8-Bit Forever: The 1980s Video Game Aesthetic That Shapes Art Today

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

In a new short documentary from their Off Book series, PBS looks at how early video game technology has inspired contemporary artists and musicians. The era of 8-bit video game consoles began in the 1983 with the first Nintendo system, and shaped a generation of kids who grew up playing Super Mario games for hours a day. Defined by blocky graphics and simple electronic notes, the 8-bit aesthetic and sound can feel both nostalgic and modern. This video features interviews with Jesper Juul, Anamanaguchi, Dr. Octoroc, and more. Full credits for the art and music are available here

The segment was produced by Kornhaber Brown for PBS.

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