Superbyte is an 8bit festival and it’s one of the biggest of it’s kind in the world. We went along to the warmup night and immersed ourselves in the chaos that is low fidelity.
These guys have a passion for all things low-tech including music, art and gaming. Anyone who’s seen our collection of relics will know how much we love retro gaming, but we didn’t realise there was an entire sub-culture for this stuff. It’s exactly as geeky as it sounds, and it’s amazing!
As it turned out the event was extremely casual. As we arrived the ‘chip tune’ music started up accompanied by some glitchy visuals. We helped ourselves to some pizza and refreshments and took a nostalgic tour of the consoles scattered around the room – some more then 30 years old! We made our way around a few zeitgeisty games, and a couple that were less familiar. Those who grew up with old school consoles will remember the ritual of blowing in the cartridge before it would work, which came in handy on more than one occasion.
As the night progressed we found ourselves being drawn into a number of tournaments in three distinct disciplines: Tekken 3 (fighting), Super Mario Race (platform) and Micromachines (racing). The victors would walk away with a smug sense of achievement and either a gameboy colour, or a gamecube. Despite more practice than anyone else in the room and some serious determination, we simply couldn’t compete. We lost in all of them.
Nonetheless, we had a fantastic night. Thank you to everyone who helped put the event on it was great!
Superbyte 2015 is on from the 13th to the 15th of September at The Zoo on Oxford Road. If this blog has given you a retro-tingle, definitely get yourself along to it.
This is what the event looks like