Open source gaming platform..

Posted: October 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Adopting a project to focus my study on was a difficult task I had to ensure it was something I had a clear interest in therefore I looked into open source gaming. Amongst the list of games that are built on open source I came across one called Simutrans.

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Simutrans, it seems, was inspired by a game within the Tycoon franchise that was published by a company called MicroProse. The format of the game is to create a transport network within a city, be it by road, rail or by sea. Simutrans was first created in 1997 by a man called Hansjörg Malthaner, also known as Hajo, who started the game as a hobby project. From a quote directly taken from the forum, one community member states ” as far as I know Hajo was appalled by the quality of the AI in Railroad Tycoon and decided to make a better one. He then created this game from scratch.” Simutrans has gone through some drastic evolutionary changes since its birth in 1997 and is currently up to version 112.3 (released march 2013).

Early versions of Simutran.

Early versions of Simutran.

Simutrans was created first as closed source. According to a community member it only became open source once the creator, Hansjörg Malthaner, did not want to develop the game anymore. Step in, Dr. Markus Pristovsek, also known as “Prissi”. He took over leadership of the project in 2005 and it wasn’t long after this that the project became Open Source. Simutrans has an Artistic license which is approved by the OSI and a copy of it can be found here. With the game being open source the development of the game is down to a community of volunteers. Simutrans has an active community forum page where developers can share ideas and discuss future developments of the game.
The community forum page has many different sections that are all individually titled to assist people in whatever their needs may be, it also has own dedicated section specifically tailored to assisting development of the project. within this section you can find,extension requests, bug reports, patches & projects, Technical documents and Translation and help topics

Any tools you may need to assist you in the development of the game can also be found on the community forum page, they are found under the section General Resources & tools.

This area of open source directly appeals to me because i have a huge interest in gaming, i play games on both consoles and PC with my favorite genre being sandbox/strategy type simulation games. I have previously played titles such as The Sims, Sim City, Roller-Coster Tycoon, Zoo Tycoon also Transport Tycoon & Railroad Tyccon which are very similar style to Simutrans.

Transport Tycoon

Transport Tycoon

for further information on how you can contribute to this amazing project you can find more information by viewing the contribute page at simutrans.com.

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