What is a Sprite? — ¿Qué es un sprite?

Francisco Martínez
2 min readMay 26, 2023

What is a Sprite?

The word sprite comes from English and its translation into Spanish is duende. This bitmapped graphic resource was popularized in the late 1970s and early 1980s by Jay Miner, a chip designer.

Sprites represent a character or object and are used to move regardless of the background. The sprites have been evolving, at first they were transparent and small to better adapt to the format of the first computers and entertainment consoles. Over time they changed in shape and size until the advent of 3D video games…

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Francisco Martínez

Telecom engineer. International Relations, Translations.