Trololo as ASCII Art Is a Thing of Perverse Beauty

Dear internet, please give up on April Fool's jokes. YouTube's is untoppable: A "text-only mode" that renders videos as colored ASCII art. Clever, gorgeous, perverse.


Just click the TEXTp resolution in the bottom right corner of a supported video, and it'll be shown as a pulsating, hypnotizing square of stylized digital pointilism. The results can be spectacular, like with Lego Matrix, which seems like it was born to be watched this way.

And no, you haven't lived until you've seen Trololo as ASCII art. I dearly hope TEXTp is with us forever; it could be the real future of internet video. [YouTube via Ryan Block]

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