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Some people admire and protect their love objects; others tear them apart and force them to do things they were never meant to. Marcin Ramocki and Justin Strawhand’s 8-bit is about the latter kind of lover: devotees of early video games who now use that primitive technology (based on 8-bit processors) to make music and art. The documentary seems to have been shot mostly in New York and includes one Japanese 8-bitter, but many of the participants are European. Remember Atari Teenage Riot? That Berlin trio is not mentioned, but many kindred spirits appear, producing tinny “chiptunes” on antique electronic devices. The film covers the pre-PC video games available only to mainframe programmers and traces 8-bit art to pioneering “crackers.” They opened the gates for cyber-trespassers to strip shooter games of violence, ponder the games’ “illusion of choice,” and turn Gameboys into flashbacks to the Casiotone era. The film shows at 8 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 7th St. & Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 633-1000.