Camille Laurelli / Open Water /

“Artist Camille Laurelli (…) grew up with Tetris at the golden age of the 80’s and 90’s video games. He has witnessed the lack of imagination of programmers and seen how consoles such as Atari 2600 almost managed to ruin the fun. There was an economic war being fought among video game producers in Western Europe and in Japan and it was caused by North American video game crash of 1983. It is thanks to Mario and because Nintendo didn’t call their first machine a video game, that the playful future was saved. A hedgehog called Sonic, from a company called Sega, gave to video games a new lease of life and launched a technological competition that still has no end in sight. At that time in Eastern Europe, the market was flooded by cheap copies and clones of these game machines. But that is another story.” (Laurelli, p. 11)

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