hehe well the brief was 'arcade' which made me think retro video games, which led me to neon lights which led me to this design so there is definitely some grounds in what you are saying but maybe not the way you mean yeah there was def some great work going on 2000-2002 that now seems to have become 'untendy' being replaced by girl stock manipulations. i like to think my work is more conceptual than older work which was more abstract though.
glad you like it, your stuff is awesome as always!
I agree, back then there was lots of crap designs that looked decent (just looks, no concept). My stuff has never touched the 3d style, not even back then, though I did always like the works of those days with a good concept!