History VideoGame / Orbiter

3rd Sep '16 7:51:11 AM Pipcard
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''[[http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/orbit.html Orbiter: The Free Spaceflight Simulator]]'' is a [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness diamond-hard]] realistic SimulationGame [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin involving spacecraft and spaceflight in general]]. It was created by Cambridge tutor Martin Schweiger for educational and entertainment purposes. The simulator has been in development roughly since 2000, and the latest stable version is 2010 P1 (Patch 1), released on August 31, 2010. The next major release, ''Orbiter 2015'', is currently in beta.

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''[[http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/orbit.html Orbiter: The Free Spaceflight Simulator]]'' is a [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness diamond-hard]] realistic SimulationGame [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin involving spacecraft and spaceflight in general]]. It was created by Cambridge tutor Martin Schweiger for educational and entertainment purposes. The simulator has been in development roughly since 2000, and the latest stable version is 2010 P1 (Patch 1), released on August 31, 2010. The next major release, ''Orbiter 2015'', is currently in beta.
2016'', released on August 30, 2016. The last version, ''Orbiter 2010 (Patch 1)'', was released exactly six years earlier.
30th Aug '16 6:28:21 AM Pipcard
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** The sound mod only plays sounds while in cockpit view, and then only sounds you'd expect to hear from that perspective: engine noise, cabin ventilation, pilot notifications, et cetera. In third-person view, all you hear is Strauss' ''Blue Danube'' waltz, in a rather nice callback to ''[[ASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]]''. There is a built-in MP3 player that allows you to play other music. You can play such songs as ''Killer Queen'', the Imperial March, the theme for ''Apollo 13'' and many others in-flight.

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** The sound mod only plays sounds while in cockpit view, and then only sounds you'd expect to hear from that perspective: engine noise, cabin ventilation, pilot notifications, et cetera. In third-person view, all you hear is Strauss' ''Blue Danube'' waltz, in a rather nice callback the sound mod used to ''[[ASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]]''. play Bach's ''Air on the G String'', but now plays an electronic track known as "calm-spaces." There is a built-in MP3 player that allows you to play other music. You can play such songs as ''Killer Queen'', the Imperial March, the theme for ''Apollo 13'' and many others in-flight.
27th Jun '16 3:56:48 AM StFan
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Make no mistake, Orbiter is no fast-flyin' laser-shootin' space sim. Think of it rather as ''VideoGame/MicrosoftFlightSimulator'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Anime/{{Planetes}}''.

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Make no mistake, Orbiter is no fast-flyin' laser-shootin' space sim. Think of it rather as ''VideoGame/MicrosoftFlightSimulator'' [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''Anime/{{Planetes}}''.



!!This game features the following tropes :

* AbsentAliens: Unless you're counting the mods based on ''StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Series/BabylonFive'' or other [[TheVerse verses]], which feature the ships of the various non-human species from those movies and TV shows.

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!!This game features the following tropes :

!!''Orbiter'' provides examples of:

* AbsentAliens: Unless you're counting the mods based on ''StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Series/BabylonFive'' or other [[TheVerse verses]], which feature the ships of the various non-human species from those movies and TV shows.



* TwoDSpace: Very, very averted.



* {{Two-D Space}}: Very, very averted.
29th Oct '15 6:43:03 AM moloch
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''[[http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/orbit.html Orbiter: The Free Spaceflight Simulator]]'' is a [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness diamond-hard]] realistic SimulationGame [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin involving spacecraft and spaceflight in general]]. It was created by Cambridge tutor Martin Schweiger for educational and entertainment purposes.
The simulator has been in development roughly since 2000, and the latest stable version is 2010 P1 (Patch 1), released on August 31, 2010.

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''[[http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/orbit.html Orbiter: The Free Spaceflight Simulator]]'' is a [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness diamond-hard]] realistic SimulationGame [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin involving spacecraft and spaceflight in general]]. It was created by Cambridge tutor Martin Schweiger for educational and entertainment purposes.
purposes. The simulator has been in development roughly since 2000, and the latest stable version is 2010 P1 (Patch 1), released on August 31, 2010.
2010. The next major release, ''Orbiter 2015'', is currently in beta.
1st Jul '15 4:23:08 PM nombretomado
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** Really, you can set the date to be whatever you want. Also you can use technology across every era of spaceflight, from early spaceflight technology (the Vostok and Apollo programs) to modern tech (the Space Shuttle and Ariane programs) to speculative tech or tech in research and development (the never-implemented Orion engine, the VASIMR engine, solar sails) to advanced tech from ScienceFiction shows and movies (''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Series/BabylonFive'', ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'', ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''...)

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** Really, you can set the date to be whatever you want. Also you can use technology across every era of spaceflight, from early spaceflight technology (the Vostok and Apollo programs) to modern tech (the Space Shuttle and Ariane programs) to speculative tech or tech in research and development (the never-implemented Orion engine, the VASIMR engine, solar sails) to advanced tech from ScienceFiction shows and movies (''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Series/BabylonFive'', ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'', ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''...Galactica|2003}}''...)
1st Apr '15 5:02:52 PM ZemplinTemplar
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Make no mistake, Orbiter is no fast-flyin' laser-shootin' space sim. Think of it rather as ''Microsoft Flight Simulator'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Anime/{{Planetes}}''.

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Make no mistake, Orbiter is no fast-flyin' laser-shootin' space sim. Think of it rather as ''Microsoft Flight Simulator'' ''VideoGame/MicrosoftFlightSimulator'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Anime/{{Planetes}}''.



* XMeetsY: ''Microsoft Flight Simulator'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'', without exaggeration.

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* XMeetsY: ''Microsoft Flight Simulator'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''VideoGame/MicrosoftFlightSimulator'' meets ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'', without exaggeration.
1st Apr '15 4:58:49 PM ZemplinTemplar
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The [[FreewareGames game is freeware]], so if you feel interested in it and [[NintendoHard aren't scared by a steeper learning curve]], you can [[http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/download.html grab it here]]. In addition to this basic game pack, there are literally tons and tons of (equally freeware) fan-made mods that expand the game in virtually every way: Adding new launchers, spacecraft, spaceports and space bases, scenarios and campaigns, texture and graphic updates, even entire planets and solar systems, and new [=HUDs=] for the ship's onboard computer... They can be found [[http://www.orbithangar.com/ here]], [[http://www.orbiterfrancophone.com/index.php?disp=home here]] and [[http://orbiter.dansteph.com/ here]]. And don't forget the XR series [[http://www.alteaaerospace.com/ here]]!

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The [[FreewareGames game is freeware]], so if you feel interested in it and [[NintendoHard aren't scared by a steeper learning curve]], you can [[http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/download.html grab it here]]. In addition to this basic game pack, there are literally tons and tons of (equally freeware) fan-made mods that expand the game in virtually every way: Adding new launchers, spacecraft, spaceports and space bases, scenarios and campaigns, texture and graphic updates, even entire planets and solar systems, and new [=HUDs=] for the ship's onboard computer... They can be found [[http://www.orbithangar.com/ here]], [[http://www.orbiterfrancophone.com/index.php?disp=home [[http://francophone.dansteph.com/ here]] and [[http://orbiter.dansteph.com/ here]]. And don't forget the XR series [[http://www.alteaaerospace.com/ here]]!
1st Apr '15 4:57:04 PM ZemplinTemplar
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* CoolStarship / [[CoolStarship Cool Spacecraft]] : Way too many to list...
* GameMod: The main draw of the game. There are literally ''hundreds'', and many of the more high-profile ones are considered by the community to be essential parts of any Orbiter install, to the point that it's just assumed as a given that any new user will have downloaded them.

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* CoolStarship / [[CoolStarship Cool Spacecraft]] : Spacecraft]]: Way too many to list...
* GameMod: The main draw of the game. There are literally ''hundreds'', and many of the more high-profile ones are considered by the community to be essential parts of any Orbiter ''Orbiter'' install, to the point that it's just assumed as a given that any new user will have downloaded them.



* InterplanetaryVoyage

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* InterplanetaryVoyageInterplanetaryVoyage: The whole point of many (if not most) scenarios.



* QuicksandBox
* SpaceBase (of the non-villainous planet surface variety)
* SpaceStation: You can even build one!
* {{Terraform}}: in add-ons that replace some of the default planets and moons with terraformed versions.
* WideOpenSandbox

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* QuicksandBox
* SpaceBase (of
QuicksandBox: Once you master the non-villainous basics, the possibilities offered by the game can get really addictive.
* SpaceBase: Of the non-villainous,
planet surface variety)
variety.
* SpaceStation: You can even build one!
one !
* {{Terraform}}: in In add-ons that replace some of the default planets and moons with terraformed versions.
* WideOpenSandbox
WideOpenSandbox: And there is some ongoing talk in the sim's community to create a more persistent "sandbox spaceflight" experience by adding actual objectives for flying missions. (Right now, you just fly and land without any particular end goal but your own.)
* XMeetsY: ''Microsoft Flight Simulator'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'', without exaggeration.
1st Apr '15 4:50:47 PM ZemplinTemplar
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** The sound mod only plays sounds while in cockpit view, and then only sounds you'd expect to hear from that perspective: engine noise, cabin ventilation, pilot notifications, et cetera. In third-person view, all you hear is Strauss' ''Blue Danube'' waltz, in a rather nice callback to ''[[ASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]]''. There is a built-in MP3 player that allows you to play other music. This troper has played such songs as ''Killer Queen'', the Imperial March, and the theme for ''Apollo 13'' in-flight.

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** The sound mod only plays sounds while in cockpit view, and then only sounds you'd expect to hear from that perspective: engine noise, cabin ventilation, pilot notifications, et cetera. In third-person view, all you hear is Strauss' ''Blue Danube'' waltz, in a rather nice callback to ''[[ASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]]''. There is a built-in MP3 player that allows you to play other music. This troper has played You can play such songs as ''Killer Queen'', the Imperial March, and the theme for ''Apollo 13'' and many others in-flight.
29th Sep '14 4:16:32 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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