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Staff Pick

Nothing is more pathetic and yet strangely beautiful than the past's concepts of what the future should look like. Electronic Plastic unapologetically showcases a collection of the AMC Pacer-style art and graphics of handheld and tabletop video games. This is what modern was according to the eighties. Long before we had Lara Croft's supersized digital cans to moon over, we were stuck with two little white lines and a bouncing white dot. Up. Bleep. Bloop. Down. We took a giant step forward when we got hand-held machines with twelve little blocks of color arranged in a pattern that somehow represented a frog or a martian. Up. Down. Left! Electronic Plastic goes after the aesthetic (not the sorry technology), tackling the art, the packaging, and the design of the game consoles themselves rather than the boring game you might actually play on them.
Recommended by Trent, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Electronic Plastic displays a visually exciting survey of the snazziest oldschool computer games. First introduced in the mid 70's. kids were addicted to the portable handhelds and tabletops for about a decade. By today these computer games have bcome both rare and impressive eyecatchers, as well as landmarks of portable consumer electronics. Strikingly, their allround retrostyled casts, colorful packaging and bubbling typefonts showcase genuine 80's vibes.
Throughout Electronic Plastic Jaro Gielens presents the highlights of his 400 piece collection. No better match than Buro Destruct's Lopetz took the challenge to design the books which features an atmospheric introduction by Uwe Schutte.

Product Details

ISBN:
9783931126445
Publisher:
Gestalten Verlag
Location:
Berlin
Editor:
Buro Destruct
Editor:
Gielens, Jaro
Subject:
Video games
Subject:
Graphic Arts
Subject:
Graphic Arts - General
Publication Date:
June 2001
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
173
Dimensions:
11.07x9.53x.62 in. 1.91 lbs.

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Industrial Design
Arts and Entertainment » Excess Culture » Objects

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Product details 173 pages Gestalten Verlag - English 9783931126445 Reviews:
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Nothing is more pathetic and yet strangely beautiful than the past's concepts of what the future should look like. Electronic Plastic unapologetically showcases a collection of the AMC Pacer-style art and graphics of handheld and tabletop video games. This is what modern was according to the eighties. Long before we had Lara Croft's supersized digital cans to moon over, we were stuck with two little white lines and a bouncing white dot. Up. Bleep. Bloop. Down. We took a giant step forward when we got hand-held machines with twelve little blocks of color arranged in a pattern that somehow represented a frog or a martian. Up. Down. Left! Electronic Plastic goes after the aesthetic (not the sorry technology), tackling the art, the packaging, and the design of the game consoles themselves rather than the boring game you might actually play on them.

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