled on this incredible motion design work inspired by one of my favorite video-games of all time, Street Fighter 2. Apparently the idea of the author with this video was to explore his Cinema 4D skills, however in my opinion he came up with a very original work of art :) I did it in order to teach myself Cinema 4D and Vray in my spare time, the renders aren't perfect but the best I could get out of my machine.
Experimental projects are the best way to learn and of course to work on projects that we really love. I am a huge fan and supporter of personal projects, Abduzeedo is still an experiment and side project. Rodrigo Bellao, a fellow Brazilian created this amazing experimental project for the interface of the video-game FIFA that we really had to share here. Rodrigo Bellao is a Senior Designer, Art Director, Illustrator and co-founder of Monster Juice game studio. For more information visit http://bellones.net/
We have been huge fans and followers of James White since the very beginning of Abduzeedo. James is such an inspiring person not only because of his immense talent but also his attitude in terms of trying to keep experimenting and evolving.
This past week we got to know the new game of the Rock Band franchise: The Beatles Rock Band. It's really hard to someone who enjoys good music not to like the Beatles, and even harder to find someone in a sane mind who doesn't like video games. That said, it's clear that a person who might not like this game simply doesn't exist. This video is totally awesome, because it not only was made by the guys behind Gorillaz, but it follows the full story of the guys from Liverpool. From their explosive beginning to their psychedelic trips. Pretty awesome!