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Video Game Art Archive Collects Paintings From Classic Games


01.28.14 Andy Cush

Some games go to painstaking lengths to make their environments believable: fake products get integrated marketing campaigns, side characters wear realistically put-together outfits, original art hangs on the walls of houses. The Video Game Art Archive Tumblr focuses on the latter, compiling the stuff that’s hanging on walls in classic games like Castlevania, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Final Fantasy VIII. Some are impressively detailed, like the spooky portraiture of Fright Night; others, like a Pizza Hut sign from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II on NES, are just collections of pixels. Still others, like Leisure Suit Larry, attempt to emulate real-world art (in this case, it’s a collection of 8-bit Warhols). See some highlights in the gallery, and the rest on Tumblr.