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By aquizero on Sep 22 2012 05:04 PM
I would like to start this article off with an incredible quote I think most people have heard at least once in their lives. â€œA picture is worth a thousand words.â€ In this article, the word â€œpictureâ€ will be used as a loose term that can be used to refer to any visual illustration.
Video games are a dime a dozen. There are countless amounts of games out there in the world, and it may be hard to sift through them at times. Sure, you could stick with what you are already familiar with, but where is the fun in that? It's nice to expand your horizons at times. The question is "how do you get yourself interested in a game?" There is a simple answer; a picture. If done well enough, a picture can convey a plethora of emotion. To start, questioning the image is great because it means it has sparked your interest. A unique and interesting piece of game art could be enough to start a long chain of events, which may result in a video game purchase.
When any anticipated game is under a long development cycle, and game play footage is not available, the best way for a company to satisfy the fans' insatiable hunger is with artwork. This could be as complex as a high-resolution official wallpaper, or as simple as a sketch. Do you remember a little project called Mega Man Legends 3? Though the name is tainted now, in its early stages of development, we were given pieces of concept art. These images caused a huge buzz on the Internet! What a great way to initiate word of mouth. I remember saving some images to my phone, and sending them to friends to build on the excitement.
Even when a game is on the brink of release, in some cases, limited edition bundles are available. Many of these bundles come with exclusive or rare art. I have seen everything from a mini comic, posters, and even art books. This happens all over the place, stretching beyond computer wallpapers found on official video game websites.
Of course, one cannot forget fan art. With the Internet being the best way to share, I find an entire world littered with it. It is great to see what people can accomplish based on their passion for a game or franchise. Though, for me personally, I do not care to spend too much time sorting through the mediocre to find the exceptional. I would rather focus my time on a collection of official wallpapers. This way, I know what I can expect.
My question to you is, "what do you think about 'pictures?'â€ Do you find yourself more likely to invest time and money into a game if you have seen a nice piece of art? Or, have you not put much thought into it at all?
About the Author
Benjamin is a true gaymer. For nearly a decade, his interest in Nintendo has grown exponentially! He's not extremely skilled at any particular genre of games, but mostly enjoys RPG, strategy, and fighting games. His true obsession within the Nintendo universe is Pokémon, followed closely by Zelda. Ever since he watched the first episode of Pokémon, he's been hooked. To this day, he plays the main-series Pokémon games and watches the anime religiously. He's as close as it comes to being a Pokémon Master. His true passion for Nintendo makes him excited to write new topics for you!
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