The video game boom of the 80â€™s brought video games into the mainstream. Those who grew up during gamingsâ€™ golden era know how significant these games became as a part of the culture. Mario has become ubiquitous, and people from all walks of life would soon enjoy video games. I Am 8-Bit is a tribute to the video games of the 1980â€™s through artistic re-interpretation.
This book is a compilation of works shown at Gallery 1988, in Hollywood, depicting various artistic re-imaginings of familiar characters like Mario and Luigi, Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Q*Bert, and Link. Some of the works, like Greg â€œCraolaâ€ Simkinsâ€™ â€œPac Man in Hospice,â€ and Ryan Bubnisâ€™ â€œMourning the Loss of the Princess,â€ which features a ragged, disheveled Link, showcase the darker side of the characters weâ€™ve grown up with. I Am 8-Bit is full of timeless character designs and amazing talent that humanizes, and raises questions about, the charactersâ€™ natures.
Works like Matt Clarkâ€™s â€œThe Game Chose Meâ€ and John Phamâ€™s â€œSedentaryâ€ focus on the powerful and addictive nature of videogames themselves. For videogame fans and art enthusiasts alike, I Am 8-Bitâ€™s presents commentaries on a culture that held a large role in all our lives, making it an instant classic.