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About The CosBlog
Fanboys and fangirls are a special breed in the gaming
world. Armed with zealous enthusiasm they single-handedly have the ability to
make or break games, breathe life back into flailing franchises, and (if they
use their powers for evil) start flame wars across the Internet. Undying
devotion to a character, game or developer has spawned fansites, wikis, epic
works of art, and the desire to participate in the ultimate fan tribute –
cosplay. This weekly blog highlights some of the best gaming related costumes
found around the net. These fans put their blood, sweat and tears into their
work, and it shows.
Not familiar with Cosplay? Learn the basics in our introductory
Final Fantasy IX’s animated art direction and stylized characters make it tough for cosplayers to accurately tackle. What attracted me to Geb Geb’s phenomenal Garnet costume is not only the craftsmanship, but the fact that she embodies the character with an uncanny resemblance – a perfect fit if I’ve ever seen one.
While the costumes are simple enough, Team Rocket’s wild hairstyles make
them somewhat difficult characters to pull off. Not for Russian
cosplayers R&R, though, who took the time to style each wig to
Looks can be deceiving. When it comes to “simple” or “closet cosplay,”
most assume that a single shopping excursion to a retail chain is needed. In reality, costumes that appear simple can be deceptively
Final Fantasy VIII summon Siren is a franchise favorite of mine, so I
was ecstatic to see such a fantastic interpretation of the guardian
brought to life. Don’t let the simple design fool you though, Cosplayer
Etaru took on an engineering job when designing Siren’s elegant
headdress. Despite the difficulty, she passed with flying colors – and
Lady Lemon Cosplay opted for a female version of the demigod Kratos,
carefully contemplating how to make her mark on the design while
retaining his brutal spirit. The risk, particularly in embracing a wild
updo, paid off immensely.
The devil is in the details when it comes to Dragon Age 2’s Flemeth,
making Amazon Mandy’s complex wig styling, ornate crown, and elaborate
bodice extremely impressive.
Nadya’s Sophitia cosplay is a great example of how location and
photography can complement a fantastic costume. The photos look as
pitch-perfect as Nadya herself.
Wanting to take on a challenge grotesque in nature, this trio of
cosplayers opted to avoid common Silent Hill foes for more obscure
The fact that every Shepard is unique to his or her creator gives a bit
of flexibility when it comes to cosplay and special ownership over the
Odin Sphere plays host to many amazing character designs, including fan-favorite Velvet. Cosplayer Kalisheedra pulls off the simple but chic costume with style, and has inspired me to start the hunt for an equally impressive Gwendolyn costume. But for now, enjoy!
Cosplayer Konoe is a fan of fighting games, and you can tell by the
caliber of her work on Seung Mina’s SCIII costume (pun intended).