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poly-play font


recreation of the pixel font from  VEB polytechnik's poly-play (1985), an old arcade machine from the former GDRwikipedia: poly play

note the strangely cut off ?, j, g (indistinguishable from q) and round brackets.

this recreation uses upper half block (U+2580) for what would be a (non-standard) upper one quarter block), the lower one eighth block (U+2581) to full block (U+2588) sequence of block elements, light shade (U+2591) for the diagonal pattern, medium shade (U+2592), and dark shade (U+2593) for the vertical pattern.

individual games use some custom symbols which don't map easily to unicode and have not been included.

pixel font

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