why is lowres never in articles about fantasy consoles


GAMELEGEND 2020-09-14 14:29

everytime i reaad a article about fantasy consoles its always

pico 8

BUT NEVER LOWRES is lowres just not big enough to be that well known?
whats goin on here

G-9 2020-09-14 15:20

Maybe it’s not enough popular:/

Timo 2020-09-14 20:14

Pico 8 is really successful and its developer invented the term "fantasy console". Most of the others came really quickly afterwards, but from them I think only tic-80 is still important. Most others don't have active communities.

I think I started working on my first "LowRes Coder" app before Pico 8 was published and long before I heard about it. But Pico 8 really did everything right and is very beginner friendly, so I'm not surprised that it goes that well.

moechofe 2020-09-19 06:46

I have another thought about the success of pico8.
It allows a possible result that is more appealing to graphic artist.
The rendering used by pico8 is more modern that the lowresnx one.

LRNX simulates an old style console graphic display with a limited number of hardware sprite and the limited number of colors per block of 8x8 pixel.

Pico8 do not simulates hardware sprite but modern GPU and limit only the number of colors. With pico8, you can draw as many sprites as you want during the time allowed by the CPU limitation. (something like 1400 https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=28952) Finally, pico8 has a framebuffer and allow to draw single pixel, line, rectangle and other stuff. Again it allow a great sharpness of what can be done with it.

From a developper perspective, I think LRNX is better anyway. AND, it as an iOS version!

Timo 2020-09-19 08:02

Well we just have to make LowRes NX appear in all these articles as the nerd brother of the fantasy consoles! ;)
But I think the fantasy console community is really active on Twitter. Looks like almost nobody from LowRes NX uses it actively. Would be nice to see some more posts with #LowResNX

moechofe 2020-09-19 10:53

Yes, I was thinking of posting more on my WIP stuff, but because I'm working on iPad during transporation. It's not praticle. I should try to improve my flow.

Timo 2020-09-19 14:28

You can make videos directly in the iOS app and share them.

GAMELEGEND 2020-09-19 14:39 (Edited)

as good as lowres nx is I'm kinda surprised that it is not that popular

G-9 2020-09-19 14:40


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