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Disconnect   [2015]

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Release Date :
28 March 2015

Type :
C64 Graphics  (MultiColor + Sprites)

Released At :
Gubbdata 2015

Achievements :
C64 Graphics Competition at Gubbdata 2015 :  #1

User rating:**********  9.8/10 (85 votes)   See votestatistics
**********  10/10 (39 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... Firehawk of Hoaxers
Graphics .... Joe of Artstate, Hoaxers, Wrath Designs

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Submitted by Wile Coyote on 15 November 2022
One of Joe's best.
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Submitted by 4gentE on 17 December 2021
Stunning pic...
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Submitted by El Jefe on 17 December 2021
Awesome pic!

Reminds me a bit of:
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Submitted by katon on 16 December 2021
K I N G AND M A S T E R OF PIXELS I T S ONE AND ONLY JOE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@@@@
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Submitted by FABS on 19 June 2018
Pure Art! AMAZING!
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Submitted by Hate Bush on 14 July 2015
how come i haven't commented upon this yet? this is breathtaking, probably the best c64 pic i've ever seen.
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Submitted by NecroPolo on 5 July 2015
It has such a level and depth of visual competence that I fail to produce but succeed to comprehend. As for the effect on the viewer, it is a metal song written in pixels instead of notes. And it's great for one, it must be among my most favourite pixel art pieces I've ever seen. Respecto!
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Submitted by Jak T Rip on 14 June 2015
Simply wonderful. Perfect combination of technical brilliance and motive.
Who were the "downvoters" only giving a 9 or 8? ;-))
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Submitted by Joe on 6 June 2015
Thanks Jok, that means something to me. Besides I adore your artwork!
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Submitted by Jok on 5 June 2015
Idea and restrictions work together here - very good
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Submitted by Martinland on 5 April 2015
Quite astonishing!
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Submitted by Fresh on 2 April 2015
Unbelievable piece of art!
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Submitted by Frantic on 2 April 2015
Another picture by Joe. Another crystal clear 10/10. :)
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Submitted by Joe on 2 April 2015
On the 3rd of March, I asked Firehawk about a show-routine for a whole-border image,
along with a small mock-up (similar in content, different in character). Ideas on
how sprites could be used more efficient for the quality of the result was refused
for a completely free area (for future use of the actual code) I asked about rasters
in the side-border and was leaned it would affect the $d021 in the bitmap.
Which I found useful.

Two weeks into the process, the picture had to change from 8 sprites to 7 sprites in
the upper and lower borders, with a complete rework of the image. Bad lines would repeat
colors in the rastered background so everything was somewhat changed.

The work is completely made up on a sketch on paper (5 days), later translated to 8-bit
graphics, all the work for the image was held in a layered Photoshop document, where I
could change graphics independently of the position. Also to test colors.

The main pixel work was done in PixCen (20 days). Everything else is code, which was
started early in the process, on and off each greater update (The work of the image
was done regardless.) until a set deadline for the 27:th of March.
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Submitted by Scarzix on 2 April 2015
wondering, which tools did you use? did you draw some, code the viewer, then draw some more or did you start out, planning exactly how much of the border you would open and then filled in the pixels or? and which programs if I may ask?
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Submitted by daison on 1 April 2015
Wow... amazing, speechless
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Submitted by algorithm on 31 March 2015
This is the definition of elite concept and pixelling. Straight 10/10
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Submitted by Joe on 30 March 2015
Thank you for all the votes and comments!

Prowler: I agree that it tends to be rather flat and even in level.
I choose to work with black for the border sprites and heavy outlines
with little dither. Could have made it different all together,
but the content and experiment surpassed the image and so did 25 days.

Hedning: Thanks for participating your great party.

For those who wonder what I got, it was a t-shirt with Mermaids
dinosaur from the recent image “Walking on the Moon”.
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Submitted by hedning on 30 March 2015
Crazy cool, Joe. It was an honour to be able to shake your hand and hand over the first price. Brilliant work here.
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Submitted by Stone on 30 March 2015
Unbelievable! \o/
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Submitted by Pad on 30 March 2015
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Submitted by prowler on 30 March 2015
Superb work Joe - congratulations on the win! One thing I reflected upon when I first saw it was that the image lacked some "depth". This might be intentional and gives that extra arty/illustrational feel to it. A full 10 of course!
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Submitted by Malmix on 30 March 2015
Incredible in so many ways.
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Submitted by Ksubi on 30 March 2015
As usual, Joe goes above and beyond. Wonderful artwork that I can just stare at and look at all the detail. Thumbs up to Firehawk also!
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Submitted by Scarzix on 30 March 2015
jaw dropping - watching the live stream when this was shown. DAMN!... thats awesome!
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Submitted by Sith on 30 March 2015
Wut da fuck?!? So trippy, yet looks so lively, detailed and real. Reminds me of some Chemical Bros vid. A worthy winner.
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Submitted by PAL on 29 March 2015
fantastic... it is just a gem to come back to in the years to come. My hat is down and I bow to you, master of the trade.
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Submitted by Matt on 29 March 2015
Holy crap my eyeballs just popped out of my head.
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Submitted by GH on 29 March 2015
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Submitted by fenz on 29 March 2015
Mind blown!
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Submitted by Shine on 29 March 2015
Perfection in it's own class!!! <3 Congratulation! 10/10
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Submitted by rez on 29 March 2015
awesome use of border :D
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Submitted by jailbird on 29 March 2015
Oh my fucking god. This is... WOW.
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Submitted by Cresh on 29 March 2015
All is full of love.
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Submitted by Metal Maniac on 29 March 2015
Wow. I am impressed!
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Submitted by redcrab on 29 March 2015
Lots of smart stuff going on here!
Wothy winner indeed
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Submitted by Oswald on 29 March 2015
holy mother of sweet god, my eyes almost popped out until I understood how you managed to get more colors in the sideborders. genious!
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Submitted by Mixer on 29 March 2015
This is brilliant in so many ways.
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Submitted by grip on 29 March 2015
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Submitted by awsm on 29 March 2015
Witchcraft. Amazing in both technical execution and artistic direction.
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Submitted by Hein on 29 March 2015
Obviously made with so much patience and love for the machine. Incredible. Also good that you stress for more explorations beyond the borders, allthough this picture will last forever.
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Submitted by ilesj on 29 March 2015
Wha!! I don't even...

It's Joe-fantastic, plus it's full borders! Out of words.
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Submitted by LMan on 29 March 2015
Hugely impressive pixelwork.
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Submitted by psych on 29 March 2015
@Mermaid, this is exactly what I wrote him today :)
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Submitted by Mermaid on 29 March 2015
You're unbeatable, Joe! :)
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Submitted by Brush on 29 March 2015
Original and perfectly executed!
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Submitted by Digger on 29 March 2015
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Submitted by Dr.j on 29 March 2015
totally super duper awesome ++ 12/10. Joe you are not human mate ;-)
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Submitted by SIDWAVE on 29 March 2015
Holy crap... :)
James does what everybody does: 1 key at the time, it makes a pixel, note, or writes letters... but when he does it, it comes out this way, the "we gonna have skeleton sex!" way :)
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Submitted by TheRyk on 29 March 2015
hell yeah
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Submitted by encore on 29 March 2015
Didn't look all that great on the projector but looks fantastic on my C64. Awesome fullscreener.
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Submitted by Jammer on 29 March 2015
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