Game Sprites

March 4, 2010


Defined by Wikipedia:-

Sprites were originally invented as a method of quickly compositing several images together in two-dimensional video games using special hardware. As computer performance improved, this optimization became unnecessary and the term evolved to refer specifically to the two dimensional images themselves that were integrated into a scene. That is, figures generated by either custom hardware or by software alone were all referred to as sprites. As three-dimensional graphics became more prevalent, the term was used to describe a technique whereby flat images are seamlessly integrated into complicated three-dimensional scenes.

A graphic image that can move within a larger graphic. Animation software that supports sprites enables the designer to develop independent animated images that can then be combined in a larger animation. Typically, each sprite has a set of rules that define how it moves and how it behaves if it bumps into another sprite or a static object.

Sprite Art

Useful tutorials from the Game Sprites wiki.  They use Graphics Gale  an excellent, free sprite editor. You can download the free version of Graphics Gale here.
Downloads and tutorials from the Sprite Database

Sprite Sheets or Tile Sets

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