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If video games invaded famous paintings

Are video games art? Well, one could argu... screw that. We're not even going to attempt to enter that minefield. Clearly, though, with a bunch of concept drawings from the likes of Dante's Inferno and Jet Set Radio being framed and displayed in a swanky San Francisco hotel this week, some people think they are.

And that got us thinking. What if some of the greatest works of art ever had video game characters crow-barred into them? The answer: they'd become 92.1% more awesome. Obviously. So here, for your artistic perusal, we present our twisted takes on the Mona Lisa, Starry Night, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and American Gothic.

Update: We've added more mashed-up paintings on page 2.


Mona Lara


Starry Fox Night


A Sunday Afternoon on the
Island of La Game Jatte


American God of War

33 comments

  • TRAVthe3RD - March 11, 2010 1:48 p.m.

    you guys are as gooder photo shoppers as u are journalists (compliment) :)
  • NoMoreNiceGuy - March 11, 2010 2:13 p.m.

    cool
  • axis56 - March 11, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    i want to see a wario/dali crossover. the balls in your park GR
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - March 11, 2010 2:57 p.m.

    I want something with Gordon Freeman in it
  • Bassist94 - March 11, 2010 5:03 p.m.

    Put Luigi's Mansion cover art on the Scream painting
  • shinkeidei - March 11, 2010 5:22 p.m.

    the question here is not: are games art? but actually: is art games? lol XD reCAPTCHA: billion incas!!!
  • IHateMakingUserIDs - March 11, 2010 6:15 p.m.

    Dog Hunt Dog Playing Poker is SOOOO FTW it's scary! That one just made my day!
  • 5DollarFootlong - March 11, 2010 6:17 p.m.

    the luigi one made me lol.
  • Patius - March 11, 2010 6:40 p.m.

    I like it. It reminds me of this video I saw on newgrounds a few years back. It was a bunch of Nintendo Characters playing "Who are you." While they were playing, it flashed random photoshop jobs with character's faces over the heads of the characters. (Link's face on Napoleon Bonaparte's body, etc) http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/390996
  • JamesTQuest - March 11, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    Not that impressed, there has to be a little more actual game reporting to be done, no?
  • Kenzo - March 11, 2010 9:32 p.m.

    I'm a hard-core starfox fan so I may end up framing starry fox night in my room at some point
  • Skykid - March 11, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    lolololololololololololololololololol, the American God of War was HILARIOUS!! reCAPTCHA: in artful, ironic
  • GodofPS314 - March 11, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    Wow Persistence of Pac-Man=GENIUS
  • OberKommando44 - March 11, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    American God of War was done well. More of these would be awesome.
  • Cyberninja - March 11, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    why not put okami in one of these this article is just asking for it.
  • CH3BURASHKA - March 11, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    Awesome! When the Museum of Video Games opens, these will be placed front and center.
  • Rattlehead - March 11, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    Give the people Birth of Samus. Boticcelli would be proud
  • GameManiac - March 12, 2010 3:33 a.m.

    Who knew there was enough of a juxtaposition between these two topics? Luigi screaming made me laugh for a good minute. The Mona Lisa spoof made me remember a Pokemon version of it, with Ash's cap on her head, and a Pikachu on her lap. I wonder if there's any more like that?
  • Bomberman666 - March 12, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    GameSpy already did this, including one of the exact same images, back in August: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/101/1014987p1.html Just saying...
  • solidsnake_5552000 - March 12, 2010 5 a.m.

    The luigi one was simply genius. Memetastic!

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