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).
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.
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.
The projection of Super Mario is actually a live game being played…
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.
While others must have been priced just to be absurd.