My friend Grant is a bit of a genius. A few years ago, he found himself in a predicament many 20-somethings do: you have a bunch of awesome friends, Christmas is around the corner, and the economy is in a bit of turmoil. Undeterred by this quandry, he came up with a novel gift idea, as well as a way to productively utilize his old video game magazines: turn them into super-badass video game collages.
First, he went about the task of harvesting useful images and screenshots from most of the magazines he owns. Many of you may take issue (hah!) with mutilating your magazine collection, but let’s be honest, the classic old articles are only good for reading on the toilet and reminiscing, while most modern magazines are just collections of lame advertisements. Take some scissors to that pile and recycle the rest.
Anyway, once he had a sufficient amount of material (several folders worth), he used scrapbooking and double-sided tape to apply these cutouts to posterboard in very artistic and methodic fashions. As you can see from these photos, there is true love in these creations. Each one he made had different characters and screens depending on the receipient of the gift. He did this for SEVERAL of our friends. Each one is unique and equally fantastic.
Since then, I have shredded several of my own magazines and started making little collages for friends and relatives, and I encourage you to do the same. Trust me, your friends will appreciate the gift, and your significant others will be glad to have more closet space now that the boxes of EGM are put to better use.