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Retro Gaming Month - 8-bit Challenge

In celebration of the roots of pixel art and gaming, this month has been unofficially deemed Retro Gaming Month. Consequently, we're holding our first contest in awhile, the 8-bit Challenge.

:star:Contest:star:

This contest is about rediscovering the roots of pixel art, recreating anything from your favourite video game or movie moment, to a scene in a book or your life, all in eight (8) colours. That's right 8 colours!

HINT: It's best to work in monochrome, like the original GameBoy.

After the finish date, a vote will be held in another journal entry, where both you and contributors  (secretly) will vote.

:star:Rules:star:

:bulletred: Above all else, the piece must abide by all of deviantArt's existing rules.
:bulletred: The piece must abide by the groups pre-existing rules. Read them here.
:bulletred: The piece must be completely pixelated and original. That means no edits, stock font, or computerized dithering/shading/transparent.
:bulletred: The piece may not have more than 8 colours, transparency excluded.
:bulletred: The piece must be submitted to the correct folder, 8-bit Challenge, by the posted date.
:bulletred: The piece must be submitted to deviantArt after the contest started.
:bulletred: The content of the piece if it is about a game/movie/book should be relatively faithful to it, so no crossovers unless it is actually part of what happened.
:bulletred: Anyone can enter, regardless of ability.
:bulletred: Nothing sexual, overly gory or offensive.
:bulletred: The piece can be any size within reason. Nothing smaller the 50x50 though.
:bulletred: HAVE FUN!

:star:Prizes:star:

Do you have a prize you want to done to a winner? Note the group or any of its Contributors!

1st Prize
:bulletorange: Featured in the Winner's Circle section of this Journal
:bulletorange: Featured on the front page of the group until the next contest

2nd Prize
:bulletorange: Featured in the Winner's Circle section of this Journal
:bulletorange: Featured on the front page of the group until the next contest

3rd Prize
:bulletorange: Featured in the Winner's Circle section of this Journal
:bulletorange: Featured on the front page of the group until the next contest

:star:Dates:star:

Contest Start Date: April 03, 2012
Contest End Date: May 01, 2012

:star:Entries:star:

None yet.

:star:Winner's Circle:star:

To be announced
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:iconelibloodthirst:
EliBloodthirst Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh mannnnnnnnnnnnnn, I totally wished I could of posted my awesome pixel art if I knew sooner
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SilverGameDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This comp is old but no winners posted? Is it open or closed?
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KowairoPoroporo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
By the way, 8-bit is 256 colors, not 8 colors.

Taken directly from Wikipedia;

There are two forms of 8-bit color graphics. The most common uses a separate palette of 256 colors, where each of the 256 entries in the palette map to given red, green, and blue values. In most color maps, each color is usually chosen from a palette of 16,777,216 colors (24 bits: 8 red, 8 green, 8 blue). But in the original VGA card's 320x200 mode, 256 on-screen colors could be chosen from a palette of 262144 colors (18 bits: 6 red, 6 green, 6 blue). Some older cards prior to the VGA (like the Professional Graphics Controller) can only choose the 256 color palette from 4096 colors (12 bits: 4 red, 4 green, 4 blue).
The other form is where the 8 bits directly describe red, green, and blue values, typically with 3 bits for red, 3 bits for green and 2 bits for blue. This second form is often called 8-bit truecolor, as it does not use a palette at all, and is thus more similar to the 15-bit, 16-bit, and 24-bit truecolor modes.



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3-Bit color is actually the type that uses 8 colors, and was used by the original Gameboy.

The NES was 4-bit, I believe.

Atari used 8-Bit colors mostly, which means they had the nice big 256 color pallet.



Just clearing this up, because it kind of irks me when people say 8-bit and really mean 3-bit~
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admung Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
1-bit: 2 colors
2-bit: 4 colors
3-bit: 8 colors
4-bit: 16 colors
5-bit: 32 colors
6-bit: 64 colors
7-bit: 128 colors
8-bit: 256 colors
n-bit: 2^n colors
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TheVirtualDragon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Is this contest still open?
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:iconcentiumcuspis:
CentiumCuspis Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student General Artist
wish I heard about this contest sooner, just finished one that has only 9 colors and one or two can be expended. and is it ok to use photoshop if one only uses the pencil tools and turns off aliasing?
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:iconohnhai:
Ohnhai Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
just submitted this...

[link]
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:iconjutopa:
Jutopa Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When does this finish? XD
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:iconkeizgon:
keizgon Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Were there enough submissions? Maybe if you extend this I can finish my 8-bit scene.
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:iconcamir:
camir Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it still possible to submit tomorrow at the 1st? If yes than I will have my entry ready.
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:iconvveste:
vveste Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
I have somehow problems submitting my entry to the right folder... whenever I try to submit it, there isnt the option to add it to the "8 bit challenge" folder.... can you please help me XD
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:iconex-kalibur:
Ex-Kalibur Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It should be fixed now, please try submitting again.
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:iconvveste:
vveste Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Oh, the next day after I wrote the comment I had no problem any more submitting :) thanks
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:iconilnedo:
IlNedo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's sad, someone should submit some art!
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:iconz3lo:
Z3LO Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
just asking, there really are no entries yet as of this moment?
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:iconex-kalibur:
Ex-Kalibur Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
There are currently no completed entries.
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:iconjutopa:
Jutopa Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
should it be 8 colours exactly or can it be 4 colours?
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:iconex-kalibur:
Ex-Kalibur Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Sure, it can be under. Just not 1 or 2 colours.
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FrankRT Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Does it have to be a scene, or...?
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:iconex-kalibur:
Ex-Kalibur Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yes, it must be a scene. A single sprite can't it truly express the moment the artist is trying to capture. The scene can be simple, however.
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Abrimaal Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The original monochrome was ZX81, brought into production as the name says, Gameboy was more than 10 years after.
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:iconex-kalibur:
Ex-Kalibur Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I just used the Gamenoy as an example because most people know it.
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:iconjutopa:
Jutopa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question: can someone tell me an example of a drawing for this contest?
i don't undestand it at all
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:iconex-kalibur:
Ex-Kalibur Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Here's an example of something that you could do: [link]
The image has 4 colours, and has a "story" if you want to call it that (its not just a sprite).
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:iconjutopa:
Jutopa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok! Now i understand. i had a problem understanding the sentence since i don‘t read english very well. ok, i‘m in.
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Pixacious Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
if i were to do a piece based off a game, would it be against the rules if i added emoticons (my normal art form) into the picture, possibly playing the game or other stuff?
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Ex-Kalibur Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You could include an emoticon if it fits the situation, but don't make it the focus. For example, it was you watching a certain part of a game. But make sure that the content stays true to reality.
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tjhiphop Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds like something I'd be interested in, plenty of time too.
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:iconcamir:
camir Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it okay to work with references? As long as the artwork itself is original and not edited?
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:iconex-kalibur:
Ex-Kalibur Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You can still use references, but don't pose steal, or simply pixilate an existing picture (if you know what I mean).
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:iconcamir:
camir Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, thanks. :)
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:iconvveste:
vveste Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Does it have to be static or can it also be animated?
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:iconex-kalibur:
Ex-Kalibur Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yes, it can be animated if you want.
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:iconvveste:
vveste Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
yeah! AWESOME!
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:iconfrankrt:
FrankRT Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, I'll give it a go!
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:iconwillowtruise:
WillowTruise Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds fun. Now to figure out what to pixel... :S
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:iconradical-artist:
Radical-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Right up my alley! Count me in! Just to clarify, this is basically a 'fan art' contest, not original characters, right?
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EverydayBattman Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Correct.
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:iconkludia:
kludia Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Ooh! This sounds like fun! :dance:
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