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Blocky, Smoothed or Scanlines?

I'm really honored that more than 1,000 people took the time to respond to my little Twitter poll:












Really appreciate the feedback. Posting results in the blog in case it's of interest to anyone else.


Personally, I'm still on the fence. Nostalgia and recapturing old experiences is obviously a major driving force in the revival of retro-gaming. Having said that, I don't think any of the three options still really capture how these games really looked back in the day.


Speaking for myself, I spent most of my childhood on a dodgy JVC 20in CRT with RF-only inputs. The tube was too low-resolution to see scanlines. My first job, at Best Buy, paid for an early model, low-end WEGA, but even then, the scanlines weren't super pronounced and not something I recall noticing, really.


In a way, the smoothed and "fake" scanline look reminds me of running emulators in the late 90s and early 2000s.


Nothing beats playing on a FV310, though!

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