Wednesday, April 14, 2010

'Enemy Bait'

You know, I never really thought about all the ways meat has been depicted in video games until I saw this image (inspired by The Legend of Zelda, obviously) in artist Ashley Anderson's Flickr photostream:

Of this piece, Anderson says: "I seriously love this representation of meat on its own aesthetic merits, but I also love the universality of it."

Other entries in the artist's "Enemy Bait" series feature sprites pulled from Komani's classic arcade game, Pooyan, and SNK's Metal Slug X. (See the Pooyan piece here, and the Metal Slug piece here.)

You know which pixelated piece of meat I'd like to see in Anderson's photostream? The one that causes the protagonist to go crazy in the Bonk's Adventure/PC Genjin games.

See also: 'Dark Cake'


Viewtiful_Justin said...

I'd like to see all the Castlevania versions of meat. I'll bet they've changed very little over the years.

Cool stuff!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, I forgot about the Castlevania games having meat in them. I'd like to see those, too! Maybe I can commission the artist, or something -- in the future :)

Ashley said...

I have sorted out most of my collection of food images and have about 30 different versions of the meat from almost as many titles/series. I'm pretty sure I have at least one meat from Bonk; at the very least I have a screenshot I just haven't gotten around to cropping.

And you are right about the Castlevania meats not changing very much. One thing the Castlevania series has contributed more than just about any other series, however, is the sheer variety of food items available for painting, from rotten meat to gateau frazier. Kinda ridiculous.

Anyhow, thanks for taking such an interest in my work. I do hope to produce some more meat images soon. I do love 'em!

Viewtiful_Justin said...

That's really true, Ashley. I forgot about the newer games. Anything after Symphony of the Night had all kinds of weird food in them.

Bryan Ochalla said...

You're welcome, Ashley -- and thank you for commenting on this post! I look forward to seeing more meat (or just game-related) imagery in your photostream :)