Monday, November 7, 2011

Codes of Honor

While you were busy sucking back milkshakes and dancing the two-step, Montreal-based artist Jon Rafman was descending deeper and deeper into the world of competitive gaming. And we don't mean FarmVille. In 2009, right around the time of the mega-release of Street Fighter IV, Rafman spent months on end hanging out at the now-shuttered Chinatown Fair, Manhattan's premiere arcade. He befriended its patrons, learned their ways, and became immersed in their culture. Now, he's emerged with Codes of Honor, a hypnotic 14 minute film about the ideas, motivations, rivalries and memories that lie beneath the joystick.

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