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Arcade Game Typography

Arcade Game Typography

The 70s, 80s, and 90s gave us some tons of classic arcade games, and along with them came lots of great pixel art. Typeface designer Toshi Omagari’s book catalogs some of the many cool pixelated fonts which were used for displaying scores on arcade machines. ReadOnlyMemory has a limited-edition hardcover version as well.

Ultracore

Ultracore

Back in 1994, Battlefield developer DICE started work on this side-scrolling shooter back for the Sega Genesis and Commodore Amiga. The 16-bit game known as “Hardcore” was shelved for more than two decades, and has been given new life on the PS4 and Nintendo Switch thanks to Strictly Limited Games.

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Red Fang: Antidote

Red Fang: Antidote

(Gore) Director Ansel Wallenfang’s awesome music video for metal band Red Fang’s track Antidote looks like a level from a 16-bit video game, is packed with retro gaming tropes, and culminates with one of the greatest boss fights of all time. We so want to play that van beatdown level.

16-bit Snoke’s Throne Room Fight

16-bit Snoke’s Throne Room Fight

Whether you loved or hated The Last Jedi, most of us can agree that the fight sequence in Snoke’s Throne Room was pretty awesome. Here, Mr. Sunday Movies brilliantly recreated the scene as if it were played out on a Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis console.

Boat Nomad

Boat Nomad

Artist The Poncho Pilgrim used the low frame rates and coarse edges of 16-bit style graphics to put together a beautiful short film that really creates a sense of place despite the technical limitations. Check out his YouTube channel for more of his art and animation.

SNES Classic Hoodie

SNES Classic Hoodie

TheĀ NES Hoodie is about to become obsolete. Merchoid’s officially licensed SNES Classic hoodie borrows the ribbed sleeve details of its predecessor, but with the SNES logo embroidered on its chest. We hope they make a purple and grey track jacket too.

Dead Cells

Dead Cells

Currently on Early Access, Dead Cells is a 16-bit-style action-adventure game with fast gameplay, fluid controls, rogue-like elements andĀ pattern-based bosses a la the Souls genre. On PC now, Mac and Linux later.

Ronald Jenkees: Quest for the Jam

Ronald Jenkees: Quest for the Jam

Electronic music phenom Ronald Jenkees’ music video is a tour de force of colorful retro-style pixel art, created by animator Ben Luce of Soul Proprietor, who will use funds raised by fans of the video to support cancer research. From the new album Rhodes Deep. (Thanks Scott!)

King of the Pixel

King of the Pixel

Mauri Helme created a pixel perfect 16-bit style version of the opening titles of Mike Judge’s animated classic King of the Hill, complete with an appropriate chiptune theme song. We’d buy this video game in a heartbeat.

Sonic Claus is Coming to Town

Sonic Claus is Coming to Town

DoctorOctoroc returns with a 16-bit holiday greeting, a fictitious Christmas level for the SEGA classic, complete with the perfect holiday chiptune which could have come straight from the game.

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