#1 By: Xeni Jardin, January 22nd, 2014 19:01
#2 By: Jack Holmes, January 22nd, 2014 19:08
I really want to see the reaction of someone who's seen this but not the original film.
#3 By: Stephen Schenck, January 22nd, 2014 19:10
Any theories on what makes this "8-bit," or are we just resigned to accepting that the phrase means absolutely nothing anymore?
#4 By: , January 22nd, 2014 19:29
#5 By: bobo, January 22nd, 2014 19:32
Black and white photography isn't an accurate term, but we all know what it means.
#6 By: Stephen Schenck, January 22nd, 2014 20:23
But to be fair, when you look at a B&W photo, there's no argument over what you're seeing. OK, maybe its grayscale, but you're not seeing color that's not there.
Here, on the other hand, there's no unambiguous "this is 8-bit" message coming through. Seeing the clip and none of the associated description, I'd probably assume it was supposed to imitate a 16-bit game, just based on the color palette, colors-per-sprite, and all that. Only the bowling game sequence looks 8-bit.
#7 By: sockdoll, January 22nd, 2014 20:27
the phrase means absolutely nothing anymore
They were nihilists, man.
#8 By: Jonas Eggeater, January 22nd, 2014 20:52
Can I like this more than infinity?
#9 By: Jonas Eggeater, January 22nd, 2014 20:53
#10 By: bobo, January 22nd, 2014 22:08
Now you are getting a bit detailed.
#11 By: Frank Diekman, January 22nd, 2014 22:34
In the film, we never actually see The Dude bowl.
#12 By: Erich_Schaffer, January 22nd, 2014 23:53
This is not Nam. This is animation. There are rules.
#13 By: Jorpho, January 23rd, 2014 00:16
At this point I think the term is used to be consistent with the rest of the videos. 8-Bit Blade Runner, for instance, is very clearly derived from the SNES Shadowrun game.
As for the video, it doesn't make much sense at all, so quite faithful to the movie there. I was kind of expecting nonsensical bonus games based on the dream sequences, but oh well.
#14 By: Jorpho, January 23rd, 2014 00:20
Personally I think 8-bit Theater took a plunge somewhere between episode 200 and 300, when Clevinger completely gave up on using pixellated backgrounds and switched to blurry photos that weren't even remotely 8-bit.
I never did finish reading that one. There's a stretch in the 900's where the thing just becomes unreadable.
#15 By: Ignatius, January 23rd, 2014 01:14
Maybe it's just having seen it a few dozen times, but I feel like the movie made plenty of sense. Whereas that video cuts out anything that might actually tie the events together.
#16 By: Eric Murray, January 23rd, 2014 01:53
Still more fun than 'E.T.'on the 2600.
#17 By: incarnedine_v, January 23rd, 2014 02:58
you know what would really tie this video together?
#18 By: Tim Aidley, January 23rd, 2014 02:58
It is frustrating that 8-bit has just come to mean 'has visible pixels', seeing as there was a definite era of home computer and videogame systems with 8-bit processors, and a definite visual style that went along with them. The visuals in the video are more consistent with the later era of 16-bit computers and videogame systems, like the Amiga, Atari ST, SNES and Sega Megadrive rather than the older 8-bit systems like the Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore 64, Apple II, NHS and Master System.
It's a bit like someone calling a video 'Pulp Fiction remade in Tudor England' and then dressing up all the actors in Georgian costumes.
#19 By: Paul Renault, January 23rd, 2014 07:25
Well, if you look close enough at the print, it IS black and white.
#20 By: Chris Margeson, January 23rd, 2014 08:33
I'm firmly in this camp as well, there was a definite delineation between the style of 8-bit games and 16-bit games, and this puppy feels more 16-bit. I will say that the short clip of the dude bowling and getting a strike nods solidly towards the bowling games of the 8-bit era.
So either we're on the cusp of a new pop-art subcategory, or we're just anal retentive. shrug Hard to say.
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