Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style
The Arcade is a seasonal event when dozens of talented designers are each given a gacha machine to fill. Gacha are little vending machines full of different things that are delivered at random much like the candy and toy machines you might see by the doors at your grocery store. Fashionistas can then pay a fraction of what the item would normally cost for a random variation-- if they're really lucky, they may even snap up one of the rare ones, and if not they should at least be able to find someone to trade with nearby.
But the designers aren't the only talented people behind this event. Just look at these nostalgia-laden machinima ads that SL photographer and blogger Thalia Heckroth made to promote The Arcade's latest round:
The machinima above reminds me a lot of those collections of ceramic light-up houses so many people love to decorate with around the holidays. All it's missing is a little mirrored skating rink with two rosy-cheeked (and magnet-footed) children doing figure-8s. It's short, sweet, and simple, with a lot of jawdropping lighting and depth-of-field effects.
However, I think I might like the first one that Thalia made even more, just for featuring Archie the creepy/charming old man who always stands at the front door or The Arcade to greet guests:
You can see much more of Thalia's work on her blog and her Flickr, or check out what's up for grabs at The Arcade before visiting for yourself [SLURL]. Just remember that this round of The Arcade ends on December 31st, so swing by before it's all gone!Tweet
Iris Ophelia (Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Times and has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and with pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.