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I like pixel art for the same reason I like chiptunes--it's people using the computer itself as the instrument or paintbrush. Now they just slavishly try to copy movies or cartoons. Once they were able to easily and economically digitize, a lot of the creativity was lost. Now you're playing a game and the music sounds identical to a movie soundtrack. Pretty soon the graphics will be indistinguishable from real actors...Some consider that a huge leap forward, and I think it's important that we reach that level, but it's not the ultimate goal.
I've said this before, but I think it's worth it to say it again... One could make the case that just like the availability of photography freed painters from having to create realistic artwork, which generated more abstract work and styles, it's arguable that once we achieve digital reality, it too will free our designers to explore more abstract visuals (and even concepts).
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