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With online storefronts dominating the mobile market, it’s safe to assume that most people who own digital devices have some experience with the concept of micropayments. But now that we’ve grown accustomed to the idea of shelling out tiny nuggets of tribute for things like apps, games and music, are we willing to do the same for art?

Art Micro Patronage is hoping for the best. The website, an online gallery experimenting with new methods of monetizing artwork that uses the internet as a medium, recently launched C.R.E.A.M., its last in a series of online exhibitions of animated GIFs, web pages and other net-based artwork that asks visitors to contribute small amounts to individual works. In doing so, patrons are granted access to...

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<p>The following pixel artists produced Pixel Joint&apos;s top rated pixel art for <a target="_blank" href="../../../new_icons.asp?dosearch=1&amp;ob=search&amp;d=12/1/2011">December 2011</a>. Many thanks go out to this month&apos;s top pixel artists and all the members who took time to rate.</p>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67007.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#1 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart1.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67007.htm">Sanguo Mockup</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/15403.htm">llshadow</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/66862.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#2 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart2.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/66862.htm">Three Heads Are Better Than Two</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/17347.htm">Delicious</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67267.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#3 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart3.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67267.htm">Mausoleum Melody</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/19990.htm">TheInquisitor</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67392.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#4 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart4.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67392.htm">silence</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/11794.htm">Dex</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67312.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#5 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart5.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67312.htm">Creep this !</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/948.htm">Riva</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67218.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#6 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart6.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67218.htm">Sneaky Cat</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/34932.htm">Super17</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/66960.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#7 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart7.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/66960.htm">Borstl&apos;s Battle - Mockup</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/32234.htm">Cyangmou</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67055.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#8 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart8.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67055.htm">Numb3r5</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/17621.htm">Jinn</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67368.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#9 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart9.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67368.htm">Ye Olde Tree [EDIT 3]</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/33723.htm">ThePixelKnight</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67224.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#10 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart10.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/67224.htm">Vampires vs Werewolves Mock-ups</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/2000.htm">Badassbill</a></div>

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The Old Dead Tree pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week&apos;s challenge awards go to the following pieces:<br /><br /><div class=&apos;iconlg&apos;><a href=&apos;/pixelart/67368.htm&apos; target=&apos;_blank&apos; class=&apos;winner1&apos;>Ye Olde Tree [EDIT 3]</a> by <a href=&apos;/p/33723.htm&apos; target=&apos;_blank&apos;>ThePixelKnight</a></div><div class=&apos;iconlg&apos;><a href=&apos;/pixelart/67435.htm&apos; target=&apos;_blank&apos; class=&apos;winner2&apos;>Tree of the Defunct</a> by <a href=&apos;/p/31479.htm&apos; target=&apos;_blank&apos;>Nate K</a></div><div class=&apos;iconlg&apos;><a href=&apos;/pixelart/67465.htm&apos; target=&apos;_blank&apos; class=&apos;winner3&apos;>Dying Breath.</a> by <a href=&apos;/p/32587.htm&apos; target=&apos;_blank&apos;>CPearson</a></div><br /><br />Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the <a href=&apos;/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=13583&apos;>Old Dead Tree forum thread</a> for more information.

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The Last Light pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week&apos;s challenge awards go to the following pieces:<br /><br /><div class=&apos;iconlg&apos;><a href=&apos;/pixelart/65066.htm&apos; target=&apos;_blank&apos; class=&apos;winner1&apos;>Spark of Life</a> by <a href=&apos;/p/2254.htm&apos; target=&apos;_blank&apos;>surt</a></div><div class=&apos;iconlg&apos;><a href=&apos;/pixelart/64971.htm&apos; target=&apos;_blank&apos; class=&apos;winner2&apos;>You must gather your party before venturing forth</a> by <a href=&apos;/p/7846.htm&apos; target=&apos;_blank&apos;>Mrmo Tarius</a></div><div class=&apos;iconlg&apos;><a href=&apos;/pixelart/65065.htm&apos; target=&apos;_blank&apos; class=&apos;winner3&apos;>Shoemaker</a> by <a href=&apos;/p/33669.htm&apos; target=&apos;_blank&apos;>neofotistou</a></div><br /><br />Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the <a href=&apos;/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=12887&apos;>Last Light forum thread</a> for more information.

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<p>Weekly Challenge entries had a strong presence in&nbsp; <a target="_blank" href="../../../new_icons.asp?dosearch=1&amp;ob=search&amp;d=7/1/2011">July&apos;s</a> Monthly Top, alongside some old favourites, an enchanted mockup, something a little more demoscene and a piece with a great WIP thread. Many thanks go out to this month&apos;s top pixel artists and all the members who took time to rate.<br />
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<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63250.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#1 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart1.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63250.htm">Level 4 - Hell!</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/4343.htm">vierbit</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63168.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#2 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart2.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63168.htm">Guardian of the woods.</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/11318.htm">Reo</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63177.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#3 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart3.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63177.htm">NEStalgia</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/17621.htm">Jinn</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63207.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#4 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart4.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63207.htm">Lava Dungeon</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/3171.htm">Adarias</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63879.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#5 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart5.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63879.htm">Suicidal Thoughts</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/2606.htm">Vital</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63273.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#6 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart6.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63273.htm">Gregory faces the dragon</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/32234.htm">Cyangmou</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63774.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#7 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart7.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63774.htm">LepreCAN, LepreCAN&apos;T!</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/21881.htm">robnoyce</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63342.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#8 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart8.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63342.htm">Abandonment</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/7846.htm">Mrmo Tarius</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63167.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#9 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart9.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63167.htm">Baalphraegor&apos;s Chamber</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/7846.htm">Mrmo Tarius</a></div>
<div><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63993.htm"><img width="48" height="48" border="0" alt="#10 Pixel Art" src="http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/images/awards/monthlyart10.gif" /></a><a target="_blank" href="../../../../pixelart/63993.htm">Starr Knarr!</a> by <a target="_blank" href="../../../../p/7846.htm">Mrmo Tarius</a></div>

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.kkrieger makes extensive use of procedural generation methods. Textures are stored via their creation history instead of a per-pixel basis, thus only requiring the history data and the generator code to be compiled into the executable, producing a relatively small file size. Meshes are created from basic solids such as boxes and cylinders, which are then deformed to achieve the desired shape - essentially a special way of box modeling. These two generation processes account for the extensive loading time of the game — all assets of the gameplay are reproduced during the loading phase.

The entire game uses only 97,280 bytes of disk space. In contrast, most modern first-person shooters fill one or more CDs or DVDs.[1] According to the developers, .kkrieger itself would take up around 200–300 MB of space if it had been stored the conventional way.

The game music and sounds are produced by a multifunctional synthesizer called V2, which is fed a continuous stream of MIDI data. The synthesizer then produces the music in real time.

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<p>In a new research paper, Microsoft&rsquo;s Johannes Kopf and The Hebrew University&rsquo;s Dani Lischinski describe a new algorithmic method for converting pixel art into sweet, smooth vectors.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.geekosystem.com/depixelating-pixel-art-algorithm/">Check it!</a></p>

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