The 8-bit arcade font, deconstructed

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In his book Arcade Game Typography, type designer Toshi Omagari breaks down the evolution, design, and history of arcade game fonts.

In the video above, he guides us through this delightful 8-bit world and breaks it down pixel by pixel.


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Thanks so much for watching the video! I’ve listed quite a few fun things to check out in the description, including a link to archive.org’s internet arcade, which allows you to play hundreds of vintage arcade games for free online, and Toshi’s book, which will keep you occupied for hours if you’re bored at home right now! - Estelle

Author — Vox

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finally a recommended video not related to coronavirus

Author — Franklin Feng

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I'm impressed by how constraints are sometimes the fuel for the most interesting creativity

Author — Rich Crandall

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Vox could make a video about paint drying at this point and I'd watch it

Author — Tai Scott

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Something so simple yet so complicated...

Author — Alfred Rodrigo

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00:35 "you probably recognize it when it says this" ROASTED

Author — Sergio de la Vega

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Watching this made me realize how much of a pain Latin characters are with both it's ascending and descending lower case letters.



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Author — George

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7:10 “and legends of zelda”

you killed da good vibe

Author — BitByBrick

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Imagine being Japanese and have to made those Japanese font such Hiragana in 8 bit 😅

Author — Nerd in Disguise

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"Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and *Legends of Zelda"*

Author — Caroline Bell

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Pac man is more legendary than call of duty

Author — Albin Biju

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0:10 When a graphic designer is commissioned to create a meme image: uses widescreen source image, properly kerned Impact with slender drop shadows. :)

Author — thromboid

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I am always impressed by Estelle´s videos. Missing Earworm though.

Author — Bruno Santiago

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Excuse me?

"Legends Of Zelda"?

THERE IS NO S!

Author — Michael J

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This video is a piece of art. Looking at just some of the details, it's hard to fathom, just HOW much work must have gone into it. And it's beautiful. Good on ya!

Author — Thomas Schmidt

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As a graphic designer, its always nice to learn about graphic design and typography in the old times before Photoshop and Adobe softwares launched and changed the game.

Author — funky

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Me during quarantine - Aight its time to learn about the 8-bit arcade font!

Author — SKY

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Wow, fantastic. I love learning about something I didn’t know I wanted to know!

Author — Tim Fitzwater

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This is the first time i've seen a non-coronavirus video in a while, props to Vox!

Author — Andrew Stephens

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This font endured through the 16-bit era as well, because resolution doesn’t change between NES and SNES

Author — Boreworm Boreworm