PBS Examines the Aesthetics and Culture of 8-Bit Art

Practically anyone who grew up in the 1980’s and early 1990’s *ahem* has some sort of relationship to, and/or memory of 8-bit gaming, whether it was because of the popular Nintendo Entertainment System, or the not-as-popular but still fun Sega Master System. Recently, PBS took a look into the distinct style of 8-bit in their latest video from their Off Book series.  The Evolution of 8-Bit Art gives viewers a look into the genre, including interviews with artists discussing their inspiration, motivation and challenges of working within the medium’s restrictions. 

In recent years, the 8-bit style has spread throughout multiple forms of art, including (but not limited to) chiptune music, modern game development, and graffiti art. The movement has developed a counter-cultural spirit that appeals to young creative people everywhere (examples being 8-Bit Peoples, Blip Festival, and the ArtSlam event I covered back in March), without concern of any notion of the style’s technological extinction.  The clip almost/nearly/definitely guarantees multiple feelings and verbal declarations of nostalgia.  Man, those were the days.  See there? N-O-S-T-A-L-G-I-A.

[Thanks PBS]

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