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EDIT: devRant April Fools joke (2019)
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Hey everyone!

Today, @trogus and I are very happy to announce a devRant feature that we’ve been working on for many months. After extensive time and money investment, it’s finally here! Introducing, pixelated avatars!

@trogus came up with this awesome idea about a year ago, but we couldn’t get it just right so we had to tons of work/research to make those pixelated avatars give the full sense of retro and ULTIMATE pixelation. We think everyone will appreciate how this effort turned out.

Anyway, let us know what you think, and we hope you enjoy!

p.s. here is @trogus’s avatar - the model we used to make sure the feature is perfect!

Comments
  • 45
    Happy 1 april! It looks fucking awesome tho
  • 28
    it looks great!
  • 14
  • 22
    Guys eh... First of April starts in a few hours, you know?
  • 12
    Nice! Very cool
  • 14
    It's beautiful ♥️
  • 53
    @epse Are you the only timezone in the world?
  • 21
    The best thing we had no idea we needed.
  • 10
    @Jifuna nope, but I was definitely confused for a while there!
  • 19
    @dfox
    How exactly did you achieve this? Some imagemagick or whatever commandline image editor and script?
  • 21
    @epse some of us are 8 hours in already.

    You really need to keep up 😏

    -
    @dfox, @trogus,
    I was thinking my phone went to hell trying to load avatars πŸ˜‚
    Nice work!
  • 18
    Petition to keep this for good
  • 5
    @C0D4 8 hours of joking? My lord
  • 6
    @norman70688 my lock screen script does a similar thing, and it uses imagemagick so that does seem likely
  • 9
    @epse yes, we start early this side of the world πŸ˜…
  • 7
    Heckin’ time travelers!

    Good job!
  • 15
    It's so beautiful!
  • 17
    Kinda wanna keep this permanent like I wouldn't mind last year's being permanent.
  • 7
    @epse your face in the small avatar looks a bit disturbing. Magnificent!
  • 4
    You know what... I kinda like it
  • 3
    Think this looks hella cool 😁
  • 7
  • 2
    Fucking saved
  • 5
    @austudo lookin like I've got a stroke lol
  • 10
    Thanks @linuxxx for my 1250th++ and also @Condor for the next one.
  • 10
    Lol awsome!
    Throwback just like in SO
  • 3
    @condor I take it pixelated on the clock!
  • 5
    @dfox I expect this to stay πŸ˜‰
  • 6
    It looks fucking awesome. I hope this stays on after 1st April as an option
  • 3
    Pix-tastic!
  • 6
    In matter of fact, with these pixelated avatars we kinda look like some mad occultists.

    Or sensored victims? Hmmm

    PS.: since its already implemented,
    I suggest that if someone mentions in any way php his avatar would become pixelated, for obvious reasons.
  • 4
    πŸ…ΎπŸ…· πŸ††πŸ…ΎπŸ††
  • 3
    @epse I can see a pacman in your face (your throat is the jaw)
  • 2
    @iamavalos saved for research purposes
  • 0
    @iamavalos πŸ˜‚
  • 1
    Oh my god, I love you all. This is my first April fools here.
  • 2
    Do I look like I know what a jpeg is?
  • 1
    But can we keep it?
  • 1
    Hahaha awesome I am in Minecraft.
  • 0
    genuinely thought that this was a bug or the compression algo fucked up the avatars. this is coool!
  • 7
    Like honestly I would love this to be a setting. Maybe pass it into the API as a parameter XD

    &pixelAvatars=true
  • 0
    @electrineer i admit, please don't sue me
  • 2
    @electrineer now I can't unsee the PAC-man dammit!
  • 3
    Mr Stark, I don't feel so good.
  • 3
    The single teeth in trogus avatar is the best
  • 0
  • 4
    We should rename it to mutantRant, since we all look either like cyclops or the hunchback from Notre Dame. πŸ˜„
  • 3
    The moment when the April fool's turns out to be something we love. Haha nice work. πŸ€”πŸ˜
  • 1
    I was thinking my mobile not rendering image properly.
    I broke that phone.
    πŸ™„
  • 3
    The only thing that came to my mind when reading this was:

    Why all the great ideas are implemented on April 1st...
  • 1
    money investment? more like put the avatar in a rant, and used it. $0

    Free devRant compression

    :)
  • 18
    Thanks for the feedback everyone, and we hope you enjoyed!

    To answer a few questions:

    - How we implemented it: @trogus came up with the idea for this, and he was planning on running all the avatar components through a Photoshop macro, which would have been pretty difficult. I figured out that PHP GD offers a “pixelate” effect, so I was able to just add that in at the point in the code where our avatars are rendered and it worked really nicely. Just looks like this:
    imagefilter($img, IMG_FILTER_PIXELATE, 10);

    - We got a lot of feedback that people would like this feature to stay. We’ve decided that we’re going to add an option for devRant++ members to be able to display all avatars in this pixelated form. We think it works well as that feature because it’s non-essential to the app and also has an associated server cost because we now need to render and serve an entirely different set of avatars from our CDN.

    Thanks again for all the enthusiasm around this, and feel free to let us know if you have any questions!
  • 6
    @dfox I love your guy's response to feedback! Keep it up!
  • 4
    @dfox Woop woop πŸ‘πŸΌ
  • 5
    Awesome idea @dfox !
    Can't wait for that option to be available!!
  • 6
    @dfox Awesome news! πŸ˜„

    I would absolutely love to see binary ++ make a return as well. Are there any plans for that?
  • 1
    Look at that teeth
  • 6
    #BringBackBinnaryUpDoots
  • 6
    I though I had an issue on my internet connection XD good april's fool prank
  • 2
    @ElizadeathRaven Congrats to 1k 😎
  • 2
    @dfox wow that was quick!
    Well played πŸ˜‰
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