And even disregarding Disembodied's point about the four beams only really being necessary for graphical reasons in the original, as you hinted yourself (above), it's a complete fudge! It doesn't matter where your target is in terms of distance, the beams 'automatically' converge to the target position.Bothkill wrote:...the (four) beams can be computer-controlled to converge to the desired point of impact.
Parallax is important, and learning the 'sweet spot' on the gun-sight, and learning how to fine-tune and tweak your aim is one of the skills that makes Oolite so rewarding.
Like many of us here I am a bit of a purist and am very keen to keep as close as possible to the original game except where genuine improvements that enhance game-play can be made, and this is a case in point. The single laser looks better (in my opinion), is more believable in terms of immersion and actually adds another layer of skill.
One other consideration is that having four 'beams' flashing across the screen would look awful with many of the current HUD layouts.