ROG Local: Miami Newspaper Does Video Game Themed Issue (and What That Means)
By Inactive or EX ROG Staffer On 24 Jun, 2014 At 12:45 AM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarMiami New Times is not recognized as the most geek friendly magazine in Miami, as it certainly caters to the more modern “hip” side of Miami. They’re the type of trendy newspaper that discusses night clubs, fashion, and other mainstream interests that couldn’t hold my attention for more than a minute before setting it back down again, so this cover really surprised me at first.

Video game themed Miami New Times cover

I would’ve expected a hole would swallow up this city before ever seeing something like this on a mainstream publication read by bar crawlers and the type of people who would watch a mediocre movie before ever trying out a good comic book. Of course, the colorful pixel art spanned subjects I would skim over in favor of more interesting reads and suggestions (like the foodie and art section) but anyone can appreciate the imagination and breadth of video game characters seen in each illustration.

Mortal Kombat art New Times

Street Fighter art Miami New Times

Legend of Zelda art Miami New Times

Pac-Man art Miami New Times

Donkey Kong art Miami New Times

Whether a heartfelt salute to the video game industry or a “hey wouldn’t it be cool if we do this” idea, I’m glad I got the chance to see this happen. Upon thinking about this I decided it’s not the most impossible thing to ever happen. Over the years video games have received a surge in popularity many gamers still have difficulty understanding or appreciating. From national coverage on television channels like Spike to video games that only survive because of popularity our little world might not be so obscure anymore. My opinions on if it’s for the best or the worst shall be saved for another day, as it is a sensitive issue many people have differing opinions on and is definitely not a one dimensional subject.

As to who the creator of these great pieces is, it’s an artist specialized in video game art Jude Buffum, whose previous pieces of work and thought provoking blog can be accessed on his website judebuffum.com.

The pieces he did for Miami New Times can be seen here in their full glory.

Do you also enjoy seeing video games represented in a positive light in mainstream media? Let us know, whether on Facebook or Twitter you can reach Real Otaku Gamer anytime!

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