You’ll Cry Tears Of Nerdly Joy At This Exhibition of Retro Gaming Models

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chris-littlechild - August 10, 2016

  It’s easy to get suckered in to the whole holy-shit-futuristic thing that 2016 has going on. McDonalds are starting to deliver in some places, grown men and women are chasing Charmanders down the street on their smartphones with Pokémon Go, grandmas are surfing the Internet on their tablets like they’ve been doing it all their lives, even though they were born around the outbreak of World War One… what a goddamn time to be alive this is.  

All of the fancy-ass techtastic we have these days comes at a cost, though. It’s terrifying how reliant we’ve become on it. Just look what happens when your broadband craps out for a couple hours; you’re crying and twitching like a junkie. Which is what we are, I guess. There’s a happy thought for a Tuesday afternoon.

Anywho, yes. With all of that in mind, it’s probably best to embrace your roots every now and again. Look backwards, not forward, and be freaking nerdly as hell while you’re doing it.

I’m sure this was the thinking behind the recent 16 Bit Models exhibition. Set in Japan (because of course it was), the show was a celebration of the good ol’ days of gaming. Model makers who are horrifyingly good at what they do made dioramas, statues and figures based on the likes of Street Fighter II, Silpheed, R-Type and Metal Slug; this is some great stuff right here.

My favorite, natch, is the above iconic car-crushing bonus stage from Street Fighter brought to life. Head on over to Attract Mode for more shots from the show.


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