Rigs of Rods Simulator Game Gets Marked 0.37-r1
One of the free software projects we have been talking to as of late about better enhancing their benchmarking capabilities for likely integration into the Phoronix Test Suite is Rigs of Rods. While the graphics within this driving simulator may not be the best (at least when compared to Unigine, or within the open-source world, Nexuiz) it's not the graphics that the developers pride themselves on but rather the physics capabilities. Rigs of Rods began as a truck driving simulator game, but since then has turned into a rather interesting physics sandbox of goodies. A new release of their code-base was just made.
Rigs of Rods deploys its own soft-body, multi-threaded physics engine and is designed to be able to simulate just about anything in the world and provide a realistic physics experience whether it be boats, planes, or vehicles. While the physics engine is all done in-house, the graphics engine is based upon OGRE. One of the developers described Rigs of Rods to us as "I can tell you that its physics simulation fidelity is beyond anything else closed source or open source existing right now. And it'll become better." Speaking of getting better, the RoR developers are looking at adding OpenCL and CUDA support for offloading more of their physics work to the GPU. Anyhow, it's now easier to try out Rigs of Rods for yourself as the first release in a long while has now been made available.
This developer, Lefteris Stamatogiannakis, also elaborated on what he believes makes this open-source simulator special:
It can already simulate cars/trucks/cranes/airplanes/boats, and all these inside a cohesive framework. If a designer designs something that "looks" like a car, it'll behave like a car.
Unfortunately there hasn't been a new Rigs of Rods release in a while so interested users Linux users (Rigs of Rods is also available for Mac OS X and Windows too) have had to build the source via the latest SVN revision. However, a new release is being prepared.
Thomas Fischer, the Rigs of Rods release manager, has just tagged version 0.37-r1. Those wanting to try out this snapshot of the GPL-licensed physics simulator can find the code at SourceForge (web-viewer).
Stay tuned as we continue to explore Rigs of Rods. If you end up giving it a try let us know how you like it within our forums.
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