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Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Note: This is a development post. If you are not into computer graphics, this might not make a lot of sense to you. Also, it is only available in English.
One of the first graphical details for "Nikki and the Robots" that we came up with was the style of the backgrounds for the story mode. We decided to use beautifully lit skies that at the same time have an emphasized color banding effect. In the 80s and early 90s color banding used to be a rather unwanted effect due to the limitations in color depth, but we wanted to use it as a visual feature.

Now, it is quite a lot of work to manually create all the color banded backgrounds for 12 levels, especially because there are various versions each for different screen resolutions. So, a couple of days ago Sönke came up with a simple but very useful script that produces the color banding effect. We call it skybanding. Basically, what I can do now is to paint a soft sky in Gimp using various gradients and then just let the skybanding script run over it. The script looks up the source image, takes lines with the height of 1 pixel and then uses them to create bands with a specified height. It therefore produces the color banding effect while preserving the quality of the lighting very nicely. And it is also possible to create the images for different resolutions very fast.
After running the script, there is still some more work necessary to clean up artifacts (which again are due to color depth and resolution limitations), but in the end this script should save me quite a few hours of development time. Yay!

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Our first trailer!
»Unser erster Trailer!

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Here it is! We are very excited to show you our first trailer! We hope you like it! By the way, we will be talking more about our release concept next week... but we can already reveal today that everything you see in this first trailer will actually be released as free software!
(Big thanks to xylo and cerror for the trailer music!)
»Hier ist er! Wir freuen uns sehr, Euch unseren ersten Trailer zeigen zu können! Wir hoffen, er gefällt Euch! Übrigens, wir werden nächste Woche mehr über unser Veröffentlichungskonzept sprechen... aber wir können Euch heute schon verraten, dass alles, was in diesem ersten Trailer zu sehen ist, als freie Software veröffentlicht wird!
(Vielen Dank an xylo und cerror für die Trailermusik!)

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Logo of the Day
»Logo des Tages

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Yippie! We have received the Logo of the Day Award for our pony logo! We have put quite a lot of hard work into this logo design and so we are very, very happy about that! You can head over to Logo of the Day and give your rating or leave a comment...
»Juhuu! Wir haben den Logo of the Day Award für unser Pony Logo erhalten! Wir haben eine ganze Menge harte Arbeit in dieses Logo Design gesteckt und freuen uns nun sehr darüber! Ihr könnt auf der Seite von Logo of the Day auch Eure Bewertung abgeben oder einen Kommentar hinterlassen...

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