The Merits of the Pixel

Despite its age, pixel graphics show no signs of dying. In an age of planned obsolescence and a never ending-arms race in graphical rendering, pixel art has aged impeccably—with no signs of irrelevancy on the horizon. Pixel art began simply as the visual representation of a game using incredibly low resolution technology. It’s arguable that The Oregon Trail (1971) was among the first game to feature pixelated graphics, even if it featured vague, geological features set against an ominous black void. Titles such as Super Mario Bros (1985) was comprised of blocky, basic graphics because it had no other choice....
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Game Development Lessons from Retro Platforms

Advice and lessons learned from retro video game development.
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Coffee Crisis Chroma Integration: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

Table of Contents Introduction 3 Overview of Chroma Integration in Coffee Crisis 4 Installing Razer Synapse for development 11 Installing UnityChroma(Native) SDKs 12 Creating animations 13 Testing on real/emulated hardware 18 Behind the scenes look 19 Introduction              We, Mega Cat Studios, have recently wrapped up development on Coffee Crisis, a multiplatform 2D Beat'em Up game for Sega Genesis, PC, and Xbox One! One of the features exclusive to the PC port that we implemented into Coffee Crisis was Chroma support. Chroma is a unique, proprietary, next-generation technology that Razer implements into its product line of high-end gaming equipment, which...
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Setting up a Linux Virtual Machine for NES Development

An in depth guide for using a virtual machine to help speed up iterative testing for NES game development.
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Map Formats and Importing Levels for Genesis

There are a ton of to be taken into account when picking level formats for a game. For example, designers need to consider what information is needed, how it is accessed, and how much space budget there is for it.
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