Video games have changed a lot over the years, especially in terms of graphics. Characters have transformed from blocky 8-bit shapes to realistic 3D models—and some characters like Mario and Sonic have even survived the transition. Some might assume the limitations on graphics made game designers work harder to create simple, iconic and memorable characters, while game characters today lack the same level of recognition. But illustrator Fabian Gonzalez puts 30 years of game characters on the same level by stripping them down to their most basic shapes. The Minimalist Video Game Poster features old school favorites like Link, Megaman and Kirby and puts them next to characters like Master Chief, Sam Fisher and Gordon Freeman. Surprisingly gamers will find themselves picking out just as many 3D characters as old school pixilated ones.

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