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#1 ko9   Members   -  Reputation: 124

Posted 27 August 2011 - 07:37 AM

Hey guys,

Since I was working with QR-codes, and found out some fun properties of how they work, I decided to abuse these properties to make a nice one for GDnet.
I think it turned out quite well, what do you think? :)

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#2 Oluseyi   Staff Emeritus   -  Reputation: 1670

Posted 27 August 2011 - 07:41 AM

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#3 SiCrane   Moderators   -  Reputation: 9382

Posted 27 August 2011 - 07:57 AM

If you haven't run into it, I'd suggest taking a look at this article. While your QR code does have a certain simplicity to it, for a GDNet specific QR code, I'd think about incorporating the actual GDNet logo and color scheme. Maybe some rounded corners to blend in with the circular logo.

#4 ryan20fun   Members   -  Reputation: 659

Posted 27 August 2011 - 07:59 AM

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so thats where pac man when't :)
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#5 KanonBaum   Members   -  Reputation: 277

Posted 27 August 2011 - 08:17 AM

I think your idea is just wakka wakka.
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#6 ko9   Members   -  Reputation: 124

Posted 27 August 2011 - 08:37 AM

If you haven't run into it, I'd suggest taking a look at this article. While your QR code does have a certain simplicity to it, for a GDNet specific QR code, I'd think about incorporating the actual GDNet logo and color scheme. Maybe some rounded corners to blend in with the circular logo.

I wasn't sure how well the actual GDnet colour and logo would work in a QR-code style tbh.. I'm not really an artist, so I just approached this from the tech viewpoint. Having said that, I made an effort to polish it up a bit, again let me know what you think :)

-ko9
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#7 Gaiiden   Senior Staff   -  Reputation: 4633

Posted 02 September 2011 - 08:33 AM

interesting. Why Pac-Man, if I may ask?

Personally never use QR codes at all, so don't even have the slightest idea how to leverage this :P That's just me tho...

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#8 SiCrane   Moderators   -  Reputation: 9382

Posted 02 September 2011 - 09:51 AM

AFAIK, the most common use for a pimped out QR code is to embed a web address within the code. A user sees the QR code, points their cell phone camera at it and magic in the code brings them to the business's home page or something similar. Ex: The Renaissance Fair near where I live uses a QR code to link to a page with show times for the various stages, and the code ko9 posted just contains the URL for gdnet. You can also store contact information in a QR code on a business card for e-mail, phone, etc.

A QR code with straight text can be used for other things like scavenger hunts. For example, let's saying you're running a booth at a convention. Post a sign on your booth with directions to an object and stick a QR code on the object. User scans the code with their phone when they find it and it gives directions to the next code, etc. User eventually ends up at tickets to a limited admittance event or something. For extra fun put out decoy codes, make some directions riddles or depend on previous finds, and so on. This is something I've only heard about, but never implemented or participated in, however.

#9 ko9   Members   -  Reputation: 124

Posted 06 September 2011 - 07:19 PM

Interesting, I didn't know that QR codes were that unheard of in some parts of the world.. I see them around everywhere nowadays, figured they didn't require an explanation :-P

What SiCrane said is pretty complete I guess, I'd just like to add that normally it's just black & white blocks making up the code.

And why pacman? Because I saw the block pixels, and it seemed appropriate to gamedev and the pixellated structure.. A globally known historic game icon seemed very fitting to me at least :-)






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