In his book Arcade Game Typography, type designer Toshi Omagari breaks down the evolution, design, and history of arcade game fonts.
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In the video above, he guides us through this delightful 8-bit world and breaks it down pixel by pixel.

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Let’s talk about sources!
Archive.org has a wonderful collection of vintage arcade games that you can play online. This is where many of the videos of arcade games came from.

In addition to that, Barcade allowed us to film their collection of arcades.

Toshi’s book served as a blueprint for all the fonts you see in the video. You can purchase it here:

Finally, a few great places on the internet I discovered while researching the video:
This arcade font writer created by @photonstorm

Archive.org’s magazine and manuals collection:

This list of websites compiled by Atarimania:

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Vox

June 21, 2020

Thanks so much for watching the video! I’ve listed quite a few fun things to check out in the description, including a link to archive.org’s internet arcade, which allows you to play hundreds of vintage arcade games for free online, and Toshi’s book, which will keep you occupied for hours if you’re bored at home right now! – Estelle

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KAZPA APZAK

June 21, 2020

To be creative you have to be restrained

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João Medeiros

June 21, 2020

i don't understand how you can make a video about arcade typography without talking about the computer typography that preceded it

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MC-ATE-BIT

June 21, 2020

Politicians: Video games causes violence

Game developers making fonts for their game

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poshima

June 21, 2020

Lead architect at Sony PlayStation, Mark Cerny, made marble madness at a young age. I wonder if he made that font too

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bob808

June 21, 2020

they didn't mention mario smh

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Neil Gupta

June 21, 2020

2:02 That doesn't make any sense. How would 8 bits hold enough information to control 64 pixels independently? You sure you don't mean each cell is 8 bytes not 1?

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Bartosz Kozak

June 21, 2020

It is a pity that it was not mentioned that sometimes there were fonts saved on an even smaller grid. Where the capital letter "E" was written to a height of 4 pixels 🙂 How? The center line is do by grey color not white in the lower positon 🙂

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Shelley Lloyd

June 21, 2020

who were the group of developers that created the original font?

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Luís Kupo

June 21, 2020

Long live pixel art! ❤

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Ousseynou Diba

June 21, 2020

Macky Sall is a corrupt President

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wejdy b

June 21, 2020

i’m mad i’m seeing no minecraft comments

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Basd_XGT4

June 21, 2020

THE TING GO SKRRAAAAA
Sorry I had to

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diego perez lozano

June 21, 2020

Great…really great video !! ; )

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GreenSwede

June 21, 2020

It's "Legend of Zelda", not "Legends of Zelda". You put an unnecessary s in there. How can you mess that up real talk, not just in the captions but also when you spoke.

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BeepBeepImASheep237 BeepBeepImASheep237

June 21, 2020

Lest be honest, we all came here from ROBLOX

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Cᴘᴛ Sᴇᴋʜᴀʀ

June 21, 2020

Finally YouTube recommended me Non corona

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Gavin Gardner

June 21, 2020

As a designer and typography lover, I enjoyed this video. Thank you Vox!

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Kayla Mitchell

June 21, 2020

I wish everywhere used lexend

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DogOfHades

June 21, 2020

I am more impressed that a Japanese fellow who developed games more than 40 years ago can speak so good English!

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Joshua Cantonwine

June 21, 2020

I just watched a video about font.

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Puj

June 21, 2020

Legends of Zelda hit me like a truck

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Colin Lamberton

June 21, 2020

Video games and typography – two of my favourite things combined

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jessy simon

June 21, 2020

Oh my god,this video is awesome …it's awesomeness beats any blockbuster movie…
P.S I gave a big applause to those editors and artists who created this video

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Smile for Discord

June 21, 2020

Bruh she said Legends of Zelda

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Jalyn Tan

June 21, 2020

honestly one of the best things you can do for your creativity is to try to limit it

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Michael J

June 21, 2020

Excuse me?

"Legends Of Zelda"?

THERE IS NO S!

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Logan Phillips

June 21, 2020

What are your favorite arcade games?
Feel free to reply
Mine is Dig dug

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JimmyFoxhound

June 21, 2020

6:47 Women in bikinis riding mythical creatures = unacceptable??? Oh come on that sounds awesome! 😂😂

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Marc-Anthony Nava

June 21, 2020

LegendS of Zelda….
ugh

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ZedTaku

June 21, 2020

8:02

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AHoodedPsycho DEUX

June 21, 2020

Legends?

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Sergio de la Vega

June 21, 2020

00:35 "you probably recognize it when it says this" ROASTED

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TheTuubster

June 21, 2020

2:00 No. Each tile represents 8 Bytes. That's 8^2 bits. A line of a tile consists out of 1 Byte; each pixel one Bit of it. The Byte describes only the ID of the character displayed here, but does not contain the character data itself.

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