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Early 2D Video Game Characters Were Known As What?

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Sprites
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An example of Mega Man in sprite format as he appeared in early video games.
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Answer: Sprites

Mario, Link, Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Pac-Man might all hail from different video game universes, but they all have one thing in common: in their early incarnations, they were all rendered as video game sprites.

A sprite is a two-dimensional image that is rendered separately from the background, but is still integrated into the greater scene. When you fire up a copy of Super Mario Bros. and send Mario hopping across the Mushroom Kingdom, you’re witnessing the process of a sprite being continually rendered over the background. Prior to the introduction of sprites in the mid-1970s, the entire scene on the screen had to be rendered as one image, which greatly restricted what video game designers could create and present to players.

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