Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, there was a plumber with a fantastic mustache, a brave left-handed warrior with a pointy hat, and a bounty hunter whose suit allows her to morph into a ball and roll through small spaces. What do they all have in common? They all needed a romantic gift for a special someone to show just how much they care. ThinkGeek is here with the perfect gift for your princess, plumber, or Player 2. The 8-Bit Rose sprouts from its 8-Bit pipe-vase and its bright red petals never wilt. Due to super-secret pipe-vase technology it never requires watering, either! It will bloom forever and ever, just like your 8-Bit love. Product Specifications The ultimate gift for your Player 2: a beautiful 8-Bit Rose! Fold-out stand for displaying on a desk or table Table decor for an 8-Bit or Gamer-themed wedding reception Materials: Durable EVA foam Dimensions: 9.5″ tall x 4″ wide
Street Fighter X Mega Man; a free downloadable game is available celebrate the Blue Bomber’s 25th (!) Anniversary.
This 8 bit version is available absolutely free as a downloadable game from Capcom:
“Having fought countless robot masters over the years, Mega Man is ready to lay back, relax and enjoy his 25th Anniversary. Getting wind of this, Ryu and his fellow Street Fighters want one last battle before they let their own anniversary finish. Charge up your mega busters and stretch out your lightning legs, this is Street Fighter® X Mega Man®!”
The game play should be pretty cool. And you can enjoy that classic 8 bit graphic look and feel along with fantastic 8 bit retro sounds.
I downloaded this list app on my Mac and had a pretty good little chuckly. I even rounded up the fam and we all pretended to roast some 8 bit marshmallows.
First, you need to type the word “fireplace” to access the fireplace. Then you need to type “log” to add a log. Then of course you type “match” to light it up.
Ahh! There we go. Cozy isn’t it?
Pretty cute and it’s free. There is also a paid version where you can type other words like “Marshmallow” and even “Firecracker!”
Perfect for your Christmas morning unwrapping of your new MacBook.
Getting to0 toasty? Just hit your escape key and water will douse out your fire.
So sad. It appears this potentially great documentary called “8 Bit Generation” may never be. Oh well, at least we have a couple very cool and promising movie trailers…
8 bit generation: trailer “home computer invasion”
8 bit generation: trailer “playing the revolution”
Great looking documentary on the foundings of 8 Bit computers.
Those geeky geeks over at Think Geek have this great looking 8 Bit Flower Bouquet, you know, a special geeky gift for that special geeky girlfriend of yours.
Well, if you are ultra broke and uber handy you can make one! Check out this DIY video on how to make an 8 Bit Flower Bouquet.
She goes to a lot of effort in drawing the graphic by hand and I like how she creates the outline grid but you could make thin in a fraction of the time if you drew this in Adobe Illustrator and printed it out. Just sayin’.
If you are not interested in a DIY project but love the 8-bit Flower Bouquet you can buy it here.
And unlike the Wreck-it Ralph game available on the iTunes App store, Fix It Felix Jr. is true to the 8 bit form it portrayed in the movie.
So if you liked what you saw in the movie and want to revive some of that old “Rampage” style gameplay, make sure to check it out.
This is a very nice little explanation of the pixel art movement.
I thought it was particularly insightful how they describe the modern, high definition creation of retro pixel art as a harsh version of what soft, simple graphs were in the 1980s. The idea of hardware is important in not only the creation but the display of pixel art.
“In our search for recreating nostalgia, we have created a warped crisp digital version.”
They also cover the Chiptune music movement. Again, hardware plays an important role in Chiptune music creation. The original GameBoy is the hardware of choice in some circles. It also has risen out of a rebellious need to counter the “shiny and glossy” nature of the modern electronic music.
Here’s real pixely goodness right on your Mac desktop.
Why? Because it’s difficult to design 8 bit pixely game correctly. You know, so many of them are, well chunky and therefore ugly and annoying.
Great yet simple game play and physics. Awesome 8 bit retro graphics and sound. Check it out.
Dino Run SE by Pixeljam is a $2.99 download.
One of the downsides to the old 8 bit video games was monochromatic graphics. After all, everything looks worse in black and white, right?
Logan Walters is a graphic designer. He has re-imagined our Space Invader nemesis in multicolors.
My favs are America, French Fries and Batman. Great work Logan! You can check out his other , non-8 bit illustrations and designs over at his website.
Even the Russians are getting into the 8 bit act. From our Friend-ski’s at Art Lebedev Studio in Russia comes these subtle interpretive 54 deck playing cards in the spirit of Space Invaders.