Picture of the Week- National Mario Kart League and Interview with the Artist Rodrigo Ferreira

*Mario voice* “Here we go!” This weeks PotW is also the design for the week-long contest I’m having. To see how you can win visit the CONTEST post. 

The NMKL (National Mario Kart League) design was created by Rodrigo Ferreira, which combines sports logo design with my all time favorite racing game Mario Kart ( which is also the only racing video game I like). I think the combination is perfect considering the intense competitiveness MK can bring out of a player and the ritual victory dances after a win which are reminiscent of end zone dances after an impressive touchdown.

My brother and I spent an absurd amount hours and days playing Mario Kart on N64, the best in my opinion (this is no way related to the fact that I’m better on N64 than on other systems). You can already guess which was my favorite character to play, I’m partial to pink. Whether it’s the tracks or battle mode, no matter how many times you play it never seems to get old which is why Mario Kart will always hold a spot in my top favorite video games. 

Rodrigo was kind enough to answer a few interview questions telling me about the inspiration behind NMKL, his favorite character and item from Mario Kart, as well as advice for aspiring illustrators and graphic designers. 

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Mario Kart in Real Life

Here’s a fun video that Freddie Wong freddiew created with the self-explanatory title “Mario Kart in Real Life!”. There’s been quite a few Mario Kart in real life videos but this is by far my favorite. The friendly racing game seems to be much grittier when recreated in a real life situation.

I would have loved to see a spiked blue shell blast someone away right before they cross the finish line. And a lightening bolt would be nice too, but now I’m just being picky. What I do like is how Lakita/Freddie Wong (the video creator) slowly picks up the fallen racer with the fishing pole. And I definitely understand the racers happiness when he received the three red shells!

Check out the following links for more info:
Website!
http://facerocker.com

Freddie Wong’s Youtube Channel
(freddiew

Twitter
http://twitter.com/fwong
http://twitter.com/brandonjla

Facebook
http://facebook.com/freddiewspage

Picture of the Week- 8-Bitscapes

Flyover Squad

Geek-Art, my go-to for all things amazing, featured work from photographer Kevin Rozario Johnson and illustrator Jamie Sneddon. Johnson and Sneddon combined their forces and produced these truly spectacular series of 8-bitscapes.

More about 8-bitscapes from the artists:

“8-bitscapes is a concept created by artist & illustratorJamie Sneddon & photographer Kevin Rozario-Johnson.

For their first 8-bitscapes exhibition, they have brought together their two disciplines to create this stunning series of works.

With a ‘giant nod’ towards the world of 8-bit gaming, the artists have produced a series of 8, strictly limited edition prints. These thought provoking images re-imagine well loved, iconic retro digital characters in real life scenarios. Framing them forever as they munch, invade, race, battle and bleep their way around planet EARTTTTTHHHHHH!!

If you’d like to keep up to date with new 8-bitscapes pieces, exhibitions and general 8-bit geekery, then please click the links and follow us on TwitterFacebook.”

Related Links:

8-bitscapes.com

Kevin Rozario Johnson website

Jamie Sneddon website

View the gallery & purchase prints

Print specifications, price guide & contact details

Exhibition dates

Pac Manhattan

Mario Kart- Shellshock

Swarm

Stalfos 'nights

Rib-bit

Mario Kart- Banana Peel

Kong

[Source: Geek-Art and 8-bitscapes]

Video Games vs. Real Life

Aled Lewis (Fatheed on Flickr) transported your favorite old school video game characters into the real world in some impressive photo manipulations. I get a special kind of nostalgia whenever I see old school video game characters. Chris Hardwick wore his Doctor Who/Back to the Future shirt on The Late Late Show! Check our his Flickr and website AledLews.com he also has a bunch of other great geek related art.


(All titles and text below are from Aled’s Flickr)

Gorilla In The Mist

aka: Kong of the Jungle. The reason he was so mixed up was because he was missing home. A construction site is no place for a 500lb ape. Look at how happy he is now.

Hyrule Field

“A horse would be handy right now” – Link

We Need A Montage

Hyaku Retsu Harite (aka Hundred Hand Slap)

Off To Atlantis. BRB.

Koopa Beach

Schadenfreude Dog

When You See It (snow)

Keeping The Mean Streets Clean

Off The Dirt Track

This is Tower Bridge, not London Bridge – but you knew that. :)

Land Speed Record Attempt

I may revisit this series later in the year, but for the time being this is the 12th and last in my collection ofVideo Games vs. Real Life images. I have a bunch more ideas, but I need to change it up a bit now. Thanks for the support! :)

Base Jumper

Dammit. I gave him an umbrella when he was meant to be a blocker.

Weekly Link (11/27)

Sunday Funnies (10/24)

I’m back everyone from the beautiful Cayman Islands.   Did you miss me?!  Well I sure missed you!  If you were wondering why I didn’t have any posts this week it’s because I was on a little vacation, I twitpiced a few pictures of it.  Well paradise is lost again and it’s back to reality and of course back to my blog!

Enjoy this weeks Sunday Funny, this one I literally LOL’ed. Having the Blue Shell/Spiny Shell in Mario Kart made me feel like God!

Girls this one is for you!

Here’s what Dueling Analogs had to say about this comic,

“I would have referred to them as Spiny Shell Condoms, but that would have given the comic a completely different feel. Literally.

I had this comic finished pretty close to midnight EST, but I wanted to create a mock wrapper for a Blue Shell Condom. Thought it adds a little something more to the experience. Or at the very least a picture of a fake condom wrapper.

Seriously though, the blue shells or spiny shells or whatever kind of shell you want to call them are a mixed bag of tricks. On one side, it’s a cheap way to win and an even cheaper way to lose. It can completely destroy the whole skill aspect of any given race. Then again, it does add a completely random level of uncertainty of how a race will play out even until the very last second. So I guess I have a love hate kind of relationship with the blue spiny shells. Though, it’s still an extremely crappy way to lose.”

[Source Dueling Analogs]