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Skullflower   [2021]

Skullflower Released by :
Extend [web]

Release Date :
25 September 2021

Type :
C64 Graphics  (MultiColor + Sprites)

Released At :
World Wide ZOO

Achievements :
C64 Graphics Competition at World Wide ZOO :  #3

User rating:**********  9.7/10 (21 votes)   See votestatistics
**********  9.8/10 (9 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... Copyfault of Dienstagstreff, The Obsessed Maniacs, The Solution
Graphics .... Electric of Extend

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Submitted by Stakker on 16 October 2021
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Submitted by Iapetus/Algarbi/Wood on 29 September 2021
So cool! Want to see more stuff from you of this kind. Congrats
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Submitted by Aomeba on 27 September 2021
Great pic, and I *love* the use of 2x2 pixels. I understand the technical reasons behind it, but it also happens to look good.
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Submitted by Electric on 27 September 2021
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Submitted by Electric on 27 September 2021
Another test with colourmixing done in 2x2 mode, MC chars with rasters in three of the colours ($d800=black) + sprites on top and bottom borders. So the actual b/w pixeling is just 136 x 136 pixels.

This was based on a painting I made, see crop in the workstages.

Answering to Joe and others pondering why 2x2 mode: there is a very reason for that:

I was thinking on how to go further with the raster colouring and came up with this – with 2x2 mode I can actually have TWO colours in one 2x2 “pixel” that on a CRT get bit of mixed resulting in a mixed tone. You may notice that generally as the whole image looking bit outta C64 palette. 2x2 mode indeed looks bit outta C64 in general, kinda retroish look there

The whole thing worked actually better than I thought, as well that 2x2 colourmixing. So, I’ll prolly work on something more with this mode. If you’re a coder looking for some fresh approaches to effect, this might interest you as well – as this is in char mode should be relatively to easy to effect as well.

Anyway, here again I tried to pixel the b/w version the best way I could, putting all the ‘image information’ there and leaving the colours mostly just for the mixing. Due the details and the low resolution I also tried to keep the black dithering to minimum.

Again Kudos to Copyfault for the code.

And like ‘Fleshy’ this works fine with the recent updates of VICE. Just take a look at it on CRT which was the target.
User Comment
Submitted by Copyfault on 27 September 2021
@Ian: same here as in the other pic from Electric I did the displayer code for...
You write:
> 952 86 01 ea
and fuck off to this silly emufuxxoring irq init, not required apparently for this production =)

I do not really agree with this! Are we coders now requested to respect the fact that there are outdated emulators still in use? Reference should be a real machine, but maybe that's just me being too naive or what...

Again: *if* you need a proper fix for older emus, pm me and I'll see what I can do. It does not help anybody if an emufuxxoring-anti-flaming is started...
@Soci: thanks for pointing out "the risks" ;)

On the pic: for me this has a good portion of CGA-vibe in it. The 2x2-pixeling is an absolute killer for me (in a positive way ofcourse). @Electric: this pixeling technique creates something really magic - outstanding!
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Submitted by soci on 26 September 2021
@iAN CooG: Right, but that may throw off the timing sometimes. Anyway I managed to hack my XAW x64 3.2 to handle this annoyance regardless.
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Submitted by ptoing on 26 September 2021
Really fresh piece. Have yet to check it on the real thing, but I am sure it will look even better there.
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Submitted by iAN CooG on 26 September 2021
> 952 86 01 ea
and fuck off to this silly emufuxxoring irq init, not required apparently for this production =)
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Submitted by katon on 26 September 2021
Amazing work !
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Submitted by Digger on 25 September 2021
2x2 is such rarity on C64. Great stuff!
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Submitted by Shine on 25 September 2021
GTKVice 3.4 & 3.5 works fine here.
Older Vice versions don't run though (CCS64 3.9.2 also not)
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Submitted by Joe on 25 September 2021
Really cool! But, why is it 2x2? :D
Can't get this one to work either on Emulator VICE 3.1 without cart. What special tools do I need I don't have :D
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Submitted by Carrion on 25 September 2021
2x2 pixels + raster lines changed every line is really creative approach. Pixelart wise it's a masterpiece as always! I love it!
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Submitted by Isildur on 25 September 2021
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Submitted by Jammer on 25 September 2021
I totally adore the use of 2x2 mode <3
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