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.