The other day, I was thinking about graphics styles in video games. I realized that the old 8-bit style graphics never really got old for me. Maybe the newer generations don’t get it, but seeing 8-bit Mario always cheers me up.
I came across some blogs that show how to use Photoshop to turn any image into an 8-bit version. I don’t have Photoshop, so I wrote a simple application that does it for you!
It has both a command line tool, and a GUI on top of that. There are only three parameters, but it produces a satisfying effect. The GUI tool can only process one image at a time, but you get to play with the parameters. With the command line tool, you simply drag and drop as many images as you want onto the application, and it automatically converts them all for you! You can also run an image through twice or more, making the effect more pronounced.
Here are a few others:
You can download the application here.
It won’t work if you don’t have .NET 4.0 installed, but if you have windows then you most likely already have it.
I just got back from Nassau in the Bahamas. I stayed at the beautiful Atlantis resort. I had gotten a Nikon D3100 for Christmas, and this was really the first time I got to take pictures of anything pretty. I’m still learning the ins and outs of photography, but I’m happy with most of the pictures I took.
I learned that low light conditions are very difficult, especially when your target is moving (aka fish).
Here is a selection of some of my favorites:
I really like this one because when I saw him, he reminded me of myself and the journey I face. It was this lone snail, trying to crawl up a giant palm tree. It’s like me trying to build video games and form a successful studio. The snail had a loooong way to go, but I felt his determinism. Thanks for the inspiration, Mr. Snail.
People ask me why I don’t have many pictures with other people in them. It’s because the picture won’t capture the real beauty, unlike nature which is raw and exposed.
Nature is beautiful to me because there is nothing hiding, and it does exactly what it’s supposed to do. It follows simple rules that can be easily understood. People are unique. We have the gift and curse of a higher order of consciousness. It still follows rules, but those rules are enormously complicated. So much so, that some people devote their entire lives to figuring it out. The problem is that it’s something that can grow and evolve a huge amount in a very short amount of time. By the time you think that you’ve figured it out, its completely different.
Growth is what makes the human consciousness so beautiful. Why do you think we all love babies and kids? It’s just too bad that most people choose to stop growing after a time. We should never finish growing up.