If you go back to playing games from your childhood, graphics may not always be exactly the way you remember – but you’ve never seen classics of video game history like this. In the music video above (which we’re premiering here on Game Informer), you can see an impressive series of games shown in stunning paper animation and style. If you have good memories of games like Metroid, Punch-Out, and Shovel Knight – or if you just like melancholy music – then you should check it out.
The song is simply called “Video Game”, written by musician Jeremy Messersmith in Minneapolis, with an image by an antholytholyth artist Eric Power. The song is the latest in Messersmith’s Mixtape for the Milky Way (Spotify) project, which he describes as “a celebration of sound minimalism and nonfiction inner composition.”
This isn’t the first time Messersmith and Power have teamed up; you may remember another animated paper video for Messersmith’s song “Tatooine” that appeared online a few years ago:
The duo has also collaborated on music videos for Other Messersmith songs, such as “A Girl, a Boy, and a Graveyard” and “Organ Donor.”
I’ve been a fan of Messersmith’s music for years, so the “Video Game” video shows a very specific intersection of my personal preferences. If you like it too, I encourage you to watch his albums too! In these particularly dark times, it is great to think of a future in which everyone has a kitten.