Douglas E. Smith, creator of the classic 8-bit computer game Lode Runner, which got a second life as one of HudsonSoft's most iconic Famicom titles in Japan, has died at the age of 57
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is an 8-bit-looking indie flash game of cosmic horror and some bureaucracy and bickering with colleagues. The launch trailer
provides a selection of the reactions you will likely experience while playing it.
Text-art collective Blocktronics
released it's 3rd pack last night called "Space Invaders"
with over 100 pieces of text-based ANSI
8-bit illustrations of opening lines to classic short stories by Kafka, Bukowski, Barthelme, and others.
Oliver Miller, the creator of the series, writes: I... love short stories. I was an English major, and then I got an MFA in writing. Before that, I was a nerd who huddled in a basement, with his nerd friends, clicking with a mouse to play Bard’s Tale II. So basically, making 8-bit drawings of short stories encapsulates my whole life and, I hope, yours as well.
Pretty Eight Machine
- an 8-Bit rendition of the Nine Inch Nails album.
In the wake of their grunge-y breakout hit "Creep"
and the success of sophomore record The Bends
, Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead
were under pressure to deliver once more.
So they shut themselves away inside the echoing halls of a secluded 16th century manor
and got to work.
What emerged from that crumbling Elizabethan castle fifteen years ago today was a shockingly ambitious masterpiece of progressive rock, a visionary concept album that explored the "fridge buzz" of modernity
-- alienation, social disconnection, existential dread, the impersonal hum of technology
-- through a mosaic of challenging
, eerily beautiful
music unlike anything else at the time.
Tentatively called Ones and Zeroes
, then Your Home May Be at Risk If You Do Not Keep Up Payments
, the band finally settled on OK Computer
, an appropriately enigmatic title for this acclaimed
harbinger of millennial angst. For more, you can watch the retrospective OK Computer: A Classic Album Under Review
for a track-by-track rundown, or the unsettling documentary Meeting People is Easy
for a look at how the album's whirlwind tour nearly gave Yorke a nervous breakdown
. Or look inside for more details and cool interpretations of all the tracks -- including an upcoming MeFi Music Challenge! [more inside]
is an artist who makes colorful, vibrant, seamlessly looping animations from classic video games. Click on an image for a larger version, and an annotation of the game that the image comes from.
"I started this blog
so that anyone wanting to build their own 8-bit computer could learn from my own experience and mistakes."
The ZX Spectrum's chief designers reunited 30 years on
, discussing what became 80s Britain's most popular
home computer and gaming platform
, despite stiff competition from the technically superior Commodore 64
Any critical analysis of MegaMan might just conclude that MegaMan was malware
Do you like Adventure Time
) Do you like 8-Bit Game intros? Then you'll like the 8-bit Adventure Time Video Game Intro
Cardinal Quest [Flash]
is an 8-bit tribute to Gauntlet
, Roguelikes and the 2E D&D core rule-set. Open chests, battle opponents and descend the stairs in an effort to find the
Amulet Shield of Yendor
Nerdcore rock band I Fight Dragons
presents I Fight Ganon
, a live performance of the Legend Of Zelda Theme song
is an interpretation of an archetypal 8bit sidescroller within a 2.5 dimensional FPS engine. It's short, fun, and free. [more inside]
The new music video for "Big Wheels"
by Toronto pop/rap/rock/fun sextet Down With Webster is a masterpiece of 8-bit animation interwoven seamlessly with live action. [more inside]
is an artist collective focusing on the sounds and images that came with early computing and video gaming, specifically chiptunes
, or music made either with actual vintage hardware (like using a GameBoy and LSDJ
) or with software emulators
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Neutral Milk Hotel: The RPG
"The band's second album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, released in 1998 and also produced by Schneider, is notable as a critically acclaimed and widely popular album. [more inside]
Tuesday Flash Fun: Samegame Fighter
, a turn-based RPG puzzle game. [more inside]
Friday Flash Fun
: Realm of the Mad God
is a co-op MMORPG shooter with cute 8-bit graphics
. Death is permanent, play addictive. [more inside]
The Sinclair ZX81 is 30 years old today.
was a hugely successful low-cost home computer produced by Sinclair Research
and manufactured by Timex in Dundee, Scotland. The ZX81 came with 1 KB of on-board memory, for extra gaming power
Sinclair produced a 16 KB add-on memory module and a thermal printer
"Designed by Giant Robot head guru Eric Nakamura and his friend Len Higa, the car was stripped down and operated on extensively, with a simple goal in mind: transform this Scion car into one giant Nintendo Entertainment System.
" The Scion Gallery and Giant Robot team up to curate "Pixel Pushers" a show about the 8-bit aesthetic. The Scion gallery's tour of the show.
Originally a product of the simple tone and noise generators (and limited processing power) that shipped with video consoles
and early computers, the 8-bit music (more properly, chiptunes
) scene is now quite a bit more diverse. It covers Lady Gaga
, and Elvis Presley
. It releases albums
. And yes, it rickrolls
. (mostly MLYT)
The Creator's Project unleashes The Eclectic Method
) latest video, Super Mario Mashup
onto the world with a bonus genre-exploding montage and Q&A trying to put it all together.
is a new flash game from PixelJam
, the team behind Dino Run
and Gamma Bros
. Guide boulders down the mountain to destroy the city below. It was made along with Sausage Factory
, a rhythm/recipe/meat-grinding game, for Adult Swim's 8-bit rejects.
1500 hours of moving legobricks and take photos of them
Thank you Miles
, but your apotheosis is in another castle
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Do you like Daft Punk? Do you like 8 Bit tribute albums
? Then you'll probably dig Da Chip
, a Daft Punk tribute album. [more inside]
Sure you consider yourself a retro 8-bit gaming geek, but have you played Udon Boy in Ramen Land, or Kung Fu Psycho Rider? Don't feel bad, they're from Japanese culture store Meteor's annual Famicase
, an exhibition of imaginary games
Kind of Bloop
an 8-bit tribute to Kind of Blue
, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this August 17. (Don't get too excited just yet, it's not going to be released until the actual anniversary). [more inside]
"Once upon a time there was a game that nobody ever played, sitting on the floor in the back room of an empty arcade. The game was full of life and strife, mega-monsters and robot fights.
We Are The Strange was the title. Now meet the players who live inside, idle." The story
of filmmaker M dot Strange
and his solo indie masterpiece, We Are The Strange
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is a free CD of Christmas classics, done in 8-bit style by the fantastic Doctor Octoroc. [via]
Nearly a month ago jbickers made a post that mentioned the TIGsource Demakes competition. The competition is over, and the winners have been announced
. All of these are playable. Most are for Windows, except for those that are Flash or something else:
1. Soundless Mountain II
(Atari 2600 Silent Hill) (from previous post)
2. Gang Garrison II
(Kyntt Stories-like Team Fortress 2, complete with multiplayer)
4. Little Girl in Underland
(Soviet McGee's Alice)
5. House Globe
(Crush is a PSP game where the player can switch the world between a 2D and 3D representation. Squish is a game in which the player switches between a 2D and a 1D
representation. See for yourself
8. (tie) Fillauth
and Advanced Set The Rope On Fire Cartridge
(an Intellivision-like remake of this
, previously mentioned
9. Sexy Seaside Vollyball
(NSFW, pixelated breasts) (Sinclair Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Vollyball)
10. Macarena of the Missing
(A thematically-appropriate demake of Limbo of the Lost
Lots more after the jump! [more inside]
Homesoft's Disk Images.
354 disks full of 8-bit Atari games. Click on game titles for screenshots
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Nothing but short Flash animations, all with the most awesome or annoying techno/8bit soundtracks ever.
Crazy techno monster
, fingers from craters
, sometimes it doesn't pay to get up
, not quite an oomp lompaa
, furies need exercise too
, happy at my day job
, all downhill from here
, lunch with my little brother
, looking for tps reports
, cardboardobots transform!
, more fingers in crators
, dive into happy hell
, mario, wtf?!
, hey kitty
, dance with me you big bear
and finally, something to calm you down
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