News of a new algorithm that turns pixel art into smooth vector graphics has been making the rounds lately. People seem to be excited by the prospect of Yoshi in HD.
What the creators (and sites that are reporting this) seem to be missing though, is that it looks horrible. Turning pixel art into smooth vectors is akin to colorizing black and white classic films, or for a more modern example, adding 3D to a film that wasn’t filmed in 3D. Or how about those TVs that add 120 MHz interpolation to films? They all look horrible!
Here’s a perfect example from their research paper that shows just how much they ruin the iconic imagery of familiar pixel art found in older video games:
Yeah, that’s just… wrong. Anyway, if you want to learn more about this, you can download the original paper here.
Now onto today’s hardware reviews! There are only a few today, due to the weekend.
- First up is the Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD being reviewed by Legit Reviews
- Next is Metku.net’s review of the AMD Phenom II X4 980BE CPU
- Neoseeker reviews the MSI R6850 Cyclone Power Edition video card
- OC3D reviews the gorgeous Enermax Acrylux keyboard
- NinjaLane reviews the Gigabyte Aivia M8600 mouse
- Lian Li is still kicking out the nice looking cases, and Hardware Heaven has a review of their latest – the PC-P80N
- And finally, BCCHardware closes things out for today with a review of the Cooler Master NotePal LapAir
And if you have news for us, please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be sure to include you.