Excellent 8-bit The Last Jedi trailer created on a 33-year-old Apple computer

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Jun 27, 2017

Honoring the past but embracing the future is something we all grapple with in these turbulent Digital Age times. One fascinating component of geek culture is seeing all the creative ways this principle plays out as our technologies change and old formats fall into disuse.

New York City artist Wahyu Ichwandardi has merged the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi with some seriously old-school machinery by creating a shot-for-shot, 8-bit version of the sneak peek using a 33-year-old Apple IIc computer and a vintage KoalaPad+. Employing the software of an ancient Dazzle Draw paint program, Ichwandardi drew all 288 images, then saved the artwork onto 48 individual floppy disks prior to leaping onto a more modern platform for finalization.

I have fond '80s memories of the Apple IIc, as it was my very first computer, used mostly for playing Pole Position using cheat codes for race car invulnerability.

Check out this Matrix-like remake of The Last Jedi teaser and tell us if you love its old-fashioned bitmap appeal.

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