In my real life, I may write friends email forwards that read, “G-Rons, look what someone just sent me a ‘link’ to! If you have a subscription to the Inter Net, you should totally check out this live performance of the video game Punch Out.” But no matter how funny I found that online clip, I certainly shouldn’t be wasting valuable blog space on it. (Next week: the AWESOMENESS of Chronic-Narnia-Cles.)
Recently the meta-blogs have been abuzz with various amateur home videos of what appear to be high school talent showcases featuring teenagers re-enacting or musically recreating various mid-1980s Nintendo software titles. When it’s not Little Mac beating up the one-waza Don Flamenco (Pt. I), it’s the Mario theme on glockenspiel. Famicon nostalgia is at its peak, and I sometimes find myself voluntary listening to bossa nova indie pop records made completely with four-channel 8-bit sound.
Now if the kids in these videos are really high school students, and these clips are recent, that means — are you ready for this? — they are recreating games made before they were even born. Put this in context: The first time these kids probably picked up a NES, it was 1996 and Crash Bandicoot was on the cover of Time. Power Gloves were so marked down in price that you could buy four — and leave two in your locker at school.
But hey, who wasn’t making non-video game tributes to massively outdated video games in their teen years? Just to illustrate once and for all that “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” I’ve dug into my childhood collection of artwork and now present “non-video game tributes to early video games.”
EARLY ITALIAN FUTURIST THEATRE PIECE ABOUT BASEBALL
by W. David Marx, age 16
A: (becomes a bullet)
B: Can I be “A” next time? You are always “A.”
Audience: We throw fruit at you — and just as legend has it, Boccioni shall cover himself with his painting and then die years later in a wartime equestrian accident.
HAIKU ABOUT POPEYE
We go all the way
to FAO Schwartz and now
this is what we buy?
NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD ‘EM POKER VERSION OF PONG
DUTCH WIKIPEDIA SITE LOOSELY BASED ON BURGERTIME
A COMMERCIAL TRANSACTION INVOLVING OLD ISSUES OF NINTENDO POWER
MY TELEPHONE NUMBER