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Microsoft Space Simlator - A Look Back
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Microsoft Space Simlator - A Look Back

Way back in 1994, the Bruce Artwick Organization released a ‘game’ named Microsoft Space Simulator. It was a great off-shoot associated with Microsoft’s incredibly popular Flight Simulator and ended up being released on 3.5? floppy disk. Now when was the last time that you saw 1 of those?

Since then, many other space simulation products have been released, however few have seized the heart and soul of the original classic. Whether it was the originality of the game being the first mass released title regarding its type or it was just that good, Microsoft Space Simulator uncovered a spot inside the hearts and minds of a lot of want-to-be astronauts. In this article we will take a look at your choices and exactly how you are able to relive the fun which you once experienced using the original Microsoft Space Simulator.

The original Microsoft Space Simulator included fourteen spacecraft types, ranging from the small shuttle to the interstellar transport. It concentrated on our own solar system and objects just outside of it, allowing the gamer to take videos and screenshots of their journey. This product included an observing mode which acted primarily as a virtual planetarium. Most of the space simulation software programs these days are this kind of gameplay. The “flight” aspect of the game is almost unique to the original. It used Newton’s laws of motion, but did take into account any collision detection. All planets and round objects were handled as if they were flat. You could travel straight through planets, space stations (both imaginary at the time) as well as other objects. There is no faster than the speed of light travel in Microsoft Space Simulator.

Personal computer power and design have come a considerable ways since 1994, and despite the fact that you can continue to pick up the original Microsoft Space Simulator for approximately $105 on Amazon or even Ebay now you may purchase much better products for about $50.

Most present day space simulation software is incredibly simple to use, has cutting edge graphics (as opposed to the 256 color mode original) and the majority of of today’s products make use of actually NASA info to draw the surfaces of planets, moons as well as other heavenly bodies. An added bonus of contemporary programs is that they will enable you to venture far outside of our very own solar system.

Even though I am sentimental about the original, mainly because it was what got me into the pastime, you can never go back. As soon as you have witnessed 1 of the more recent products offered you can expect to literally, not believe your eyes.


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