Jess Tat
Jess Tat — digital designer & noodle lover
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Atari Shock

 

ATARI SHOCK

 

 a collaged book of lost, forgotten, broken, and misplaced treasures dug out of the storage of a retro video game store

 
 
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Like many other kids in the 90s, a retro game store is like a flashing museum of lost treasures. Working at such a store myself, I became acquainted with hundreds who visited this treasure trove to leave their memories behind. They would hand me cartridges and games, some broken, some valuable, be it for money, moving on, forgetting an ex-partner, and every other reason. Every trade-in had a story that we would catalog in our inventory for re-sale, or stock away in the basement. Eventually, the storage became flooded with these items. So I dug through it and made this.

Eventually, the storage became flooded with these items. So I dug through it and made this.

 
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Photographed and collaged together in Photoshop.

This book is currently an unfinished project I wish to revisit with greater development in the future. The title Atari Shock comes from the video game crash of 1983 that resulted in landfills full of Atari titles. Revisiting the idea of video game "junk" as undiscovered treasure, this collage format aimed to refashion and remix the diversity of junk and beauty in video game peripherals and devices, reflective of their individual personalities.