Saturday, October 28, 2017

Rodney Alan Greenblat

I love Parappa the rapper, the eponymous rhythm game by NanaOn-Sha. The game was first released in Japan in 1996 and was later released in North America and Europe in 1997 for the Playstation. Not only is the game known for its catchy songs,beats and characters its also known for its distinct look and funky art style. I caught up with Artist Rodney Greenblat the man responsible for the look of the game for a few questions:

you have a unique fun style, how long have you been drawing and doing art? who are some of your influences?

I’ve been making artwork since I was 3 years old. Somehow my parents knew that was the right career for me. My early influences were tv shows and art books. I loved Bullwinkle, Speed Racer and Gumby. My parents also had some art books around, and Picasso and Miro were my favorites. Put that all together!

how did you get involved in the parappa game?

I was working with a Japanese agency designing cute characters and doing illustration work, and eventually was hired to design character products for Sony. At the same time Sony was just bringing out Playstation 1. A group was designing a fun new game and they asked me to design the world and characters.

how many looks did parappa go through until his current appearance was settled on?

I made many sketches for Parappa, I don’t remember how many. One of the talented designers at Sony helped choose the final character.

did you suggest characters for the game or did the developers already have what they wanted in mind?

The Parappa the Rapper development team leader was Masaya Matsuura. He and his team would tell me what they thought the characters would do in the game, and what kind of personality the characters might have. Then I made sketches.

are you amazed how popular the parappa franchise is and how iconic your artwork has become?

Yes!


you can check out more about Rodney and see his art and products over at whimsyload

Monday, November 14, 2016

Um Jammer Lammy - at Roxy New York

I'm a big fan of parappa the rapper and um jammer lammy so it was a real treat for me to see the voice performers live. here is a video i found on youtube

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst raises the action-adventure bar through fluid, first person action and immerses players in Faith’s origin story as she fights for freedom within the city of Glass.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Online gaming just got a lot more expensive

Sony recently increased the price of their PlayStation Plus service from $49.99 a year to $59.99 a year the same as Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold membership.

A big deal since so many love to play online and connect with friends. the good thing is free games are usually included with the playstaion plus service



Sunday, July 24, 2016

Grand Theft Female

Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto broke the color barrier when one of the games was headlined by Carl "CJ" Johnson, who returns home to Los Santos from Liberty City after his mother's murder in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
being one of the first playable black characters headlining in the gta franchise.

Other games have used different ethnic groups like Chinese and Latino but now i think its time to break the gender line. If the gta franchise has taught us anything its that women can be criminals just as much as men can. Several notable female criminals have even played big parts in the games. Now there should be a female protagonist.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Resident Evil 20th Anniversary

Resident Evil the franchise turns 20 this month. Resident Evil, originally released in Japan as Bio Hazard is a survival horror video game developed and released by Capcom originally for the PlayStation in 1996.
https://gamercheese.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/resident-evil.jpgthe game has been very successful spawning numerous games, live action movies, animated movies and merchandise.

The series took the zombie idea and flipped it on its ear with the normally slow trodding decayed flesh eaters eventually evolving into fast moving sinister adversaries in the 4th and 5th games of the franchise. The games always featured more than just zombies but mutated dogs, giants spiders, infected birds and all sorts of creatures not easily explained. At the heart of the zombie plague has always been the evil pharmaceutical corporation Umbrella.





    

Friday, November 13, 2015

Until Dawn

Do you like horror movies, well the latest creation from Super Massive Games is just that a horror movie in video game form.