Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Top 10: Quotes

10) Tie: (Pictogram of Hot Cocoa) & (Pictogram of steaming teacup)



7) Power Action Brain Transplant



4) Your Hand - It is on fire.

3) I will hug him and squeeze him and call him George



Pruett Yeti

Searching for Snow Monster by Jason Pruett

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nedi the Yeti


You actually posted one of my yeti prints a few years ago and I wanted to let you know about my new interactive children's book app for the iPad titled "Nedi the Yeti". I'm also releasing a new print in celebration of the iPad release - on sale now. It's an 11x14, 4 color screenprint printed on Coventry Rag 290 gsm 100% cotton. Its signed and numbered with an edition of 100 and will cost $20. Printed by the BLDG. I have a bunch of screenshots and pic of the print up on my site:

Thanks for the support!
Rob Warnick
Thank you, Rob!

Yeti Arcade: Starcraft II Heart of the Swarm

A big game coming out later this year is an expansion of Starcraft II called Heart of the Swarm.

It will feature marauding snow beasts on an ice planet.


To me, they look less like yeti and more like part of the recent trend of large, four-legged monsters on ice planets... as seen in recent sci-fi flicks, Star Trek and Thor.

But the game designers themselves are calling the creatures "Yeti". "Space Yeti," to be exact.

Kotaku spoke with Blizzard senior artist Sam Didier in June 2011, and here's a quote from their interview:
"The Yetis of Kaldir were designed to contrast the insectoid and reptilian qualities of the Zerg, but were quite simply a warm-blooded mammal that could benefit the Zerg.

'We just wanted to have a cold environment creature that you can kill to assimilate their DNA and that seemed like the simplest right off the bat—a space Yeti,' Didier says. But the Yetis gameplay impact is also by design, as the generally neutral critters of StarCraft's worlds needed a bit more 'personality.'

'This is the first time we didn't want a critter to just be a victim," Didier says. The Yetis will attack you, they'll attack your enemies. "We wanted something that was very aggressive.'

Didier would not confirm whether Space Yetis were a fourth playable race in a future StarCraft product. He's just laughed the notion off."
Once the game comes out, they may change the name to something else, and drop the "Space Yeti" nickname.

As long as they don't start calling them "trolls".

You can see the little space yetis in this screenshot.

Final thoughts:

  • I wonder if there's a sort of insectifying trend these days in alien/monster design. They gave those yeti/trolls in Skyrim three eyes like a bug. Anybody got any other examples?

  • Also, I just now figured out I was blogging about someone's fan art of the Starcraft Space Yeti last September.
  • Monday, February 27, 2012

    Jerry Lewis vs. Yeti

    Adventures of Jerry Lewis #116 (1969)

    Via DC Comics 40 Years Ago blog

    Sculpture by an Unknown Youth

    This sculpture was spotted in a children's art show.

    BLUE RIBBON! I demand it!

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    Not Yeti Arcade Friday: Bio Force Ape

    I've blogged about a few of the Not Yetis of video games before, notably The Shambler from Quake, Yooks from The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Bullymong from Borderlands 2, and Gwani from Ultima VII: Serpent Isle... but perhaps the Greatest Not Yeti of Video Games Of All Time is...

    Bio Force Ape

    Legendary for its zany weirdness, Bio Force Ape (1991) for the NES was never actually released.

    Then all copies of it were thought to be lost.

    Like the yeti, there was even a hoax about it.

    Then one day it was discovered!

    Read more about the game here and here.


    Here's footage:

    And some fan art:

    Fake Bio Force Ape Box Art by ~MagicTrashman on deviantART

    Bio Force Ape Plush by ~obesolete on deviantART

    Yeti Arcade: Yeti (x3)

    There have been three games named "Yeti":

    One from 1984:

    Yeti for the Thomson MO5
    A Donkey Kong clone

    One from 1990:

    Yeti for the Commodore 64
    A side-scrolling jump-and-run

    One from 2011:

    Yeti for the PC
    An experimental adventure game

    This one's a free download, a precursor to an upcoming game - "Office Yeti". It's presented as a documentary about yeti's journey from the Himalayas to the big city, with players controlling the camera.

    Yeti Arcade: Spelunky

    Here's a recent free game getting good reviews (like this one):

    Spelunky (2009)

    Who's that raisin' up his arm above the protagonist?

    And they've put out Minis:

    And here's some fan art:

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    Yeti Arcade: Scribblenauts

    The Scribblenauts (2009 to present) puzzle games let you summon any thing you want when you enter its name.

    So of course, if you enter "yeti", you get a yeti. And he's mean.

    And if you enter "giant yeti", well...

    Yeti Arcade: Sonic Rivals

    Sonic Rivals (2006) got Yetee badniks.

    Yeti Arcade: Mortal Kombat Armageddon

    In the Konquest (single-player) mode of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (2006), look out for some Ice Beasts.

    Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    Yeti Arcade: Tork

    Tork: Prehistoric Punk (2005) doesn't appear to have been especially noteworthy, except that you could shapeshift your caveman character into a yeti!

    Besides a yeti, the other three "spirit animals" you could transform into were a squirrel and an armadillo. Hmm, one of these things is not like the other.

    Yeti Arcade: Castlevania for DS

    There be yetis in Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (2005) and Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (2008) for the Nintendo DS.