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    Space Engine

    Post by Sarkany on Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:32 pm

    Space Engine is a space simulation program that lets you explore the universe. More info and free download here: http://en.spaceengine.org

    If you like the space and always wanted to explore it this is a good game. You can land in most of the planets, stars and moons, don't expect big graphics. Obviously is not 100% accurate, but hey it's still cool.

    To be honest i had a bad time with the controls at first, until somehow it fixed or i pressed something by accident and now i can go wherever i want freely.

    Anyway, here goes some screenshots from my exploration:

    My first one, by then didn't know how to move the camera correctly or the time settings. Saturn:




    My second screenshot, somehow i stood against a star and didn't know how to to get  out of it. It's not the Sun, somewhere else in our galaxy.




    Once i started to get used to the controls, things went better and smoothly.
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    I landed on a meteorite and took this one, it was on the dark side, that's why it looks like cutted.







    Dark side of a random moon of a random planet.


    Jupiter seen from Io.


    Oh look, a Blackhole!
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    Let's take a closer look.
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    Ops.
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    This must be the planet where Michi's from.
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    The land looks like a purple hell! No doubt now, is her planet. Confirmed.


    Perhaps i took too many screenshots, but couldn't stop, this game is so pretty and i love exploration. Also some of them are good wallpapers for use on the background.


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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by AndoBaras on Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:08 pm

    Looks awesome. Thanks! Yay
    I'll see if it runs on my modest laptop GPU...
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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by Sarkany on Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:18 pm

    Good to see someone who enjoy this kind of things too XD

    The minimum system requirements:

    CPU: Dual-core 2 GHz
    2 GB RAM
    Graphics: Nvidia or AMD/ATI, 512 MB VRAM, OpenGL 3.3 support
    OS: Windows XP


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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by AndoBaras on Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:20 pm

    Yes, I read.
    It's a matter of how much can't be rendered... *crosses fingers*
    Downloading as we speak/key Smile

    I remember playing Elite: Frontier for the same reasons... not as beautiful, of course, but was good for the time. Wink
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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by Sarkany on Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:27 pm

    It's just exploration, there's nothing more. Actually i'm not sure if simulators are cataloged as "games" or simple as a program/software.


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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by AndoBaras on Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:29 pm

    Yup, I'm aware.
    Frontier had a bad gameplay so I mostly used it for jumping around from planet/system to planet/system.

    Still at ~50% downloaded... Sigh
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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by Sarkany on Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:35 pm

    50% already is not bad at all! It took me around 3-4 hours to download.

    I hope you can run it, so we could exchange screenshots.



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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by AndoBaras on Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:36 pm

    Let's see, let's see. 75% now...



    by AndoBaras Fri Jan 2, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Sad
    Throwing exceptions at me...
    Reboot in hopes of solving...



    by AndoBaras Fri Jan 2, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    "Searching..." For something called PAK files for ages now... I'm assuming it has hang...
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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by Sarkany on Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:29 pm

    Here are the most issues people had installing it:

    http://en.spaceengine.org/forum/13-2615-1


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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by AndoBaras on Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:31 pm

    Already tried assigning it to the ATI (I'm on a dual graphics laptop), recent drivers, etc.
    After reading the log, I've removed it and now I'm reinstalling to a different location. Let's see...




    by AndoBaras Fri Jan 2, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    OK... went a little further now... Still crashes, but now when I click on the Planetarium option... :'(
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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by Sarkany on Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:38 pm

    http://en.spaceengine.org/forum/4-2578-1

    Apparently there's a lot of video cards not compatible.

    That's a pity.


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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by AndoBaras on Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:41 pm

    Yup, that was what I was afraid.
    According to Dell, I have the latest ATI driver *but* acording to ATI (now AMD), I don't, so I'm downloading it now. Maybe it'll solve the issue (and won't create others... Smile )



    by AndoBaras Fri Jan 2, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    LOL
    "No AMD card detected or not functioning properly"
    No kidding...

    Wahaha Angry Scary I\'m dead
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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by Sarkany on Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:30 am

    Many people had issues with the video card requirement. It's a pity you can't enjoy it either.

    I will post more screenshots, so at least you will see the best things i found there.


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    This northern light looks like a butterfly.





    Is this a sign? Lava on a frozen planet.
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    Closer look.


    This looks like water.
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    Is that a lake?



    Water!



    Can go underwater as well.



    Eagle Nebula.
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    Where's the eagle?


    Wrong angle there it is.


    Another sign, this game is trying to say something.
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    Closer look to that lava.


    This looks like Earth.
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    Inside the hurricane.


    It have lakes too.


    That's not Earth, even so, could that be grass?


    Seems so.


    Another earth-like planet.


    Our future?



    Unknown pokemons true planet:
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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by AndoBaras on Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:24 pm

    And... It's running! Wahaha Ego Bash



    by AndoBaras Sat Jan 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Will explore later today :3

    Our pale blue dot:

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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by Sarkany on Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:01 pm

    Nice! You managed to make it work.

    It's pretty cool to see the night on Earth, they show up the lights.


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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by AndoBaras on Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:22 pm

    Yup. It's quite detailed.
    I'll bet it's even awesome if we install those extra textures I see in the site, but they are freaking big...
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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by Sarkany on Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:36 pm

    They are not worth it, the differences are minimal.

    Did you check the ships? I still didn't find any i like.







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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by AndoBaras on Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:39 pm

    Checked a couple but I prefer without.
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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by Michiyo on Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:41 pm

    Hahahaha...what is up with the last one?! Fairy wings and a long...tail? XD The ship of the gay parade! Sorry, about that...but that spaceship...


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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by AndoBaras on Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:44 pm

    That's what happens when you put an artist do the work of an engineer :p
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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by Sarkany on Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:52 pm

    I had the same reaction as you Michi xD To make it worse it's called "Firedragonfly".

    There are some normal ships, like the ones NASA sent out to space and a plane. The rest look like satellites.


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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by Michiyo on Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:09 pm

    Today I told my boss about this, she was really intrigued about this and might try the game out.
    Too bad it doesn't run on my laptop, but I will try on the PC downstairs sometime.


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    Re: Space Engine

    Post by Sarkany on Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:20 pm

    Thank you again for posting. Tell her about the forum too! So we will get more screenies XD

    By pressing F9 you can record videos, i made one of a black hole. I got bad timing at getting at it, the hole starts appearing around minute 2:20



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