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The summons of Final Fantasy Tactics

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There's one thing you can always count on from a Final Fantasy game: pretty art. The upcoming Final Fantasy Tactics game for PSP is filled with tons of creatures and summons -- and we have some concept art to share with you. Browse through our gallery and see how some of these creatures come to life in the game.

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PSP Fan Art Fridays: PSPete

Do you want to share your PSP-related fan art? Send us an . A new piece of fan art will be shared every Friday.

This week's fan art is a bit different in a lot of ways. It isn't 2D, which is rare for fan art, and it also isn't of a particular character. PSPete is a characterization of the PSP itself, though not in the way PSP-tan is. Made as a Valentine's Day present, AngelSan wanted to make something functional, for someone special in her life. Not only is this work impressive because of the detail on something so small, but it also does a great job of turning a lifeless electronic into something cute and attractive. If you want to see more of AngelSan's dolls or other thread work, check out her site. Now if only she sold this, I'm sure plenty of PSP owners would pick up a PSPete for themselves. Let AngelSan know what you think in the comments.

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PSP Fan Art Fridays: LocoRoco

Do you want to share your PSP-related fan art? Send us an . A new piece of fan art will be shared every Friday.

LocoRoco may be getting a bit old, but love for the title certainly hasn't diminished. With new demos constantly coming out as well, new fans are always coming into the fray. Because of this, I've chosen the above LocoRoco fan art that was made by Blackmago. I've always appreciated illustration that uses clay, and so that makes me doubly enjoy Blackmago's work. The image looks good enough to be official game art and Blackmago certainly captured the playful innocence of LocoRoco. Hit up his deviantART account to see his other amazing gaming influenced art.

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PSP Fan Art Fridays: Daxter

Do you want to share your PSP-related fan art? Send us an . A new piece of fan art will be shared every Friday.

Ready At Dawn has been in the news a lot lately, but most PSP gamers still love them for their work on Daxter. This week's art depicts the various qualities of our hero. Wennichelle created this work and I'm not sure I've ever seen Daxter depicted any cuter. If Daxter looks good (and he does) there's probably a reason. Wennichelle has done many Daxter fan arts prior and I actually had a difficult time picking which one I wanted to use. If you like Daxter and/or the art above, go check out Wennichelle's Deviant Art account for more. Thanks for making such great fan art Wennichelle!

Gallery: Fan Art Fridays

The art of reduction

Videogame creation is a combination of art and technical skill. It's easy to look at next-gen titles on Xbox 360 or PS3 and marvel at the miracle that is their existence, but many gamers ignore the difficulty and special challenges that come from making a portable game. There is a special art of reduction that comes from a developer trying to make a game that can be enjoyed on the go. To act as a sort of reminder of some of these challenges, I thought I'd highlight a few.

  • Making a game that has substance, but can be played in quick intervals
  • Having the graphics and gameplay at least partially compare to next-gen titles while being created on far inferior hardware
  • Dealing with unruly memory restraints and small media to fit the entire title on
  • Having controls work despite having less buttons and control elements than home systems
  • Balancing amount of attempted loads so that the battery isn't taxed and yet load times aren't too long
  • Ensuring color and lighting allow the game to easily be seen on a portable screen

Then of course there's all the regular challenges of making a game. Like I said, the issues listed aren't all of the issues that come into play, just some of the more common ones. Do you consider any of these elements when you play a game on a portable or is a game just a game to you no matter the circumstance?

PSP Fanart Fridays: Death Jr.

Do you want to share your PSP-related fan art? Send an e-mail to andrew @ with the subject line "Fanart Fridays." A new piece of fanart will be shared every Friday.

I'm a huge fan of all sorts of art including obviously video games. The Internet has really helped artists of all types show off their work. What I thought would be cool (and hopefully you agree) is to showcase a different artist (with their permission) every week that has PSP related fan art.

This week's fan art features DJ and Pandora from Death Jr. in the opening pivotal scene from the first game. I know it got mixed reviews, but I enjoyed the Death Jr. for the most part and I absolutely loved the art style and characters. The above work was done by Gil and I think he perfectly captured the style and I especially love the way the colors are used. If I didn't know he did it, I would believe this was official art from the developer. If you enjoy the work as well you can check out Gil's deviantArt account.

Gallery: Fan Art Fridays

Playing PSP, as art

Are games art? Sony wants you to think so. They've commissioned a new project that highlight PSP players as pieces of art. Seriously. "Six students from Design Products, Industrial Design Engineering and Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art have designed a landscape of concept furniture derived from the statue-like forms of people sitting, standing or leaning against walls engaged in playing the PlayStation Portable (PSP)."

How do you play? Do you look like you belong in a museum?

[Via PSP Vault]

Record your voice on the go

Art's PSP Memo Recorder is a traditional homebrew application that saves audio files recorded using the PSP headset. Imagine how useful this might be, espcially for a college student. For example, you're sitting in class, watching a movie discretely under a textbook, hiding your system from the professor. But wait! He's telling you something that'll be on the midterm! Switch over to this homebrew app, record what he's saying and save your ass from flunking out of college. Sweet!

Of course, you could stop playing those video games and actually start "studying." Nah.

Super Spy delivers weekly graphic noir

How did we ever miss this? Matt Kindt's online Super Spy comics are updated weekly, and available in PSP format. You can download each chapter, and it'll fill the PSP's wide screen with beautiful imagery and storytelling. Each story is self-contained, so you can start from wherever you want, but together, they're supposed to paint an image of a larger world. It is stunning, and definitely worth a look.

[Via Perooz]

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