Thursday, December 08, 2011

Any piece of art that features sprites from Irem's Gekisha Boy looks good to me

Even better is when said piece of art--which is made up of sprites taken from all sorts of games, not just Irem's wacky PC Engine title, Gekisha Boy (aka Photograph Boy)--tells the story of "a heartbroken octopus who drives to the beach to forget about his girlfriend."

The sprite taken from Gekisha Boy can be spotted in the digital collage's lower right-hand corner, by the way. Specifically, the blond-coifed head that tops the golden bass' body originally appeared (sans green makeup) on a Marilyn Monroe wannabe in the aforementioned game.

To take a closer look at this piece, officially titled "Memory Beach Part 3," check out artist Ashley Anderson's Flickr photostream. (Part 2 can be seen here, by the way, while Part 1 can be seen here.) Also, check out this post on Anderson's blog to read about how he created this piece and why it's quite literally bursting with color.

Prints of all three "Memory Beach" collages can be purchased, for $15 each (plus shipping), from Anderson's etsy shop, pressstarttobegin.

See also: 'It's like the sexy, wacky Out Run spin-off I've always wanted but never got to play' and 'Memory Beach 02'


Motherplayer said...

I have to admit I'm a bit envious that a lot of these wild and crazy designs and games are mostly done in japan. Its like its taunting us that we're no where near as creative, especially back when this game came out.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, Japan has always been the home of weird and wacky games, hasn't it? More so in the past, obviously, but even today I think that's true for the most part.

BTW, Motherplayer, if you've never played this game I'd highly recommend doing so. It's quite fun, and very quirky, if a bit difficult, too. (I don't think I've ever made it past the fifth stage.)

Sadly, it has yet to be released on the Wii Virtual Console, so the only way to play it is to buy the PC Engine or PS1 import or to emulate it in some way.

Motherplayer said...

Well after you've played Cho Aniki the bar for weirdness is set pretty high but I can dig this game's weirdness. Oh and no surprise its hard. It is Irem after all :P

Bryan Ochalla said...

I wouldn't say it's on par with Cho Aniki but, then again, what is? It is pretty weird, though. I mean, you're snapping photos of aliens, flashers, Marilyn Monroe lookalikes, etc. It's weird enough :)

Retr0gamer said...

It's a good laugh alright, must give the PS2 sequel a go as well :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Funny you should bring up the sequel, Retr0gamer! I own it, but I've never played it because I don't (yet) have a Japanese PS2. It looks great, though :)