Interactive Annual 19:
The best art not only creates something new to provoke emotions, but also makes references to past art and culture. This site is provocative and modern and full of references in style and content to old video games, Internet memes, digital pop culture and more. It is one of the most interesting pieces of interactive art Ive seen.
A definite time killer…8-bit graphics; whats not to love? Perry Fair
Tetrageddon Games is an open-source freeware arcade created and run by one very passionate person. The open source arcade consists of an exploration of games-as-art, Internet-as-game and the musical and comedic interpretation of games. Its a long-term project thats redefines interactivity while exploring how the gaming industry has revolutionized entertainment and delivery platforms for entertainment. Bursting with experimental projects and creative freedom, the site ambitiously breaks through the confines of whats technically impossible.
- • Part of a long-term initiative to be a creative resource, all site assets and source files are freely available via a view source option.
- • The games draw on the fond nostalgic familiarity of console systems and raise the bar by surprising users with todays ridiculous meme-like themes.
Comments by Nathalie Lawhead:
Relevance. The content is strongly geared toward the meme-as-game model. Its perfect if you want viral publicity, but in doing so it is difficult to stay relevant. Many memes have a short life expectancy. If you draw on something that is too old, people wont find it funny or entertaining. A lot of effort is invested in coming up with concepts that are unique, relevant to whats out there and that outlast short-lived trends.
Much of it is of experimental in nature and that alone makes it a lot more courageous than other projects Ive worked on. There is no holding back.
Im always learning, because Im always trying to outdo myself. I'm most passionate about pursuing things that are difficult or new. I love the learning curve. Its what makes working in IT, online media and interactive platforms exciting.
Nathalie Lawhead, AlienMelon (Irvine, CA), project design and development