That looks pretty cool. BTW I'm with something I think deadeye mentioned once. The amount of stretching is minimal when viewed widescreen. Didn't realize it wasn't 16:9 until I reread your post lol.
I don't recall saying that. I have however said in the past that a 4:3 game displayed on a widescreen monitor will not stretch, but instead be shown at 4:3 in the center of your monitor with black bars on the sides.
I was WRONG. Apparently that's up to your monitor. My monitor is pretty badass and handles all that for you. Games that look normal on my monitor will show up stretched on my gf's laptop and my widescreen tv. So it's best to make your fullscreen games with a solution to the stretching issue in mind.
At any rate, I'm very sensitive to that whole stretching thing, so yeah I don't think I would have said that the stretching is acceptable. I hate it when I'm watching HD tv and a station shows commercials in the wrong aspect ratio, for instance. Some people don't notice or don't mind, but it bugs the hell out of me.