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3D game with the effects of the special theory of relativity

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3D game with the effects of the special theory of relativity
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a computer games lab (MIT Game Lab). Why would it seem to be there? What kind of games can PhDs develop during their working hours? And here they have shown what they can: meet the surreal 3D action game A Slower Speed of Light The player moves through 3D space at close to the speed of light and collects spherical objects, each of which slows the speed of light by fixed values. The visual effects are calculated in real time, according to the special theory of relativity.
Countable effects :
The Doppler effect : the red and violet shift of visible light, as well as the shift of infrared and ultraviolet light into the range visible to the human eye.
Light aberration : Increasing the intensity of light in the direction of travel.
Relativistic time dilation : difference in perception of time for the player and the world around them, the ability to see objects as they were in the past.
Lorentz transformations : distortion of space at a speed close to the speed of light.
The game combines accessible gameplay with a serious scientific background in theoretical physics. In a sense, it is unique in this combination of qualities. It can be shown to students in high school physics classes and probably at university. In general, wherever they study the special theory of relativity.
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3D game with the effects of the special theory of relativity
3D game with the effects of the special theory of relativity
3D game with the effects of the special theory of relativity
3D game with the effects of the special theory of relativity
3D game with the effects of the special theory of relativity
The game was tested on the following configurations :

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T9900 and Core i7 (2.8 GHz)
  • Windows7 and macOS X 10.7 (Lion)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6970M, AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4850, Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT
  • 8 GB RAM

Some users report that the game also runs on Windows XP with 2 GB RAM.
Download : Windows Mac
MIT developers are now working on the OpenRelativity toolkit for simulating the effects of special relativity theory for the Unity3D game engine. Along with documentation, it will be released in 2013 under a free license.

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