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What I have found in my vast experience of experimentation and failure is that I don't have a single bone in my body that can draw anything. Sure, I'm a master at stick figures, but my skill isn't even to the level to allow me to do masterpieces of modern art like Rory does. Since I've been working on a 2d tile-based game engine, I have found that I long to have any sort of drawing skills. In that vein, I came across some really good links if you are at all interested in pixel art or arcade-like game art.

The first link is a set of tutorials that I really like called “So You Want To Be A Pixel Artist?”. What I especially like about the tutorials are that they explain concepts to the laymen (like me :D). Great job, Tsugumo!!

The next link is a whole book on computer game art that is available for download in pdf format (yes, the whole book!). It was originally published by Wordware Publishing, and unfortunately was taken out of print a while ago. Luckily for us, a free digital distribution of the book was made available. You can find it here. I haven't read it yet but Tsugumo (from the tutorials above) plugs the book so it can't be half bad.

I can't wait to load this book, along with others like Graphics Programming Black Book by Michael Abrash and Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus by Andre LaMothe onto my new toy that I should be getting in the coming weeks (finally, I will be one of the cool kids on the block!! (HA! I don't look so fat now do I losers?!?)). Sure, most of these books (if not all) are surely out of date now, but I feel that it is always good to learn where things started and to understand the history behind the current technology. With that said, I am going to plug the XGameStation again just because I can (buy one now (CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKAAAAAAAAA)) :P.

p.s. I fear that the wrestling quote above may have just tagged me as a super loser. Oh well, I don't care. You know why? Because THE CHAMP IS HERE!!!

p.p.s. Oops, I did it again

p.p.p.s. Crap, does it make me even more of a loser if I quote Britney Spears (without a teenage daughter to blame)?

p.p.p.p.s. Oh forget it, I don't care because I like Britney.

p.p.p.p.p.s. And by like, I really mean hate. Not personally, just musically. (maybe a little personally (well, maybe not since she didn't actually do anything to deserve my hatred))

p.p.p.p.p.p.s. I'm cool and you're not!

p.p.p.p.p.p.p.s. I HAVE MORE P THAN YOU EVER WILL!!!! :P (oh, wait a minute....)

[edit: Thanks for the correction Ian. What can I say? I've never been a person that was allowed to understand and enjoy the niceties of language and culture :)]

Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2004 12:34 AM Game Development | Back to top

Comments on this post: My pixels are bigger than your pixels!!!

# re: My pixels are bigger than your pixels!!!
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You may well have more Ss, but I'm afraid you've got it wrong. The correct forms are:



"p.s." is short for "post script". And not the programming language. It's latin, "post" meaning "after", and "script" meaning pretty much what it looks like it means. So the bit after the "post script" is the "post post script". What you've got here is "post script script" which makes no obvious sense...
Left by Ian Griffiths on Sep 30, 2004 9:15 AM

# re: My pixels are bigger than your pixels!!!
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Yeah, but everyone does p.p.s. and it would we hard to have more Ps than everyone in that case. I have to be unique somehow, including incorrect language constructs :D.
Left by Jason Olson on Sep 30, 2004 11:50 AM

# re: My pixels are bigger than your pixels!!!
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Okay, I'm lying. Changing now....
Left by Jason Olson on Sep 30, 2004 11:50 AM

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