How do you top the 8-bit graphics of old? Can you? Aspiring coders give it a shot, in a contest that honors the aesthetics of the past.
An angry Atari princess, bull and ninjas
In the Retro Redux contest, teams of aspiring developers had 24 hours to develop a game for the Atari Flashback system, an update of the old 2600 console. At right is the title page for a game designed by students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The game's central character is a vengeful princess irked by a sexist video game culture.
The designers of this game, who called themselves team Flashsmack, were riffing on the fact that in games of the past, the princess was often a helpless victim waiting to be saved. In their entry, the player controls the princess, who wants to take revenge on the old games.
A scene from the game in which a bull downs Spaniards. The group that designed this game, students from from the School of Visual Arts, called themselves the Pixel Pirates for the purposes of the contest.