Stargate-- LSG

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Stargate-- LSG

Post #1by Nik » 18.12.2009, 22:58

Hi, I came across a comment in the wiki for the long defunct Liverpool Software Gazette...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liverpool_Software_Gazette
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One small program, Star Gate, written in Apple II BASIC and published in the fourth edition even became the basis for a complete astronomy program known as Celestia (available from http://www.celestiaproject.net/celestia/).
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I've searched the Celestia site, can't see anything about it...

Any truth to this tale ??

Curiously, 'Stargate- A 3D Planetarium' and the follow-up article in issue 6 with the 50 ly tour was how I got into computing...

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Re: Stargate-- LSG

Post #2by jogad » 21.12.2009, 07:28

Hello

This is a screenshot of stargate game for Apple II.
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Make you own opinion :lol:

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Re: Stargate-- LSG

Post #3by Nik » 21.12.2009, 10:18

Er, sorry, no, that 'space invaders' clone was NOT LSG's 'Stargate- The 3D Planetarium'.

IIRC, modes included orthogonal, perspective with selectable vanishing point & 'tank'. You could have stars appear as balls on sticks to show Z-axis. Blob size could show distance-corrected brightness. You could even lay out a trail between stars.

IIRC, it could pan, tilt and zoom, albeit verrry slowly off-orthogonal. The program was both CPU- and RAM-limited, but spared a couple of REM lines for data attribution. A re-draw could take up to five (5) minutes. With 100 nearby stars plus background set loaded, a redraw could take a lot longer...

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Re: Stargate-- LSG

Post #4by chris » 21.12.2009, 21:40

Nik wrote:Any truth to this tale ??

While Stargate sounds like a nice piece of software for its day, not a single piece of it ended up in Celestia. I wrote the first lines of Celestia code in late 2000, and had never heard of Stargate before reading your message. That Wikipedia article should be corrected.

--Chris

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Re: Stargate-- LSG

Post #5by t00fri » 21.12.2009, 22:28

chris wrote:
Nik wrote:Any truth to this tale ??

While Stargate sounds like a nice piece of software for its day, not a single piece of it ended up in Celestia. I wrote the first lines of Celestia code in late 2000, and had never heard of Stargate before reading your message. That Wikipedia article should be corrected.

--Chris

How about OpenUniverse?

http://openuniverse.sourceforge.net/
http://www.openuniverse.org/
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That's how I found to Celestia in 2002...

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Re: Stargate-- LSG

Post #6by Reiko » 22.12.2009, 10:35

I found celestia looking for 3D starmaps. I find something much better. Sorry it off topic. :blue:

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Re: Stargate-- LSG

Post #7by selden » 22.12.2009, 13:01

chris wrote:
Nik wrote:Any truth to this tale ??

While Stargate sounds like a nice piece of software for its day, not a single piece of it ended up in Celestia. I wrote the first lines of Celestia code in late 2000, and had never heard of Stargate before reading your message. That Wikipedia article should be corrected.

--Chris

I've edited the Wikipedia article.
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Re: Stargate-- LSG

Post #8by Nik » 22.12.2009, 13:53

Thank you for correcting the wiki !!

I'm very glad Celestia didn't inherit any of the clumsy code I wrote for Stargate.

Now that's settled, I can have some fun roaming the nearby stars...

Nik


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