198X is about the transformational escapism of 80’s arcades

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We live in a time where an abundance of media is nostalgic for the 1980s. Some of these works are steeped in specific cultural references to the period, like Ready Player One, which used viewers’ positive feelings about the time as a sort of crutch to get them to feel good about the work itself. Others, like the art in Simon Stålenhag’s Tales from the Loop or the film It Follows, play on this nostalgia to twist it into something else. 198X is more the latter than the former. It’s effectively an interactive movie, one where…

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