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Special screening presented by Game On Expo with Filmaker Joe Granato in attendance! With a post-screening Q&A and demonstration of the NES Maker in the lounge!
While visiting his parents’ home in Central New York, Joe Granato discovered a box of forgotten illustrations, designed by he and other eight-year-old neighborhood friends—concepts for a video game for the original 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. He decided it might be fun to try to realize those ambitions.
But instead of creating it for a mobile device or modern console, he set out to use the same techniques and adhere to the same limitations that would have been employed in 1988 to make a new cartridge-based game actually playable on the now-archaic hardware.
Gathering a small team of modern creatives, what began as an explorative novelty project about building a video game for a system 30 years removed from relevance escalated to a two-year, ten-thousand-mile journey into an esoteric subculture made up of devotees to creating new NES games; artists who thrive on limitation.
Trailer #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cPYcWr-RRY
Trailer #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCA4dZ9BS14
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