Five Fantastic Things Done With Retro Gaming Style
1) Maniac – Erik Speed
A recent addition to the net and certainly my favourite music video available on Youtube. Montréaler Violinist Erik Speed has teamed up with a gaming savvy film crew and some talented break dancers to make a video that compels multiple watches.
Favourite touches of mine include the final fantasy-esque dialogue, the ridiculous lip-syncing and the living backgrounds that seem straight out of Street Fighter.
2) Scott Pilgrim
This is a two-parter. Both the movie and manga are heavily influenced with gaming style. From extra lives to multi-hit combos Scott Pilgrim features plenty of references that anyone growing up with a NES, SNES or Sega Genesis would pick up on.
Try either or both, you won’t be disappointed.
3) Tempest Freerunning Academy
Let’s not mess around. Mirror’s Edge was awesome for all kinds of reasons, who doesn’t think that being able to run up a wall and backflip off it isn’t cool? The freerunners attending the Tempest Freerunning Academy in California obviously think so, and they love some Mario-inspired style.
The biggest win here? A pixel ballpit.
Bonus points for the awesome soundtrack.
8-bit sound is showing up all over the musical map. From rappers to pop princesses, we’re getting more than a little Nintendo mixed in with our music. Chiptunes has taken sampling one step further to make the sound a genre in itself.
I caught Anamanaguchi, famous for the Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World video game soundtrack, at PAX Prime 2010. They were as real a band as any I’ve seen and twice as fun. Have a listen.
5) The Protomen
The Protomen are a 80’s style rock opera group that have released two albums based on a alternative version of MegaMan.In their most recent album Act II: The Father of Death we’re treated to the story of Doctor Light, his betrayal by the evil Doctor Wiley and the rise of a machine empire. I highly recommend catching The Protomen live, it’s a hell of a show.
Pop over to their website to listen to a few streaming samples. My favourite? The Hounds. Enjoy!
Got some favourite samples of retro-gaming that show up in modern media? Let us know in the comments!