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Some of the little images on this site have terrible resolution
Posted: Posted September 21st
Edited September 21st by I killed Mufasa

They really should be updated. Like look at the Nintendo logo one for instance. I have a 4k monitor and I can't even read it. I just know what it is. Using some more modern higher resolutions would make the site look more like it's not 2006. I know a lot of them are actually directly copied from Mike's site.

Look how terrible the one is next to this thread.

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Visually they look fine on my 4K monitor. The Nintendo one is just bad regardless of resolution because fitting the word "Nintendo" into a 32x32 icon just doesn't work, that one should probably be swapped to something like the n64 logo or other logos that are recognisable as Nintendo. The one you used on this thread looks fine to me. 32x32 is fairly standard for forums that use post icons.

I would be curious to see what the site looked like if the size was upped to 64 x 64, mainly just how it would affect the general look of the forums. Icons would need replacing with new ones in that case too... Buuut, as I said, they all look fine on my monitor so not particularly bothered.

Posted September 21st by Moonray
Moonray
 

shoutout to the sports forum icon in the top bar being a bunch of oval balls

Posted September 21st by Pirate_Ninja

You've not played soccer with oval balls? It's 10X better than the "normal" balls.

Posted September 21st by Vandy

Lol I've never actually looked at the sports forum link link enough to notice that before.

Posted September 21st by Moonray
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I mean, you can't say that you don't notice that most of the icons on this website are 480p or lower in resolution. Like the classic smiley face ones snatched from www.gametalk.com were probably made in the year 2000 or maybe even earlier.

You can definitely get an icon that small that clearly has the Nintendo logo if you wanted to. You just need to make a modern image with higher pixel density.

It's fine if you want to say "They're fine for me, they don;t bother me." but I'm not really saying they're a hyuge problem. I'm just saying they could look significantly better if someone tried.

Posted September 22nd by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

And please fix the edit posts feature. I hate it when I typo things and can't fix it.

Posted September 22nd by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

You can definitely get an icon that small that clearly has the Nintendo logo if you wanted to. You just need to make a modern image with higher pixel density


That's not how pixels work. If you scale a 64x64 down into 32x32, it's still going to be 32 pixels. Iirc this is what happened to the Nintendo logo -- someone had a large logo and the system scaled it down to 32x32.

That said, there's definitely some unused space in the icon area. I could experiment with different sizes for sure.

Also editing will be fixed soon.

Posted September 22nd by Xhin
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What Xhin said. Pixels and images don't work how you think they do.

Also to add. A 480p sized image will usually look better when shrunk to 32x32 than a 1080p sized image would because shrinking it that much causes massive pixel loss which an image with fewer pixels can handle better than one woth lots.

I suspect your confusion on the subject comes from videogames where a lower resolution game looks bad on a high resolution monitor but that's because of the opposite problem. In that case the image is having to be scaled up which results in one pixel worth of data now occupying multiple pixels and so the image doesn't look as clear as it should.

You can definitely get an icon that small that clearly has the Nintendo logo if you wanted to.


You definitely can't for the above stated reasons. There is just not enough room in a 32 pixel wide image to have the word Nintendo clear enough.

I'm just saying they could look significantly better if someone tried.


Only by increasing the image size. Even just doubling it to 64x64 like I suggested can make a huge difference but we'd likely have to get a fresh set of icons as all the current ones are 32x32 so they'd look odd stretched up to 64x64.

Posted September 23rd by Moonray
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Getting a fresh set wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. Double the size then.

Posted September 23rd by I killed Mufasa
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I added the Switch logo as a posting icon option.

I didn't remove the Nintendo one because I still feel like it's a good icon to have. It is still recognized as the Nintendo icon whether you can clearly read it or not.

Posted September 23rd by Vandy

Maybe add the more modern xbox one and ps4 logos as well? They're both squares like the switch logo.

Posted September 23rd by I killed Mufasa
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Good idea. I added those too.

Posted September 23rd by Vandy
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