OK - to clear up this particular query/etc.
The design of the ship was my own design as such - seeing I could not fit the arcade ship design within the Atari player (sprite) limitations.
You can have a go yourself - with the original ship design - using Paul's Player Editor (from his website) - and see that there's not enough pixels available to work with.
And so I came up with this design instead - with it's animation. I'm happy with what I have done.
If someone comes up with a better working design (whether it's based on the original coin-op design or something original) - that I think works better.
I would be quite happy for that to be used - in some kind of update. If Paul wants to do that? It would have to meet his approval too.
You can always argue any which way - about the animation used. It is Sci-Fi design - probably a combination of old and new (exotic) tech - ie. rocketry plus some new high tech - giving you unlimited missiles and bombs in the process.
Anyone who knows my 'work' - will know that I have done a reasonable number over the years - and generally I am happy with most of them. The few I am less than happy with - I won't point out - but know which ones they are...
If you're not happy with what I've done here - then do something better yourself?
I do think certain games - could have done with better graphics - but I won't publicly name them - for fear of upsetting anyone out there who may take offense.
I think certain games could look a lot better - if graphic guys (and girls) become involved with them.
Not everyone is concerned with getting paid for their time on projects - and like to see the bar (of quality) raised.
Programmers could raise their standard also - if they added more animations on screen - but this depends on what memory is available - and if they wish to allocate more memory for this use?
I don't mind people being critical of what I have done - because I'm always a critic of my own work. And I'm all for this particular project for being the best it can be.
When you're designing graphics - you can only go by your own internal processes - because that is what you do. And when it's done - it's done.
You rarely have the chance to go back and make a change.
I am writing my own comments etc here. Paul's views are not the same as mine on most things. Maybe if he sees a better design working - maybe he'll make an exception and make use of it? Maybe not?
And if you thought this ship design/animation is crappy (not suitable) - well, you haven't see the others - that were worse off....
Edited by kiwilove, Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:50 PM.