What happens when you look to side-scrolling shooter R-Type and the works of music video maestro Michael Gondry for artistic inspiration? A short medium-melding tribute to our favorite shared past time. The brevity of My Desk Is 8-Bit, Alex Varanese’s stop-motion homage to the videogames of yesteryear, belies the amount of work that went into creating its sixty-plus seconds of helicopter versus spaceship action.
“I recently found myself wondering what a video game might look like in the form of a stop motion animation,” explains Varanese. “While a normal person’s response to such a question would of course be ‘who gives a shit?’ I possess few of the qualities typically associated with normalcy and was irrevocably compelled to find out. This is the result.”
And a cool result it is, though I have to point out it’s not the first time stop-motion has been applied to criminally gorgeous if not commercially successful effect in a videogame, ala Dreamwork’s cult claymation classic The Neverhood.