Vince created these fantastic Zelda posters a while back to show off the mashup when he first came up with the idea of a Ghibli/Zelda mashup. Here’s a look back at these feels-inducing works. <> Link’s tree house from Ocarina of Time.<><> The mystical realms of Hyrule have always evoked a feeling of tranquility and nature when it’s not being busy getting overthrown by Ganondorf. What better way to show off the magic of the world of Legend of Zelda than a mashup combining it with the aesthetic of a Studio Ghibli film?Matt Vince created several beautiful posters showing the world of the Zelda games in a Ghibli-esque setting and has recently released a beautiful trailer to bring you into that world.The mini trailer takes us through various settings of the world of Legend of Zelda, each scene infused with the qualities that make Ghibli films so enjoyable: a slow pace, calm scenes, emphasis on details, and a focus on nature. All of the famous Ghibli films, like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and My Neighbor Totoro, all carry these same aspects.The delicate piano music moves the viewer through a view of the Great Deku Tree sitting undisturbed in the forest, then to Link’s residence, and onward through the world of Hyrule. Take a look at some of the scenes in the slideshow below. Can someone make this movie, pretty please?You can see more of Matt Vince’s art on his website.
Stay on target Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Newgrounds turned 21 last year. It’s old enough to drink. But for a generation of a certain type of nerdy kids, it was the website equivalent of the cool older sibling who first introduced them to drinking. The internet has changed a great deal since this portal for games and videos was in its prime. In many ways, internet culture has simply caught up to what Newgrounds was doing. As its impact continues to grow, it’s increasingly clear that Game of the Year is the least of the awards we can grant Newgrounds.Newgrounds occupies and is arguably the crown jewel of the late 90s/early 2000s, pre-YouTube internet space where it took some effort to find genuinely funny short videos online. I’m talking about websites like Albino Black Sheep and Ebaum’s World and previous Game of the Year winner Homestar Runner. Looking back on this time, it’s depressingly clear this was the origin of the 4chan/Reddit/message board school of anonymous nihilistic “alt-right” way of behaving online. But back then the juvenile naughtiness was just for fun and tucked away harmlessly in the corner, not ruining the entire world like Nazis.While other websites highlighted what were essentially uncensored America’s Funniest Home Videos, Newgrounds stood out with its art and gaming bent. Newgrounds was a haven for (Macromedia, later, Adobe) Flash, the then-dominant program for displaying videos on the internet. The Numa Numa Dance debuted on Newgrounds. But Flash could also be used for so much more and Newgrounds provided many examples with its seemingly endless library of user-submitted Flash games and animations.Game Grumps fans, the Awesome Series demonstrated how much more interesting and entertaining Arin “Egoraptor” Hanson is as an animator and voice actor than just a (very successful) YouTuber. Mouth Moods mastermind Neil Cicierega’s epic Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny song got an incredible Flash music video on the site. And because the site was free (and copyright laws on the internet at the time were non-existent) Newgrounds was overflowing with games and videos parodying other video games. Chris “Kirbopher” Niosi’s Nintendo parody anthologies were formative experiences for me.Newgrounds wasn’t the only Flash game website at the time, but the subversive, Not Safe for School tone of Newgrounds’ games made it a favorite among students savvy enough to find them. Where else could you snipe stick figures and watch blood erupt from their poorly drawn stumps? Where else could you find an unofficial Pokemon Tower Defense game next to the most earnest attempts to recreate anime smut?Humor reigned supreme on Newgrounds, but that didn’t mean serious, skillful work wasn’t happening on the site. The site’s slogan “Everything, By Everyone” encapsulates the site’s dedication to artistic collaboration. Newgrounds makes it easy for artists, writers, coders, musicians, and whoever else to find partners and make something for contests or just for the sake of making something. And sometimes those partners kept making things even outside of Newgrounds.Genuinely great video games that aren’t on Newgrounds only exists because of Newgrounds. Seven years after co-founding Newgrounds, Tom Fulp and his team created twitch shooter Alien Hominid for the site. They later became an actual video game developer, The Behemoth, to bring the game to consoles. Since then, The Behemoth has kept on making games like Castle Crashers, BattleBlock Theater, and the upcoming Pit People (a game featured at the recent Tribeca Games Festival).Meanwhile, one of the most difficult and acclaimed 2D platformers of the past decade, Super Meat Boy, began as a Newgrounds game just called Meat Boy. The game’s flat, Flash artwork and gross-out aesthetic are absolutely the Newgrounds style. He’s a boy without skin fighting a fetus in a jar! But that didn’t stop critics from appreciating the legitimately brilliant level design and pixel-perfect controls and physics. One of those developers, Edmund McMillen, then went on to make The Binding of Isaac, a similarly praised game also very much in the Newgrounds mold.People (mostly tech journalists) are quick to dance on Flash’s grave these days, and I get it. The program was inefficient and riddled with security risks. But it also bothers me because I don’t think those people realize how impressive and influential Flash was as an art form, not just a video player, and how one could be genuinely sad to see it go. Newgrounds epitomized that value of Flash.Throughout middle school I spent countless hours teaching myself to animate in Flash. I never really mastered it, mostly because I’m impatient and can’t draw. However, I was elated when after weeks of work my bad Super Smash Bros. Flash cartoon series actually found itself an audience and wasn’t downvoted into oblivion. Newgrounds is still around today with support for more modern engine standards like Unity and HTML5, but in my mind it will always be linked with Flash.Let go of your arbitrary definition of high and low art and you’ll recognize Newgrounds for what it is: a modern internet art movement. Fauvism for Flash. The Hudson River School for memes. It’s the best kind of Game of the Year, the kind that begat countless more Games of the Year.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!