I liked this idea and don't participate in conversations much on here, so I think I might start doing this, ie one post a day about "what's good?" mastodon.social/media/0r-jlAvY

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today What's Good is how the two engineers who designed the Commodore 64's VIC-II video chip chose 16 very specific colors that profoundly affected the aesthetics of the thousands of games produced for the C64 in the decades since. I sometimes wonder what their office looked like, what kind of music they were listening to. Every color choice is a moment in time, only a few echo for decades. mastodon.social/media/mJ_06eDZ

Other systems' color palettes are not nearly so interesting; IBM's EGA and the ZX Spectrum palette are just "full blast" 0xF00 red, blue, green etc. The VIC-II engineers specifically say they picked colors they liked. mastodon.social/media/1eXt_xOC

@jplebreton a criminally underrated colour palette imo is the one that amstrad had on their CPC machines

@jplebreton i always felt like the C64's palette being very relatively desaturated played a pretty big part in giving them longevity compared to EGA/spectrum etc.

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I love that idea of defining a whole system's look-and-feel based on personal tastes, giving it unique personality, and constraints that stimulate creativity and happy accidents.

I wonder whether they easily agreed or had to convince each other to chose specific colors.

Pico-8's creator seems to have used the same approach when he built his fantasy console decades later and it's nice too : lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=2101

Here's some trivia about this, which may explain why you see so many *different* palettes purporting to be the c64 palette: Show more

Here's some trivia about this, which may explain why you see so many *different* palettes purporting to be the c64 palette: Show more

@jplebreton Did the same resistor values yield both the PAL and NTSC colours, or were the circuits designed separately for each? Was there much difference between the palettes?

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