Once you had an entire generation of software developers who had grown up cutting their teeth on BBSes (and, one assumes, occasionally partaking in a dram of warez), then you had people who appreciated the nostalgic power of the iconography of textmode art (and its earliest historic context -- as sparks of green or amber light against a black background) now working in the software industry and incorporating it into their own productions. One of the highest-profile appearances must have been the (computer-generated) images appearing in conjunction with "Still Alive" during the final credits roll from Valve's Portal (and a not entirely unrelated note here, the "ASCII Portal" adaptation):The '80s BBS context is invoked explicitly by Jim Munroe in his 2012 game "Guilded Youth", which takes place in two settings -- one, real-world suburbs, and two, a fantasy-themed multi-node dialup BBS accessible via C64. I don't know if artist Matt Hammill had authentic background experience in the computer art underground, but if not -- he sure did a good job faking it! (I know, this is ASCII-ish, and the C64 would have had PETSCII graphics, but I'm willing to overlook the historical inaccuracy.) Digital: A Love Story is a fascinating case study, set "5 minutes into the future of 1988" by its creator Christine Love -- who is young enough that she never got a chance to experience the BBS scene firsthand, reconstructing the milieu and aesthetic through research at the self-same textfiles.com whose Public Domain ANSI art vaults I've been recently plundering myself. What she arrived at wasn't quite ANSI art, but it was darned close! You begin in the Public Domain... Star Trek ANSI collection!) Her Story. Most of this game is spent poring over interview footage, but knowing of my interest, a friend sent over these photos of some exceptional content:
What's the context for these images?a gallery, so I can just poach from there: Teoman Irmak's work on Adventuresoft's illustrated text adventures) because that's all they had... or at least, that's all they could figure out how to use... and then there are roguelikes... but that's grist for a whole other post, to be sure!
The player is looking around on a police computer and in the Recycle Bin there is a game and its nfofile"