360 degree real time scaling has been around in SNES!
Pre-rendering ship graphics not only bloat the file
sizes considerably, the processing powers of the video
cards (even the old 2D ones) are underutilized. To
free graphic designer from excessive workload,
directional graphics should be done in real time, or at
least load time. Scaling should be done after
assembling all the ship add-ons, then rotate using
In addition to saving time and file sizes, it also
allows real time shadow based on the distance from
light source (eg: stars, explosions).