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Any child of the 80s and early 90s no doubt has some level of nostalgia for the 8-bit aesthetic of the video games of our youth. This short film on the evolution of 8-Bit from PBS Off Book is a super interesting look at the genre as an art and music form….

“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.”

The vid features a bunch of artists and creatives who use the 8-bit method to create art, music and games, as well as lots of archival footage of old games and artwork. It kinda gets more and more like a skit out of Portlandia as it goes on (yes I am talking about that band) but it’s generally a great little insight to the ‘art form’ and I highly recommend watching it.