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A Question for Video Game Experts

awnlee jawking

For two days now I've been wracking my brain trying to remember a technical programming term for an autonomous video game object, broadly analogous to object-oriented in business programs.

Help!

(NB not relevant to current WIP, but to do with a story idea I have rattling around in the vast emptiness of my skull.)

AJ

Replies:   Gauthier
Hopeless Writer

Sprite? (Maybe outdated.)

Replies:   awnlee jawking
BlacKnight

Mob? (Generally refers to monsters and the like; short for "mobile". It's become a general gamer term, but I first encountered it in MUD programming back in 19*mumblemumble*.)

Replies:   Not_a_ID
Not_a_ID

@BlacKnight

I always thought it was "monster or beast" but that could have been a backronym in play.

I could also go for it having been a Mobile OBject rather than just MOBile being invoked.

Also worth mentioning: Doodads

awnlee jawking

@Hopeless Writer

Sprite? (Maybe outdated.)


Thanks.

That's a term I haven't heard for a while. I think you may be right about it being outdated, but it's definitely a forerunner of the technology I'm thinking of.

AJ

Replies:   madnige
madnige

@awnlee jawking

Sprite gets my vote. I think it was one of the early Atari machines that had some dedicated sprite handling hardware.

Replies:   Michael Loucks
Michael Loucks

@madnige

Sprite gets my vote. I think it was one of the early Atari machines that had some dedicated sprite handling hardware.


My somewhat addled memory says my Atari 800 had sprite handling software and the key was to move things during the vertical retrace...but that was a LONG time ago. :-)

Replies:   AmigaClone
Gauthier
Updated:

@awnlee jawking


autonomous video game object


I'm not sure what you mean by autonomus, but that ussaly refer to NPC, the guidance would be done by some IA called a bot.

Movement for non autonomous object would rely solely on the physics engine.

Othere possible terminology:

-component

-display object

-rig (Mesh + bones + bones hierarchy + constraints)

But each game engine framework has it's own vocabulary...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_game_engines

Replies:   awnlee jawking
AmigaClone

@Michael Loucks

My somewhat addled memory says my Atari 800 had sprite handling software and the key was to move things during the vertical retrace...but that was a LONG time ago. :-)


Other "home computers" of the time (late 1970's early 1980's) including Commodore's C64 and Texas Instruments TI99/4A also had what were called "sprites".

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@AmigaClone

Way back when images were in fixed locations set on either the screen or the background while an image that moved around the screen to any position (with the exception of the cursor) were called sprites, and most often found in games.

awnlee jawking

@Gauthier

I think the term mots closely resembling the one I'm looking for is 'bot', although I suspect you're right in that the exact term is probably specific to a particular video game engine.

By coincidence, the answer to one of today's paper's quick crossword clues was 'sprite'.

AJ

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@awnlee jawking

By coincidence, the answer to one of today's paper's quick crossword clues was 'sprite'.


Was it looking for a computer sprite, a mythological sprite, or the soda brand?

awnlee jawking

@Dominions Son

The mythological sprite - the clue was something like 'Elfin creature'.

AJ

StarFleet Carl

@Dominions Son

Was it looking for a computer sprite, a mythological sprite, or the soda brand?


I think it was the one that led him into a maze of twisty little passages, all alike ...

BlacKnight

E. S. S. S. N. E. E. NW. GET CHEST. SE. N. D. E. E. XYZZY.

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@BlacKnight

YOU HAVE ENCOUNTERED A DEMON. ATTACK OR FLEE.

Replies:   StarFleet Carl
StarFleet Carl

@Dominions Son

PLUGH

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@StarFleet Carl

Well, since someone else got all your base and it now belong to them, I want all your treble.

Replies:   StarFleet Carl
StarFleet Carl

@Ernest Bywater

But it is all about that bass, no treble ...

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@StarFleet Carl

But it is all about that bass, no treble ...


A group of small balls of fur playing alto saxophones...

Treble with tribbles

StarFleet Carl

@Dominions Son

A group of small balls of fur playing alto saxophones...

Treble with tribbles


Just transport them to the Klingon engine room, where they'll be no tribble at all ...

Replies:   The Outsider
The Outsider

@StarFleet Carl

The whole kit and kaboodle?

Ernest Bywater

@Dominions Son

Treble with tribbles


10 points for the pun of the week.

Replies:   richardshagrin
richardshagrin

@Ernest Bywater

pun of the week

week pun?

Replies:   The Outsider
The Outsider

@richardshagrin

It canna handle the strain, Cap'n!

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