The only way to view this art exhibit is on a Game Boy ROM

Game Boy Camera Gallery

As crypto scammers continue to NFT accomplices as the future of the art world, some artists create digital art going back to the dawn of handheld gaming.

The Game Boy Camera Gallery is exactly what it sounds like: a virtual gallery exhibit that features photos taken with the decades-old Game Boy Camera.

The virtual gallery was created and curated by Graffam Cat, a Portland, Maine-based artist and teacher who said he was inspired by artists like Zoe Wolfe who still use old equipment.

“The Game Boy Camera has an iconic aesthetic that is unmatched by any other camera of the time and actually has some incredibly powerful functionality built in, but wasn’t really seen as a legitimate art-creation tool,” Graffam said. at Motherboard. “All parts were selected from game submissions on the amazing Game Boy Camera Club Discord, which is full of amazing pioneers of mods and crazy tools for the Game Boy Camera.”

Game Boy Camera Gallery

Screenshot courtesy of Cat Graffam

Released in 1998, the Game Boy Camera was a one-of-a-kind hardware accessory that allowed users to take pixelated photos on the Game Boy’s monochrome display. Decades later, the tool underwent a small resurgence, with artists using it to create zines and other projects that work within the limitations of the hardware.

Some have even created tools that make the platform more accessible. Graffam’s gallery game was created using GB Studio, a software suite that facilitates development for the Game Boy. “I learned the basics in 2 weeks without even knowing what a sprite sheet or an asset was,” they said.

While a Game Boy Camera Gallery demo is available for play in web browsers, Graffam is accepting named donations for access to the game ROM, which can be run on Game Boy emulators. In the coming months, they also plan to offer the “authentic experience” by releasing the gallery on a physical Game Boy cartridge, which will work with the original Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance.

Graffam also hopes to hold more virtual galleries featuring creators who work with the old material, making the exhibition an annual event.

“It’s a hugely dedicated community with amazing people from all over the world, all of whom have been passionate about the same niche device for 24 years,” they said.

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