Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Variations on a Mario

When Joystiq upgraded their site back in July, they introduced Mario as a placeholder avatar in their comment system:

Since then, they've opened things up to their viewers by allowing them to customize their profile avatar. While one could reasonably expect that everyone would simply upload a funny picture or create their own one-of-a-kind icon, some users were a bit more subtle, using the default avatar as a canvas for their own unique brand of gaming art.

Here's a sampling of some of the Mariovatars showing up in Joystiq's comments since the beginning of August:

Nice work guys. It's cool to see a placeholder unintentionally become the genesis for some pretty kick-ass artwork.

N.B.: I know that Reggie Fils-Guevara isn't strictly based on the Mario avatar, but he rounded out the set nicely.

Update: The Marios are pouring in! It also looks like I missed a couple. I'll try to keep up:

Keep 'em coming, guys!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome work, thanks! Want a Joystiq t-shirt for your efforts?

Fri Aug 10, 06:09:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might wana check this out..

theres more!

Fri Aug 10, 08:16:00 AM PDT  
Blogger brad77 said...

Thanks for the link, Chris. Hook it up! You've got my email, right?

Oh, I gotta say that the cow with the eye-patch and Mario hat barely made the cut.

Fri Aug 10, 11:29:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should do a top ten!

Fri Aug 10, 07:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger BPMΩ said...

Got a new one for you:

Fri Aug 10, 10:34:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Brad, really enjoyed this. Going to make a pretty cool t-shirt with some of these Marios!


Sat Aug 11, 12:11:00 AM PDT  
Blogger brad77 said...

@MF: Sweet. Come back and post a link to it once you put it together!

Sat Aug 11, 10:14:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's mine (Nushio)

Wed Aug 15, 09:39:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In case that last comment didn't show up properly:

Wed Aug 15, 09:40:00 PM PDT  
Blogger brad77 said...

Nice work, Nushio. Metroid Mario has earned a place in the collection!

Fri Aug 17, 11:09:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Nushio said...

I made the metroid one in honor of Metroid Month, but I like the one I set me up better.

It also helps fill up your collection of Mario - avatars.

The penguin was blatantly stolen from Ctrl - Alt - Del comics (

Wed Aug 22, 03:16:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big Daddy Mario?

Thu Feb 14, 12:47:00 PM PST  

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