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Submitted by Jari Komppa, posted on September 03, 2001

Image Description, by Jari Komppa

Here are some images captured from my textfx4 library.

Yes, it's sanity check time.

The library supports two output modes; 'blocky colors' mode and 'ascii art' mode. It all looks *much* better in action, naturally..

The library can be downloaded from my site at

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September 04, 2001, 12:08 PM

This looks cool ... and it even runs on old 'graphic' cards :)

- Marco


September 05, 2001, 12:32 AM

I never liked playing as the archaeologist.


September 05, 2001, 12:35 AM

FYI, ascii Quake predates The Matrix by a few years.


September 05, 2001, 12:44 AM

I think he meant it the other way around :)


Jari Komppa

September 05, 2001, 02:20 AM

Actually, Sorcerers did textmode demos a lot before 1992 so no, you weren't the first =) But anyway..

Limitations enforce creativity. If you only do high-end stuff you're always doing this catch-up game where you have to support the New Cool Features of the Hardware and demos get boring.. 3d shows or alphablend-overload-artycrap..

Joakim Hårsman

September 05, 2001, 12:22 PM

Doesn't BMRT have a function for outputting ASCII instead of tiffs or tgas or whatever it is it usually spits out? Imagine raytraced global illumination ascii!

Dan MacDonald

September 05, 2001, 03:34 PM

For those of you who haven't seen this... it rocks!


September 06, 2001, 04:31 AM

You are looking for more ASCII arts?

visit our ASC-TRIX demo.

Step back from your monitor in order to get the right feeling.
This is "The Matrix" movie trailer entirely encoded in ASCII. No Colors, no Font hacks! You can even watch it with your favorite ASCII viewer without sound of course.
Try F3 in your Windows Commander, adjust to ASCII + 80 char-wrapping, and get the height aligned to the movie... then enjoy with page-down.

The 2nd verion looks better. It uses first 128 ASCII-characters + the same characters inverted. Sure not the standard, but it should be :)

by the way i say: "ASCII rocks! try it!"
and beat it!

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