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We Built This City On Rock And ROM

8 Bit Renditions: hear the classics as if they were composed for the NES!
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Fly Like An Eagle
We Built This City [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 23, 2014 - 40 comments

PRESS START

8 Bit Cinema: The Shining [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 28, 2013 - 13 comments

A WAY TOO SCARY GAME

Catachresis 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.
posted by Joakim Ziegler on Sep 26, 2013 - 25 comments

ANSI to infinity and beyond!

Text-art collective Blocktronics released it's 3rd pack last night called "Space Invaders" with over 100 pieces of text-based ANSI/ASCII art
posted by livejamie on Aug 29, 2013 - 10 comments

Blinking lights convey so much filler

Futuristic User Interfaces in video games, animes, and movies.
posted by Taft on Apr 11, 2013 - 36 comments

Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..................

The Wire, summarized, as an 8-bit videogame. Does what it says in pixelated graphics.
posted by PapaLobo on Sep 7, 2012 - 42 comments

It was a dark and pixellated night.

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.
posted by Cash4Lead on Jul 14, 2012 - 9 comments

Head like I/O

Pretty Eight Machine - an 8-Bit rendition of the Nine Inch Nails album.
posted by Artw on Jun 17, 2012 - 29 comments

Sing us a Song to Keep us Warm, There's Such a Chill

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, innovative, 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]
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 16, 2012 - 66 comments

Brother Brain

Brother Brain 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.
posted by codacorolla on Jun 7, 2012 - 17 comments

This one just came out of the swamp

Radiohead's Kid A has been transcribed to the "8-Bit" style in full.
posted by Algebra on May 19, 2012 - 35 comments

Microinstructions Done

"I started this blog so that anyone wanting to build their own 8-bit computer could learn from my own experience and mistakes."
posted by griphus on May 1, 2012 - 22 comments

Embrace the colour clash!

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.
posted by Artw on Apr 23, 2012 - 59 comments

Megaman as Malware

Any critical analysis of MegaMan might just conclude that MegaMan was malware.
posted by barnacles on Apr 8, 2012 - 29 comments

New Google Maps

Google Maps comes to exciting new platform: The 8-bit NES.
posted by GuyZero on Mar 31, 2012 - 68 comments

WHAT TIME IS IT?!

Do you like Adventure Time? (previously) Do you like 8-Bit Game intros? Then you'll like the 8-bit Adventure Time Video Game Intro.
posted by The Whelk on Mar 3, 2012 - 34 comments

Robot Rock

8-Bit Daft Punk
posted by empath on Feb 24, 2012 - 29 comments

I'll just put this sword in my bag.

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 Malificent Minotaur!
posted by Smart Dalek on Dec 27, 2011 - 15 comments

Bap Bah Dah Pah Baah Yap Pah!

Nerdcore rock band I Fight Dragons presents I Fight Ganon, a live performance of the Legend Of Zelda Theme song
posted by The Whelk on Dec 25, 2011 - 7 comments

Contra as Wolfenstein

8bit Killer is an interpretation of an archetypal 8bit sidescroller within a 2.5 dimensional FPS engine. It's short, fun, and free. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Dec 8, 2011 - 9 comments

Whoa is me. I'm so Whoa!

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]
posted by 256 on Sep 26, 2011 - 11 comments

8bitpeoples

8bitpeoples 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. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Sep 4, 2011 - 28 comments

In The Time Machine Over The Sea

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]
posted by dubold on Aug 20, 2011 - 34 comments

Samegame Fighter

Tuesday Flash Fun: Samegame Fighter, a turn-based RPG puzzle game. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Jun 7, 2011 - 21 comments

"MY MINIONS HAVE FAILED ME. YOUR DOOM AWAITS IN MY CHAMBER!"

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]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Apr 22, 2011 - 18 comments

Finally you can afford to satisfy your lust for power

The Sinclair ZX81 is 30 years old today. The ZX81 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.
posted by Lanark on Mar 5, 2011 - 60 comments

Retro gaming, the Big Lebowski, Yoshi, and Twitter.

"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.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 22, 2010 - 7 comments

Nintendo music with drums over it.

TheNintendoDrummer plays drums over Nintendo music. Totally Rad. Castlevania 2. Ghosts and Goblins. Ninja Gaiden 2. Mega Man 9.
posted by Sticherbeast on Oct 14, 2010 - 20 comments

8-bit music

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, Metallica, and Elvis Presley. It releases albums. And yes, it rickrolls. (mostly MLYT)
posted by d. z. wang on Sep 12, 2010 - 26 comments

Beep Do Doot Repeat

The Creator's Project unleashes The Eclectic Method’s (previously) latest video, Super Mario Mashup onto the world with a bonus genre-exploding montage and Q&A trying to put it all together.
posted by The Whelk on Aug 31, 2010 - 8 comments

"Halo 2600: It Only Looks Old"

What would Microsoft's Halo have looked like if it had been written years ago for the Atari 2600? "Ed Fries, former vice president of Microsoft’s Game Publishing Division, programmed an old-school version of the beloved game that features blocky graphics, deliberately basic sound effects, and simplified movements. And yet it's still recognizable as 'Halo.'" You can play it online here. [more inside]
posted by Daddy-O on Aug 5, 2010 - 27 comments

You're gonna go up the street 12 pixels, hang a left, then straight 44 pixels to 77th street...

8bit Cities: Amsterdam - Austin - Berlin - Detroit - London - New York - Paris - San Francisco - Seattle - Washington, D.C.
posted by BeerFilter on Jul 9, 2010 - 17 comments

8-bit Pink Floyd

The Dark Side of the Moon, arranged for the Nintendo Entertainment System
posted by Bugbread on Mar 31, 2010 - 68 comments

Mountain Maniac

Mountain Maniac 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.
posted by Rinku on Dec 19, 2009 - 15 comments

On the Eighth Day of Christmas, My True Love Sent to Me

8 bit Christmas
posted by DU on Dec 4, 2009 - 19 comments

8-bit trip

1500 hours of moving legobricks and take photos of them.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy on Aug 23, 2009 - 98 comments

Kind of Bloop

Thank you Miles, but your apotheosis is in another castle. [more inside]
posted by felix betachat on Aug 20, 2009 - 27 comments

Daft Punk is playing on my Game Boy

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]
posted by hellojed on Jul 31, 2009 - 21 comments

What could you possibly see in li'l ol' 8-bit me?

8-bit Weezer. Video game music netlabel Pterodactyl Squad has released an 8-bit album tribute to Weezer, for free.
posted by Lush on Jul 21, 2009 - 38 comments

Our insect is in another casserole

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.
posted by artifarce on Jun 5, 2009 - 7 comments

Another Miles Davis Post on the Bloop

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]
posted by azarbayejani on May 13, 2009 - 29 comments

"Monsters Inc. meets The Nightmare Before Christmas inside a retro Japanese video game"

"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. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Apr 9, 2009 - 5 comments

8 Bit Waterslide

8 Bit Waterslide -- In Real Life! [slyt]
posted by empath on Apr 7, 2009 - 21 comments

My deity is at least 16-bits

8-bit Jesus is a free CD of Christmas classics, done in 8-bit style by the fantastic Doctor Octoroc. [via]
posted by patr1ck on Dec 25, 2008 - 10 comments

TIGsource Demakes competition results

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)
3. Aquarium (NES-ish Aquaria)
4. Little Girl in Underland (Soviet McGee's Alice)
5. House Globe (Homeworld)
6. S.T.A.C.K.E.R. (Nuclear Tetris)
7. Squish
(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]
posted by JHarris on Oct 7, 2008 - 29 comments

Homesoft's Disk Images of Atari 8-bit Games

Homesoft's Disk Images. 354 disks full of 8-bit Atari games. Click on game titles for screenshots. [more inside]
posted by milquetoast on Sep 23, 2008 - 13 comments

1981 Atari Catalog

It's the 1981 Atari product catalog!
posted by mr_crash_davis on Apr 13, 2008 - 39 comments

Neat flash animation

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 Found via this AskMe question.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Apr 8, 2008 - 18 comments

Who will shed a tear for Blue Randar?

Hardcore Gaming 101 has a e-newsletter, but the best things there are the loving introductions to dozens of classic games and game series, all either sadly forgotten or practically unknown to the Western World. Thrill to the serious action of Compile shooters! Avoid the mocking gazes of friends, roomies and significant others while reading about venerable Konami cute-em-ups Twinbee and Parodius! Figure out why the hell so many Namco games have Valkyrie in them! Try to keep a straight face when confronted with the likes of Ganbare Goemon, Phoenix Wright, The Neverhood, No One Can Stop Mr. Domino!!!, Panic!, Urban Yeti and Segagaga, the Sega Simulator! Do, uh, something along with the T&A delights of Keio Flying Squadron, Popful Mail and Valis! All this and much, much, much much more.
posted by JHarris on Mar 29, 2006 - 26 comments

Video game music is teh hotness

VGMix is a site that hosts MP3s made by video game afficionados who have remixed the tunes from their favorite video games, old and new alike. Check out the releases page and try out a few songs. You can also search for songs by a particular game system, genre, specific game, etc. (Unfortunately, search seems broken for me right now, but it usually works!) The users generally provide extensive reviews that will help you sort out the great from the mediocre before downloading.
posted by knave on May 23, 2005 - 11 comments

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