Video Game Crafts ‘N Gear #65: Real Life Tetris, Metroid LEGO, Post-It Game Art

[Welcome again to Video Game Crafts ‘N Gear! This is a weekly feature wherein I shine the spotlight on three of the best custom-made, video game-inspired projects I’ve come across this week. Whatever the game and whether it’s art, crafts, toys, cosplay, animations or anything creative, if it’s awesome enough I’ll share with you wonderful readers!]

Real Life Tetris

Tetris, being the iconic gaming landmark that it is (and forever will be), has been featured on Crafts ‘N Gear many times. Long-time followers might recall the transition from from Game Boy to the real world with the awesome Tetris bookcase. Artist Michael Johansson, however, takes this concept to a new level.

Michael has arranged various everyday objects as tetronimoes, neatly placing them together to make massive art pieces. We’re not talking tins and TV remotes either — these are towering sculptures consisting of bookcases, chests, sofas, washing machines… There is dedicated time and monetary investment here, and it looks like it’s paid off significantly.

Metroid LEGO

If you’re not familiar with LEGO CUUSOO, it’s a recently introduced initiative where LEGO fans have the opportunity to pitch their own original LEGO sets. If it’s good enough and ticks all the approval conditions, the idea can even make it as an official LEGO product for the public to enjoy. This paves the way for many inspirational projects — such as this Metroid LEGO set by user lizardman.

Out of those lovable, colourful childhood bricks, he has managed to assemble some seriously awesome interpretations of Samus, Ridley and even Samus’ gunship. I would buy this in a heartbeat if it made it through the final stages. If you feel the same, then  you can vote for this idea on this page!

Post-It Game Art

Pixelated sprites are a wonderful thing, being so easily to replicate through beads, stitching, graph paper and loads of other means. How about post-it notes? How about a lot of post-it notes for huge art displays? The folks at GameSpot built a massive mural of this very idea at the recent GDC 2014 convention.

Using a forests-worth of colourful paper (not really, activists!), they made various characters characters along with a hearty welcome message. Link, Cartman, Meat Boy greeted attendees, after four and a half hours of hard work.


To check out last week’s featured Crafts ‘N Gear, here’s the link for #64: Pokemon Cakes, Animal Crossing Gyroids, Yoshi SNES. You can find all our back articles here.

If you’ve seen or made anything cool that you’d like to see featured, leave us a comment or send me a tweet! You just might see your name credited next week.

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