Nostalgia Studies: ‘Ultima IV disks’

The Ultima IV computer game from the mid-1980s is an early masterpiece of digital art. Like many retro-games, I think deep-down people are more attracted to the visuals of the game than the actual gameplay. The packaging of these games and even the consoles themselves—whether an Apple II computer or an early Nintendo system—are also surprisingly beautiful, and increasingly so as time passes. This work in the 2019 Nostalgia Studies series pays homage to 5 1/4” Ultima IV disks, magical-looking objects that continue to hold my attention decades later.

“Ultima IV disks”, 100 cm x 70 cm, mixed media on paper.