We totally understand if you’re not ready to head back out into the world, but you might be missing out on a strange trend at the gigs of your favourite artists. It’s becoming more and more likely that someone, right up front, will capture a moment on their Nintendo 3DS.
It’s not clear who started the trend, but it is a trend. 3DS filming is now almost certain at gigs by extremely online artists like 100 gecs and Porter Robinson, but they’ve since been spotted at shows by the likes of Rina Sawayama, Deftones, Tyler The Creator, JPEGMAFIA and Charli XCX.
Is the footage any good? Absolutely not. The maximum resolution of the 3DS camera is 640×480 pixels. The audio isn’t any better, with the microphone totally incapable of withstanding any level of amplified bass. It’s probably one of the worst tools to use if you want to revisit the experience of seeing the performer again in any decent fidelity. And yet it’s captured the hearts of gig-goers all the same.
As far as we’re able to tell, the emerging phenomenon started in October of last year at a show by British rock band Bring Me The Horizon (no strangers to being memed, as their song “Can You Feel My Heart” has become the backing track to the GigaChad). The trend began to really take off recently, with the likely cause being this viral tweet documenting pictures being taken on an original DS during a London show by South Korean boy band ATEEZ.