[Game: Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games, 2014]
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How Shovel Knight Rises Above its Capacity for Nostalgia

 

Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight is a game whose Kickstarter campaign‘s success may be attributable to, above other merits, nostalgia for the SNES era of games whose aesthetics and gameplay Shovel Knight promised to deliver. It’s a winning formula, and one on which many other projects have been happy to capitalize: sell the gaming population its own childhood.

Such projects, often full of wry nods toward and inside jokes from NES and SNES titles, wear the clothes of classics. They have pixel art as a matter of convention, and scrolling text as a matter of principle. But Shovel Knight is a special game, because it does not merely wear the clothes of the classics; it is a classic, every bit as deserving of acclaim and status as are the titles whose trappings got it funded.

Shovel Knight Screenshot - nostalgia - Yacht Club Games

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[Game: Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games, 2014]
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How Shovel Knight Rises Above its Capacity for Nostalgia

was last modified: April 9th, 2017 by Daniel Podgorski

[Game: FTL: Faster Than Light, Subset Games, 2012]
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On FTL: Faster Than Light, and Pixel Art as an Art Movement

 

Introduction:

FTL: Faster Than Light bead sprites - pixel art analysis - Subset Games

Bead Sprites by The Gemsbok

The artistic movement of Cubism has had an incalculable influence on the art history of the past century. Its temporal and spatial fluidity was new and exciting, and carried art yet further along its strange journey of influence from Impressionism toward Abstract Expressionism. Some formal attributes of Cubism, such as flattened perspective plane, an emphasis on forms and experiences over realistic minutiae, a reduction of realistic complexity to geometric simplicity, and sharply contrasting regions of intense color, are also present in a much more recent art form: pixel art.

One recent game which uses pixel art to great effect is Subset Games’ acclaimed strategy roguelike, FTL: Faster Than Lightpixel art analysis - FTL: Faster Than Light - Subset Games. By taking a quick look at some of the art in FTL, one can acknowledge and remark upon the meaning it carries, in the hopes that others will go on to do the same for pixel art that interests them.

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[Game: FTL: Faster Than Light, Subset Games, 2012]
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On FTL: Faster Than Light, and Pixel Art as an Art Movement

was last modified: June 1st, 2017 by Daniel Podgorski