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Brutal Legend, Resident Evil 5 and Others Get De-Made

Brutal Legend, Resident Evil 5 and Others Get De-Made (photo)

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With re-imagined versions of “Total Recall,” “Escape from New York” and “The Warriors” all in various stages of development, Hollywood shows no desire of ever overcoming Remake Fever. The video games medium may suffer a bad case of Sequelitis, but it’s still too young — creatively, at least — to be strip-mining its past for ideas to dust off and present as new.

Still, there is a streak of retro mania that’s been steadily increasing over the last five years or so. The Classic Gaming Expo just notched its eleventh successful year after a packed schedule of events in Las Vegas this past weekend. And retro game hunters do a brisk business on eBay with old Nintendo cartridges and Sega Dreamcast systems being treated as valued collectibles. And even when games like “Cave Story” get a new coat of polish, care is taken not to make them look to slick and shiny.

08032010_BioShock_demake.jpg.pngSo, you may get a bit of cognitive whiplash when you gaze upon the work of one Junkboy. Mr. Boy is a digital artist who specializes in demakes, which take the games of today and render them in the graphical styles of yesteryear’s hardware. The yellowish greytones of the first Gameboy screen, the top-down camera view and the cartoony pixels of so many old-school titles get lovingly invoked in his pieces, yet maintain enough of the modern-day vibe to make them seem familiar.

The digital art also makes you wonder if a little slice of imagination was lost in the transition from pixel to polygon. You can look at junkboy’s what-if rendition of a Game Boy version of Dead Space and wonder “How would a game like have ever seemed scary back in the day?” Yet, you know it would have. A player’s imagination would filled in the blanks to make the twitchy animations of the enemies in “Super Metroid” feel appropriately threatening.

The greatest thing about Junkboy’s work has to be the element of surprise that it carries with it. You look at the pieces and squint, thinking “Wait, what is this … OHHH!!” Junkboy manages to get the shadowy Art Deco loneliness of “BioShock” or the construction-paper aesthetic of “LittleBigPlanet” just right. Stare at these pieces until the spark of recognition kicks in and then bask in the nostalgia of something that never existed.


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.