Screentendo transforms your computer screen into a Super Mario Bros. level

By Shawn Knight
May 28, 2015
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    If you’ve ever found yourself needing a quick break during the work day and happen to be near a computer, maybe you should give Screentendo a try. This desktop add-on from developer Aaron Randall lets you transform a section of your screen it into a playable Super Mario Bros. level. How sweet is that?

    The only drawback is that you’ll need a Mac as it isn't compatible with PCs.

    If you’re wanting to mess around with it yourself, Randall has uploaded the source code to Github. Keep in mind that this is a proof-of-concept at best and there are some shortcomings. For example, image processing isn’t all that fast and you’ll get the best results with contrasty images like big, bold letters against a white background.

    Any bets on how long it'll take Nintendo to shut this down?

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,181   +528

    I'm sad that it only works on Macs.

    I would guess that Nintendo would not care since they aren't making money off of it and it doesn't make Nintendo look bad.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,154   +1,429

    First, Windows reverted on us with the square tiles from the 90-ies. Now all we need is a CGI monitor, and we are back where it all started.
  4. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,607   +289

    We can all start using AOL again for their modern Windows 8 style interface
    stewi0001 likes this.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,154   +1,429

    Because it requires a retina screen.
  6. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 817   +231

    You mean CRT?
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,154   +1,429

    Actually, I meant CGA, fit with that Mario graphics.
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    There was a thing called Simple Finder for Macs in the early 90s, however I can't find ANY screenshots of it (I've looked on and off over the years when these discussions come up). There was something similar to Simple Finder called At Ease that had single click buttons:
    Arris likes this.
  9. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 817   +231

    Ahh, I get it now, that was a bit before my time with computers though.

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