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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,503 ✭✭✭DeSelby83

    Red Dead Online

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,558 ✭✭✭✭dreamers75

    Had an oopsie in a bunker, ship destroyed waiting on a pickup from some random player.


    Got this ship for a specific event and couldnt play it, it drops nukes basically.

    it`ll buff right out.

    Best ship in the game and a sun in the background...artsy

    Going back to the 1st picture, the player who rescued me after my bunker oopsie was not there to pick me up.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,464 ✭✭✭JimBurnley

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,464 ✭✭✭JimBurnley

    Leo's Fortune

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,031 ✭✭✭✭Jordan 199

    GTA Online.

    My private jet at LSIA:

    That flew me out to Grapeseed so I could visit my Arcade:

    Me in my Arcade:

    Getting down to some business:

    Back to LSIA:

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 49,434 CMod ✭✭✭✭Retr0gamer

    PS1 sexiness with Aconcagua and a my shaders to emulate a CRT:

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,010 ✭✭✭✭Zero-Cool


    Death Stranding PS5

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,596 ✭✭✭Gamer Bhoy 89

    Elden Ring (first time playing it)




    WWE 2K22 (trying to build an AEW roster)

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,031 ✭✭✭✭Jordan 199

    Ghost of Tsushima:

  • Registered Users Posts: 21 Hodors Applecart

    On a 2nd play through. This scene and Ellie’s subsequent despair is amazing stuff.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 49,434 CMod ✭✭✭✭Retr0gamer

    Note: There's some resizing compression artifacts but clicking on the images will give you full sized versions.

    So did a bit of an experiment.

    It's always annoyed me that the perception of retrogames is that they are made up of giant blocky graphics when in fact when played on a CRT TV they were aliased and had a much softer look. So I've gone into retroarch and taken some screenshots of games with and without shaders applied to simulate a CRT screen. The a CRT screen is essential for getting across what the artists intentions were.

    Anyway you can make up you minds below:


    Start with Final Fantasy 3. You might not know it looking at the unfiltered graphics but the FF games were lauded as being gorgeous when released. Amano's monster art was translated beautifully to the enemy sprites and was a significant step up from the likes of Dragon Quest. Unfiltered it's a blocky mess:

    On a CRT you can really see Amano's original art in the enemy sprites:

    Next up is Megaman 2 which was quite the looker on the NES. It's a blocky mess again with the raw pixels

    Through a CRT and it looks so much better. The cartoon aesthetic really shines.

    Take note of the waterfall and brown 'soil' tilemaps. Through a CRT the waterfall is way more convinving and the browns are a much more natural earthy tone.

    16-bit next

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 49,434 CMod ✭✭✭✭Retr0gamer


    While the megadrive had the advantage of a much faster CPU than the SNES allowing it to pump out sprites without slowdown, it was severely lacking in how many colours it could display in comparison. It meant a lot of Megadrive games would look darker and blander. To compensate developers would use a lot of 'dithering', basically using alternating coloured pixels that the CRT would blend together to give games the colour depth the megadrive lacked.

    Gunstar Heroes:

    Note the 'rounding out' of the fire effects.

    Rocket Knight Adventures is a good example of dithered art. The house, ground and castle in the background look so much better while unfiltered is block-o-vision.

    The Megadrive also lacked the transparency effects of the SNES so developers would also fake these with dithering. The CRT would blur these pixels to give a transparent effect. It was effective although the dithering was still noticable. Sonic 1 and 2 are shown below to demonstrate this effect. A real low quality CRT would probably blur the pixels more:


    Not a whole lot needs to be said about the SNES. It's pretty much peak 2D art. Actraiser 2 and Contra 3 shown below:

    Actraiser 2

    With a CRT the game has such incredible atmosphere that is missing from the raw pixels. The game is gorgeous. Pity it's a bit of a stinker.

    Contra 3

    Contra 3 again shows the effectiveness of dithered art.

    Next I'm highlighting Donkey Kong Country 3 because of the use of pre-rendered art. When viewed in raw pixel form this just looks absolutely disgusting. You'd be forgiven for thinking oldies like me were idiots for ever thinking this looked good. Apply a CRT filter and the art comes much closer to the renders the graphics are based off. The improvement is staggering and highlights how impressive this was on 16-bit hardware:

    32-bit next

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 49,434 CMod ✭✭✭✭Retr0gamer

    I hope people got something out of this and it didn't come across as me being pretentious.

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,010 ✭✭✭✭Zero-Cool

    Batman Arkham Knight.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,891 ✭✭✭El Gato De Negocios

    God of War really was an absolute triumph.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,139 ✭✭✭PsychoPete

    Not sure how I didn't dnf, smoke started on lap 4

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,031 ✭✭✭✭Jordan 199

    L.A. Noire:

  • This stumbled across this now. This is great. Loved it. You should be doing freelance work for gaming sites!

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 49,434 CMod ✭✭✭✭Retr0gamer

    I did for a short time. I prefer getting paid decent money :D

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,031 ✭✭✭✭Jordan 199

    Art Of Rally. An excellent driving game.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,986 ✭✭✭SuperBowserWorld

    Nah, very interesting to me.

    Time for you to do a YouTube channel.

  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 79,046 Mod ✭✭✭✭Sephiroth_dude

    Cyberpunk 2077

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,464 ✭✭✭JimBurnley

    Some shots from the 2nd playthrough I had on A Plague Tale: Innocence before the sequel releases this week

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,891 ✭✭✭El Gato De Negocios

    GoW Ragnorak is 😍😍

  • Registered Users Posts: 968 ✭✭✭somebody_else

    Maybe not from the game but still ...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,891 ✭✭✭El Gato De Negocios

    Best looking game I've ever played.