Real Time Pixel Art Remasterization on GPUs

Marco A. G. Silva, Anselmo Montenegro, Esteban Clua, Cristina Vasconcelos, Marcos Lage
Instituto de Computacao, Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), CEP 24210-240 Niteroi, RJ, Brazil
26th Conference on Graphics, Patterns and Images (SIBGRAPI), 2013


   title={Real Time Pixel Art Remasterization on GPUs},

   author={Silva, Marco AG and Montenegro, Anselmo and Clua, Esteban and Vasconcelos, Cristina and Lage, Marcos},



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Several methods have been proposed to overcome the pixel art scaling problem through the years. In this article we describe a novel approach to be applied through a massively parallel architecture that can address this issue in real time. To achieve this we design a local and context independent algorithm that enables an efficient parallel implementation on the GPU, delivering full frames output at response time for the user interaction. Our main goal is to apply the method on full frames of old games, which were based on pixel art graphics until the half of the 1990’s, and keep the output frame rate good enough for playing.
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