Hi everyone. Sorry it took so long to update, but I've had some personal issues going on that reduced my spare time, namely fighting an unlawful eviction attempt. (I pay my rent)
Anyway. I settled on a four frame animation, I felt that it gets the point across well enough. Although not perfect, I can't really justify continuing to fine tune the geometry. I've went over it over and over and over some more, but I just couldn't quite get it any better. At least i'm happy with this much. Although I would REALLY, REALLY appreciate critique and input.
You can find the walk cycle animation here: http://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/arkkay/tentativewalking
Remember though, that it is in .apng format, so only firefox and chrome browsers will properly display it. The .apng converter I use isn't ideal, so strange artifacts and a missing part of a shoe occur, but the pixels I want you to pay attention to are intact.
On the back end, I mean programming side, I've implemented the walking animation and changing rooms. What I'm planning to do now is implement object sourced light. This is not altogether difficult to do, as I have some invaluable tutorials to look at, its just that I have a lot of things I want to have going on with the environment at different times/rooms, so it will take a while.
Additional darkness filter of total black to follow player
Exterior Fog sprites
Exterior Fog filter
Additional Fog Filter of total opacity to follow player
Nighttime Fog and etc
Red Fog and etc (might be shitcanned as unnecessary depending on certain other factors)
Very minor static filter
Moderate static filter
Severe static filter
additional mushroom tracers filter to overlay static filters
Flashlight light source
Flashlight light source as it moves with player
A functional alpha test where the player can travel though the 3 major environments, pick up a flashlight and walk through them again with a flashlight.
Lastly, I wanted to address Lintire's comments point by point vis-a-vis game design, but I thought it would be unhelpful at this juncture. So I will instead point out that I carefully thought about it and I disagreed on several points, refer to my previous post, and make a point of saying that those comments are duly noted and considered, as will anything written here.
I immensely appreciate all input, even those, and perhaps especially those I don't agree with or like. Thank you very much for your time, consideration and input.