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Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 10:31 AM Reply

This week I've been making a lot of updates to the video game parody sub-collections (Sonic, Mario, etc.), adding submissions that have been recommended by users since the last big update.

The big missing item now is THUMBNAILS. A lot of these parodies and sprite movies are missing 140x90 thumbnails for the redesign.

I'm looking for BIG VIDEO GAME FANS to take on the icon mod duties for these individual game collections. They all branch off from the Video Game Parodies section and include pages like Mario, Mega Man, Metal Gear, Sonic, etc...

If you want to volunteer, find your favorite game collection on the list, make a 140x90 thumbnail for one of the submissions and post it in a reply post in this thread. Include a link to the submission you made the thumbnail for.

If your thumbnail is good quality and you look like a trustworthy user, you will get set up as an icon mod and given the task of completing the thumbnails for that page.

Thumbnails are usually best in GIF format and often work fine with 128 colors... The key is to not lose image quality while maintaining a size in the 3-6k range. Images with a lot of detail may need to be saved as JPG; just avoid visible compression artifacts. Most sprite movies should be lossless GIF though.

Once you're an icon mod, you will see a link on the view page that says "Edit" or "Add" thumbnail - if it says "Edit", a 140x90 thumbnail already exists and you don't need to make one. You will have to manually check each submission in the collection. If you pick Mario, prepare to make a lot of thumbnails. :)


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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 10:38 AM Reply

Wait, I'm somewhat confused, do you want us to go into the current collection and choose a new icon from one of the movies? Because they all have icons already.

Or, do you want us to find movies that are about these game series that lack icon.

I assume the first one, but I don't want to look like a complete dope.


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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 10:45 AM Reply

At 1/14/11 10:38 AM, Narcissy wrote: Wait, I'm somewhat confused, do you want us to go into the current collection and choose a new icon from one of the movies? Because they all have icons already.

Or, do you want us to find movies that are about these game series that lack icon.

I assume the first one, but I don't want to look like a complete dope.

Those are 46x46. Icon mods make 140x90 icons, which will be implemented in the redesign.


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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 10:46 AM Reply

You can icon mod me tom to help you.


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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 10:47 AM Reply

At 1/14/11 10:38 AM, Narcissy wrote: Wait, I'm somewhat confused, do you want us to go into the current collection and choose a new icon from one of the movies? Because they all have icons already.

Or, do you want us to find movies that are about these game series that lack icon.

I assume the first one, but I don't want to look like a complete dope.

Those are 90X90 icons. Once the redesign hits the icon size will be increased to 140X90 so you can't see it now, but they don't yet have a new icon waiting to replace the current one you see. If I wasn't busy I'd do it myself because the ladies love an icon mod.


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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 10:51 AM Reply

At 1/14/11 10:47 AM, Jercurpac wrote: If I wasn't busy I'd do it myself because the ladies love an icon mod.

This is true.


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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 10:53 AM Reply

Wait, duh. I had to reread it a few times.

Since a lot of the submissions are missing images for the next redesign, you want us to go in there and pick a new icon.

Gotcha.

Hope this is fine. Had to take it down to 60 colors. :P

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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 10:56 AM Reply

Finally, something I could actually do! ...however I am much too busy with school :(

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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 10:56 AM Reply

At 1/14/11 10:53 AM, Narcissy wrote: Wait, duh. I had to reread it a few times.

Since a lot of the submissions are missing images for the next redesign, you want us to go in there and pick a new icon.

No. This thread is to volunteer to join the Icon Mod team, so you can implement the icons yourself.


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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 10:57 AM Reply

At 1/14/11 10:56 AM, Donut wrote: No. This thread is to volunteer to join the Icon Mod team, so you can implement the icons yourself.

Yes, and that is what I'm doing.


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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 10:58 AM Reply

At 1/14/11 10:57 AM, Narcissy wrote:
At 1/14/11 10:56 AM, Donut wrote: No. This thread is to volunteer to join the Icon Mod team, so you can implement the icons yourself.
Yes, and that is what I'm doing.

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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 11:01 AM Reply

  • BioShocked
    BioShocked by CustardCartoonsInc

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Like this?

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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 11:02 AM Reply

ha

That looks like shit.

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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 11:03 AM Reply

At 1/14/11 11:02 AM, EyeLovePoozy wrote: ha

That looks like shit.

I was going to say, but then I thought maybe you were making a joke that I didn't get and didn't want to look like a chump. IT WAS THAT BAD.

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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 11:04 AM Reply

At 1/14/11 11:02 AM, EyeLovePoozy wrote: ha

That looks like shit.

LOL! Nice, ELP!!

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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 11:09 AM Reply

It felt like it's been years since I've been on that page.


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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 11:26 AM Reply

At 1/14/11 11:01 AM, EyeLovePoozy wrote: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/40 5812
Like this?

If you can do it without the embossed edge - that is probably the results of shrinking a pasted image without flattening it first, if that's in Photoshop. Also, I should have mentioned that we try to make thumbnails based on the same scenes as the original icons, unless it's a case where the larger size puts another scene to best use...

On top of all that, the characters came out kinda small and offset in that icon... People like clicking on close-ups and stuff most of the time. :P


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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 12:05 PM Reply

At 1/14/11 11:26 AM, TomFulp wrote:
At 1/14/11 11:01 AM, EyeLovePoozy wrote: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/40 5812
Like this?
If you can do it without the embossed edge - that is probably the results of shrinking a pasted image without flattening it first, if that's in Photoshop. Also, I should have mentioned that we try to make thumbnails based on the same scenes as the original icons, unless it's a case where the larger size puts another scene to best use...

On top of all that, the characters came out kinda small and offset in that icon... People like clicking on close-ups and stuff most of the time. :P

I used GIMP and did flatten the image. Here's a closer shot and tried a different way of scaling it.

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: this is trickier than it looks apparently

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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 12:17 PM Reply

Using the technique I used with the last one I did another one based on the original thumbnail.

Let's see how it looks:

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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 12:33 PM Reply

It's not great, but I think it works.

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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 12:39 PM Reply

This is about the only decent looking frame in the entire animation.

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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 12:47 PM Reply

At 1/14/11 12:44 PM, MikeyS9607 wrote: Counter-Strike... Basketball?
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/53 74

Those look great. I like the SBC one especially.

But Tom mentioned that he prefers the thumbnail to be taken from the same scene in the flash, bro.

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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 12:50 PM Reply

Meh.

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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 12:58 PM Reply

At 1/14/11 12:56 PM, MikeyS9607 wrote: Thanks
Also, I don't understand the thing about the same scene? As in if one is from the intro, only make icons from the intros?

Basically.

For example, look at Oolpah's post above you.


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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 01:00 PM Reply

At 1/14/11 12:56 PM, MikeyS9607 wrote: Thanks
Also, I don't understand the thing about the same scene? As in if one is from the intro, only make icons from the intros?

He means to get as close to the original icon as possible. Pretty much just make a 140x90 version of the original icon.


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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 01:00 PM Reply

At 1/14/11 12:56 PM, MikeyS9607 wrote:
At 1/14/11 12:47 PM, EyeLovePoozy wrote:
At 1/14/11 12:44 PM, MikeyS9607 wrote: Counter-Strike... Basketball?
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/53 74
Those look great. I like the SBC one especially.

But Tom mentioned that he prefers the thumbnail to be taken from the same scene in the flash, bro.
Thanks
Also, I don't understand the thing about the same scene? As in if one is from the intro, only make icons from the intros?

I'm sure Tom will clarify next time he ducks into this thread but I'm fairly certain that what he meant is that the new icon be similar to the one already in place. If there is no icon I'm sure it's fair game for the user making the icon to choose whatever he/she sees fit.

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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 01:43 PM Reply

Yeah - the goal is generally to get an icon that represents the same moment in the cartoon as the original icon portrayed, since that is what the author intended. However the Counter-Strike with Strawberry Clock is an example of where maybe a 46x46 icon couldn't handle a more descriptive image, and the 140x90 actually does a decent job at improving on it - you know it features StrawberryClock and you know it's set in Counter-Strike... So that one actually works pretty well. :)


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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 01:47 PM Reply

If I weren't going to be busy doing the requests on the Review Request Club list I wouldn't mind going through one of them and adding thumbnails while reviewing them all. Oh well, some other time I guess.


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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 01:55 PM Reply

Just a heads up - Narcissy is now working on Castlevania so dibs are called on that one.


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Response to Icon Help - Video Game Parodies Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 03:14 PM Reply

I'm interested in helping! Just point me in the direction of the icon challenged!


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