Mick McGinty, the famend illustrator behind some of essentially the most iconic video game illustrations of the ’90s like Street Fighter II and Streets of Rage, has died from most cancers. The artist handed away on Saturday; his son Jobey shared the information by a touching memorial submit about his father.
McGinty’s illustrations have adorned the covers of many video video games all through the years. He was most prolific by the ’90s when he produced cowl artwork and promotional photographs for SNES and SEGA Genesis titles like Street Fighter II, Streets of Rage 2, Streets of Rage 3, Super Street Fighter II, Kid Chameleon, Shining Force, Traysia, Battle Cars, and Sol Feace.
Other titles to profit from his creative eye embrace Chicago Syndicate on the SEGA Game Gear, Off World Interceptor Extreme for PlayStation and SEGA Saturn, SEGA Bass Fishing for SEGA Dreamcast, and Leisure Suit Larry 6 and National Lampoon’s Chess Maniac 5 Billion and 1 on PC. Throughout the 2000s he was most identified for his Zoo Tycoon illustrations for a number of platforms. VGDenetsu offered a short abstract of just a few of his work all through the years in a Twitter thread:
Mick McGinty’s son simply introduced on Facebook that his father has handed away. He had made a number of video game-related illustrations within the 90s, together with for Street Fighter II, Streets of Rage 2 and three, Kid Chameleon and Shining Force.
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Whether you’ve been gaming for many years or are barely into your teenagers, it’s possible you should have seen and admired McGinty’s work earlier than at present. Jobey shared some of his recollections of his father, together with how Mick was at all times his personal worst critic:
My Dad was an unbelievable artist, as everybody is aware of. And in true artist vogue, he was additionally by no means happy together with his closing work. Just a pair weeks in the past, he stated he wanted “just one more hour on a few pieces” so as to “really finish them.” We all knew that simply wasn’t true, although. Dad would at all times come go to our home, see some of the work he did for us through the years, and would put his nostril about an inch from it and say, “y’know, Jobe, I wish I would have made those blues a little deeper,” or “you know I’d love to just splash a little more shadows on that tree,” or “that really needs a fresh coat of varnish on it.”
PlayStation LifeStyle sends their condolences to McGinty’s family and friends.