As the post title suggests, people are releasing artpacks: mostly it's me and Mistigris, but most impactfully Blocktronics also gets a few out annually to much wider audiences. There are other groups active out there -- Galza, Titan and now Fuel -- but for purposes of this blog post, they fall outside our scope... since I'm not doing an artpack highlights reel generally, but rather a comprehensive look at art included in those releases made concerning video game themes. (And they released no art this year that I could find engaging those themes.)
But Mistigris sure released a lot of it! The year kicked off with MIST0117 in January, and we got underway with a humdinger: Awesome Angela's textile piece (I'm not yet comfortable eyeballing the difference between needlepoint and cross-stitch, something I maybe should have gotten sorted out before I decided I'd start releasing it in my artpacks) "Mario Inception", depicting Mario and Luigi playing on an NES... a game about them playing a game on an NES... a game about them playing a game... and, OK, 4 layers deep, we can't really tell what they're playing. Maybe Q*Bert.April's teletext round-up. That post actually sucked a lot of air out of this one, but no worries -- as it turns out, a half-year of wool-gathering still left us with quite a bit of other on-theme material to share... as you shall see. On to MIST0217! Awesome Angela rises to the top here (alphabetically especially), demonstrating her main visual art practice of fusion bead pixelart. Something a little racy for Valentine's Day that I think I saddled with the clunky title "Bedroom Kingdom". Actually making your own Mario games might be faster. a walk through the ANSImated art assets of that latter game, but the sublimely minimalist pieces of the original lack a certain sophisticated flair Filth brings to the table here.)
It's all downhill from here, folks! Mistigris also released a March artpack, so here are some more fusion bead creations by Awesome Angela of Sleepy Stitch! Shilling Epilepsy to Mouth-Breathers (you can probably tell why the name changed, huh?) -- tried his hand at fusing video game situations with breathless Upworthy-style clickbait headlines. They're all a little funny, even if none of them are ... a lot funny. I don't think that it's possible to yield gold from this alchemical fusion, but these are very respectable lumps of bronze. face-shot simulators.
OK, now that we've got all that tremendous levity out of our system, it's on to the May Mistigris artpack -- and with it, a return to the glories of teletext, with pieces we released too late to fit in the previous teletext-centric post here on this blog. But first, a return to form for Awesome Angela -- a perler bead rendition of Neko Atsume's delightful cats!Vancouver Chipmusic Society lynchpin bryface, who represented us at the Revision 2017 demoparty in the music and ANSI art categories, where this piece -- "The Four Channels of the Apocalypse", depicting the Game Boy on which he composes chiptunes (through LSDJ) and his travelling companion's Amiga 1000 -- rated 4th place. Breakforcist: a scene I dearly recall from the back of the game's box, which didn't actually appear in my version of the game! Maybe Horsenburger played some enhanced CD-ROM version (or a leaked pre-release beta!), I don't know.