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Pixel by using a computer is cool, but the idea of putting blocks on a raster is an old childgame! For 40 years a small company sells a game, which  is called ministeck. Check the company page www.ministeck.de  to get an idea of the purest way of pixeling or check the ministeck simulator to ministeck online. 

Posted by d-p @ 7/31/2006 07:24  |    4

Freakin' hilarious reality show -- and it's got Stan "The Man" Lee.


Posted by eghost @ 7/31/2006 13:52  |    3
Save up your pennies kiddies, King's Quest is coming to your local Target stores! That's right, an XP comatible version of the King's Quest series! So don't buy it on eBay for hundreds of dollars, just wait a little and you may have it for $20.
Posted by 2dgamers @ 7/30/2006 12:43  |    6

MSN struck a deal with Fox to syndicate the comedy Arrested Development on the MSN portal.  It will be interesting to see if more shows eventually end up with a (legit) home on the internet.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/27/2006 07:38  |    1

A  new software called Gizmo Project now allows users to phone another person via (Cellphone/Homephone) right from your computer.

You can call long distance to 60 countries for free!

It's a pretty neat program you can call computer to computer, computer to phone, or phone to computer.

Definitely a must try. Gizmo Project website.

Posted by Souly @ 7/24/2006 19:34  |    10

In Australia, internet service providers will be forced to block violent and pornographic material before it reaches home computers if Labor wins the next federal election.

Under the policy, announced by Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, international websites would be banned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority if they contained graphic sexual or violent material, rated R or higher.

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Posted by NobleClock @ 7/22/2006 00:52  |    17
Ask a Ninja and Ninja gives answers! He even told you how to kill Ninjas and compare podcasts with apple pie!  If you don't have Quicktime there's always YouTube.

Ed note:  The ninja also has a terrific breakdown on Net Neutrality.
Posted by E-Magination @ 7/22/2006 08:23  |    2
MSN breaks down the top movies and television program (the BBC version of The Office slips in) covering the daily grind.  Good read.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/22/2006 17:14  |    0
Pictures which were painted by elephants have gone on display at an Edinburgh gallery. They include "self-portraits" by Paya, who is said to be the only elephant to have mastered his own likeness. Paya is one of six elephants whose keepers have taught them how to hold a paintbrush in their trunks. They drop the brush when they want a new colour.
Posted by Lawrence @ 7/21/2006 13:39  |    15
The teaser trailer is up and the animation is absolutely stunning. 

Hell yeah!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/21/2006 20:24  |    5

The web is a great tool for sharing ideas and freedom of expression. However, efforts to try and control the Internet are growing. Internet repression is reported in countries like China, Vietnam, Tunisia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria. People are persecuted and imprisoned simply for criticising their government, calling for democracy and greater press freedom, or exposing human rights abuses, online.

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Posted by Lawrence @ 7/20/2006 13:03  |    7
You can find the new public pixel art queue under the "Gallery" section of the navigation where you can vote Yes or No to determine what goes in the gallery and what needs revision.  We'll give this system a trial run and see how it goes.  Hopefully it will work out.

We've also added some new features to the FAQ Ranks page so you can see how many points you need before you reach the next level.

Oh yeah, please try out the wonderful new PJ themes created by Monkey 'o Doom (Pay Dirt) and Ensellitis (You Wanted Simple?).
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/20/2006 20:48  |    21
The chatterbox has turned up two great finds recently...

Lawrence discovered an excellent animation on the National Film Board of Canada's website that features some of the most fluid and beauitful "pixel art animation" (using beads) you'll likely ever see.  Soon after, kaltsu posted a lovely tribute to Space Invaders using real people as the pixels.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/19/2006 18:41  |    4 | Source

Over the last few weeks we've made several changes to Pixel Joint and the Pixel Joint Forum...

  • Forum was upgraded to version 8 and with it some additional gallery/forum integration (still some minor bugs to fix, but working for the most part).
  • Themes will now work in the forum.
  • "Total Favorites Received" are now being stored in member's table for easy access.
  • Upgraded database software which will increase performance.
  • Added serverside caching to a lot of commonly accessed data which will increase performance.
  • Added an issue log so all admins can view "contact" inquiries. 
  • Added other miscellaneous admin tools for the gallery site including tools to quickly and easily remove spammers and other deviants.
  • Added tools for multiple specific "link backs" (digg, reddit, del.ico.us, etc) for anyone interested in writing a newsworthy post on Pixel Joint.
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Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/18/2006 11:49  |    11
The site was down for roughly 2 hours this morning while we upgraded the database software.  It was a last minute thing so I didn't have time to post a notice.  Sorry.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/17/2006 02:43  |    10
You'll never beat Zack Kim. He can play the Super Mario Brothers theme with two guitars, two hands both at the same time. http://zackkim.blogspot.com
Posted by E-Magination @ 7/17/2006 04:01  |    2
Team Fortress Classic is without a doubt one of the greatest FPS games of all time and it's about damn time a sequel headed our way. Look for it with Valve's upcoming HL2 Episode 2 release. Hallelujah! 

Thanks for the tip Ripped Monkey!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/16/2006 01:33  |    5
Another interesting movie list from MSN...

From ‘Blazing Saddles’ to ‘Team America,’ these films take no prisoners.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/15/2006 00:20  |    3
The following pixel artists produced Pixel Joint's top rated pixel art for June 2006. Many thanks go out to this month's top pixel artists and all the members who took time to rate.

#1 Pixel ArtThe Spartan by Helm
#2 Pixel ArtForest Level by jalonso
#3 Pixel ArtI Am Legend by ThereIsNoCure
#4 Pixel ArtThunder Dragon by Badassbill
#5 Pixel Artcrime scene by tomic
#6 Pixel ArtLudovico by Tremulant
#7 Pixel Artthe wolf vs little red hood by Heartless
#8 Pixel ArtAnimation:Doble bite by Orkimides
#9 Pixel ArtAnimation - Green Rage by Orkimides
#10 Pixel ArtCaptain by robotriot
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/15/2006 11:15  |    8
PixelRoller is a paint roller that paints pixels, designed as a rapid response printing tool specifically to print digital information such as imagery or text onto a great range of surfaces. The content is applied in continuous strokes by the user. PixelRoller can be seen as a handheld “printer”, based around the ergonomics of a paintroller, that lets you create the images by your own hand.
Be sure to check out the other PixelRoller video and the other cool pixel related products such as the Pixel Tape!
Posted by Lawrence @ 7/13/2006 07:17  |    3
The free online magazine, The Art of Gaming, is looking for Pixel Art & Pixel Tutorials to be featured in their monthly issues. The second issue of the magazine releases on Monday, July 24th, so be sure to go to http://www.theartofgaming.com and click on "Pixel Me Silly" from the menu to learn more about to submitting your artworks. The debut issue of The Art of Gaming was viewed by over 3,800 people, and had numerous articles written about it.

What is The Art of Gaming? It's an online magazine series that discusses art in video games and video games in general. We're not just talking about great graphics or the best framerate - this is about the games that had the amazing backgrounds, or the games that had great character design. Whether it's in 8-bit or Polygons, we'll be looking at games that spoke visually regardless of gameplay. Also featured are illustrations by you, the gamers - as well as your comments.

Thanks again to the Pixel Joint team for your help with our last issue!
Posted by MadLion @ 7/13/2006 10:13  |    5

Gas 13 is putting on a pixel art collaboration called PixelStamps.  Basically, you make an 80x96 or 160x96 stamp, read the submission rules and send it to Gas 13.

Pixel Art Rules...

- current theme of collection is "characters",
- all stamps have to be pixelated,
- a fully pixelated or framed stamp; it is up to you,
- no animations,
- *.gif or *.png (8 bit),
- please add your country name to your stamp (could be written in your native language);
- remember, don’t add your stamp price,
- multiple submissions are allowed.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/12/2006 07:39  |    17
YouTube continues to deliver hit after hit.  This Pole Position ad is a wonderful slice of painful early 80s entertainment.  Yikes.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/11/2006 00:02  |    11 | Source

We're updating the forum to version 8 tonight.  Functionally it's very much the same -- it's just a newer version which will hopefully perform better.  If there are enhancements you'd like to see on the forum now is a good time to let me know while I still have the project fresh in my mind.

There's been zero testing beyond my lazy ass so there might be a few bugs.  Hit me up if you run into one and I'll get it fixed.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/11/2006 14:34  |    4

For those artists looking to bone up on color theory it's well worth your while to check out the following videos white, red, blue, yellow, green, pink and black each with their own unique RGB website address.  

Story of the color red is definitely a good one to start with. 

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/11/2006 15:21  |    7
The name of the site Google is now an official English word. The Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary has officially placed "google" (small g) in their newest edtion.  For example:  "I've got to google that" is a correct sentence.
Posted by Opacus @ 7/10/2006 03:45  |    23

WWII propaganda is always good for a shock/laugh and this How to Spot a Jap leaflet is no different.  It's nice that they talk about the Chinese (C) and Japanese (J) as if they were draws at a carnival sideshow. Two bits a gander.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/10/2006 07:21  |    5 | Source

Yet another close month for top pixel art honors.  If you missed any of last month's work you should definitely go to the June 2006 gallery and start rating before July 15th.  

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/10/2006 07:58  |    1

As a note for those interested the 7th 72 hour Game Dev Compo is going on July 14th-17th


Posted by eghost @ 7/10/2006 14:04  |    0

The brilliant and short-lived comedy Arrested Development received an Emmy nomination (it was nominated all three years and won in 2004) this morning.  If there were any question that the execs at FOX don't know jack squat this should end any doubt. 

In other Emmy news the still kicking The Office and Steve Carell were both nominated as well. Huzzah! One interesting note about the comedy category this year... only one nominated show had a laugh track (Two and a Half Men). Sleep well, lovers of good comedy: there is hope. 

Complete list of 2006 Emmy Nominees can be found here.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/6/2006 07:22  |    1
Internet Explorer 7 - Beta Build 3 has recently been made public.

Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) has introduced a few new features that might lead to a better surfing, and safer searching.  Something once thought impossible with anything with the Microsoft stamp on it.  I will quickly overview some of these features, and as hard as it may be, I will do my best to be unbiased.
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Posted by Ensellitis @ 7/6/2006 08:04  |    19

For those of you high school students sick of Arthur Miller works and musicals there is hope.  Some creative students have put on a full blown production of the LucasArts classic Secret of Monkey Island!  Does this remind anyone else of those funny little Max Fischer plays from Rushmore?

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/5/2006 09:16  |    7 | Source
Celebrate July 4th by blowing your hand off!

Note:  Please read the disclaimer on the instruction site regarding the dangers and illegal nature of such devices.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/4/2006 17:49  |    3
Home console gaming technology has clearly caught up to what game creators have had to work with in arcade units. But there was a time when those huge uprights had countless times the horsepower than what you could hold in your hands or hook up to your television in the living room. 
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/3/2006 00:15  |    7

Citizens of the United States would be smart to throw idiotic representatives like Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens out of office before they have a chance to destroy Net Neutrality.  

I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?

Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially.

This moron couldn't find his ass with both hands. Please call or write your representative (especially if you live in Alaska) and let them know that this aggression will not stand.

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/3/2006 10:12  |    6 | Source
The Federal Marriage Amendment was defeated in the Senate, but the work is not over.  The House of Representatives will vote on the discriminatory FMA later this summer. Your members of Congress need to hear from you!

The Human Rights Campaign has offered to send postcards to representivies of Congress in your area for you and all you have to do is simply fill out a form.

Each postcard will contain the following information:
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Posted by Aleiav @ 7/3/2006 11:55  |    70
Business week has dished out awards to 108 unique product designs. Give it a look if you are interested in industrial design, neat gadgets or anything really.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/2/2006 18:27  |    2 | Source
MSN has an article on the best/worst superhero flicks.  It's an interesting list because they are not focusing on just "comic book" source material.

10) The Rocketeer
9) Spy Kids
8) Hellboy
7) Inframan
6) Darkman
5) Superman II
4) The Incredibles
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Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/1/2006 11:49  |    27

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