Wednesday, April 7, 2010

8-bit Project of the Day

By Annie Wright

Nostalgia is a powerful thing. The idea of "nostalgia" as the third leg in combination with "engineering" and "design" of a triumvirate bar stool has supported many fine and prestigious asses through the generations of humanity. For example, this is how we got the PT Cruiser, and why a lot of our parents describe said car as "fun".

But what of the so-called "Nintendo Generation"? If you are of an age where you recall begging for any Mario-related game console as a birthday present, this is you. And while our parents chided us for spending too much time with Yoshi and Link, many of us later in life have found inspiration, success, and even entire careers that have been fueled by our early childhood 8-bit addictions. The desire to know how the things we love are put together and to improve upon them is arguably what propels us forward as a species (well, that and humping), and it is a testament to the staying power of gaming as a learning tool and part of our rich cultural heritage.

Which is why it is so kick-ass when someone like Doctor Octoroc does something like "8-bit Dr. Horrible" just for the hell of it. And does it so WELL:

For anyone living in a cave, the original Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a musical tragicomedy originally released via the Interweb starring Doogie Howser, Captain Mal, and That Girl From The Guild. Which means that it was written by Joss Whedon. And his brothers. And another actress. I'm not doing the whole thing justice in this meager summarization, of course, but if you do not already know this part, I will assume that you either have no interest to begin with, or there is something prohibitively wrong with your fingers so as to prevent you from googling this stuff like a normal person.

ANYWAY. No word yet as to whether there will be a playable demo, but Doctor Octoroc assures us that the final two acts are forthcoming. There's also a high-quality Flash version of what I am optimistically calling a walkthrough available here.