The Evolution of 8-Bit Art

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Super Mario Bros, Zelda, Tetris, and the days of summers past! Starting with Atari and Nintendo and tracing the full 8-bit trajectory over the last 30 years. It’s true that video games have gone far beyond the 8 bit format. However, why do they still hold such a tender spot in our hearts? Explored.

Through the 1980’s, 90’s, and 2000’s 8-bit has become a cult following.  Children who grew up playing Atari and Nintendo are now parents with children old enough to play video games. And many are introducing these children to their childhood games in much the same fashion as parents have shared their children’s books across the generations.

In today’s age, 8-bit now stands for simplicity and a minimalist form of creativity.  There is a beauty to the crudeness.  People enjoy understanding their technology. This documentary makes clear that this is ‘no nostalgia show.’  It is a high form of cultural thought.