Have you ever played an amazing video game, but no one else seems to have heard of it? There are some great popular games out there, but there are other equally deserving titles that don’t get as much exposure. These gems deserve some attention and some more fan art made for them! I discovered there are artists out there making art based on these games, but I would love to see more. I’ve asked Mom’s Basement members and other avid gamers about their favorite obscure games and created a gallery below of their picks.
Torin’s Passage is a fantasy/adventure computer game from 1995. Despite being made by Al Lowe, creator of Leisure Suit Larry, this game is a family-friendly game I have fond memories of playing when I was a kid. You embark on a quest to find your captured parents, travelling through unique, nested planets and solving puzzles along the way.
After playing this game as a kid, I always loved the name Torin, and decided if I ever had a son, that’s what I would name him. And I did!
More Torin’s Passage by sweet-pea-soup
The Lands Below by zazumii-chan
Nier is a SquareEnix game from 2010 that definitely doesn’t have the exposure it deserves. This beautiful, melancholy game features a gorgeous soundtrack, a storyline with twists and turns, and interesting replay value. I can’t tell you more or it would spoil it. Just go play it!
Nier Replicant by semsei
Nier – Kaine by Dice9999
Midna ACEO by TheThirdRLM
I love to collect art, but it’s not always practical to buy large prints or spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on original pieces. Fortunately, that’s where art cards come in. Artist Trading Cards or ATCs, started around 1996 when artists began trading original works with each other, each the size of a standard baseball card (2.5″x3.5″). They can come in any medium, from the standard painting or drawing, to yarn, metal, clay, or object collage.
ACEO PSC Original Green Lantern by ComicBookBoo
ATCs spawned ACEOs (Art Card Editions and Originals), which are sold to the public instead of traded, and include prints of originals works and photos, also in the required trading card size. I have amassed quite a number of ACEOs over the years, as well as sold quite a few, and I’ve found collecting them to be highly addictive. They look beautiful framed, inserted in cards as gifts, or collected in a scrapbook. I’ve featured some beautiful art cards here from Etsy and DeviantART artists, as well as from some of my favorite Ebay artists.
ACEO Rainbow Fairy by schin
I’m a lover of traditional art. I love to see the paint strokes on canvas, the curves in sculpture, and to know that I or another artist created that work with their own hands. But this is the age of technology and computers, and digital art is becoming much more prevalent now. I must admit that I know nothing about digital painting, and perhaps that’s why I used to have more of an affinity towards traditional methods. But after finding so many amazing works of art created digitally, I couldn’t help but have a respect for the medium. I’m quite sure it takes as much skill to work digitally as it does with a physical medium. I believe the medium doesn’t matter; it’s what the artist can create with it.
Below are some of my favorite geeky digital masterpieces. After viewing these, I hope you will have as much respect for the medium as I do.
Majin Buu by Jonas Skoog
This painting of Dragon Ball Z’s Majin Buu is downright creepy. Kid Buu was always one of the scarier villains, but seeing him in a realistic portrayal is even worse, but in a really awesome way.
Royal Assassin by sakimichan
This sexy assassin painting is gorgeous! I love all the gold and black tones used.