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Neural upscale of 8-bit graphics: C&C

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I've been increasingly interested in the possibilities of scaling up video game graphics using neural networks recently, and after a relatively brief but overall productive stint with waifu2x I realised its limitations and tried out ESRGAN. While this network, like many others of this kind, is intended to process photographic images and not video gamer graphics, a model was trained by one of the users that is quite suitable for art.

Without going into much detail, I scaled up three official screenshots from Command & ConquerThe Covert Operations and Red Alert, then downsized them to 640x480 and converted to the respective original palettes:

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Note that this was done purely for fun/out of curiosity, but the results are pretty interesting!

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Holy smokes, this looks absolutely amazing! :o

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It'd still need human corrections because it looks watercolour-ey, but definitely interesting results.

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Looks alright, needs touch up though. The Nod soldier in my signature is an example of waifu2x.

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Looks pretty interesting. I dig the oil painting effect. I'm not sure whether I preferred this over crisp pixels, but I'd like to see this in action on a large display.

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