June 02, 2009

Ysaneya's galaxy

When I'm not working on my own blog —which, let's face it, is most of my time— I read some blogs by other people. One of them recently had something which I can only characterise as impressive. Take a look at this. This is a post by Ysaneya, who is working on an MMO space game, Infinity. His posts are almost always impressive, but when it comes to a procedurally generated galaxy... wow.

Be sure to check out the Youtube video as well!


Crimson13 said...

It comes close to my own dreams about 'Bloody Heavens'. Only it wasn't going to be a MMO (just single player) and I knew I'd never get any far, since such a project is too big for one person. :-)

Kris said...

What I like about his solution is that, in essence, it isn't hard to do: generate random stars at random locations, then let them survive by chance based on their location. The survival rate at a given location is (mostly) governed by a grayscale bitmap (acting like an alpha mask). By changing the bitmap you could create arbitrarily shaped galaxies. From the classic spiral arms to perfect cubes, or even Super Mario. :-)