[Coco] [Color Computer] Re: What are "sprites"?
James the Animal Tamer
emucompboy at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 25 18:39:43 EDT 2005
It's a smaller bitmap that's independent of its background, through
hardware. I think the term was coined by Texas Instruments for its
TMS9918 line of graphic display chips.
The term was borrowed by people who wrote about the Commodore 64
(Commodore called them "Moveable Object Blocks) and the Atari home
computers (Atari called them "Player-Missile Graphics" -- but these
might not really be sprites, since there was no vertical position
The term has been abused by people referring to graphics that are part
of the background, but, since the background is restored and the small
bitmaps are re-blitted with each video frame, they appear to be sprites
even though they're not.
> What's a sprite?
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