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Offline Sesquipedalian

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Re: Best space game ever, lets hear em'!
« Reply #80 on: 12/06/2010 11:19 PM »
Freespace 2, which btw is officially free for distribution IIRC.

Freespace is awesome, but not free.  You can get both FS and FS2 for $5 at Good Old Games.

I recommend also searching for Freespace Open for all the enhancements people have made to it since it was released.

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Re: Best space game ever, lets hear em'!
« Reply #81 on: 12/08/2010 12:12 AM »
I'm very certain I saw a specific section of the official EULA, or some legalese of that kind, that says it's free to distribute.  Not wanting to unduly further piracy I'm now going to go make sure that that's accurate.
Here's what looks like an accurate report.  An employee of the development studio confirms the "loophole".



Cog_in_the_machine: SS2 was too early to have that kind of immersive physics.  Recommendation stands :)  It's as good as reading a good SF book.

Ok on not opening cans o worms.  But can you say briefly, in one sentence why "games as art" is a can of worms?
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Re: Best space game ever, lets hear em'!
« Reply #82 on: 12/08/2010 01:25 AM »
Ok on not opening cans o worms.  But can you say briefly, in one sentence why "games as art" is a can of worms?

I don't know if that was the correct phrase to use, but I know that there are people who would argue that they aren't art and are basically just mindless violence. I don't really interact with many people in the game industry and I haven't argued with such people myself (not all that interested), but I've heard people who work in the industry say that a  significant number of people still view games as mere toys. Juvenile and incapable of exploring the human condition like an art form can. I have no idea how accurate this is, but it wouldn't surprise me if there are such folks out there.

Here's a video made by game designers about how games are perceived by certain people. It makes a rather good point about "Six Days in Fallujah", though it gets too melodramatic at the end for my taste.

They have a good series going on and they talk about other things like:
The word gamer
Free Speech and video games
Analysing the artistic merit in the God of War series

Perhaps you'll find their soapbox moments interesting and well reasoned. I do personally.
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Re: Best space game ever, lets hear em'!
« Reply #83 on: 12/08/2010 06:06 AM »
I'm very certain I saw a specific section of the official EULA, or some legalese of that kind, that says it's free to distribute.  Not wanting to unduly further piracy I'm now going to go make sure that that's accurate.
Here's what looks like an accurate report.  An employee of the development studio confirms the "loophole".

Yeah, but you find this further down the thread: "The EULA, oddly enough, allows FS to be shared with friends. I don't think posting it on the internet counts as sharing it with "friends" though..."

This page looks like another good authority on the subject.

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Re: RE: Best space game ever, lets hear em'!
« Reply #84 on: 12/08/2010 02:36 PM »
2 BUZZ ALDRIN'S RACE INTO SPACE.

very fun and educational turn-based space sim/strategy game. you'll be suprised how realistic this is, space business and history together, you even can find some authenic scrubbed plans/draws of spacecraft/moonlander(there is true alternative bigger moonplan, that one bigger moonlander was named Jupiter) , with this game you can launch them!!
its very funny game but an big disappoint is that its too difficult game, i never succees to be first on the moon. USSR or USA computerplayer always is faster and before  then you.

some screens;

<img width="320" height="200" border="0" src="http://www.abandonia.com/games/183/images/games/Buzz%20Aldrins%20Race%20into%20Space2.png" />
<img width="320" height="200" border="0" src="http://www.abandonia.com/games/183/images/games/Buzz%20Aldrins%20Race%20into%20Space4.png" />
<img width="320" height="200" border="0" src="http://www.abandonia.com/games/183/images/games/Buzz%20Aldrins%20Race%20into%20Space1.png" />

download link;
http://www.abandonia.com/games/183/5

I wish I  can program my own nice 3d games like as Orbiter, then i should remake this game!!+ after moon history and future like as race to mars, add ESA and China players.
(if you like my plan, and you can help me, please pm me :) )

There's a freeware version being worked on right now (with the full blessing and even help from the original programmer).  http://sourceforge.net/projects/raceintospace/

Right now it's mostly been focused on resolving long-standing bugs and making a few minor tweaks to what is basically a complete port of the old DOS game.  There are plans (if you visit the SourceForge forum) to eventually extend the game.  It's all about manpower right now.

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Re: Best space game ever, lets hear em'!
« Reply #85 on: 12/09/2010 12:47 PM »
The ISS got destroyed in Modern Warfare 2


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Re: Best space game ever, lets hear em'!
« Reply #86 on: 12/09/2010 01:51 PM »
That explosion didn't look realistic. Should fiery shock waves spread through a vacuum like that? I can understand if flying debris manage to destroy the station from such a distance, but really, flaming shock waves? The astronaut started flailigh around as if he was hit by a wall of compressed air.
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Re: Best space game ever, lets hear em'!
« Reply #87 on: 12/09/2010 03:31 PM »
That explosion didn't look realistic. Should fiery shock waves spread through a vacuum like that? I can understand if flying debris manage to destroy the station from such a distance, but really, flaming shock waves? The astronaut started flailigh around as if he was hit by a wall of compressed air.

It's not. At that distance (several hundred kilometers or so) and in a vacuum, the only damage should be possibly from the EMP and from the prompt radiation. So the electronics might shut down, the outer hull might be fried some, and the astronauts might have a dramatically shorter life expectancy, but it shouldn't be blown apart like that, nor should the astronaut be tossed around like that.

It's the usual failure to understand how things blow up in space. You can see that in the horizontal blast ring as well.

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