It’s time for some cozy Christmassy chip and pixels goodness! This is your guide to the perfect retro Christmas.
First, you’ll want to get your mittens on Rush Coil’s 8-Bit Christmas, which you can play from bandcamp (or download for a steal at $4). This is a collection of 12 classic holiday songs, many taking cues from 8- and 16-bit classics to the point where you’ll think you heard this in your youth.
Next, for ambiance, you’ll need to pick up an awesome application called Pixel Fireplace. Created by the friendly and creative duo known as Hex-Ray Studios, Pixel Fireplace allows you to type in commands and watch a deliciously retro fireplace come to life with your suggestions (change the color or toast a marshmallow, and more!). There’s a free lite version, but the $3 full version allows you to do a lot more. It’s fun to hook this up to a big screen TV and just leave a keyboard in front of it. Check it out:
To round out the presentation, you’ll need to swing by ThinkGeek and pick up an 8-bit LED wreath. It’s pixelated, does blinky things, and features references to retro consoles and games like Tetris, Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Dragon Quest. And they’re currently on sale for 40% off!