By Jonny Lupsha, News Writer
Exercising your creative side reduces stress, improves your mood, and more, NPR reported recently. Making art can also help our ability to consider new solutions to problems. Starting out can be far less daunting than it seems.
Releasing your creativity through making something produces health benefits for your mind and body, reducing stress and improving mood. Photo by WAYHOME studio / ShutterstockAccording to the NPR article, “engaging in any act of visual expression activates the reward pathway of your brain.” In addition, there’s no difference in the health benefits for a master performing their craft as opposed to a beginner—simply undertaking the activity, regardless of skill level, provides the same mental boost. Furthermore, the scope of “visu
[Editor's Note] This piece originally stated a Final Fantasy VII Remake demo would launch alongside the game. This was an incorrect assumption on GameSpot's part and we regret the error. Can you believe that Final Fantasy VII Remake is happening? After a tech demo of the opening of Final Fantasy VII was teased at E3 2005, fans were ravenous over the prospect that one of the most popular and beloved RPGs of all time would be getting a completely modern remake. 1997, even back then, seemed like an eternity ago.But Square Enix kept us waiting for a long time--it wasn't until E3 2015 that Sony officially announced that a full-blown remake was a real thing. It would be co-directed by series veterans Tetsuya Nomura and Naoki Hamaguchi, produced by Yo...
PROJECT: Aphelios may not be real, but it should be. He’s got the edginess and Alune is basically a hologram. It seems like the perfect fit for a League of Legends skin line based on a cybernetic universe. Freelance illustrator Zoe Zhu placed Aphelios into the PROJECT world today and the results are a match made in Runeterra. The artist posted the concept on Twitter and included her creation process on Artstaion. The final splash art is filled with a mix of vibrant blues similar to what we see in the PROJECT: Ashe splash art along with a hint of pinks and purples to highlight the background. Aphelios’ five weapons hover around him as holograms waiting to materialize in his hands and Alune has been reimagined as a wispy green gridded sentinel. Aside from the splash itself, Zhu outlined h
Liam Wong is a graphic designer and game developer turned photographer who has captured the nocturnal world of Japan's capital city, Tokyo.Wong's pictures draw on his work as a video game designer and some of his own software techniques, creating an off-world vision of the city."I want to take real moments and transform them into something surreal, to make the viewer question the reality depicted in each photograph," says Wong.
CLOSEDungeons and Dragons has seen a resurgence "by almost every metric you can imagine," according to vice president of the D&D franchise Nathan Stewart. (Photo: Bebo of Be Bold Games)Nathan Stewart had a tall task ahead of him when he and others first looked to revamp Dungeons & Dragons. A tarrasque-sized challenge, indeed.Nearly eight years ago, the game’s accessibility had come into question ahead of the release of the fifth edition, its current iteration. When Stewart joined D&D publisher Wizards of the Coast, the strategy was to “reinvigorate the tabletop game.”Their efforts have paid off in almost unimaginable ways. D&D’s fifth edition, released in 2014, isn’t just a success. It’s revivified the franchise, with 2018 and 2019 – the 45th anniversary of the game — co
The Morbius trailer dropped today and keen-eyed fans have spotted a very specific Spider-Man Easter egg. The Easter egg appears in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment when Jared Leto's Morbius is escaping from some kind of facility. In the shot, you can see an image of Spider-Man with the word "murderer" spray-painted over it.
Here's why this shot has the internet buzzing. First, the presence of Spider-Man indicates that this film could be connected to previous Spider-Man films. Second, the word murderer signals that the film takes place after the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, which means this version of Spider-Man should be Tom Holland. However, the Spidey suit in question is not the one Tom Holland wears, but the one Tobey Maguire wore in his Spider-Man trilogy.Third, this specif...
Few musical acts can convincingly claim they influenced the birth of several genres and sounds that transformed from local to global phenomena. Fewer still can straddle the line between relentlessly innovating and experimenting with new sounds and technologies while maintaining pop sensibilities that allow them to sell out stadiums. The Beatles, Kraftwerk and The Velvet Underground all fit this mold, but you may not have heard of the Tokyo-based band Yellow Magic Orchestra, who may be the most influential of them all.
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yukihiro Takahashi and Haruomi Hasono were all prolific, skilled session musicians in the Tokyo music scene when they met and formed the group in the late 1970s. Each member of the group was heavily interested in the series of new synthesizers and drum ma...
While more and more videogame retailers close down, shops full of videogame-themed merchandise seem to be thriving. If you want some Fallout socks, Overwatch Lego, a plush creeper from Minecraft, or a hideous Funko Pop figurine based on absolutely anything then they've got you covered.It's not all garbage, and it does make gift-giving a lot easier once you push past all the Baby Yodas and booby anime lady figures to get to the good stuff. What's your favorite piece of games merch? Here's some of ours.Phil Savage: Tub Geralt(Image credit: CD Project)I'm normally not into game merch, which is probably a waste given the sheer amount of it we get sent (there's a cupboard in our Bath HQ that contains a week's worth of Overwatch socks). But how could I not love this: a Tub Geralt statue surr
‘Sword Art Online‘ is a name familiar to manga and anime lovers all over the world, but the hugely commercially and critically successful media franchise has mostly failed to replicate that success in video games as well. The last major video game adaptation of the manga/anime was 2016’s ‘Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization’, a JRPG (Japanese Role-Playing Game) for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita that failed to convince critics and audiences alike.
This is rather surprising given that the premise of the ‘Sword Art Online’ anime and manga seem tailor-made for the medium, having derived significant inspiration from it. However, it looks like this could all change soon thanks to Bandai Namco and Japanese studio Aquria, who are currently gearing up for the impending release of the
Join us as we kick off the new year with four new art and history exhibits! From a teen anime/manga art show to a journey through time with antique clocks, the Asian American Resource Center is proud to showcase works that reflect Austin's diverse communities and cultures.An exhibit opening reception celebrating all participating artists and exhibitions will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 6-8pm. The event is free and open to the public.All exhibitions will be on display January 10 to March 28, 2020. Click here to view the Facebook event. ABOUT THE EXHIBITSCourage to Be: The Saheli Story | AARC and Austin History CenterDerived from a Hindi word meaning “female friend,” Saheli started in February of 1992 as an informal support group for South Asian women in Austin. Their vision