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Space Engine - Space is freaking huge.

lennylightspeedlennylightspeed Registered User regular
edited April 2011 in Games and Technology
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Yeah, like this big. That's how space rolls. (Now with 300% less table breaking)

Here is a new 'game' that lets you explore the entire universe. Most of it is procedurally generatated so most things look one-of-a-kind and in a simulator with millions of stars and planets that's something.

Newest version available here

http://applesforgeeks.com/space-engine-free-universe-simulator/

Installation
After you have the .zip file you simply double click the file, drag the folder inside to where you want it on your computer, then open the folder and click on the Space Engine program to start.

Quick Start Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpnucN12uBQ&

Basic Controls

Left Mouse Button – Click to select object, Click and hold to look around
Right Mouse Button – Click and hold to rotate around selected object
Mouse Wheel – Change velocity
F1 – Options
F2 – Solar System Browser
F3- Find-by-name menu
G – Go to an object
Shift + G – Go to an object’s surface

There are a ton of controls for the game. Simply open the ‘readme09_eng” file in the Space Engine folder to find a full list.

The program is in beta, meaning there are bugs aplenty and it has a tendency to crash…a lot. Small price to pay to view the cosmos unabridged, but something to be aware of none the less. You can visit the creator’s site here http://spaceengine.org/ but be warned it’s a bit hard to read…

Special thanks to zombii and the others who first found this.

Update:
If it's crashing too much for you try one of the following:
-Go into the config folder and open the file "main". Set the r_VideoMemory to what your vram is.
-Try running it in XP compatibility mode.
-While in-game press F4 and turn off some of the procedural options.

Also, other possible things to try for crashing on start:
try set these to true (or false depends on experimenting) in main.cfg
r_BugClipping false // distant galaxies clipping
r_BugCraters true // procedural craters bug on ATI
r_BugMipmaps true // mipmap generation bug on ATI

also ensure You don't increased some values too much
e.g. r_VideoMemory 950
instead of 1023/1024

if you have enough freespace and memory increase the cache values
r_gal_ModelCacheSize 300 // galaxy models cache size
r_gal_SysModelCacheSize 300 // galaxy subsystem cache size
r_cl_StarModelCacheSize 900 // star cluster subsystem cache size

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Posts

  • Delta AssaultDelta Assault Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Oh, so it's The Beginning of Contact the Movie: the Game.

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  • Lord YodLord Yod Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Reminds me of Universe Sandbox.

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Lord Yod wrote: »
    Reminds me of Universe Sandbox.

    It reminds me of Noctis, a very cool but very obscure little game (that's free, by the way) where you pilot your spaceship to a near-infinite number of galaxies. You can land on most (possibly all, it's been a long time since I last played it) planets and even find the occasional ruin or two. It has an incredible atmosphere to it.

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  • lennylightspeedlennylightspeed Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Yeah it really does have a Noctis vibe to it.

    Updated the OP with more info that doesn't suck

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  • lennylightspeedlennylightspeed Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Also, here is a link to a gallery of screenshots. Some of the graphics in this thing are insane.

    http://applesforgeeks.com/space-engine-photos-from-the-virtual-universe/

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  • IceBurnerIceBurner It's cold and there are penguins.Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    This looks really interesting. It's more of a software toy than a game, but so were many Maxis Sim titles, back in the day.

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  • DrakeDrake Edgelord Trash Below the ecliptic plane.Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    This and Noctis (which I just grabbed and got running under DOSbox) are the kind of things that can potentially destroy my life. I love cruising around and looking at stuff.

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  • Big ClassyBig Classy Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    For some reason I thought this thread was about really old isometric rpgs. I am so glad you linked me to it Drake.

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  • Just_Bri_ThanksJust_Bri_Thanks Seething with rage from a handbasket.Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2011
    Out of curiosity, how well does it scale down to the planetary level?

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  • DrakeDrake Edgelord Trash Below the ecliptic plane.Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Anytime Isy, anytime. :^:

    Now if only I could stop playing Noctis long enough to check out Space Engine. Then maybe I could answer your question Bri.

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  • DeaderinredDeaderinred Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    downloading, this will suffice my dream until i get a real ship, a crew and go out and be big damn heroes.

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  • DrakeDrake Edgelord Trash Below the ecliptic plane.Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Out of curiosity, how well does it scale down to the planetary level?

    You can make out some pretty interesting features on planets. Large terrain features are observable like valleys and stuff. I'm totally impressed with this thing. It's totally neato.

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  • darleysamdarleysam On my way to UKRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    This seems like the perfect thing to play around with while listening to the Pale Blue Dot album by Benn Jordan.

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  • DeaderinredDeaderinred Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    darleysam wrote: »
    This seems like the perfect thing to play around with while listening to the Pale Blue Dot album by Benn Jordan.

    YES

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  • darleysamdarleysam On my way to UKRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    darleysam wrote: »
    This seems like the perfect thing to play around with while listening to the Pale Blue Dot album by Benn Jordan.

    YES

    Sir, for knowing what I am talking about I award you the highest of high fives, which (according to a risky GIS at work*) I suppose looks like this
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    *does anyone else feel like such an activity, even with safe search active, is like running through a minefield? The further I scroll down to find something appropriate, the more likely I feel I'll run through some kind of porn tripwire.

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  • DeaderinredDeaderinred Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    darleysam wrote: »
    *does anyone else feel like such an activity, even with safe search active, is like running through a minefield? The further I scroll down to find something appropriate, the more likely I feel I'll run through some kind of porn tripwire.

    That's why i usually use someone else's login when performing such tasks.

    Also i totally just tore a hole in spacetime causing the universe to crash back to windows by speeding up to a parsec while it was sending me to earth.

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  • Big ClassyBig Classy Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
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    edit: PROPER CRATERS!
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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Big Isy wrote: »
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    Why is the screenshot upside down and backwards?
    I'm just curious if that's just the way it does screenshots, or if image shack decided your picture needed to be fucked up.

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  • darleysamdarleysam On my way to UKRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    see317 wrote: »
    Big Isy wrote: »
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    edit: PROPER CRATERS!
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    Why is the screenshot upside down and backwards?
    I'm just curious if that's just the way it does screenshots, or if image shack decided your picture needed to be fucked up.

    I just figured the text was still in Russian. Whoops..

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  • Big ClassyBig Classy Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I have no idea, I'm using the in-game screenshot function and thats just how it pumps them out. weird.

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Big Isy wrote: »
    I have no idea, I'm using the in-game screenshot function and thats just how it pumps them out. weird.
    Are they right way up and everything in the game?
    At first I had assumed it was just random symbols to make it look all sciencey and what not. Then I looked again and could read it.

    Still, it's a pretty looking game either way.

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  • Big ClassyBig Classy Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Yeah,, there game itself is fine, just the screenshot ability.

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  • LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I pointed this out to Jim and he stuck it up on RPS.

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  • DeaderinredDeaderinred Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    how do you get real close to see landmass? i tried doing it on earth and i just flew straight through the planet.

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  • Big ClassyBig Classy Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    You gotta slow down else you'll warp through the planet. Also, asteroids are the bestest

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  • DrakeDrake Edgelord Trash Below the ecliptic plane.Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Try Shift + G

    That's the keyboard shortcut and I've used it with mixed results. Usually you get a nice horizon view. Sometimes you get zoomed inside of the planet.

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  • SynthesisSynthesis Honda Today! Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Reminds me of Microsoft Space Simulator for a few years back. Except much better looking. And the stars are actually stars, and not dots.

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  • PolloDiabloPolloDiablo Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    How much of it is real space? Is our solar system fully modeled?

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  • mere_immortalmere_immortal So tasty!Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Man this is awesome, found an awesome blue and orange striped ringed gas giant.

    Although now I want something like this in a game. Get your own ship and explore the planets then drop down onto any part of the planet's surface. The ability to walk for years in real time on a generated planet should not excite me as much as it does.

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  • DrakeDrake Edgelord Trash Below the ecliptic plane.Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Noctis (found it through a mention of it earlier in this thread) is a very low fi concept like that mere_immortal. It's a little wonky to get working under Windows 7. You gotta go with a Boot Disk, VM or DOSbox it with some config editing to get it working. While the graphics aren't spectacular, they are charming and you don't have to search too hard to find some stunning vistas or planets with impressive weather and stuff. First time I found a planet with life on it (some kind of hopping kangaroo type things and birds with some shrubs and scrub) I definitely felt a thrill. I wish there were some nebula and gassy plasma like phenomena you see in Hubble shots, but for a DOS based, procedurally generated (the full package is under a meg) thing it's really pretty impressive. And once you get used to the quirky interface you'll be crossing the lightyears and scoping Gray Dwarf Stars for Lithium Ions in no time.

    Space Engine gives my my "Ooooh Space is pretty" fix and Noctis is great for my lone exploration in a vast and silent galaxy fix. Both of them are really hitting my happy spot in different yet similar ways.

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  • SynthesisSynthesis Honda Today! Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Just tried this out fully. I'm sure this is just because it's new, but does anyone occasionally jump in their seat when something appears in your screen that you weren't expecting?

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  • lennylightspeedlennylightspeed Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    An even newer version out.

    http://applesforgeeks.com/space-engine-version-93-released/

    Mainly bug fixes. It crashes a lot less for me making it easier to fly out to other galaxies. You need to toggle auto-exposure (press V) to see other galaxies clearly.

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