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#ActualFlimflam

Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:53 AM

They were compact because they had to be (space on those cartridges was very limiting), and because the method of storing/creating the information was different. Since size and power today is not a big issue anymore, we can get away with cutting a lot of corners, and using much higher quality assets. Sounds are stored as full waveforms, Graphics are large, etc. Back on older consoles, music was somewhat similar in nature to the old MIDI format we have on PCs, and graphics were very optimized tiles that tended to compress well, rather than large images rendered onto the screen whole. 


#1Flimflam

Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:53 AM

They were compact because they had to be, and because the method of storing/creating the information was different. Since size and power today is not a big issue anymore, we can get away with cutting a lot of corners, and using much higher quality assets. Sounds are stored as full waveforms, Graphics are large, etc. Back on older consoles, music was somewhat similar in nature to the old MIDI format we have on PCs, and graphics were very optimized tiles that tended to compress well, rather than large images rendered onto the screen whole. 


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