With games like Halo and Grand Theft Auto on the market, it’s easy to forget the stylish simplicity and creative genius of the originals. Watch Pac-Man Stop Animation, a super-geeky Web video and an homage to the yellow man, for a quick reboot.
The movie employs a movie theater and about a hundred gamers in monochrome T-shirts. By planning well and sitting very still, they’ve been able to replicate a full Pac-Man game, complete with a maze, ghosts, fruit and a hilarious a cappella soundtrack. On one level the movie looks a lot like people in colorful shirts sitting in a movie theater, yet it’s amazing how this performance also deftly captures the feel of 1980s graphics. It turns out that stop animation is an apt analogy for video-game animation, except here the students replace pixels, and the theater your favorite tube television. But just blur your eyes a little and you won’t be able to tell the difference.
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