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tic: the best thing that ever happened?

A topic by breadbeard created Jan 25, 2017 Views: 529 Replies: 3
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I just wanted to say thanks! Tic seems like it could be the best way ever to create retro games, even better than pico8 and liko12! The higher resolution gives us just enough pixels to really create amazing graphics.

Now for a brief history of the retro virtual computer:

pico8 has 128x128 and it was not really enough, plus it was far from widescreen, although it is the first of these 3, and we should be thankful for it's inspiration. liko12 (made by a young man in Serbia) added a more wide screen resolution and it is open source, making it a wonderful evolution of this idea. Now tic has created the best, most expressive of all 3, adding even higher resolution, customization, and compatibility!


I know right? It's also perfect for game jams because you can create all your game assets within the same program and distribute to all platforms. I can't wait for the music editor to be completed!

BTW, we could create some game jams here using only TIC, it would be awesome.


Please correct me if I'm wrong, but if you say that PICO-8 "was not really enough", then I'm afraid you missed the whole point.

From the PICO-8 website:
"The harsh limitations of PICO-8 are carefully chosen to be fun to work with, encourage small but expressive designs and hopefully to give PICO-8 cartridges their own particular look and feel."


Not meaning to rain on your parade or anything ;)

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I know what u mean. I still feel 160x128 would be more fun to work with though.

There are some great games on PICO-8, I mean serious works of art! True gems! I just want them to fill the screen. 128x128 is not even 4:3 aspect, it looks very strange, even if you love old square screens, it still seems too narrow. These incredible games would just be even better with a few more pixels to work with. Tic seems to have gone with a 16:10 aspect ratio? and is the most powerful of the 3. LIKO-12 has just what I always wanted, except all of the PICO-8 games need to be ported, and there is almost no community yet.

Anyway, it depends what you want to make. Tic has a nice amount of room to work with. Things like a mouse cursor and OS development would work well with it.