On 28th November, the 12th festival of retro computers Artfield was held in the hall of the main building of Voronezh State University. The event brought all fascinated with the retrocomputing art together in one place: pixel artists, chiptune musicians, veterans of demoscene, developers for such platforms as ZX Spectrum, Commadore 64, Amiga, Famicom (also known as NES and in Russia – as Dendy), Sega Master System, as well as cosplayers, gamers, students, and computer culture fans.
The festival programme included an exhibition of working retro computers which could be used to play games on, an exhibition of pixel art graphic works, a display of graphic works and music created for the contest within the framework of the festival, a lecture and a master class dedicated to creating music on the game console GameBoy manufactured in 1989, a cosplay based on games, comics and films, a real-time graphics contest (during the festival the participants had to create an image in a required graphics editor on a particular topic), a Mortal Kombat 3 Ultimate tournament, and a game room.
"This year we focused mainly on art: pixel art, music and 3D. Collectors from all over Russia brought here their unusual and cult machines. Voronezh State University, and the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics in particular, lent us considerable support in the organisation of the festival", noted Artem Flo, an organiser of the festival.