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Happy Halloween Everyone!

October 31, 2010

Hey Everyone,

Welcome to a spooky All Hallows blog entry!

As this year is the first year of being a dad, I decided, or should I say my wife decided, that it was high time that my cartoon skills should meet pumkin flesh…and what a wonderfully good idea that was!  I got rather excited by this, and as you’d expect, it couldnt be just a simple case of throwing down some holes in a pumpkin…ooooooh no, this needed sketching, planning and nice new ultra sharp set of cartoon pumpkin carving knives…and a massive spoon ;)

So I spent some time sketching out some ideas and soon settled on the final one, and what a handsome monster he was too.

So last night I set to work carving him out and I have to say that it was a total blast!

Its been such a long time since I’ve strayed away from my computer or sketchpad to actually create something, so this felt, well, special!  Needless to say, after a couple of hours of cutting and chopping he was ready!

I couldnt wait to get him candlelit and in front of my door.

I cant wait for next year!

Hope you like him.

Mike.

The Entire Fully Illustrated Games Collection!

October 19, 2010

Hey Everyone,

As most of you know (especially folks on twitter) I’m a mad collector of retro games and arcades boards, and I mentioned on Twitter recently about some dedicated display cabinets that I was having built to house the entire collection.  Well, these cabinets were finished recently and look beeeeeeautiful.  They span the width of the room their housed in and stand from floor to ceiling…yes, floor to ceiling ;)  I’ll be cataloguing the whole collection soon, but as a rough guide there’s over 300 games and over 30 consoles :)  This is the outcome of a lifetimes collecting, so whenever I see something worth adding…I add it :)

Everything you see is boxed, with instructions and in either good, great or as new condition.  I’m rather fussy about that part ;)  There’s some real gems in here too, a boxed and as new Virtual Boy, a rare Japan only Sega MegaJet, a mint Multi Mega, plus loads of other crazy stuff.  The core of the collection is focused on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, so a very large amount of the games are for this system.  Man I love the Mega Drive!!

So to any of my wonderful games customers that happen to be reading this, if ever you needed any further proof of my obsessive love for this industry, look no further ;)

Anyway, without further ado, say hello to the collection!  Its split over two sides, one side for games, one side for hardware.

The Games:

The Hardware:

I hope you enjoyed the show!!

Mike.

P.S. Yes, that’s an official replica of Conan’s Father Sword hanging on the wall…call it my security system ;)

Stenches – Artwork Preview!

October 17, 2010

Hey Everyone,

One of the recent iPhone games I’ve been busy on, is the sub-story follow up to the worldwide AppStore hit, Trenches,  attractivly entitled, Stenches!

After the phenominal sucess of Trenches and the huge expression of love from the players regarding secret unlock-able ‘Zombie Horde Mode’, Thunder Game Works decided to create a whole game based around this awesome little mini-game.

So you can imagine my excitement when I was tasked with bringing this vision to life!  I love anything Zombie related, so couldnt wait to get my teeth into this!  New characters, environments, branding, menu’s, everything!  Absolutely awesome fun!!!  Just to give you a preview of what’s to come, I’ve showcased the main zombie characters below, and as you’ll see, there’s quite a mix in this new game :)

The game is crammed with awesome new features and game modes, but I wont babble on about those here (you’ll hear more in the press real soon) and I’ll leave you take a look at the concept sketches.

If you’re a fan of Trenches and/or Zombies, you’ve got to grab a copy of this puppy when it launches as I can honestly say it’s absolutely SUPERB!!

I hope you like them :)

Mike.

The Completed Arcade!

October 6, 2010

Hey Everyone,

I know I’ve been talking about this almost none stop recently and haven’t posted the final photos, but that’s because I’m too fussy, and am re-art-working the machine as we speak ;)

But, just to appease a few folks, I decided to show the machine as it is now, before I apply the new artwork.  As you’ll see, the room my two machines live in, is our tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiny spare box room, just wide enough for two arcade cabs, a bookshelf and little else.  Perfect for a miniature arcade :)

I’ve decided to make the new machine a mock Neo Geo MVS cab, so its going to be a beautiful mix of rich red, black and white…very old school.  Anyway, here’s a few pics of my babies running.  Awwww, dont they look cute together :)

Oh and I’ve gone even crazier since the last post as I got the chance to pick up some truly amazing original arcade boards in bulk…so I bought them…and blitzed that already depleted budget into non-existence ;)  The collection now sits a little something like this…

  • Art of Fighting
  • Fatal Fury
  • Fatal Fury 2
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • The King of the Fighters 94
  • The King of the Fighters 2001
  • Metal Slug
  • Metal Slug 2
  • Samurai Showdown
  • Samurai Showdown 2
  • World Heroes
  • R-Type 2
  • R-Type Leo
  • Caddilacs and Dinosaurs
  • Golden Axe
  • Knights of the Round
  • Street Fighter 2 – Champion Edition
  • Super Street Fighter 2 X
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • Darkstalkers
  • Vampire Saviour 2
  • X-Men Children of the Atom
  • Carrier Airwing

I’ll post the final, final, final pics when the new artwork is applied and finished :)

Mike.

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