iam8Bit: A Video Game Gallery

As the name suggests, iam8Bit’s gallery is dedicated to video games – mostly from the 80’s. The walls are filled with art inspired by Mario, Zelda, Metroid Prime and my personal favorite, Rockman (commonly known as Mega Man stateside).

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NES Controller by Charles Lushear

Last night, the collective hosted a 10 year anniversary of Psychonauts. Although the game was an initial commercial failure, it received heaps of praise for its lush visuals and compelling story line. The game revolves around a summer camp that recruits and trains children to become superheroes with psychic abilities (calling them “psychonauts”) such as telekinesis, pyrokineses, invisibility and levitation to name a few. The psychonauts enter the minds of those around them to help cure their mental afflictions.

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Early concept sketches from the Psychonauts game by Scott C.

 

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A closer look at the concept art by Scott C

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Dizzy Razi by Drew Wise

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“From Lake Oblongata, it Emerged” by Austin James

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Character drawings from one of the mind levels by Scott C

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by Scott C

 

 

 

The Psychonaut art hung in the first hallway of the gallery. Towards the back, the space opened wide and revealed some intriguing artwork and video game set ups.

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The projection of Super Mario is actually a live game being played…

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Working SNES Controller also by Charles Lushear

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Barrels of Fun by Bob Dob

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Two works by Marco D’Alfonso

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“Keep on Workin’…” by Mark Harrison

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From left to right: “Bowser Jr.”, “Lunar-tie”, & “Mother Brain” by Gerald de Jesus

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A series of Pokemon-themed works by Sam Spina

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“Rockman” by Rafael Gil

 

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“Bad Trip” by Mike Mitchell

 

The gallery was a cool experience, especially if you’re a gamer. Seems like a lot of E3 attendees came to check out the show as well. The gallery has free admission and a good amount of the art work is affordable. Many of the giclee prints ranged from $25 to $50 a piece. Some required payment in pizza.

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While others must have been priced just to be absurd.

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