@nil0bject, on 24 October 2012 - 01:41 PM, said in Engine development:
Yep, Terin hit the nail. I'm even having trouble flying the camera around the ships on a 2D plane. Joysticks help, but they are so antiquated(not a real excuse :)).
Camera mechanics being difficult makes sense; I also understand that EV is/has always been 2d plane movement, I was mostly curious because...:
@jacabyte, on 24 October 2012 - 02:42 PM, said in Engine development:
Descent is impossible to play correctly without a joystick or a gamepad with at least 3 control surfaces. A pretty bad example of a 3D FPS if you ask me, Descent is less of a game and more of a proof of concept. Playing Descent is more of an artform than actual play, considering all the crazy stuff you can pull if you have 100% mastery of all 6 degrees of freedom.
... I was playing descent - sans joystick - in what? Like, 3rd grade? 5th? Shortly after it came out, whenever that was. I just used my keyboard (I don't think mouse-look was frequent back then) to control everything. Now, I wasn't the best at it, but I didn't find it impossible. It's all about using your keys logically - I think I used the number pad for movement, and the key-part for weapons/special functions and maybe thrust. Was it my favorite game? Not really, but that's likely because I was more interested in Marathon, EV, and Warcraft/2. Was it playable? Definitely.
@nil0bject, on 24 October 2012 - 07:53 PM, said in Engine development:
Can I use the EVO graphics? Yes. The files are publicly available.
Files being publicly available =/= being freely available to use. Obviously, you can use them for a tech-demo or experiment like you are doing now with no consequence. If you tried to sell whatever you are making, you probably are supposed to get permission first. Even if you released it open-source, you'd probably be expected to get permission; though with all things EV, releasing it to the Ambrosia community probably wouldn't draw any fire at all.
I don't know the specifics on the EVO files though, they might have been released open-license, which would make them available for anyone to use for anything.