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10:55 PM on 01.17.2015

My new art piece (pixel painting)

phantom ganon painting

I like blending videogames with reality, so I decided to make a "pixel painting" or whatever you wanna call it. The pic above might seem too pixelated, and it should! because it's made of itty bitty plastic squares, 32000 in total.


I attempted to make the pixel ratio 1:1 with the original image. It was a semi oddysey because I didn't like the pics I found in Google, they all had different sizes and/or looked crappy, so I had to rip the textures out of the game. (You do know which game, don't you? I'll send you a virtual hug if you do.) It was kinda hard because even though I studied computer science, I suck at programming, so I always use available tools, and this time several of them were incompatible with my OS or between each other.

The painting already has a pixel frame, so I thought framing it with wood would be lame. Instead, I had it pasted on grey smoked transparent plexiglass with some "frame" spacing and I'm happy with the end result.

I still live with my parents and they asked me to hang it on a wall in front of the living room because they liked it.

remodeled living room

If only they knew...

EDIT: Moar info.

Where did I get the material? It's a secret to everybody who's visited Pixel Hobby.

The game it's from is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

I've made more paintings, but I'll save them for another post.


8:21 PM on 12.08.2014

Using amiibo without unboxing them

Do you want to use your amiibos without opening them? Check out this curious trick that has baffled collectors for a couple of weeks!

I think amiibo boxes are nice, and my friends think so too, so we didn't really want to break them open. But as we ALL know, amiibo can't be used while they are inside the box because of a small aluminum (or whatever metally stuff) sheet which blocks the NFC fairies' path.

But life finds a way. And so do wannabe collectors like me.

teh tools

I grabbed a cutter and cut the plastic at the bottom back of the box to see if the aluminum was under the plastic base. And it was! But it was attached with some darn good glue, so it was not peeled off easily.

You can press both sides of the box to make the gap a little wider and insert the cutter or your finger (if it's skinny). Start scraping the border with the cutter or your nails. Once it's coming off, you can pull it with some tweezers (but the aluminum might break) or just keep scraping with the cutter.

You might need some support too, though, so if you put the box on your leg or a table just be careful not to crush the cardboard part, and don't press too hard or you might crush the plastic.

It was about luck, really. Some amiibos have an aluminum sheet with unattached borders, so they can be completely peeled with tweezers/cutter/finger. If you are not lucky enough and the aluminum bit won't come easily, you can scrape it with the cutter.

I did a shitty job with this Marth but it can still be read by the Game Pad.

In the end you'll have your usable boxed amiibo and a sore finger, if you actually used it.

I should have blogged about this earlier, sorry :( Do it with the second wave or whatever. Also, I just found out there are youtube videos telling how to. Goddamnit.


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