Digital Make-Believe: Imagining the Self in Pixelvision

In Pixelvision, everybody’s beautiful, everybody’s a hero.—Joe Militus, “Discontinued: The Story of the Pxl-2000” (1997)11Hamlet (2000)First announced at the American International Toy Fair in 1987, toy company Fisher-Price released the Pxl-2000 at a starting price range of $100 to $200. The camcorder—known colloquially as the "Pixelvision"—was initially developed2 as one of many “toys for older children.” But because of its high costs and ambiguous target audience—too demanding for some kids; too juvenile for others—the Pixelvision waned in sales until Fisher-Price eventually halted its production in 19893. The discontinuation, however, did not circumscribe Pixelvision’s noticeable surge in popularity among zealous Dv aficionados. But for those in need of affordable and portable film equipment, the firmware of Pixelvision was both a blessing and a curse: Requiring only a cheap audiocassette tape, the lightweight device records eleven to fifteen minutes of grainy black-and-white footage at a time; but each frame is ruptured by inextricable,

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