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Obey the Machine   [2009]

Obey the Machine Released by :

Release Date :
19 July 2009

Type :
C64 Graphics  (HiRes)

Hires is the new multicolour

Released At :
LCP 2009

Achievements :
C64 Graphics Competition at LCP 2009 :  #3

User rating:**********  9.5/10 (32 votes)   See votestatistics
**********  9.7/10 (12 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... JackAsser of Instinct
Music .... Linus of Crest, Resource, Tristar & Red Sector Inc., Viruz
Graphics .... Archmage of Andromeda, EN0NE, Instinct, SHAPE

SIDs used in this release :
Casting Vertigo Upon the Land(/MUSICIANS/L/Linus/Casting_Vertigo_Upon_the_Land.sid)

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Submitted by Mermaid on 1 September 2009
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Submitted by Archmage on 7 August 2009
Thanks for the nice comments everyone. You keep me going. As for the question about this being a self portrait - well, I shure wish I had a head of hair as good as this bloke. I guess there are some similarities when I look at it now. It is not a look-in-the-mirror self portrait, though, unlike one of my other C64 pictures. ;)
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Submitted by Mace on 3 August 2009
Awww, I feel for the poor guy!
Is it a self portrait, Archmage? :)
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Submitted by ne7 on 3 August 2009
i really like the way the colours are composed in this one - the cutting contrast really brings the pic out like a slap to the face, a bit like the person in the pic :) nice one archie!
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Submitted by PAL on 31 July 2009
It is a massive display of talent, taste, decition and determination this one. It is absolutely stunning and so well created that I just have to take my hat off and boil it for supper... WOW what a cool image and style you have found here... I know what you say about the blured images in a way... this is sharp and fresh and new to me... really great! Shape is a group that for me were very special because I were in and because my friends are in and were in. I also think shape is a classy group in a way, even the members look like shit and have bad manners... he he... but true, I love shape and always I have done so. The phoenix demo really were a display of taste and style back then and ever scince I just loved the group. I think you are one of the absolute best additions to the group in its history, no one can top unitrax for me but hey, that is just me...

Your PAL
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Submitted by GT on 23 July 2009
The best graphician on the C-64. Of course he is norwegian, and of course he is in Shape. We can't spoil the fun by letting him win every time.
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Submitted by Joe on 23 July 2009
I knew it before the party: You are King Kong and there is no match against you :)
One must fail and fail good. I do still like the refreshing touch Veto did on his image,
otherwise Mermaid is one hell of a Queen on the subject as well, although she didn't participate...
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Submitted by Almighty God on 23 July 2009
Really who want NUFLI we have Hires... :) Very very nice mate...
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Submitted by Sander on 22 July 2009
Yeah, i agree the non dithering really adds to a new kind of style. Dithering would turn this piece into something more common. I believe there's an interesting path to go there! (the proof is above here :)
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Submitted by Archmage on 22 July 2009
@Everybody: thanks for the nice comments people!

@Twoflower & Deekay. Those are valid points about the dithering and shading, but the absence of these elements is a result of a conscious decision on my part. I think a lot of C64 gfx comes across as "fluffy" (for lack of better words), and that is mostly the result of people not mastering or losing control when it comes to the aforementioned techniques. I know for one that this has happened to some of my pictures in the past. I wanted the colours in this image to come across as brutally distinct and burning and arrogant without any filter, so I chose to try a new approach instead of going down the same old road. Looking at it now there are a few spots that could need some fixing (where the chars show too much mainly), but time ran out so I had to choose between releasing or sitting on it - perhaps forever. I chose releasing for the sake of the LCP gfx-competition, and I am glad I did. Being beat by Oys and Veto leaves me hungry still. Mark my words, I'll get you bastards the next time! :D
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Submitted by Radiant on 21 July 2009
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Submitted by Frost on 21 July 2009
@Twoflower: How do you do antialias in hires?
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Submitted by Twoflower on 21 July 2009
Really nice pic, although I have to agree with Deekay concerning the technique. The colorhandling, composition and choice of motive is great, but it lacks some of the polish (antialias, dithering, etc.) which would have made it gleam like a straight 10.
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Submitted by v3to on 21 July 2009
ace! the motive is fun and design/pixel technique straight forward. my fav at the compo
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Submitted by Frost on 21 July 2009
One word: YES!
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Submitted by tempest on 21 July 2009
Ok, I think this one clearly says that I should keep my feeble hires attempts unreleased. What a striking style and fresh way of using colors. Archmage has taken the limited c64 palette and really made it his own.
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Submitted by Jucke on 21 July 2009
Sickeningly good. Straight ten from me, but im not even sure that is enough. Archmage you blew me away with this one. Killed all others in the gfx compo in a split second for me.
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Submitted by duce on 20 July 2009
ARGH!mage... you SOB! stop doing great pics like this!! :D
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Submitted by Clarence on 20 July 2009
This is a sequel, the machine having it's revenge after using it like a lollipop in Datazombies From Hell! ;)
Very nice work!

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Submitted by nada on 20 July 2009
sooo expressive...!! und soo funny :D :D \o/
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Submitted by daison on 20 July 2009
Cool image in general and excellent hi-res.
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Submitted by Stainless Steel on 20 July 2009
Great stuff Arch. And the F-Keys seem to be on the right side this time too :-D
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Submitted by SIDWAVE on 20 July 2009
This is clearly a self portrait
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Submitted by NecroPolo on 20 July 2009
This one is stunning. Not my absolute fave from the compo collection - but still, f'n great. If I was there voting - you would give me hard time to decide if I like Joe's pic to #1 or this one...
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Submitted by Deev on 20 July 2009
Excellent! You're just as good in hires mode as multicolour! I love the composition, the way the colours swirl together, awesome!
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Submitted by yago on 19 July 2009
indian c64 scener rocks
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Submitted by DeeKay on 19 July 2009
Very very nice Hires piece. But Archmage is the god in borh antialiasing and dithering, and this picture lacks both....
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Submitted by saehn on 19 July 2009
Yet more great hi-res art! Now I need to hurry up and finish up my own only hi-res piece. Awesome.
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Submitted by ptoing on 19 July 2009
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Submitted by jailbird on 19 July 2009
Jailbird bows in front of one of the Gods of C64 pixelling

\o/ _.._ \o/ _.._

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Submitted by Oswald on 19 July 2009
love it :)
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Submitted by Hoild on 19 July 2009
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