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Offline Wycked

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Screen resolution?
« on: June 21, 2012, 01:48:18 AM »
Did I not find it or is there no way to set screen resolution for this game?  The graphics are so blocky at its default resolution that it's hard to spend any time looking at it.

Offline Starmaker

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Re: Screen resolution?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2012, 02:14:35 AM »
It's pixel art. It's supposed to be "blocky". My standard explanation is as follows:

Pixel art has actual value as an art style in adventure games, much like manga in comics. It conveys emotions better while keeping things serious, effectively symbolizing a photorealistic image (whether existing or fully imagined by the player).

It's easier to associate a human face with a pixellized character than with a high-res cartoon. Quite a number of visual gags were based on the realistic/cartoonish dissociation. Generally, we don't want such dissociation in videogames.

(That being said, if the graphics look murky and washed-out, turn off anti-aliasing.)

Offline Rognik

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Re: Screen resolution?
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2012, 05:55:26 PM »
There is a way to change the resolution, but there's only a limited range on it. When you run winsetup.exe, you can choose from the dropdown menu to use regular, 2X, 3X or 4X. I've only managed to get up to 3X to work on my computer, but it also lags quite a bit from all the particle effects, so maybe it's just me.

In response to Starmaker, some people do prefer pixel art over the polygonal art of the modern age. I don't think pixel art is necessarily better at conveying emotions than polygons, but there is certainly something to be said for the old style. It also doesn't take as much time and effort as hi-res graphics, allowing indie programmers to ship games easier than a big title.