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In memoriam by madskillz18 In memoriam by madskillz18
Colab between Hyakkimaru and myself. Line arts by :iconhyakkimaru1: [link] Colors by moi.

We came up with the idea after joking about selling a tombstone with the words engraved, "Press start to continue." He found it hilarious and came up with this scene.
It's kinda of sad what they've done to these once great characters.

Sega Killed Sonic(it's true), Capcom killed Mega Man (true also), and Nintendo doesn't give a damn about Star Fox. :( All great characters that aren't getting the games they deserve.

Here's the original line art by Hyakkimaru.
[link]
Pimped in Photoshop CS3.
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:iconkyuuen:
Kyuuen Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Master Chief is smiling under that helmet. That heartless jerk.
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:iconboobyqueen:
boobyqueen Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
farewell my freinds. we will never forget you.
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:iconroxas617:
roxas617 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Personally, I like the new sonic.
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:iconvirtual-corvid:
Virtual-Corvid Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally true, in my expert opinion (joking) Sega could revive Sonic if they did a modern game with great new 3d graphics and played exactly like the 16 and 32 bit games just without any story or breaks from the action, cept maybe the chaos garden. I never played Megaman though, but a friend of mine was crushed with the downfall. And I loved Starfox, the last one for the gamecube was great, if only it had been longer. And I like how you colored the piece, there is a lot of color but its not overstimulated so the attention is on the somber subject.
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:iconheizenxd:
HeizenXD Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
im gunna miss megaman sonic and fox there goes my childhood
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:iconsared:
Sared Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That, as a piece of art, is just fucking stellar.
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:iconakitoexavior:
AkitoExavior Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
That sucks, mainly because I like all three of the dead ones!!
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:iconrock-raider:
Rock-Raider Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
No doubt about Sonic, but the others are debatable. Mega Man got a new game last year, & I hear there's another Star Fox game in the works for the Wii.
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Yeah, while I have no huge beef with Sonic's recent titles personally, ("Sonic Rush Adventure" is the best Sonic game in years) it does seem like Sega has been kinda "hurrying" his 3D games to much, I admit.
It is sad to see his games so critically hated, it's practically become "cool" to hate Sonic nowadays. (I admit, "Black Knight" & the the "Warehog" game don't look bad, but they don't look "great" either.)
At least his comic series is still going strong. (Just passed it's 200th issue.)

Mega Man hasn't really gotten much love besides MM9, and from what I hear most people hate those "Battle Network RPGs" Capcom keeps making. So I can understand putting him on a tombstone to.

And Star Fox, oh Star Fox, how I miss thee. :( While the last 3 games weren't bad, they were rubbish compared to "Star Fox 64," & "Star Fox" SNES.

These 3 truelly great game heroes do need an extra life from their developers, and go back to what made them "great." Rather then always trying to retool them with every new game.
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tabbykat12344567 Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
no not rockman !! i like th picture though ^^ good stuff good stuff
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:iconturpinator77:
turpinator77 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's nice and all, but Megaman is far from dead. >_>
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:iconmadskillz18:
madskillz18 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
A Megaman fan I take it? I'm a big megaman fan myself and even I can admit that its been awhile since Megaman has been in his prime form. Megaman 9 was great and I hope to see more games like that in the future.
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turpinator77 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I meant in general. XD I agree that there haven't been many games lately (not counting ZX or Star Force, even though I like those) but the community for it is still quite boisterous.

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JOE-Awsome Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some sonic games arent that bad like sonic unleashed for example though the name has nothing to do with the plot =( but it's suppose to be called Sonic World Adventure i think but yes capcom is killing off MegaMan HUGE time =(
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Ginzo25 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i get whit sonic but mega man and fox?
what abute megaman 9 and i absoluty know nintendo wouldn t forget star fox, i mean niintendo never forget one of there frenchises
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:iconevertide:
Evertide Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009   Writer
I hear you, Mega Man, Sonic, Fox. Don't give up.
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:iconmuody:
muody Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008   Interface Designer
I've found this on Destructoid's 'art attack'. Insane! :D
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:iconmadskillz18:
madskillz18 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Check out more at :iconpaperlab:
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:iconfirebanesword:
firebanesword Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh...hate to break it to you, but I think Mario might be dead too...
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:iconmadskillz18:
madskillz18 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Galaxy was an amazing game with high scores all around. I don't think he's dead. :)
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:iconjoshels:
Joshels Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
For some reason I got the song "Sad but True" playing in my head now... wonder why.
Awesome dramatic backdrop. Not only are those 3 dead, they're being buried in the barren wasteland that is their franchises apparently :XD:

Meh, the funniest one to me is Sonic's "x00". That and MC trying to look sad when he doesn't have a face.
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:iconpaperlab:
paperlab Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
LOL @ Master chief. That give me an idea.
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:iconjoshels:
Joshels Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Well great, glad I could do so! However unintentionally...
It's just that he looks like he could turn his helmet to Mario and ask "Can we leave yet?"
Then again, he could be sobbing away in there.
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:iconpenguingod1990:
penguingod1990 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
i get mario and kaotos being there but why is master cheif there he has nothing to do with sega netiendo or capcom....but great pic none the less
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:iconmadskillz18:
madskillz18 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
Master Chief represents Microsoft
Mario represents Nintendo and also the old school.
Kratos represents Sony.
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:iconpenguingod1990:
penguingod1990 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
so our saying segas dead
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:iconmadskillz18:
madskillz18 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
As a doornail
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:iconhomer9642:
Homer9642 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's cool that the popular games would do that for them!
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:iconnorthern-megas:
Northern-Megas Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
It is sad, because it is so true.
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:iconzoomzoom:
zoomzoom Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
its kinda ironic to see Mario standing there... since he represents the generation of those that lay 6 feet under...
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:iconnorthern-megas:
Northern-Megas Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
I think that Mario is the surviver. Because he is the last of the generation, that you mention.
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:iconzoomzoom:
zoomzoom Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
he is one of the first two!! He is a surviver indeed. well done work. i like it.
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:iconmadskillz18:
madskillz18 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
Yep. That's it. He's bowing his head in remembrance of his fallen brothers. A survivor til the very end. :)
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OsHoshi Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lemme see if I get it.. Street Fighters = capcom, which is were Megaman also comes from, right?
Sonic was created to rival Mario
& Master Chief...uh.. comes from "space/shooting" games which is something StarFox began. That why he's there?
Well.. it's sad indeed... ;_; I'm definetly hoping for a "continue" to the greatness that was once StarFox..

Very nice pic
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:iconmadskillz18:
madskillz18 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
Well there's that, but they're pretty much there to represent the current consoles. Mario for the Wii, Master Chief for the 360 and Kratos for the PS3. Sonic, Megaman, and StarFox are icons from the past of videogames and have been misused so much recently that they're pretty much dead as franchises are concerned. I can't remember the last good Star Fox, Sonic, or Mega Man game.
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NeoWarriorCat Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
At least it was the spinoffs that got ruined with Megaman.


They simply ran out of ideas. The premise lasted an awfully long time though, if you think about it.
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:iconredkarasu:
RedKARASU Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
maybe Sonic has one more chance...the new game might help him rise from the ashes...
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:iconmadskillz18:
madskillz18 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
Yeah. Hopefully. Especially since they said it has nothing to do with the previous games. Just don't put sonic in a city with humans. That doesn't make any sense.
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:iconfuzzynecromancer:
FuzzyNecromancer Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
Great work on the shading and background.
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:iconmadskillz18:
madskillz18 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
Thanks. :)
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:iconrasdiggle:
rasdiggle Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Solid colors madskillz, I miss Megaman after seeing this shot cool vibe.
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:iconmadskillz18:
madskillz18 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Thanks. It would be nice to at least have a good 2d megaman on the DS or PSP.
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:iconmaxtheberzerker:
MaxTheBerzerker Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Student
A very clever idea.
I love the "press start to continue" tombstone.
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:iconmadskillz18:
madskillz18 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Thanks :)
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:iconj-rok:
j-rok Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
Hah, that is pretty funny.
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:iconcubase:
Cubase Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
Heh! that's really cool! Sad, but oh so cool.
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:iconmadskillz18:
madskillz18 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
Thanks. It is sad. Those were some great games. :(
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