It's been over six years since the inaugural iam8bit exhibition in Los Angeles; not long after was an explosion of similar group shows across the world. And after laying low for a while (over time, the iam8bit "brand" has spun off into different avenues, like art direction and event promotion), the one thing that many cite as the primary reason why game inspired artwork has become the norm on gallery walls, is making a comeback.

Dubbed SUPER iam8bit, this fifth showing promises to be the biggest and best yet. Over 100 artists will again be celebrating gaming's past though a variety of mediums, including illustration, painting, sculpture, and even more interactive forms. Three special attractions have thus far been announced: a nod to Galaga's 30th anniversary in the form of "the world's largest arcade cabinet", a "retro-fied" Kinect hack courtesy of Drew Skillman from Double Fine, and designer decal collective BLIK 's transformation of the entire 4,500 square foot space (nearly five times the size of the very first show) into an "80s gaming wonderland."

DJ R-Rated will also be spinning records all night long, along with special performances by chiptuners Leeni and A_Rival. A second iam8bit book has also been announced, and it too is called SUPER iam8bit, the sequel to the best-selling first collection. Weighing in at 160-plus pages, over 80 artists and their work will be highlighted, presumably from past iam8bit shows and projects. Additional details regarding both are still forthcoming, but mark your calendars: the opening festivities goes down on August 11, from 7pm to 11pm,. The address is 2147 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026. For more info, simply got to the iam8bit website.