Come On, Let's Go.
20Sep/100

Downgrade Complete

This short film entitled 8BITS is a violent little romp in a surreal world. It features a crackshot hero in heart boxers, a slug-like bad guy who can anaglyphically split himself, and an alien damsel-in-distress who has the ability to “downgrade” reality using any number of platform game tropes and images. Shout-outs to classic games abound, and not just in the graphics. The soundtrack switches to chiptune when the world loses a dimension, and the film regularly samples effects from old games. One particularly bright note was a half-second scene where the protagonist enters a pipe with the spin dash sound effect from Sonic: The Hedgehog 2 and emerges using the pipe-travel sound from Super Mario Bros. That's the kind of fetishistic attention to detail I really enjoy.

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