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Re: The History of Pixel Art

Reply #40 on: February 06, 2016, 06:26:13 pm
I personally think eBoy was harmful to pixel art as a genre, because it was for years the supposed masterwork of pixel art, with its crappy technique, single-minded execution, etc. They basically sucked the oxygen out of the room for the rest of us for a good long while.

That said, it was an integral part of our history.


EDIT: I'd like to submit that Prince of Persia should make the list maybe. Its fluid animation style was a direct influence on many pixel art classics, such as Flashback. There's not a lot of animation stuff in the list right now and I think PoP was really influential.
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Re: The History of Pixel Art

Reply #41 on: February 06, 2016, 06:47:44 pm
If PoP makes the list, Karateka must go on it as well.

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Re: The History of Pixel Art

Reply #42 on: February 06, 2016, 08:00:29 pm
Since both Karateka and PoP are creations of Jordan Mechner, we can get away with listing Karateka and segue to PoP in the description.

As for eBoy, I can strike it from the list if enough people feel it's not relevant enough, I just don't want to omit it purely because we, as fancy pixel artists, scoff at the technique or feel the degree of their popularity was unwarranted.

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Re: The History of Pixel Art

Reply #43 on: February 06, 2016, 08:11:28 pm
eBoy is absolutely relevant.

I do not personally care for it, but it is very widely recognized and culturally relevant. Perhaps beyond mario it's something that a lot of people think of when they hear the words pixel art.

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Re: The History of Pixel Art

Reply #44 on: February 06, 2016, 10:03:11 pm
Your screenshot for SuperPaint is clearly from a Macintosh which is more than a decade later. So even if it is from a much later version of that program I don't think it's very relevant to the timeline.

EDIT: according the the descriptions on Wikipedia they don't appear to be related at all.
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Re: The History of Pixel Art

Reply #45 on: February 06, 2016, 10:14:32 pm
Oops. You'll have to forgive these slips, my first computer ran MS-DOS and I missed the 80s.
Maybe something from this page would work better.

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Re: The History of Pixel Art

Reply #46 on: February 06, 2016, 11:13:14 pm
I think we should keep Eboy, as Gil said, even if they did more harm than good to the community it doesn't disqualify them as historically relevant pixel artists.

They may have a very limited technique to their work but it's undeniable that they pushed pixel art to a more mainstream view beyond the "videogamy art style" view pixel art has.

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Re: The History of Pixel Art

Reply #47 on: February 07, 2016, 07:38:45 pm
It's insane to say eBoy didn't leave an impression on the popular perception of pixel art. It's like, a thousand times more influential than the cultural footprint of pixelation.

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Re: The History of Pixel Art

Reply #48 on: February 07, 2016, 11:02:38 pm
The history of crapxels is deeply intertwined with that of pixels. Without the one, the other could not exist and vice versa.

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Re: The History of Pixel Art

Reply #49 on: February 08, 2016, 08:42:14 am
I think it was somewhere around Habbo Hotel that people started realizing isocrap wasn't the promised land :D