It’s Only an 8-Bit Moon

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“Overture” | Atlas: Year One · Sleeping at Last

Each post this month is set to a different track from this amazing album. “Overture” is about the birth of the adventure of life.


We claim our lands
We tame our seas
We carve our names
On the surface of history


It’s Only an 8-Bit Moon

One of my favorite pieces of imagery in this gorgeous game is the moon, it’s gradient yellows hanging large at the end of a long journey. I’m not sure why, but it symbolizes more than anything else of the first video game adventure I ever had.

Kirby’s Adventure NES 

Despite the retro gloriousness of accomplishing that level of detail on 8-bit hardware, nothing compares to the real thing. When I was a child, maybe nine or ten years old, I remember a prolific fall night with a chill in the air. I was visiting my grandparent’s farm in rural Georgia, U.S., and I had walked outside to see the biggest moon hovering there above the fields. It must have been the size of a quarter held right in front of me. I could count every crater on its surface, and it was so bright that the light actually reflected off the crops which were ready to be harvested. It was on that night I felt an inspiration that to this day has never gone away.

I don’t remember for sure, but there’s a very good chance I played Kirby’s Adventure on that day.

I’ve noticed a commonality among individuals of the human race over the years. Other people rarely stand in our way directly, but rather we ourselves are often our biggest hindrance.

We are capable of so much. Hidden in our hearts is the potential for unbelievable kindness, an undeniable pension for creating art, and the knowledge to craft developments enabling all of humanity to live better lives. We are truly able, with the right motivation, to see great things through from beginning to end.

This is what I learned in the classroom that is Kirby’s Adventure, the first video game I ever played and finished. It doesn’t matter who you are, your life is an adventure — a surprisingly long journey upon which you’ll encounter both friends and obstacles, beauty and darkness. That darkness may be strong and powerful — nightmarish even — but with the right attitude you can be a warrior who conquers it.

What was your first video game? What do you think of it now? Let us know in the comments!


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Adventure Map
Introduction: Pixel for Your Thoughts: A 30-Day Video Game Reflection Challenge
Previous: Pixel for Your Thoughts: A 30-Day Video Game Reflection Challenge
Next: The Park Bench on Main Street | Day 2
Related: My First Video Game | A Kirby’s Adventure Retrospective
Inspired by: A Geeky Gal’s 30-Day Video Game Challenge
Response to: VGC Day 1 – What was your very first video game?
Into anime?: There’s a challenge for that, too!


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Matthew Estes. STL-based Blogger. Graphic Designer. Happily Married. One day I'll actually complete a book I'm happy with. I love pizza, video games, and using way too many ellipses...

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