We Built This City

We Built This City
Max-Level Crafters

Nova Barlow | 26 Jan 2010 12:32
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One place that celebrates this rapidly growing subculture is Geek Crafts. Columnist Renee Asher says that she's consistently stunned by videogame crafters' creativity. "My favorite is easily the Pac-Man Source Code illustration done by artist Ben Fry," she says. Celebrating two years of documenting the best game-related curios, the videogaming category is currently as popular as movies on Geek Crafts. "There aren't many people out there as dedicated to their hobbies as geeks and crafters," notes Asher. "There is so much great stuff out there."

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Other communities stay specific to individual games rather than geek crafts as a whole. World of WarCrafts, for example, features the amateur handiwork of fans of Blizzard's MMOG. Columnist Lisa Poisso cites the community's enthusiasm as the key factor that keeps her (and fellow geek crafting aficionados) intrigued. "It's easy to get excited about some of the more polished submissions we've received," she says. "I'm equally interested in the efforts of fans that are so enthralled with WoW that it spills over into something totally new or something they're not so perfect at executing. It's all about the love and the energy."

Crafting is contagious, and fortunately for those with even a tiny bit of skill, other people have done the hard work for them by making their geeky patterns available to the public. After seeing an adorable stuffed Day of the Tentacle figure, Amy Burgoyne created a couple herself and eventually released her Amigurumi pattern for others to use. Videogame crafting isn't just decorative - it can also be practical. This functional Magnetic Katamari can help find your wayward keys lost in the haze of an all night gaming session, and this Mega Man helmet and pair of Mario wrist warmers undoubtedly provide frost resistance from the winter chill. With a bit of modeling clay and practice, it's even possible to go from painting miniatures to crafting your own.

"I think everyone starts out with some amount of artistic inclination as a child, but so many lose interest in it as they get older," says Gey. "The handmade world is not Wal-Mart ... it is not immediate, and it is worth waiting for."

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead, put down the game for a bit and pick up that paintbrush or those knitting needles to create your own game-related craft (or throw your points into Charisma and get someone to make something for you). However you roll, your loot is guaranteed to be unique.

Nova Barlow has a non-digital crafty side she levels up in when she isn't writing about the creative side of gamers.

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