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Old School Video Game Characters in Real Life

Wednesday 01.30.2013 , Posted by
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Do you remember your old Nintendo Entertainment System and all the cool games it had? If you were alive and able to hold a video game controller in the late eighties and early nineties, then you definitely do. Games like Donkey Kong, Zelda, and Duck hunt were some of the earlier gaming favorites. Soon, games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Kart followed with game systems like Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. It was a long time ago, but London based artist Aled Lewis is bringing it back – recreating a series of nostalgic gaming characters from that time and inserting them into “real life.”

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Taking characters like King Koopa and E. Honda from Street Fighter, Lewis juxtaposed their pixelated goodness into photos that correlated nicely. Quoting from his webpage on Behance:

“As a kid I would become completely immersed in there crude pixel environments and they would seem very real! I thought it would be fun to try to express how gamers see these worlds. I spent many hours gaming with my siblings and friends when I was growing up and this aesthetic has really come to represent that time.”

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Shawn Saleme

Written by Shawn Saleme



Shawn Saleme is a full time writer for Visual News. Having traveled to over 45 countries, his international escapades continue to influence his writing and perspective. When not in a foreign territory, he makes his home in his native San Francisco Bay Area. Become friends with him on Facebook and invite him to share drinks and stories with you.

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