Honest Video Game Covers DS106 Assignment 2

In the DS106 assignment bank, I found an interesting assignment which asked me to redesign “untruthful” game covers or titles of games. I immediately thought of a few games which have confusing and misleading titles. In the end, I decided on the infamous Dark Souls series.
dark-souls-cover

 

At first glance, this game appears to be set in medieval times where you play as the protagonist, a knight. The “dark” in Dark Souls may be a reference to the dark ages and “souls” may reference the lives that were lost during this time to famine, war and the bubonic plague.

What is it about this game cover that’s so misleading?

The game actually does have historical aspects with the weapons, armor, and architecture. However, it literally has nothing to do with knights or the Middle Ages. It’s a game that is deliberate in making the player die. There are items that are set for the sole purpose of baiting the player into
taking and dying to a monster around the corner, or a large fall. Players who have played this game reference throwing their controller due to the frustration the game brings.

For the redesign, I decided on something that would immediately spark fear for the player. I chose one of the more memorable bosses, Ornstein and Smough, who many players have had troubles with in the past. The title would be rewritten to something more fitting. Here is the result.


Dark Souls game cover Redesign
FromSoftware – Souls video game series

Mimicry is the best form of flattery – DS106 Assignment Post 1

Under the Fanfiction section of DS106, I found a certain assignment that I was confident in doing. The assignment was to use vector or raster graphic software to draw my own design of my favorite artist’s work. I myself was confident, but I saw that nobody else posted any tutorials or finished assignments on the site. Regardless, I ended up taking 3 hours out of my weekend to do this and I ended up enjoying it very much.

My favorite artist is Yoshiki Takaya, the artist who authored the manga, Guyver.

Guyver is what introduced me to the world of anime when I was a kid. The brutal fight scenes were definitely not for someone my age, but I enjoyed it regardless.

The one element that stands out in Guyver has to be it’s unique designs for monsters and armor. Even 31 years after its first chapter was released, the designs don’t feel old or dated at all. The lack of detail that many other old comics had are apparent when we look back today but that is not the case for Guyver.

There are over thousands of original designs from Takaya that he incorporated into his story. There are just too many of them to list.

Here is my original design based off of the Guyver.

Programs used:
Clip Studio Paint (Manga Studio 5)

Total time spent was about 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Bio-Booster Armor Guyver by Yoshiki Takaya

Watch Guyver anime at Funimation.com

Special Thanks and Source sites:

http://www.japan-legend.com
http://guyver-world.ru
http://guyverology.tumblr.com
http://guyver.wikia.com/wiki

Note: I did not list the other image hosting sites as they stole their content off of http://www.japan-legend.com/advocacy. The main scanlation group for Guyver manga “Guyver Advocacy” now has a policy of not releasing translations to the public. Only those who purchase the volumes themselves gain access to the directory.

My Deviantart page.

Original Assignment

Just a game?

I enjoy watching competition, especially in video games. Competitive video games fall under the category of eSports which has gained popularity over the past decade. Like other fans, I can’t seem to stay still while watching professional players fight their hearts out to the death. The hype is so strong, that people who never played the game would begin to understand what is going on and even what the players are trying to do as they are watching them. Perhaps the most lovable part of eSports for me is when the players finish their match and shake hands. The emotions of the players can be seen along with their sportsmanship through body language alone. Although there are mixed feelings about the results, almost every player would respect the person they beat and the person they lost to.

Armada defeats Mango at Genesis 3

Of course there are also some other emotions… SALT

I personally find it funny and I can definitely relate to it.

Wobbles throws controller after losing to Ice at Smash Summit 2

Super Smash Bros. Melee – Nintendo 2001

Source Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWdueibcRgg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inswr8rcoBc