The Ascii Scene is an old scene, which dates back
to the 80's. In the early years, people used Ascii
to make nfo's, diz'es and artwork for the BBSes. As
time went by, the Internet came and took over. But
Ascii is still beeing used all over the place. People
still run BBSes, but they have moved on to be Telnetable.
FTP sites also uses ascii, maybe in form of a login
ascii, the same with shells as a motd. Ascii is also
today used in the making of nfo files for scene groups
and for the legendary file_id.diz file which still
exists in scene releases.
is also used in MiRC scripts and on web pages.
we are covering is the underground ascii scene. This
scene contains of the Pc Scene and the Amiga Scene.
The Pc Scene releases ascii pack by artgroups and
the amiga scene mostly releases ascii collies (a text
file with a bunch of ascii logos).
ASCII code was created in the early 1960s, but was
standardized in 1968 (it become a United States goverment
standard). Early ascii art is seen on BBSes and seen
in packs by underground ascii/ansi groups. ASCII is
an acronym for the American Standard Code for Information
Interchange. In the 1960s there were many data communication
codes that were competing for the US Standard, but
ASCII won that competition as it had the PC Standard.
was defined by the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI) in 1968 as "ANSI Standard x3.4". It has also
been described as ISO 636. It is a 7-bit code that
has a maximum of 128 characters.
think that the real start of ASCII art was with the
beginning of the BBS Softwares, but it took real off
with the beginning of the Internet we know today.
Internet was in the beginning (around 1960) meant
to be for military purposes only, but it expanded
to include universities and other educational institutions.
In early 1990's, the World Wide Web was developed
in the Switzerland. HTML (Hyper-Text Mark-Up Language)
was first used there. People use the Internet mostly
for emails (which is pure text, except for the new
version of Outlook), ftp, irc and looking at web pages.
They are all text if you dig hard enough. ASCII art
was used to create diagrams and charts. It was also
used for "fun" and to enhance and liven up the plain
text messages (with small ascii animals or smileys).
art is also been used in the BBS (bulletin board system)
scene and in the underground art groups. BBSs were
developed in 1978 and became quite popular in the
early 1980s. MUDs (multi-user dungeons) and MUGs (multi-user
games) also became quite popular in the early years
of the internet. These are all text based applications.
So, if someone wanted to include a picture or diagram,
it had to be created from text. Even today, BBSs,
MUDs, and MUGs exist (many are still text based).
art is also used on mIRC (Internet Relay Chat). There
are a number of chat channels that scroll colorized
"ASCII" pop-ups or pictures. Often the pop-ups include
the "extended" characters. This is rarely a problem
since users are tied into the same mIRC software.
personal divide ASCII art into 2 main groups, the
underground ascii and the mainstream ascii. The mainstream
ascii refears to 2 styles of ascii and this is "line
style" and "solid style". As you can see, "line styles"
looks very similar to what we at the underground ascii
scene refers to as "Oldschool" and "solid style" looks
similar to "Newschool". The underground ascii scene
also have "Block" style which is mostly ansi art without
color (or similar). Block ascii is often used in nfo
files for release groups. Oldschool and Newschool
are often used for file_id.diz's, on bbs'es, on ftp
sites and on shells as motd files.
think ASCII art would die, not as far as people use
it in Email, Ezines, on BBS'es, in MUDs/MUGs, and
on MIRC, in webpage development, used in magazines,
in advertising and on telnet and ftp sites, among
would personally divide ASCII art into 2 main groups,
the underground ascii and the mainstream ascii. The
mainstream ascii refears to 2 styles of ascii and
this is "line style" and "solid style". As you can
see, "line styles" looks very similar to what we at
the underground ascii scene refers to as "Oldschool"
which uses the "/\" characters and "solid style" looks
similar to "Newschool" which uses "$$" characters.
The underground ascii scene also have "Block" style
which is mostly ansi art without color (or similar).
Block ascii is often used in nfo files for release
and Newschool are often used for file_id.diz's, on
bbs'es, on ftp sites and on shells as motd files.
In the mainstream ascii scene, they often use ascii
characters to create humans, animals, flowers and
etc. to put on their homepage or in their emails.
The mainstream scene doesn't really connect to the
underground scene, its linked too far away.
again you can divide the underground ascii scene into
the PC Scene and the Amiga Scene. The PC Scene mostly
release ascii art in packs, and the Amiga Scene releases
ascii collies (a bunch of asciis gathered into 1 text
on the images to get a bigger version of the image.