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Taizo Hori (Dig Dug) by fryguy64 Taizo Hori (Dig Dug) by fryguy64
Taizo Hori, the hero of Dig Dug, is father to the more recent hero Susumu Hori from Mr. Driller. Dig Dug was released 30 years ago and remains a classic from the golden age of arcade games.

Taizo Hori was the second most popular character in the Top 10 Namco characters poll I held recently. There's still time to vote for your favourites. Just respond to the following topic: [link]
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PeanutTechno2 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
I remember this game! I still hate those Frygars to this day...good times... :)
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IndyGoNagaretton Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I should've said something here myself like times ago but gosh, I love your rendition of Taizo, it's a great blend between his arcade and Mr.Driller-self!

BTW I have a headcanon that he and Mario used to be close buds back in 1980's when Mario was still a looking for a job (being the carpenter and zookeeper and such, hahah) and the way his "Dig Dug"-incident had made him famous made Mario try harder to find a job which can help lots of people. (And that would be... plumbing. I dunno.)
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fryguy64 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks dude! I put Taizo through a lot of different designs before settling on this one :)
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jigglysama Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
This drill, etc. Yeah, good old times of Dig Dug. Nice work on him, and I really dig (pun intended) the undreground-like background.
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fryguy64 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice punning work! Haha!
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Nice, I liked Dig Dug. :D Funny thing is as a kid I first played Dig Dug 2 on the NES, and didn't really get to play the original until years later in one of the "Namco Museum" compilation games.
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fryguy64 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same here! Haha! I'm still trying to track down the Namco collections. I've got just about every other retro gaming collection ;)
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I have a few myself. (Like Midway Arcade Treasures, and Sonic Mega Collection) ;) I love video game compilation games, and I'm getting the "Kirby's Dream Collection" anniversary game disc when it comes out.
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fryguy64 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh yes, I have all three Midway Arcade Treasures, both Capcom Classics, Taito Legends 1 & 2 and Atari Anthology (all PS2), plus Sonic Mega & Gems Collections on GameCube. And lots of Virtual Console. I love me some old games :D
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Hehe me to. :) Alot of old games have aged surprisingly well for me. (Even ones I didn't "grow up" with.)
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