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19 Amazing Video Game Cakes

Serious gamers know just how time-consuming gaming is, often making it difficult to do anything besides working (only to buy more games) and playing the games themselves. Even so, gamers usually do still manage to have lives outside of the console; these cakes are some of the amazing creations born as a result.

Consoles


While most people dedicate their gaming obsessions to the specific games they play, others adore entire consoles. For those who worship at the altar of the original NES, Debbie Does Cakes has made a simply amazing cake complete with some of the system’s most classic characters.



Of all the console cakes around, this PS3 cake by Pink Cake Box, accessorized with a Blackberry and spilled Pepsi can, might best capture the gaming lifestyle for those truly dedicated few.



There’s nothing quite like the feeling of pulling a new system out of its box for the first time and this Nintendo DSi cake by Pink Cake Box perfectly captures that blissful feeling.

Lego Batman



While most video game cakes focus on the characters in the game, Elisa Strauss from Confetti Cakes made a great decision when she chose to focus on the amazing backdrop of the Lego Batman game for this cake, created specifically for the game’s launch party.

Skyrim



It should be no surprise that video game launch parties are the source of some of the most impressive video game cakes around. If you need further proof, just check out this amazing Skyrim cake from Bethesda’s recent party for the game, as created by the legendary Charm City Cakes of Ace of Cakes.

Bioshock



One of the most amazing things about this great Bioshock cake is the simple fact that this was only the fourth time the creator had ever worked with fondant. While the faces aren’t quite perfect, I think Flickr user futurestar101 certainly has a gift for cake design and, with a little practice, she could in fact be quite a star in the cake-making world.

Q*Bert



While Q*Bert might not be as popular as many of the other console heroes from the past, there’s no denying that he does make a fantastic cake model. Just ask creator Karen from the Highland Bakery.

Mario



There are tons of cakes dedicated to this classic game, but DeviantArt user anafuji’s Super Mario chess set cake, based on an actual board game, just might be one of the cutest as it includes all of the best characters in the game.

Pac-Man



Flickr user hello naomi is the queen of Pac-Man cakes because, while there are plenty of Pac-Man-inspired sweets out there, none capture the essence of the game as well as this set of cupcakes.

The Legend of Zelda



Like Mario and Pac-Man, there are plenty of great cakes based on this classic NES game, but this Wind Waker cake by Little Cherry Cake Company is the most epic one I’ve ever seen.

World of Warcraft



Speaking of epic cakes, Cake Central user nwelper’s World of Warcraft cake is by far the most epic on this list and might be one of the most epic cakes ever created in general.

Star Craft



Star Craft may not be as widely loved as many classic console games, but it has more than a few dedicated fans and apparently they love to bake cakes. At least, that’s the impression I got after looking over this great gallery of fan cakes from one Star Craft forum’s contest. While there are plenty of great cakes at the link, a few that really stand out are Vincze01's (above) and pape’s (below).

Angry Birds



Angry Birds is a great game, but sometimes you just have to wonder how the physics would actually work out in the real world. Fortunately, Mike Cooper created this brilliant playable cake version of the game so anyone could find out for themselves. In fact, he even included directions so you can make your own.



If you’ve ever wondered what the Angry Birds would look like in real life, look no further than this clever Threadless shirt. It was rendered in cake version by Jamie Masterson as part of the Threadcakes competition that encourages fans of the tee shirt site to turn their favorite designs into edible treats.

Plants vs Zombies



One of the greatest things about Plants vs Zombies is just how cute the animation in the game is. That’s why this adorable cake, by OC’s Little Kitchen, is such a perfect tribute.

Portal



The in-game cake may be a lie, but this cake version of a space core by Mike’s Amazing Cakes is anything but.



One of the game’s most iconic symbols remains the Companion Cube though, and here’s a fantastic one by All About The Cake.

Halo



Mike’s Amazing Cakes not only makes amazing Portal creations, but also is quite gifted when it comes to Halo designs. Here’s his wonderfully detailed take on Master Chief’s helmet.


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The Getty Center, Surrounded By Wildfires, Will Leave Its Art Where It Is
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The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state. While art lovers worried when they heard that Los Angeles's Getty Center would be closing its doors this week, as the fires closed part of the 405 Freeway, there was a bit of good news. According to museum officials, the priceless works housed inside the famed Getty Center are said to be perfectly secure and won't need to be evacuated from the facility.

“The safest place for the art is right here at the Getty,” Ron Hartwig, the Getty’s vice president of communications, told the Los Angeles Times. According to its website, the museum was closed on December 5 and December 6 “to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region,” but as of now, the art inside is staying put.

Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's currently facing. The air throughout the gallery is filtered by a system that forces it out, rather than a filtration method which would bring air in. This system will keep the smoke and air pollutants from getting into the facility, and by closing the museum this week, the Getty is preventing the harmful air from entering the building through any open doors.

There is also a water tank at the facility that holds 1 million gallons in reserve for just such an occasion, and any brush on the property is routinely cleared away to prevent the likelihood of a fire spreading. The Getty Villa, a separate campus located in the Pacific Palisades off the Pacific Coast Highway, was also closed out of concern for air quality this week.

The museum is currently working with the police and fire departments in the area to determine the need for future closures and the evacuation of any personnel. So far, the fires have claimed more than 83,000 acres of land, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people and the temporary closure of I-405, which runs right alongside the Getty near Los Angeles’s Bel-Air neighborhood.

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This 77-Year-Old Artist Saves Money on Art Supplies by 'Painting' in Microsoft Excel
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It takes a lot of creativity to turn a blank canvas into an inspired work of art. Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi makes his pictures out of something that’s even more dull than a white page: an empty spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.

When he retired, the 77-year-old Horiuchi, whose work was recently spotlighted by Great Big Story, decided he wanted to get into art. At the time, he was hesitant to spend money on painting supplies or even computer software, though, so he began experimenting with one of the programs that was already at his disposal.

Horiuchi's unique “painting” method shows that in the right hands, Excel’s graph-building features can be used to bring colorful landscapes to life. The tranquil ponds, dense forests, and blossoming flowers in his art are made by drawing shapes with the software's line tool, then adding shading with the bucket tool.

Since picking up the hobby in the 2000s, Horiuchi has been awarded multiple prizes for his creative work with Excel. Let that be inspiration for Microsoft loyalists who are still broken up about the death of Paint.

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's process in the video below.

[h/t Great Big Story]

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