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.
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Fans of classic video games will love this nearly 2-hour-long recording, featuring symphonic arrangements of 8-bit game music. The audio was captured during a performance by C64Audio and Hull Philharmonic Orchestra at Hull City Hall. Available for a limited time, so listen now, or better yet, buy the box set!
If Garfield the lasagna-loving cat starred in a survival horror on the Game Boy Advance, it might look something like this bit of insanity. This pixel art short film by animator Lumpy Touch is some serious nightmare fuel, so you might not want to watch it right before bedtime.
Artist Ditty Laser Designs creates cool works of art for fans of arcade games. Their Etsy shop offers small laser-etched wood panels featuring imagery from classics like Space Invaders, Dig Dug, and Donkey Kong. They also make a series of fun laser-cut Pokémon cards.
Build your own Nintendo Game Boy games without writing code. GB Studio is a free, easy-to-use visual editor lets you load in graphics and audio files, create levels and logic, then export it all as a ROM playable on Windows, MacOS, Linux, in a web browser, or even an actual Game Boy.
A handheld edition of the classic Atari 2600 game console with a 3.2″ color display. It comes pre-loaded with 60 games, and can also play game ROMs loaded onto an SD card too. Has a built-in rechargeable battery, and can connect to a TV with RCA composite inputs.
Using the classic Nintendo game Tecmo Bowl, YouTuber irishkidd84 replicated all of the scoring plays from Super Bowl 51. No matter what resolution you watch the game in, the Patriots’ comeback is just as mindblowing. The only thing missing is a pixelated Lady Gaga.
The NES Classic Mini was one of the hottest holiday gifts. But if Santa didn’t bring you one, you can still score one without having to dig into your pocket. Drop by The Awesomer Shop to win your own, along with an 8Bitdo wireless controller and Retro Receiver. (Ends 2/8/17)
Animator Paul Robertson created this awesome pixelated version of the intro from Rick and Morty. We’re hoping there’s a dimension like this and they’ll do a whole episode there. Maybe they can address the whole “it’s not 8-bit, it’s 16/32/64-bit” argument once and for all.
Rather than just another black box, 8bitdo’s Bluetooth speaker takes its inspiration from the classic Nintendo Entertainment System’s game controller, with a giant D-Pad for power, play and volume, and red speakers that look like A/B buttons. Measures about 3″ on each side.
The bear attack isn’t nearly as gruesome, and the cinematography pales in comparison to Emmanuel Lubezki’s masterwork, but we’d still like to play this retro RPG version of The Revenant, brought to life by CineFix, animator David Dutton and chiptuner Henry Dutton.