If you webstarted it, I'd love to try it
At the time I started the project I was only able to find one playable game accomplished with java3d: Flyingguns. So I was pretty much surprised
Probably has something to do with:
- java3d is dead (or was, until recently)
- java3d is buggy
- java3d is slow
Since then, I've found other games like Out of Space, Glymp3d and Cosm
Are any of them playable? If so, could you send me the details for inclusion on JGF (see my sig) and we'll perhaps get some more interest for them..
I hope it will encourage people to try java3d for their next game
Out of interest, why did you not use Xith3D? I was wary of Xith at first, but I have to say it worked out well for survivor, and although it has a lot of problems of it's own it caused me a lot less pain than j3d has done in the past. Although the overlay stuff seems seriously bad at the moment (having watched as Kev struggled with it, and tried myself to see what was going wrong there
About the feedback of the project, my biggest deception is that it appeares that many testers have reported that the game ran slowly even thought they had a 2Ghz PC and a very good graphic card. I strongly feel that this is due to the graphic card drivers but it's hard
Well, IMHO java3d has a bad reputation amongst gamers for being buggy at the binding level (used to crash my JVM a *lot*). I'm sure you're right that it's probably graphics card drivers, but as you say ... other games seem to be fine; which makes it hard to convince people
The last point I regret is that the basic users have a lot trouble installing java, java3d and webstart for the game.
Um, you only need to do one of the three and the other two happen automatically! That's the point
There are many reasons for this but the fact is that I felt I had to include a .zip with a bundled jre inside to make the installation clear and simple enough.
Argh! No more 20Mb downloads containing nothng but pure crud PLEASE! (hint: I already have the JRE, and should already have j3d; so that's 20Mb you're forcing upon me that is entirely useless