Hi there. My name is Abel M’Vada. Publicly, I’m an artist and gif animator whose work can be found on deviantArt and on tumblr. But privately, behind closed doors, I am an obsessive video game fanatic, especially where older games are concerned. I drool over Dig Dug, twitch around Tempest, and fixate on Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa – all right, not so much the last one, but you get the idea.
My introduction to video games was through the arcade, where games with vector displays had a magical, hypnotic glow that made me want to willingly give up my allowance (or steal someone else’s and give that up). Then it was the Atari 2600 that solidified my infatuation. After that, I learned to make my own (really shitty) games on the Vic 20, graduated to the Commodore 64, got myself hooked on NES, addicted to PC gaming, spaced out on X-Box, ad nauseam. It’s gotten so bad now that whenever I hear any sort of electronic beep, I go into convulsions. Sad, really.
Exaggerating aside, I really love all the work that goes into a well crafted game. Learning about games has pushed me explore diverse fields of interest; graphic design, architecture, psychology, golf (yeah, that’s right, I learned to golf with EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA Tour). And video games have played (and still play) an enormous influence on my artwork. Except for fighting games. I suck at fighting games (it’s all just random button-mashing!).