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Game Boy Camera images from 2000 seem 10 times as old

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

The Game Boy Camera's resolution could be measured in kilopixels. But even something so underpowered and low-resolution can deliver art, given enough time and nostalgia.

David Friedman, a New York photographer, recently found a trove of images he snapped with the Game Boy Camera in 2000, a peripheral Nintendo launched for its original handheld in 1998. What looks almost like an 8-bit interpretation of the fountain at Rockefeller Plaza was in fact a snapshot taken live, the same as the snapshots of subway passengers, the New York Public Library, and a selfie — long before that term entered common use.

Friedman's entire gallery is posted at Designboom. Go check it out. Though the images were taken with a modern piece of equipment only 14 years ago, their archaic quality gives them the air of daguerreotypes shot 160 years ago.

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