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  1. Having trouble coming up with ideas for what gifts to pick up for the holidays? Sometimes buying gifts for the gamer in your life can be difficult when venturing beyond the actual games themselves. We dug through the internet to find four gift ideas outside of the norm to put on your list or pick up for your loved ones. Fortnite Yoga Pants Sometimes you want to rock an eye-catching look to yoga while also subtly signaling your nerdiness to the world. These Loot Llama leggings will accomplish both goals flawlessly. Inspired by the infamous Loot Llama of Fortnite fame, these will certainly add color to any yoga-goer’s ensemble. Gaming Pet Collars If you haven’t ever looked into the world of handmade video crafts on Etsy, there’s more to discover than you can imagine. One of the most unique and practical items you can purchase on the site are collars for your dog or any other kind of pet. There are fantastic ones inspired by gaming controllers, Space Invaders, and The Legend of Zelda series. One of our favorites is a collar that uses the opening legend scroll from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker in its design. Pac-Man Makeup Line If you are looking for a way to represent your love of old-school gaming or for the perfect finishing touch on your look for that hip neighborhood arcade outing, cosmetics company Wet n’ Wild has an official partnership with the Pac-Man brand to sell makeup based on the iconic gaming franchise. Each item has been designed both in color scheme and packaging to be reminiscent of the series, making it a fun gift for any fan of gaming. Nerdy/Cool Keyboard Customization Keyboard customization has become a rapidly expanding hobby industry. You can find artisans to create key caps for mechanical keyboards that incorporate cute or cool designs inspired by video games or characters from pop culture. For laptops or keyboards that don’t have easily removed caps, you can find handmade decals to make your functional keyboard into a piece of art that can serve as an outlet for self-expression. You can find all kinds of people who make these things across the internet, like TinyMakesThings (who is also an Extra Lifer!) or various artists who offer decal or key cap services, like TooMcCoolForYou and their sweet Pokémon keyboard decal set. If none of these are terribly interesting, you could always make sure that loved one has a Platinum Extra Life profile for 2019 and help them hit the $200 goal to get them the sweet and exclusive t-shirt design for the year. That way, you know your money is going to a good cause and letting your gamer flag fly by rocking one of our super cool gaming t-shirts. You can do this anytime from now until the end of December. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  2. Having trouble coming up with ideas for what gifts to pick up for the holidays? Sometimes buying gifts for the gamer in your life can be difficult when venturing beyond the actual games themselves. We dug through the internet to find four gift ideas outside of the norm to put on your list or pick up for your loved ones. Fortnite Yoga Pants Sometimes you want to rock an eye-catching look to yoga while also subtly signaling your nerdiness to the world. These Loot Llama leggings will accomplish both goals flawlessly. Inspired by the infamous Loot Llama of Fortnite fame, these will certainly add color to any yoga-goer’s ensemble. Gaming Pet Collars If you haven’t ever looked into the world of handmade video crafts on Etsy, there’s more to discover than you can imagine. One of the most unique and practical items you can purchase on the site are collars for your dog or any other kind of pet. There are fantastic ones inspired by gaming controllers, Space Invaders, and The Legend of Zelda series. One of our favorites is a collar that uses the opening legend scroll from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker in its design. Pac-Man Makeup Line If you are looking for a way to represent your love of old-school gaming or for the perfect finishing touch on your look for that hip neighborhood arcade outing, cosmetics company Wet n’ Wild has an official partnership with the Pac-Man brand to sell makeup based on the iconic gaming franchise. Each item has been designed both in color scheme and packaging to be reminiscent of the series, making it a fun gift for any fan of gaming. Nerdy/Cool Keyboard Customization Keyboard customization has become a rapidly expanding hobby industry. You can find artisans to create key caps for mechanical keyboards that incorporate cute or cool designs inspired by video games or characters from pop culture. For laptops or keyboards that don’t have easily removed caps, you can find handmade decals to make your functional keyboard into a piece of art that can serve as an outlet for self-expression. You can find all kinds of people who make these things across the internet, like TinyMakesThings (who is also an Extra Lifer!) or various artists who offer decal or key cap services, like TooMcCoolForYou and their sweet Pokémon keyboard decal set. If none of these are terribly interesting, you could always make sure that loved one has a Platinum Extra Life profile for 2019 and help them hit the $200 goal to get them the sweet and exclusive t-shirt design for the year. That way, you know your money is going to a good cause and letting your gamer flag fly by rocking one of our super cool gaming t-shirts. You can do this anytime from now until the end of December. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  3. A two meter high statue of Bandai Namco's mascot was unveiled today on the campus of Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain. The Japanese ambassador, Mr. Kazuhiko Koshikawa, to Spain was on hand, along with representatives of Bandai Namco, to reveal the statue to the public. The statue was made to recognize that Rey Juan Carlos University as the first public university around Spain's capital city to offer a degree in video game development. It also marks the future contributions upcoming students will make to the medium in the years to come. View full article
  4. A two meter high statue of Bandai Namco's mascot was unveiled today on the campus of Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain. The Japanese ambassador, Mr. Kazuhiko Koshikawa, to Spain was on hand, along with representatives of Bandai Namco, to reveal the statue to the public. The statue was made to recognize that Rey Juan Carlos University as the first public university around Spain's capital city to offer a degree in video game development. It also marks the future contributions upcoming students will make to the medium in the years to come.
  5. The creator of iconic box art that included Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man, Bonk's Adventures, and Bomberman II died last May. CVG broke the story after an obituary from one of Martin's friends appeared on the Nintendo Age forums. Head over to the full forum thread to pay your respects and view collections of the artist's work. It appears that a combination of factors contributed to keeping this news from being reported earlier. However, the primary reason appears to be because box art illustrators aren't always credited for their work and the friend who started the thread commemorating Martin's work didn't know about Martin's death until recently. As a kid growing up during a time when the internet was in its infancy and video game journalism was pretty much unheard of outside of Nintendo Power (to which I never had a subscription), box art meant a lot. There is the old adage to never judge a book by its cover, but when it came to video games that was often the only way to decide whether to purchase, or more often times rent, a game. There were precious few reviews to be had other than word-of-mouth or whatever could be gleaned from Funcoland employees. Box art was what sold you on a game as a kid. It fueled your imagination for what the game would be like and also helped you visualize what was going on in-game. It made the difference between watching a tiny collection of pixels hop around a colorful screen and knowing that sprite was a swashbuckling duck in search of adventure and treasure. Part of the fun of playing a game was exercising your imagination and envisioning what was happening on the screen as being more real than it appeared. Box art helped give those imaginings direction. Whether he knew it or not, Greg Martin's work helped generations of people fall in love with video games. I used to wonder where the art on video game boxes came from, who made it, if it was ever intended to be the face of the game, etc. I didn't know Mr. Martin's name until today. I didn't know that he worked for years as an illustrator at Hanna-Barbera, the animation company behind the Flinstones, Jetsons, Yogi Bear, and Scooby-Doo. I didn't know that he worked with Jack Kirby and Seth McFarlane. There are tons of things that I don't know about Greg Martin and will never have the opportunity to know. However, I do know that he spent many sleepless nights working on images that defined my early years and helped make my life a happier one. Many people might not know it, but Greg Martin had a hand in shaping our childhoods and I, for one, am sorry to see him go. Here's to you, Greg. Thank you. View full article
  6. The creator of iconic box art that included Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man, Bonk's Adventures, and Bomberman II died last May. CVG broke the story after an obituary from one of Martin's friends appeared on the Nintendo Age forums. Head over to the full forum thread to pay your respects and view collections of the artist's work. It appears that a combination of factors contributed to keeping this news from being reported earlier. However, the primary reason appears to be because box art illustrators aren't always credited for their work and the friend who started the thread commemorating Martin's work didn't know about Martin's death until recently. As a kid growing up during a time when the internet was in its infancy and video game journalism was pretty much unheard of outside of Nintendo Power (to which I never had a subscription), box art meant a lot. There is the old adage to never judge a book by its cover, but when it came to video games that was often the only way to decide whether to purchase, or more often times rent, a game. There were precious few reviews to be had other than word-of-mouth or whatever could be gleaned from Funcoland employees. Box art was what sold you on a game as a kid. It fueled your imagination for what the game would be like and also helped you visualize what was going on in-game. It made the difference between watching a tiny collection of pixels hop around a colorful screen and knowing that sprite was a swashbuckling duck in search of adventure and treasure. Part of the fun of playing a game was exercising your imagination and envisioning what was happening on the screen as being more real than it appeared. Box art helped give those imaginings direction. Whether he knew it or not, Greg Martin's work helped generations of people fall in love with video games. I used to wonder where the art on video game boxes came from, who made it, if it was ever intended to be the face of the game, etc. I didn't know Mr. Martin's name until today. I didn't know that he worked for years as an illustrator at Hanna-Barbera, the animation company behind the Flinstones, Jetsons, Yogi Bear, and Scooby-Doo. I didn't know that he worked with Jack Kirby and Seth McFarlane. There are tons of things that I don't know about Greg Martin and will never have the opportunity to know. However, I do know that he spent many sleepless nights working on images that defined my early years and helped make my life a happier one. Many people might not know it, but Greg Martin had a hand in shaping our childhoods and I, for one, am sorry to see him go. Here's to you, Greg. Thank you.
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