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The Evolution of 8-Bit [Video]

In this nostalgia filled short video, PBS takes a retrospective look at the history and the evolution of early 8-bit video games.

Beginning with early Atari and Nintendo video games, the 8-bit aesthetic has been a part of our culture for over 30 years. As it moved through the generations, 8-bit earned its independence from its video game roots. The idea of 8-bit now stands for a refreshing level of simplicity and minimalism, is capable of sonic and visual beauty, and points to the layer of technology that suffuses our modern lives. No longer just nostalgia art, contemporary 8-bit artists and chiptunes musicians have elevated the form to new levels of creativity and cultural reflection.

[via Neatorama]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/19/12

Comments (1)

  1. Wayne Riker

    I like the fact that 8-bit graphics do leave some interpretation up to the imagination of the viewer/player. This is sorely lacking in super realistic video games.

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