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Video game art for a gentler, more literary age

There are all kinds of alternative reimaginings of game art around these days. Some of them are realistic, some are cute. Some are dark, and a large proportion is deeply, disturbingly ‘sexy’. But very little is as refined, classy, or wonderfully, intelligently observed as the video game book covers from Gametee. Reworking gaming’s classics as literary classics, this range of (currently) 16 pieces covers everything from Final Fantasy VII, to Portal, to BioShock, Skyrim, and Shadow of the Colossus.

While the artistic attention to detail in these things is astounding--each is a flawless recreation of the kind of art, layout, and colour-schemes found on countless classic novel reprints--it’s the clever, underplayed, abstracted game references in the visuals and text that makes them such timeless, textured temptations. ‘Of a Thousand Miles, by Jenova Chen’? ‘The Upside Down House’, from Ryan Publishing’s ‘Stories for Girls’ range? There’s some staggeringly, delightfully clever, genuinely artistic stuff on show here. At £14.99/$25.47 each, or £29.99/$50.93 for three, they’re also a damnably economical way to almost imperceptibly class up your home or office with game art, without making it look remotely like a 15 year-old’s bedroom. 

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4 comments

  • CitizenWolfie - August 11, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    I think I saw these a while back but they're still gorgeous. I love the Toluca Lake illustration and the SOTC one. I really wish they were real book instead of just cover art - I'd buy the Midgar Rail Transport handbook in a heartbeat.
  • _--_ - July 25, 2014 2:44 p.m.

    --hopefully im wrong --but --id guess the UK dept. has decided to help pay bills --by promoting some 'pretty strange' gaming stuff(on the side) --whatever.. --so far it has been pretty cool stuff --and --atleast they arent trying to sell us insurance~or the book of mormon
  • crazygamer92 - July 25, 2014 2:23 p.m.

    Dat Pikachu...
  • Rhymenocerous - July 25, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    That "Toluca Lake tourist Guide" is brilliant. In fact, they're all good. Nice little site, Gametee. British too, I think.

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