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Parallaxian Logo Reveal

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By Kodiak

It's finally here, the official logo for Parallaxian, my next generation Commodore 64 game in development, presented in all its Photoshopped web-ready splendour:

Parallaxian Logo

The design brief I gave myself was this:

  • The logo must be in high resolution and use no angles, slopes or curves that would imbue it with any blockiness.
  • It must be evocative of the decade of the Commodore 64's primacy, the 1980s, without falling prey to any aspect of the worst excesses of misguided C64 logo design in said era.
  • It should also be distinctive and unique, avoiding the "sameness" of other C64 game logos as much as reasonably possible.
  • It should, above all, convey the ostentatious ambitions of the game.

So no big challenge, right?

Well... In the end, I said sod it and let's just see what can be done with Def Leppard's and Ratt's angular logos.

A few days of tinkering on the char editor and I had the basic idea drilled down; it would take another few weeks of (on and off) panel-beating to get it to where it is now; the image below shows some of the steps along the way.

Parallaxian Logo Development

The web version - which incidentally forms the basis of the planned packaging and promotional materials - was ported directly from the C64 char original and worked up with photo-editing software.

Anyway, I hope you like it even half as much as I do!


PS: Don't forget to check the home page regularly for more articles like this and visit the Everything64 Forum to comment further.

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Help Make Parallaxian Happen

If you really want to help get Parallaxian finished, kindly support the continuation of its development via one of the options below, so that I can devote the necessary time to it; it's a truly huge project and although the toughest technical challenges have been completed, there remains a lot of hard work to get it over the finishing line.

Way #1: Start Your Amazon Sessions via (Costs You Nothing!)

This one should be the easiest because it's a painless and indirect way to help me for something you would be doing anyway, regardless of my request for help.

So how does it work?

Well, it makes no difference what you're buying on Amazon... whether it's a garden gnome for your dad, jewellery for your wife, the new C64 Maxi for yourself or an obscure first edition by an even more obscure 17th century Belgian poet for someone you very much dislike.

The point is, if you buy anything on Amazon, even your groceries, I will automatically receive a commission as long as your Amazon session begins as a click on an Amazon product banner on this website or just on any generic Amazon link on this website (such as those listed below):

So, you would make your daily visit to to check out what's new and then, while you're here, enter Amazon via one of those links to order whatever you were planning on buying anyway, thus doing your bit to advance Parallaxian's development.


Way #2: Purchase Merch from the Kodiak64 Shop

Hosted externally (for now) on Teespring, the Kodiak64 shop features limited edition C64-related merchandise, for which I have mostly set my margin at 15% of the retail price (to keep it as low as worthwhile).

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I intend to change designs every month to keep things fresh, albeit with the core themes remaining Commodore 64 centric.

Way #3: PayPal Donation

Finally, at the highest rung of the altruism ladder among the 3 options, maybe you could consider a small, recurring monthly donation (and depending on your tax situation, you might even be able to designate it as a charitable donation rather than let the taxman have it).

And don't worry, you can cancel at any time... but in the meantime, it would be a welcome contribution, however petite.

Oh, and as a special thank you, all who do this will be credited in the game (unless you opt out of it if you have the same kind of incognito hermit tendencies I do).

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