Ben Crooks - Slow-Eyed Guard

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Ben Crooks - Slow-Eyed Guard

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Boxer
2016

Cukia Kimani and Ben Crooks' Boxer is firmly rooted in the fighting game genre, yet it extends two-player brawling into novel and surprising directions in terms of imagist, hand-drawn figuration, and real-time character control. The struggles, victories, and defeats of the game's anonymous pugilists are depicted in a highly illustrative style that draws on a diversity of animation and drawing traditions. Crooks' animations and drawings function as a fighting game distillation of Bill Plympton, William Kentridge, and Leon Golub. The surreal gestures of extended limbs are as graceful as they are grotesque in a way that matches the organic flow and feel of thumbstick-only control and top-down perspective. Here in Wiggle Joysticks, the two figures express the relief and agony shared by both the victor and the loser in a fleeting a post-fight moment.

Ben Crooks is an artist, animator, and game maker based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Boxer, which won the inaugural A MAZE/Johannesburg award, is Crooks' first collaboration with Cukia Kimani. Kimani makes games in Johannesburg where he founded the Nyamakop game studio. 

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