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Free Racing Simulator Coming to OS X
8:15 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

iDevGames, a Macintosh Game Developer web site, recently spotted another PC/Linux developer looking to make the move to OS X. This time the title is a coveted car racing program simply called Racer from developer Ruud van Gaal of the Netherlands.

Racer is a realistic driving simulator with impressive 3D effects and a great number of downloadable cars and tracks. While it seems many 3rd party modellers use the PC-only 3D Studio Max, there are also plugins for other Mac-compatible titles like Maya. Here's a quick description from the web site:

Racer is a free car simulation project, using real car physics to get a realistic feeling. Cars, tracks, scenes and such can be created with relative simplicity in mind (compared to other driving simulations). The 3D and other file formats are, or should be, documented. Editors and support programs are also available to get a very flexible and expandable simulator. It uses OpenGL for rendering. It attempts to do well at the physics section, trying to create life-like cars to emphasize car control and doesn't cut back on realism in the interest of fun.
The developer recently obtained some Mac hardware along with a copy of OS X's developer tools to begin porting Racer. He is maintaining a page with his experiences for developing under OS X for the first time. Here's a snippet with some initial requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.0.4. May be beefed up to require at least OS X 10.1.x (I won't hesitate to do so). I don't think OS9 will be happy with the Unixy source. Note that X11 is NOT required; the port uses native windowing.
  • The application uses OpenGL, Carbon, AGL. These are all installed by default.
  • Audio will be handled using FMOD. Still in beta, but I hope it will be fully released soon; still need a MachO libfmod.a (Brett only has a CodeWarrior fmod.lib version still).
For more on his progress, be sure to have a look at the page. Also check out the rest of the site for much more information on Racer.

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