Category Archives: Games Culture

Musings on Life and Culture from the Contemplative Mind Behind Doshin the Giant

Toco Toco‘s latest Japanese cultural showcase focuses on Kazutoshi Iida, the creative mind behind Aquanaut’s Holiday, Tail of the Sun and Doshin the Giant – minimalistic, pensive experiences that blend the traditional hallmarks of game design with distinctly human elements aimed at encouraging thought … Continue reading

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Highlights from the 2017 My Famicase Exhibition

We introduced this year’s My Famicase Exhibition, an art show consisting entirely of creative designs for make-believe Famicom games, at the end of last month. Hosts METEOR have now uploaded their full online gallery of every cartridge on display. After … Continue reading

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The Playful, Sinister Graphic Design of a Surrealist Art Game Luminary

It would be a stretch to say that the work of Osamu Sato has made a significant mark on the video games industry. A digital artist, photographer, composer and champion of what can only be described as psychedelia, Sato’s wide … Continue reading

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2017’s My Famicase Exhibition Is Open for Business

Nakano design store METEOR is once again playing host to the My Famicase Exhibition, an art show of make-believe Famicom games featuring original label artwork from over 160 contributors around the world. The show runs until the end of May … Continue reading

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The Story and Inspirations Behind EDITMODE’s Nostalgic Nintendo-Themed Apparel

We’ve drawn attention to Kyoto-based apparel brand EDITMODE a number of times in the past, most recently when we showcased the 2017 Spring collection for their ‘THE KING OF GAMES’ line of quality Nintendo-licensed apparel. The latest episode of creative-focused … Continue reading

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Solar Power, Quirky Cabs and The Great Outdoors – Culture Collection #20

Spring has well and truly sprung and it’s the time of year where many partake in ‘hanami‘, the viewing of spring cherry blossoms during the brief window in which they adorn fruit trees across Japan. Miki7722‘s blossom-viewing trip was apparently lacking … Continue reading

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Risk & Reward – Revisiting How CiNG Brought Kyle Hyde’s World to Life

A little over seven years have passed since CiNG, the Fukuoka-based developers behind critically acclaimed titles such as Hotel Dusk: Room 215 and the Another Code (Trace Memory) series, filed for bankruptcy. Fans of CiNG’s atmospheric mystery titles in particular – games … Continue reading

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A Super Mario World Re-Telling, Released on VHS and Controlled with a Fake Telephone

Obscure game preservationist and Satellaview aficionado Kiddo Cabbusses has shared footage of a unique Mario adventure that you’ve likely never experienced. Mario to Yoshi no Bouken Land (Mario & Yoshi’s Adventure Land) is an animated re-telling of the events of SNES classic Super … Continue reading

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Slick Setups, Lazy Stores and Even More Diskun Love – Culture Collection #19

With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild making waves this month, it seems only fitting to start off by showing some love to Nintendo’s fantasy powerhouse – namely with this brilliant vintage Zelda keshi, shared by sculptor and small toy afficionado … Continue reading

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Romantic Treats, Artist’s Impressions and Famicom High Fashion – Culture Collection #18

It’s been far too long since our last games culture showcase, so let’s start by going right back to the end of January, where a sighting of a Godzilla-like monster attacking Kyoto Tower became the hot topic for Japanese Nintendo … Continue reading

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