Video game nostalgia is a powerful thing.
Any grown manchild who was weaned on the consoles of yesteryear — the NES, the Genesis, the rare but wonderful handheld Atari Lynx — has a soft spot for pixelly graphics, bleepy-bloopy music and two-dimensional side-scrolling fantasy worlds.
What does it do? It makes your photos look like crap, that’s what. You take a picture, run it through the app and — presto — it becomes a blocky, barely recognizable mosaic of pixels and incorrect colors, as if you’ve magically become the protagonist in Dig Dug.
It’s the Instagram motif — easy, immediate photo modifications without any cumbersome Photoshopping — taken to its illogical extreme.
What PowerUp basically does is put your pictures in a time machine, launch them back to 1988 and shove them through the tiny brain of an Atari 2600.
The net effect of this two-dollar app: really bad pictures.
Perhaps next we’ll see an app that turns your photos into the crayon scribblings of a hyperactive toddler.
Thanks, Sushigrass, but we’re perfectly capable of taking awful photos without any help.