Love Hultén’s Artistic Gaming Systems Combine Technology And Craftsmanship

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In his beautiful retro/modern gaming systems, Swedish designer and craftsman Love Hultén combines technology with classical artisan techniques. His wood encased computers and classic arcade games are both lovely and functional. Hand-crafted and refined, the technique, ornamentation and finish are traditionally Swedish.

“Hultén wants to resuscitate a fading culture and create curiosity towards the origin of video gaming, pushing gaming into a new context, making the arcade an artistic equivalent to the painting on your wall.

By working with materials that, without regular maintenance and daily care, grows a unique patina, the expiry date of a product is extended. The product will breathe through time, rather than get suffocated by it.”

For the gaming units, vintage arcade favorites such as Pac Man and Asteroids are encased in solid wood. Joystick pads and controllers are made from walnut, and custom leather bags are available for some portable units. Hultén’s works were recently shown in his first US show at the Holy Circuit exhibit at Austere in Los Angeles, California.

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Robin Burkinshaw

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Above is an image capture from Alice and Kev, a project from British game design student Robin Burkinshaw. The project, presented as a frequently updated blog, tracks the lives of a homeless father and daughter family Burkinshaw created in the Sims 3. She guides the two characters as little as possible, instead relying on AI and their set personality traits (the father is insane, while the daughter is compassionate). The amount of conflict created by these two characters is on par with pretty much any soap opera – and despite being completely artificial computer game characters, the humanity of them is plainly evident in the entries’ comments, in which readers express sympathy for various characters and contempt for others.

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