Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.
It’s rare a viral GIF is birthed on Blogspot, but indeed today’s was. What began as a simple Adobe Illustrator picture of game controllers through the ages became first a Vimeo, then a GIF on Tumblr, and now a sensation.
Artist Chris Koelsch created the image, a submission to Threadless, and posted it to Flickr, where it received 2,350 views and 4 favorites. It apparently never did become a T-shirt. He cross-posted the art to his blog ThisnThatAndSomeShirts on Blogspot, July 31, 2011. Four days later, he’d pulled an all-nighter and turned it into an Apple Motion video, blogged it, and put it up on Vimeo, where it got a whopping 46 likes. As he explained there, “Nintendo always has been and always will be a constant element in my life. This piece is a tribute to their life thus far.”
Forty-six likes. Clearly, the world was not ready for this.
It was about time someone unpaused this epic work of geekery.