In a world before Nintendo Wiis and Virtual Reality, there were the original computer games with pixellated characters. As a child of the ’80s and ’90s, I used to love playing Tetris and Alex Kidd In Miracle World – a far cry from the hyper-realistic, almost human-like characters in today’s computer games. So no doubt, it would have people of a certain age and retro enthusiasts drawn to a little street off Brick Lane this weekend.
To promote the forthcoming Disney animation Wreck-It-Ralph – about an arcade game villain who dream of becoming a hero – Dray Walk by the Truman Brewery (off Brick Lane) was transformed into 8 Bit Lane for the weekend (11-13 January 2013). Dotted amongst the fashion boutiques and record shops of the pedestrianised lane were pixellated pigeons, a tree, a taxi and clouds. My (and I would assume most visitors) favourite pixellated piece of art was a brown dog sat patiently waiting for his owner to return beside a little bit of pixellated dog poo!