If you’ve revisited an old video game only to experience Pixel-Shock you’ll be excited to hear about a new process for rendering old 8-bit games in smooth vectored frames.
Researchers at The Hebrew University have created a new algorithm that scales pixel art into vectored images. The results are stunning although the process is quite intensive.
There are two potential gaming-related outcomes for the new algorithm: it may end up improved to the point where it can render games on the fly so game emulators can turn an old NES or PC game into a beautiful and well rendered vector game or gaming companies themselves may license it to create smooth-looking games for next generation consoles.
Hit up the link below to see more examples in their whitepaper on the subject.
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- Published 05/25/11