I really love the mood in this and the escalating sense of HORROR. Fix bugs plz
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After far too much procrastinating I've finally got the dithering working in-engine!
I was confused for the longest time because most of the writing on the subject that I could find was as clear as mud. Lots of formulae thrown around without any explanation and ominous warnings about how 'you can't do this'. So, instead of trying to copy code I didn't understand, I broke the process down into smaller steps and added them to the screen shader one at a time.
All of these steps use a 16x1 pixel texture as the palette:
- Create a luminance-based quantizer using the first part of this shader. This just arranges all the colours from darkest to brightest and bands them together based on their relative brightness. This gives us bad colour reproduction and bad value error.
- Now have each pixel choose it's nearest colour in the palette instead grouping them by luminance. In my case this means for-looping over the 16 colours. This turns the 1D colour space of the first step into a 3D colour space. This gives us better colour reproduction but still with bad value error.
- Add tromero's dithering matrix as a noise texture over the whole image before quantising. The noise randomly pushes some amount of pixels out their bin and into a nearby one. The shader is now a slow and bloated ordered ditherer. The colour reproduction is good and the value error is low.
At this point I was sure I'd have to come up with a step 4, since applying 1D noise on to a 3D colour space was bound to harm the colour reproduction, but it actually looks good! There is some weird fringing going on around the edges and the image is very noisy but I quite like how that looks for a horror game.
So that's it, a big long technical post. Hopefully next time I can talk about actually putting some game into my game.
So the first real progress has been made on THE PHOTOCOPIER today (title all-caps status: pending).
Making a fully 3D game inside of a few weeks is going to mean cutting corners. Since I'm aiming for horror anyway, I can have my cake and eat it by adopting a low-fi style a la Return of the Obra Dinn. I've done a bit of research and it seems like what I want is possible but it'd be really ugly... which is perfect! It's horror game after all.
So today I put together a test scene in Blender and set about decimating it with dithering and blowing out the colours. I think the result looks radical and it's been a big boost to my confidence. I particularly like how there's weird purple banding in the sky.
Now I just have to get it into the game engine...
I'm astrangefool and I thought I'd make this thread so people can say hello and pitch ideas!
I'm working on a traditional 'walk around a dark place' game which I've decided to call THE PHOTOCOPIER, because it sounds weird. I'm hoping to make my first 3D game and also implement something akin to The Return of the Obra Dinn's dithered palette style. Is that too ambitious? Yes. Am I already way behind schedule? Also yes!
Good luck, folks! :D
That's unfortunate, I don't really have a way to test a MacOS system. The game was compiled through Godot exporter so it was a bit of a gamble. If I can find out what the problem is I'll update the page.
This is my favourite game of the jam! I didn't expect to see a game set in a cranberry field, good job on making a really interesting interpretation of the title.
I think the adventure game system for the house part is impressive and I'd like to see another game making use of it.
This is a near-perfect game! It gives you exactly what it advertises and I think the idea of the only enemy being just two ducks is really funny.
I did get a runtime error where the game seemed to be trying to index a duck that didn't exist?
Good job on the entry!
It's a real thinker, this one. The card game itself is really clever and interesting, and the presentation is slick. I don't really think this incorporates the 'Spire' aspect much, but the game is solid and I had fun playing it.