More Simulator Stuff
“A console designed to play PC games on a TV may find an audience among PC gamers looking for a unique and new type of game experience," said Schelley Olhava, IDC analyst, Consumer Markets, Gaming. "Historically serious gamers have shown a willingness to try new technologies, and if happy with the experience, will gladly spread the word among the mainstream gamer audience." Thinking about using advertising to pay for hosting services for development. We could include logos on track banners as an incentive to donate.
Creating a simulator is only possible because of its replayability, that just means that people tend not to get sick of the plot because there isn't one. Physics aren't changing any time soon so we just have to translate car specs into C++ and XML. We're one of the first open source game projects to make heavy use of third party libraries (ODE, OGRE) to ease the development process. A lot of that has to do with the fact that people that create games outside of the usual oversight of a publisher rebel against the status quo. Early on I saw a problem with that. We had to cede control of our graphics and physics engine or we'd be at least two years behind our current position in my opinion.
I mananged to get 3d acceleration working on my laptop in Mandrake 10.1 with the Nvidia drivers. It was a lot harder than it should have been. Everything is just gobs more responsive and I should be able to do some real testing of the driving simulator I'm working on now. I get the feeling that Xorg is somehow better able to take advantage of graphics acceleration that XFree was/is. My CPU is now idling at 0 or 1% and it was around 4 or 5% without the Nvidia drivers. It'll be nice when in Linux you aren't forced to recompile kernel modules and modify various text files to make things work. Actually, compiling kernel modules wouldn't be so bad if the user didn't have to deal with the guts of the process. If you've got Linux and you want 3d support, go the Nvidia route. Oh by the way, HP 1012 Laser Printers work in Linux but you have to turn them off and on every few days to avoid errors because of full PCL buffers.