Video games are a pleasant hobby, they allow us to escape from modernity, cancel for a few hours the anxiety of everyday life and improve our mental elasticity. Additionally, it all seems easier in video games: if you fall you don’t really get hurt, if you lose you can start the game all over again and then you always have your progress safely saved.
This is exactly what Video Games – the new song by Jeremy Messersmith included in Mixtape for the Milky Way – reflects on. The author dedicates his latest song to video games and elevates them as a source of joy and a safe place in everyday life.
“Life isn’t much like a video game
sometimes it’s hard and there’s nowhere to save
and you can’t start it over again
so every day I play video games
I guess i don’t know what you want me to say
I just don’t want to cry anymore”
Created by the American animator Eric Power, the video clip of Video Games adds a bittersweet and nostalgic note to Messersmith’s song. Using only paper and cardboard Eric reconstructs some of the most iconic video games of the 80s and 90s, inserts them into old TV screens and creates an incredibly melancholy stop-motion video.
Among the most popular are Pacman, Tetris, Asteroid, Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing.
Can you recognize all of them?
Direction and animation: Eric Power
Lyrics and vocals: Jeremy Messersmith
Piano, synths and production: John Mark Nelson
Words by Federica Cimorelli