A Dream I Guess (ASCII-version) by reaktorplayer, 2011. Abstract stuff.

Tuesday 4/15/2014

2011; animation; conversion; ansi;

Rain Dance, a demo for Commodore PET made by Bob Carr, 1980. Good stuff!

Monday 4/14/2014

1980; petscii; animation; pet;

By cmang (site, tumblr) using DurDraw, a Unix/Linux/OSX-tool to make ANSI/ASCII animations.

By cmang (site, tumblr) using DurDraw, a Unix/Linux/OSX-tool to make ANSI/ASCII animations.

Friday 3/28/2014

2010s; ansi; ascii; animation; tools;

Luminodot HD Lite Brite from Bandai, is a 70 x 50 grid, 3,500 peg display.
Watch the demo video here!.

Monday 3/17/2014

luminodot; bandai; peg; toy; mosaic; animation; japan; grid;

Another example of ASCII-advertising. A video of Gisele Bündchen & her underwear has been converted to ASCII and runs as animated text in the browser.

Watch it here.


Friday 3/14/2014

conversion; html; 2014; advertising; ascii; animation;

Author unknown, this program was released by Apple Computer, Inc, with DOS 3.2 for the Apple II computer in July 1979. 

Saturday 3/1/2014

Apple II; animation; 1970s; 1979;

Meta knight from the Kirby game series by etall, Thanks to @fwugradiation & @bakasupreme for the update
Bottom Ascii robot via pixelshroom.

Friday 2/28/2014

robots; ansi; animation; 2010s; 2014; kirby;

csajozós.gif by namost

Thursday 2/27/2014

χχχ; ascii; animation; asciimation;

Wednesday 2/26/2014

ascii; animation; conversion; gif;

A Star Trek episode created on a Commodore 64 using the machine’s built-in character graphics by James Gaither in 1986.
The soundtrack was added to a recorded videotape.
Watch the full video here

Tuesday 2/18/2014

PETSCII; basic; c64; 1980s; Star Trek; 1986; animation;

Fist of Trade [2014] by Hack n’ Trade. C64 demo by Mathman, Goto80 and AcidT*. Watch the full demo here.

c64; demoscene; petscii; 2014; 2010s; animation; gif;

This week is dedicated to the Japanese computer series Sharp MZ-700 (1982-1985). It was very popular to use it for textmode graphics. It is technically similar to PETSCII (see here) and ANSI, but it usually looks quite different.

The difference is not so much caused by the linguistic symbols (like Shift-JIS vs occidental ASCII). In fact, the character set doesn’t seem to have many Japanese characters and they are rarely used for graphics (like with ANSI). Instead, the visual difference is caused by the “semigraphical" characters. And of course, by the cultural conditions (hello anime). 

Each character can have different background and foreground colour (like ANSI), so it’s possible to work with fine details and also complex shading using the -sign.

GIFs from: M-700 & Mysterious man Prints (怪奇版画男), a character created by Ki Nao Karasawa in the 1990s, and from here

More MZ-700: http://text-mode.tumblr.com/tagged/mz-700

Monday 2/3/2014

MZ-700; 怪奇版画男; text mode; animation; gif; mz 700; 1980s; 2000s; Sharp MZ; SharpSCII;

THE YETI SOUND MACHINE (2014) at Capitaine Futur | La Gaîté lyrique.
The show presents a magical world, that is made with animated text characters and 8-bit music. Raquel Meyers and Goto80 have worked in this field for 10 years, and have developed a unique style that is far from retro and nostalgia.

Friday 1/31/2014

PETSCII; 2010s; performance; animation;

Video of the game ASCII Portal.

Wednesday 1/29/2014

2010s; ansi; game; animation;

PETSCII-burgers by haydiroket.

Tuesday 1/28/2014

petscii; animation; 2010s; turkey;