Text Mode Art with PETSCII

Nov 11th, 2021

I recently spent some time exploring the world of the Commodore 64, an 8-bit computer introduced in 1982. Most of that time was spent learning 6502 assembly and (poorly) attempting to replicate some VIC timing tricks, but the thing that stuck with me the most was PETSCII.

PETSCII is the Commodore’s text mode character set, based on ASCII, and there is a small but vibrant art scene dedicated to exploring its limitations. For my favorite example, check out the work of Raquel Meyers.

After more than enough assembly coding (I’m more in tune with TIC-80 or PICO-8 for lo-fi graphics coding), I spent some time making PETSCII art. Here is an image I created with PetMate on macOS:

Tagged: text-art