How did computer graphics come to use the term "sprite?" Show more
"The term sprite was first used in the graphic sense by one of the definers of the Texas Instruments 9918(A) video display processor (VDP).
"The term was derived from the fact that sprites, rather than being part of the bitmap data in the framebuffer, instead 'floated' around on top without affecting the data in the framebuffer below, much like a ghost or 'sprite.'"
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