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#1 Edited by reelife (451 posts) -

So there's been a lot of talk about No Man's Sky since the VGX happened and why wouldn't you? Move freely across an ENTIRE galaxy? Land on any planet? It's the space nuts fantasy. I was so hyped up for this that I just couldn't wait for it. So after spending about 2 minutes googling across the interwebz (procedurally generated space game) I came across this.

Some guys over at this website http://en.spaceengine.org/ are developing something larger than No Man's Sky. Move freely across millions of galaxies... and the best part? You can download the early version of the engine and try it out for free. You can also download a bunch of mods on the forums (spaceships etc).

I found this planet in the galaxy whilst exploring

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Let me know what you think about this engine / soon to be videogame, also show me what you find in the galaxy :D cheers

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#2 Posted by BeachThunder (14911 posts) -

Things always seem to break/crash when I try to get on a planet =(

Anyway, this is one of my desktop backgrounds:

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#3 Posted by tourgen (4568 posts) -

yeah space engine is pretty impressive

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#4 Posted by Budwyzer (799 posts) -

How long before we can add people to those planets, and build cities?

In fact, it would be amazing if we could build our entire solar system, every meteor, every space rock. And then build every town and city on the world, and create the people, give them an AI, and then after so long they start to figure out their own paths, and then not long after that they're doing the exact same things in the virtual world that the real ones are doing here.

Now fast forward the program, see who wins the next super-bowl, the next kentucky derby, the next olympics, and place your bets. =D

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#5 Posted by reelife (451 posts) -

@budwyzer said:

How long before we can add people to those planets, and build cities?

In fact, it would be amazing if we could build our entire solar system, every meteor, every space rock. And then build every town and city on the world, and create the people, give them an AI, and then after so long they start to figure out their own paths, and then not long after that they're doing the exact same things in the virtual world that the real ones are doing here.

Now fast forward the program, see who wins the next super-bowl, the next kentucky derby, the next olympics, and place your bets. =D

Yeah, that sort of thinking is frightening ;p

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#6 Edited by reelife (451 posts) -

Just found a moon with life in a galaxy far far away. Got some nice Aurora Borealis in the atmosphere too.

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#7 Edited by Budwyzer (799 posts) -

@reelife said:

@budwyzer said:

How long before we can add people to those planets, and build cities?

In fact, it would be amazing if we could build our entire solar system, every meteor, every space rock. And then build every town and city on the world, and create the people, give them an AI, and then after so long they start to figure out their own paths, and then not long after that they're doing the exact same things in the virtual world that the real ones are doing here.

Now fast forward the program, see who wins the next super-bowl, the next kentucky derby, the next olympics, and place your bets. =D

Yeah, that sort of thinking is frightening ;p

maybe so, but the thought of watching myself watching myself while watching myself makes me hard as a fuckin' rock!

Then again it's this kind of thinking that breaks the system and makes it impossible. If you have multiple monitors to view multiples layers of yourself and decide you want to watch 5 episodes of different shows at the same time, but don't know what show you should watch that the "program" won't pick, you can decide on 5 shows and choose a different one after your first layer down chooses one.

Then again, when does it ever start? Who is actually the first layer? Are you sure that you are not a program?

The Thirteenth Floor, goddamn epicness

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#8 Posted by joshwent (2897 posts) -

@budwyzer said:

How long before we can add people to those planets, and build cities?

In fact, it would be amazing if we could build our entire solar system, every meteor, every space rock. And then build every town and city on the world, and create the people, give them an AI, and then after so long they start to figure out their own paths, and then not long after that they're doing the exact same things in the virtual world that the real ones are doing here.

Now fast forward the program, see who wins the next super-bowl, the next kentucky derby, the next olympics, and place your bets. =D

You just sort of (unintentionally?) described the whole backstory to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.

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#9 Edited by vaiz (3065 posts) -

@budwyzer said:

How long before we can add people to those planets, and build cities?

In fact, it would be amazing if we could build our entire solar system, every meteor, every space rock. And then build every town and city on the world, and create the people, give them an AI, and then after so long they start to figure out their own paths, and then not long after that they're doing the exact same things in the virtual world that the real ones are doing here.

Now fast forward the program, see who wins the next super-bowl, the next kentucky derby, the next olympics, and place your bets. =D

The moment we can do that, we have to start reconsidering our own existence a bit, don't we.

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#10 Edited by Kraznor (1618 posts) -

They brought this up on Idle Thumbs quite awhile ago. The version I had didn't have landing on planets as far as I can recall. It seemed neat but kind of pointless. No real mechanics or incentive to see much. Found myself booting it up for a minute or two and then just turning it off. If it actually turns into something, cool, but that can be said of all kinds of unfinished things. At least they aren't charging for it already.

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#11 Edited by erhard (493 posts) -

So it wasn't all lost in a flood?

EDIT: Nevermind, saw now that it's from a different game.