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Submitted By admin on 09/04/02
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Greetings everyone!
 
Today I am announcing the release of Mars Explorer 1.9.5, which represents a significant advancement to the 1.9 beta series.
 
Enjoy,
 
-Aubrey
 
 
 
(Note that fancy installers and things aren't currently included, but are planned for the final release)
 
 
Paramount:
  • Built with Unity 2.5:
    • Now available for download as native Mac OS X and Windows applications
    • (hold the Option key on your keyboard when starting Mars Explorer to access the input mapping settings if you want to completely customize your exploration experience)  
  • Improved performance:
    • Tons of the optimizations that were developed for Mars Explorer for iPhone have been incorporated in the desktop version
    • In some preliminary tests, playing as a buggy with 10 bots in freestyle at fast quality on my (integrated graphics chip) MacBook jumped from 15 FPS to 30 FPS between 1.9.4 and 1.9.5!
    • The iPhone buggy has also made it's way to the fast desktop rendering level 
  • Server settings:
    • Server hosts now have the ability to control whether bots can fire or drive, whether anyone can view a minimap, if lasers are allowed in the game, and if player name badges are "camoflaged" (new feature: hides badges unless your mouse cursor is near the player, allowing for a much more stealthy game)
    • Look for the ability to customize every aspect of games - including vehicle physics - in the (hopefully) near future!
    • Want a completely new game experience? Try a Freestyle game with no lasers, camoflaged badges, everyone as tanks, and enjoy an awesome game of martian tag!  
  • Enhanced physics:
    • Better laser hit detection - especially up close
    • Tanks now properly detect track collisions - much more fun for tag!
    • Buggy has a new vehicle and terrain collision model - including less terrain bouncing, and a higher inertia tensor - which provides for more controllable high speed offroading
    • Buggy's flight model now includes smoother and more powerful wing flaps, vastly improved airbrakes, tighter turns, and new blended sideslip model for much more graceful wing deployment when not pointed in the direction of travel
    • Better buggy lava physics - including more skipping, easier lava takeoffs, slightly more powerful seafloor exploration, and faster surface cruising
 
Subsidiary:
  • Hopefully better networking: Games with a (*) next to the "Join" button in the server list don't require NAT translation, and should be more reliable to connect to. If you have problems joining any games, please try enabling "Force NAT" in the networking settings box, and let me know if it helps
  • Game settings now apply much faster when joining a server
  • Color coded minimap markers - You are blue, quarry is green, and everyone else is white
  • No more lava "flicker" at lava / terrain boundaries
  • Mica's two sound tracks are now available to select as the in-game music. Server list music now properly mutes when in-game music is disabled. Don't ask about the new audio option labled "hypersound" - someone was having a bit too much fun and got carried away...
  • Much more intuitive and friendly messages throughout the list interface
  • Cooler game logo intro
  • Tagback time set to five seconds instead of three
  • Tanks motors inverse power when you reverse direction - allowing you to make even sneakier dodges :)
  • Reset and rematerialization timer - MacDane
  • Lasers now travel through lava surface in both directions
  • New "DST" readout displays your distance to the quarry
  • MPH now indicates the actual speed of your vehicle in Miles Per Hour
 
 

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                                                    Posted 2009/04/03 - 15:52 GMT
                                                    Criticism is great! It shows that people care :)
                                                    All the best,
                                                     
                                                    -Aubrey
                                                     
                                                     
                                                    1. Buggy flight speed: The 1.9.5 buggy should fly at least as fast as the 1.9.4 buggy - it's just much smoother. You should notice that the wings don't "snap" between their up and down flap states anymore - this is because I have a new smoothing system in place that averages your vertical input axis over time and uses that for determining your wing position. Hint: the input axis ranges from -1 to 1, with zero being neutral. Forward thrust is based upon a multiplier of the absolute value of your smoothed vertical input axis, as long as that value is less than 1 - meaning that the most forward thrust is generated when your wings are very near full flap. Take larger, more graceful strokes - and you should notice yourself accelerating quite nicely. (MacDane's keyboard will hopefully survive a bit longer as well...)
                                                    2. Buggy wing activation sideslip model: I have had feedback from players who thought it was unrealistic for a buggy's travel direction to change instantly when deploying it's wings, and I have to agree with them. However, I can understand that this unrealism could be useful and fun for certain flight tactics - and this will be a server option in future game versions.
                                                    3. Hovercraft: I haven't done any work on the hovercraft in 1.9.5, and the 1.9.4 hovercraft physics were far from complete - look forward to neater hovercraft physics in future versions. Poll: Should "sharking" even be possible in a hovercraft? I would appreciate Spiffy's comments on this, but I feel that the hovercraft's excellent speed and versatility on the surface of Mars makes a great case for leaving the rule of the seas to the soon-to-come submarine.
                                                    4. Input mapping is only available for desktop applications - so if you are playing in a web browser, holding your option key while starting won't do anything.
                                                    5. Server settings should absolutely be configurable by the host at any time in game. More features for server hosts that are coming soon - such as the ability to kick unruly players out the world - will add even more power to the host, and I believe that it makes perfect sense to give hosts the authority to exercise that power at any time they see fit. Do you feel that a server host is exercising their power in an distasteful manner? No problem! Start your own game, and others who feel the same can join you. As a clarification, server hosts will have no power outside of their own game - and inside their game, they will have no power that will give them a competitive advantage over other players (other than something blatant like adjusting the tag rules every time they become quarry - which would be obvious grounds for finding a different server to play at).
                                                    6. Crashing: Yes - crashes do happen, but I'm working on it. I am sure some day Mars Explorer will be completely bug free...
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