Among people who enjoy Another Star‘s look, one of the first things that gets their attention is the CRT effect that simulates the way old tube television sets look. It’s easily the most praised graphical feature of the game. It’s also one of the few things in the game that I didn’t program myself.
Even though I’ve tried my best to credit the original creators of the shader (cgwg, Themaister, and DOLLS), and adhere to the GPL license their work was released under, it’s still something I feel bad about because people are always complimenting me on it even though I had very little to do with it at all.
As I begin prototyping my next project, I’m seriously considering doing another game that uses the look of old tube sets. However, while you can see I’m currently still reusing the same filter from Another Star, if I decide to stick with it this time I’m going to go through the trouble of making my own from scratch. It’ll let me get a little closer to the look I really want, and I won’t feel so bad about hogging all the glory.