Department of Apocalyptic Affairs

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Department of Apocalyptic Affairs

Title: Department of Apocalyptic Affairs
Pixel Artist: Helm  (Level 5 Detective :: 10616 points)
Posted: 10/26/2006 15:45
Palette: 13 colors
Statistics:  18 comments    12 faves    0 avatars

Ptoing had a picture that errored out on a real c64 creating random garbage outputs, I chose one and worked over it.

"As is commonly percieved, the relationship between a human operator and a machine is such that the machine is a tool, an instrument of the composers desires. Implicit in this, and generally unquestioned until recently, is the sovereignty of the composer. What is now becoming clear is that the composer is as much a tool as the tool itself, or even a tool for the machine to manifest its desires. I do not mean this in the sense that machines are in possesion of a mind capable of subtly directing human behaviour, but in the sense that the attributes of the machine are just as prominent an influence in the resulting artefact as the user is; through his work, a human operator brings as much about the machine to light as he does about himself." - Tom Jenkinson

This explains the theoretical framework of what was attempted. This isn't any sort of abstract art.

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Psychotron-3000 (Level 5 Detective) @ 10/9/2010 03:39

Uhm... Its... confusing me?

onek (Level 6 Hitman) @ 7/19/2009 11:04

lovely-!! i really like this !!


Kidcat3000 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/12/2009 15:54
um... no comment...

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 7/16/2007 05:50
It looks like a level out of some nice platform game :D

Mathias (Level 7 Junk) @ 3/15/2007 17:08

Today, pixel art gets a new sub-genre:  Backbuffer Pixel Art, or BPA. There. It's official!

Helm, thx for posting this; pretty interesting. Especially Tom Jenkinson's thoughts on the matter.

I'm working on a game where, in an old build, we didn't clear the backbuffer so we got some cool pixel-garbage artifacts, too.

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 3/11/2007 10:32
Oh by the way do you have a link to a web page that has the list of 64 colors. I have really been wanting to see waht it would be like to work with them.

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 3/11/2007 10:31
I'm gonna say 5/6 just because its something new. I'm not to fond of it, but you now have shown me that everything in life has art in it. You did a good job copying it identical as well.

Meta|Fox (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 12/16/2006 01:25
the thing is that if a nobody posted this as work it would be torn to shreads...

for me, I can respect the peice as an experement in your art but am not particually fond of it.

Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 11/14/2006 22:05
Thank you. This one seems to have worked for more people that it would be reasonable to expect, and I guess that is more than enough to ask of it.

AndyOaks: run this in a c64 emulator.

Lackey (Level 4 Ensign) @ 11/14/2006 11:02
"this is actually a rare sight for those who know how to handle technology well and brings about a sense of the beginnings of technology"

Well spotted, sensation.

AndyOaks (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/3/2006 01:35
This'd make a great art piece to hang on the wall of a big posh appartment.
What did it look like before you worked over it?

Huggkruka (Level 1 Rookie) @ 10/27/2006 07:37
Now, that's really cool. Unique is the right word.

maloART (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 10/26/2006 23:51

At first sight it looks like a game map ... with rooms, traps and stuff.


Blueberry_pie (Level 7 General Manager) @ 10/26/2006 23:44
Wow, interesting. Kind of looks like it could be used as a map for a Metroidvania-ish game.

sensation (Level 1 Intern) @ 10/26/2006 19:54
wow, this just blows me away ... an error screen turned into a piece of old gloriousness ... simply refreshing, the errors that many developers try to prevent, this is actually a rare sight for those who know how to handle technology well and brings about a sense of the beginnings of technology

Godslayer (Level 2 Corporal) @ 10/26/2006 19:26
Jason, I pity you. You have no eye, if that is your assessment of the piece.

Jason_c_o (Level 1 Depressed) @ 10/26/2006 18:26
umm. It looks like you took a picture random colours, along with the rectangle tool in paint, and pixel-puked onto the canvas.. It's just a bunch of grey crap.

Sohashu (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 10/26/2006 18:26
IS it a circuit board?  Anyway, it seems pretty good.  I like the top areas texture. 

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