Back in 2006, The Game Over Project – lead by artist Guillaume Reymond – took the idea of old video games, collaborative projects, and stop motion; and then put them together in a big auditorium to create some truly inspired depictions of arcade classics. The idea took off, and for a while, you couldn’t surf the web without seeing one of their amazing videos (or fan tributes) popping up somewhere.
The premise was simple: everyone gets together with specifically colored shirts in the seating area of an auditorium. Each person then sits down and represents one “pixel”. A picture is taken and then they move to a new seat. As the pictures stack up, the whole video game begins to unfold, from beginning to end. Each “pixel” gets to decide what he or she does from frame to frame, lending a bit of improv to each “game”.
They started easy with Pong, and went on to do some incredibly complex performances, including Space Invaders and Pole Position. But my personal favorite was their take on Tetris:
Just this past summer, they created a new performance depicting a game of Pac Man, complete with pellets pasted onto the seats! It’s obvious that a lot of love (and a lot of fun) goes in to each project. It just goes to show that when people get together to pay their respect to their favorite pastime, some amazing things can be created.