Chiptune rockstars, Anamanaguchi, have been getting a lot of attention lately. After all, they did just score the soundtrack to the new Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World 8-bit video game, which will be available tomorrow on iTunes. But since we haven’t talked much about them here at Internetclub ’91, it would be a good time to put up a few of their things.
To coincide with the release of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World this Friday, game developer Ubisoft has released a retro styled brawler featuring the Scott Pilgrim character on a mission to defeat his girlfriend’s 7 evil boyfriends.
What’s not to like here? The 8-bit pixel art looks beautiful, the music (by Anamanaguchi) sounds bit-tastic, and it’s available for download on Playstation 3 (soon to be released on X-Box) at the low price of $10.
Brett Camper, a Brooklyn-based designer, has made THE greatest advancement in cartography since the dawn of mankind.
Camper has created fully functional, zoomable, 8-bit city maps in the style of the original “Legend of Zelda” video game.
The maps are entirely integrated with real world data, and you can conduct an address search just as you would on Google Maps.
On the surface, these maps may simply seem charming, but exploring the zoomable feature reveals the intricate work that was put into each and every city block. Searching through my Brooklyn neighborhood, I felt transported back to the Dutch settlements of 1600s Breukelen, where whimsical paths and brick roads replace concrete highways, and rows of crops supplant rows of houses- er…pixelated paths and crops that is.
Be sure to explore the maps! What do you think- should we stop using regular Google Maps altogether?