Friday, May 28, 2010

The Pixel Aesthetic

Y'all should know by now I love pixel art and video game music. I never really liked playing video games that much, but I loved watching my older brother play. Sometimes in summer we'd just play all day to beat a game. I'd play until I got tired of dying and then just watch. When I see videos of those old side-scrolling video games, especially the Mario Bros., I swear I can feel my motor neurons firing. The memory of those patterns (the running jump, where the coins and 1UPs are, etc.) is so intense!

Here's a quick little documentary thing about pixel art. If anyone knows of longer films or full books on this subject please recommend.

10 comments:

  1. Most interesting sentence I've read today:

    "I'd play until I got tired of dying and then just watch."

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  2. Pretty much life in a nutshell, huh? The "just watching" part is your dotage.

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  3. you know what? this whole time i thought your brother was younger.

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  4. Really? Nope, older. He was born in '77.

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  5. you might like my choice for the annual summer-wedding-tour (on deep discount at nordstrom rack--do you have one in boston?)

    http://coquette.blogs.com/coquette/2009/08/nanette-lepore-does-pixel-art.html

    this is elizabeth (scent-nut on the KR blog). i don't know why my openID is a very, very long number. but with my wedding-guest dress, i'd at least be a well-dressed robot.

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  6. Ah, it looks like needlepoint!

    You know I'm not going to a single wedding this summer? Does that mean my youth is over or what?

    No Nordstrom Rack that I know of. We do have CUSP, which is just rack after rack of beautiful dress I cannot in any way afford.

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  7. I love pixel art, and old school video-game sounding music! Oh man, this is one of those things that is not properly going to be reflected via the internet. How excited I am.

    But I actually learned how to use photoshop making video game art waaay back in the day, and I still listen to songs remixed to sound like video game, or ripped from video games.

    Actually, check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oipen5UN5oY

    It's a special where the guys at Bleep Bloop (a show on College Humor) interview a band which uses as part of their equipment an NES. I also, somewhere, have a weezer album redone as NES music, and all kinds of stuff on the art aspect.

    I better quietly slip into the blogosphere before I geek out anymore.

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  8. Oh,I'm watching the part of it that talks about video game hardware as music creating devices. But my link is still cool to me. Even though I posted it in a nerd rage

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  9. Keith, thanks for the link! So glad to learn you're into this stuff too. Feel free to continue the geekout by recommending more stuff.

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  10. I am used to poets talking about poetry and video game players talking about video games (I used to work at a video game company), and it is two world's colliding right now!

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