How Rad Were Old Game Graphics? The Real World Contrasted With Their Gaming Counterparts

If you were a gamer in the early ‘90s, you probably remember raving about the awesome graphics. It seemed like the future was right around the corner, about to pop into full color photo realism… I mean, just look at Jean-Luc Picard’s head!

To see how ‘real’ each of those games really was, Brother Brain (aka NYC artist John McGregor) has done movie/game mashups, showing us an animated look at how the old games measured up to reality… or at least a promotional picture.

Rediscovered Land Art in Egypt: The Beautiful Geometry of Desert Breath

Viewed from above, the Land Art project Desert Breath looks too perfect to be real. The two spiraling arms of positive and negative conical forms create a surreal scene upon the Egyptian desert floor, echoing the forms of nature found in plants, water and the very shape of our galaxy. Coming down to earth, the view only becomes slightly more believable. The features are gigantic: the outside cones towering taller than a human, and the shimmering center pool spanning almost 100 feet.

Rad Fighting Game Backgrounds Without the Fighters

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From Street Fighter 2 to Samurai Showdown and King of Fighters, the 90s were filled with a fantastic collection of 2D fighting games. It was more than just being able to hit, punch and kick fast enough to dominate your opponent – you needed to know the key/stick combos to unlock hidden super moves, quickly wreaking havoc on the health meter of your foe. When you weren’t completely focused on the fight going down, there was something surprisingly special about these games too – the low-fi repeating graphics scrolling across the background. Redditor RudeBootie, a big fan of these now vintage games, has created 125 fantastic repeating GIFs devoid of the fighting action and in doing so has brought our attention to the imaginative virtual arenas where all these punches were being thrown.

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Documenting the San Francisco Rave Scene

If you were around San Francisco in the 90’s, it was impossible to escape the colorful, joyous parties of the exploding rave scene. The influence these massive parties had was world wide, still reverberates today and for many was a life changing experience. Now the creative crew at are working on a full length documentary, focusing on the people that experienced those events firsthand and had their lives shaped by the hopeful, yet often misunderstood movement.