Bit players


Berkman may confess that playing Game Boys on stage is "inherently absurd," but he's deeply gratified that Anamanaguchi have earned respect and admiration within the 8-bit community, even as they've diverged from the purists. "I feel like it's not like the Good Charlotte situation in punk where we're, like, ruining it. It's definitely more accessible than other 8-bit music, but I don't think it sacrifices the core values of it. I think it's more of, like, a Rancid than a Good Charlotte situation."

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