Hey everybody! I started a new project called Interpreting Retro where I draw a picture of how I saw or imagined a retro game from my childhood. My Instagram account is @Phenzy and I hashtag these #interpretingretro. Here are the ones I’ve made so far:
Yay! Dragon Warrior slime!
I know this wasn’t the intention, but this is always what the hero in the original Dragon Warrior looked like to me.
Karpov always looks like he is holding his pants up.
The end heart boss in Contra always looked like Popeye to me.
Little Nemo climbing into animal suits always freaked me out a bit for a game that wasn’t supposed to be creepy.
I always thought the end of the original Zelda was pretty rough when Gannon died and became just a pile of guts.
Cyclops from Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse.
Eyeball from Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest.
Each of these images is available on items over on my Redbubble account.
Life Force is one of my all time favorite NES games. I started playing this the other night and I realized I am terrible at it. I was unable to get past the first stage without the Konami code and save states. When I was about 10 years old or so I could beat the entire game with no cheats whatsoever. Video games nowadays are way too easy. Just saying.
Hey Everybody! Sorry that it has been so long since I have posted a Thrift Store Junkie post, but the picking has been pretty slim up until recently. I live in Pennsylvania and during the winter months there simply are no yard sales or flea markets. Well, thankfully the dry spell has ended. First up I will mention a couple of Goodwill finds that I picked up over the past couple of months and then I will dive into the flea market/yard sale finds.
I picked up Mega Bomberman at Goodwill about a month ago from Goodwill. The Bomberman games are one of my favorite game series so it was really nice to find this. I picked the game up for 2 or 3 dollars, I remember for sure. The game is great although it is pretty similar to Bomberman ’94 on the Turbografix which I already own(not the actual HuCard but I do own it on the Wii’s Virtual Console), actually it is pretty much the same game. If you have ever played a Bomberman game then you know how this game plays, and they are all fantastic games (At least I think so). Although the weekend that I picked this game up I had a multitude of chores to get completed I still found 3 hours to burn playing this game. I don’t regret it for a second.
Also about a month ago I picked up Chrono Cross for PS1. I picked the game up for 2 dollars. I have yet to play the game much, but I have heard great things about the game. Unfortunatly I have quite a backlog of RPG’s to play though. I am very excited to start this game because I loved Chrono Trigger on the SNES. I am currently playing Legend of Legia on PS1 and also Blue Dragon on Xbox 360.
The best pick up I had so far this season though is these 4 Playstation games that I picked up. I had been looking for Jersey Devil and Team Buddies for a very long time. I have never played Team Buddies but I know that it can go quite high on E-bay and Amazon. Jersey Devil didn’t get the greatest reviews at the time that it was released, but I remember playing the demo of this game close to 50 or so times. As far as I am concerned it is a classic. Crash Bash is of course a Crash Bandicoot game. The twist is that it plays more like a Mario Party game. I remember renting this game when it first came out and not being to happy with it, but at the time I was expecting a standard Crash Bandicoot game. Now that I know better I am excited to give the game a second chance. My sisters and I used to love playing Bomberman World and Crash Bandicoot Racing on PS1 with the PS1 Multitap. I have 3 sisters so we had many nights that we all sat around my TV and played. Though we no longer all live in the same house I still love the idea of owning multiplayer party games for each of my systems, so both Team Buddies and Crash Bash were awesome finds just because of this. Finally we come to Re-Loaded, not a great game but one that I spent many hours playing when I first got my PS1. I had traded the game in later though to get something else and have been wanting to find another copy ever since, so it was pretty awesome to find a copy for 2 bucks. This will actually probably be the first game I play when I sit down tonight to try these games out.
Last but not least though, I also picked up a copy of Wii Sports Resort at a Church Rummage sale. I payed 5 dollars for the game, which is normally more than I would pay for a Wii game at a Flea Market (unless of course I found any of the Operation Rainfall games or a select few other games missing from my collection) but I had been looking for this for awhile and didn’t want to spend full price for it (Gamestop is still selling new copies for $39.99 and used copies for $29.99). The game had no case but also by some strange twist also had no wear or scratches. I picked up a case that had Math Blaster for PC in it (but no backing artwork) and discarded the Math Blaster and popped my game in and hurriedly rushed over to pay for the game and go home to try it out.
Hey, I have been updating Mega8.tumblr.com a ton. Go check it out! Here is a little teaser from the page:
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There is a ton of other stuff as well, so you should go check it out (Please)!
I also just started a Instagram account, my name is GrownBoneJones, feel free to follow me for more pics lie the one you see below! 🙂
I feel like I have been neglecting this website and unfortunately it is true… the fact that I have both this website and my pen and marker website that I try to keep running (even though I finished my 365 days of drawing a while back) sometimes I’m not sure which page to post things to. On top of that that I also started a Tumblr page called Mega 8 just for my video game related artwork, so it ends up being a lot of work to keep up with everything that I have going on(but I still love working on all of the sites that I run). Oh well… I will make up for it by updating you with some of the things that I have been up to lately.
First, tonight my wife and I donated artwork to a great cause. We donated to the Music for the Arts Benefit that is held in our hometown. You can read all about the night here.
I also had the honor of being part of the Megaman Boss Battle Tribute which is happening currently online and in March in San Francisco at Gauntlet Gallery.
There are a ton of awesome artists involved in the show (including Ashley Davis who is one of my favorites). You can check out the Megaman Boss Battle here.
Here is my piece from the show, Copy X from the Megaman Zero series.
I decided to take Copy X in a direction that I didn’t think everyone would expect. I think all in all it turned out pretty awesome.
I have also been working with a super awesome company who we all know and love who rents out movies. Its just in the planning stages and kind of supposed to be kept under wraps but I can’t wait till the project comes to completion so that I can share the end result.
Illustration by Pat Henzy
I read a lot of bad reviews about Silent Hill: Downpour… but every now and then I would run into a review that mentioned how much better than Silent Hill: Homecoming it was. Well, I loved Homecoming so when the game finally went down to under $20.00 at Gamestop I picked up a copy for Xbox 360. I’m only about halfway through the game right now so I can’t really review it, but I can say that I am totally enjoying the game. The game itself feels like a movie to me. Wandering around on the streets reminds me a lot of the original game. The camera angles bring back the “good old days” for me and remind me of what the Resident Evil games where trying to do back then. So far I have run into a ton of fun stuff. At two points so far I have fallen and found myself riding a deadly water slide where spikes and all kinds of things are trying to kill me, it is very reminiscent of the scene in Goonies when they have pretty much the exact same thing happen to them. There are a good amount of “Esher” like disorienting effects as well, look up and see endless staircases that twist and turn and wait…what’s that? Another room on the ceiling complete with a TV couch and table. Wow! The camera sways and pulsates during certain scenes and gives the game a very Nightmare on Elm Street fell. Exploartion is fun but can get a little slow at points, but every time the game feels like it is about to slow down you can except a chase scene in which a glowing orb (a portal to the afterlife?) chases you and tries to suck you in. Yes… the monsters aren’t as cool as in previous games, sometimes the load times are brutal and there are a few frame rate issues when too many enemies are on screen but the game is pretty damn fun other than those few issues. Combat feels about the same as in previous Silent Hill games, but then again combat isn’t really the main focus of the game. I am having a ton of fun playing the game right now and for under $20.00 I can’t help but recommend the game to anyone that prefers their games to contain a bit of old school fun and a couple of scares along the way.
Anyone who visits this blog regularly knows Im into video games. Nintendo is my favorite game company out of all of them out there. I thought this idea up early today and drew it up while watching the movie The Sitter (It was a super funny movie).
Not so much any more, but there was a time that pinball was super popular. I was in a store in Cape May, New Jersey with my wife last weekend and I found this beautiful old pinball machine hiding out in a corner with a rack of DVD’s sitting in front of it. Obviously I couldn’t play it because of this(and the fact that it wasn’t on either). I really liked the stencil artwork that was on the side of it and plan to make a few King/playing card stencils soon inspired by this machine. The way old pinball machine artwork was applied to the machines was pretty awesome, it’s kinda funny that stencils like this have become more of a street art type thing these days but used to be used for a ton of pinball machines.