Atari 2600 Asteroids Wallpapers

When Flack recently mentioned this minimalist Atari Wallpaper for Yar’s Revenge in his post about his Yars’ Revenge Cartridge, it got me thinking. Didn’t I do a bunch of these that I did not post. The answer is yes, so here is the first of what I hope will be a few new/old Atari 2600 wallpaper posts. Starting with one I did for the classic, Asteroids.

and one I already had posted, in black.

or perhaps gameplay footage is more your thing…

atari 2600 asteroids wallpaper

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3 thoughts on “Atari 2600 Asteroids Wallpapers

  1. Drahken says:

    In all honesty, I’ve always found these minimalist wallpapers with just a tiny pic in a big blank field extremely “what’s the point?”. I do like the underlying concept of using 2600 images, just not the minimalist approach.
    The in-game shot is better, but still feels lacking. However, it did give me an idea: http://allspark.net/cypherswipe/asteroids-paper.jpg
    That doesn’t look as good as it could because I just used automatic tools to crop out the orange background of the other paper instead of taking the time to do it manually.

    If you’re concerned about what format to save such a pic in (since gif/png doesn’t work well for the photographic part & jpg (typically) doesn’t work well for the graphic part), just use JPG but make sure to turn off chroma subsampling (choose 4:1:1 or 1×1,1×1,1×1 depending on your program). The washed-out colors, badly blurred edges, and edge ghosting commonly associated with JPGs are simply due to using high subsampling.
    You can see in my pic that it’s JPG, yet the colors are vivid & the edges are sharp & clear.

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