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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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vegasartforsale
2020년 9월 17일

I prefer composite over component cables on my sega genesis because of dithering on games like Aladdin. The problem is that sega genesis composite has more artifacts, edge fringing, or color bleeding than what I see on a wii or ps2. The jailbars are also more pronounced on my model 1. The image looks sharp and clean on a 13 inch crt though. On large crts, my results varied depending on the shadowmask, comb filter, or aperture grille of the tv.

I was going to wait for a 2xmini, but I heard about the low res filter on the 2xpro and decided to get the 2xscart. I have my genesis hooked up to it and I like the results of…

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future2010
2020년 6월 26일

"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."

Altho this is true for many, (I even playen in a 7 or 9 inch black and white TV set at some point), the arcades always had RGB and well defined scanlines. And with many arcade ports to home consoles, the idea was for it look the closest posible to arcade. We just dont remember it well becose we didn't know what was behind the look,…

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