i’ve got good news and bad news for you today.
the good news is the existence of the pixelstyle blog, which wants to “showcase and celebrate the aesthetic of pixels, whether from games, demos, original artwork, or anything else.” and the pixels within are expectedly diverse, from gameboy camera photos to pixel portraits to game screenshots to ansi block art (where text-mode characters, not tiny dots of color, are used as the atoms from which images are built, and some of my favorite stuff). the blog is run by enso, a gorgeous artist in his own right (i really like his occasional use of pixels at different resolutions in the same image).
the bad news is that golfland hates queers.
according to this blog, the golfland chain of arcades – a couple of which i’ve been to and spent money at and enjoyed – have contributed over $35,000 to california’s fuck the homos bill, proposition 8. they won’t see any more of my queer quarters. i caught wind of this by insertcredit, whose poster joel writes:
I wasn’t particularly surprised to learn this, but I am surprised it was only reported on activist blogs and not on any videogame related ones. There is a website called gaygamer.net. They run banner ads for gourmet food and Subaru cars (literally, this is not a generalization), but they didn’t report this. I guess I don’t understand the purpose of a gay videogame site then.
and i share his disappointment with gay gaming sites whose interest doesn’t extend beyond queers as consumers.