These Super Mario and Pac-Man Dioramas Capture the Fatal Charm of Classic Video GamesS

Death—or its watered-down digital equivalent—was never too far-off in the arcade classics of yesteryear. Whether it's angry ghosts in primary colors from Pac-Man or a missed jump in Super Mario Bros, players never forgot that they were surrounded by end-of-life scenarios.

Maybe that awareness is what makes these game-focused creations from California artist Senor Chips so great. His work riffs off the traditional Day of the Dead dioramas called calacas and touches on other pop cultural favorites like Tron, Hello Kitty and South Park. Nerd collective Iam8bit will be showcasing Chips' work in a free gallery show that opens this Friday.

Halloween's right around the corner. So, this is the perfect place to be if you've got a craving to look at a little skull-headed version of Charlie Brown miss out on kicking the football. Turns out that's a pretty great thing to see.

Hecho en el Norte [Iam8bit]

These Super Mario and Pac-Man Dioramas Capture the Fatal Charm of Classic Video GamesS

These Super Mario and Pac-Man Dioramas Capture the Fatal Charm of Classic Video GamesS

These Super Mario and Pac-Man Dioramas Capture the Fatal Charm of Classic Video GamesS

These Super Mario and Pac-Man Dioramas Capture the Fatal Charm of Classic Video GamesS