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OpenTTD, the free and open source game that's a reimplementation and much enhanced version of Transport Tycoon Deluxe has a big new Beta up with some huge changes. Ahead of their plans to release on Steam on April 1, they're making some sweeping changes to the underlying code to make it run as great as possible across all systems.

With OpenTTD 1.11.0-beta2 they've massively improved their rendering work with OpenGL support now merged in. They said it's such a big improvement they had to add a setting to limit the maximum fast-forward speed due to it. The display will now run at 60FPS and there's also now generic Linux builds in addition to per-distro packages making it easier than ever to try out OpenTTD.

Overall the 1.11 is shaping up to be huge and not just because of all the main rendering improvements, there's quite a lot of smaller new features and bug fixes too. Features including the refresh rate being configurable, automatic UI and font zoom levels if supported by the OS, towns can build tunnels now, allow planting 'clumps' of trees by dragging in the scenario editor, rendering of large viewports was improved, support for Emscripten to play in the browser, the ability to drag and drop vehicles in group GUI for shared order groups and much more.

A great example of what a group of dedicated fans can do to keep a game very much alive. There's really no need on any platform to play the original with OpenTTD being around.

See the announcement here.

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As a long time fan of the first edition of TT (even before there was a D added to it), I'm really impressed by all the work OpenTTD team has done. I have not played it in a while (2-3 years maybe), and by then they had already gone much further that just making the game playable on modern computers and on any OS. I might have a look at this new release.

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I see in their announcement that they are looking for translators for several languages, one of which is... Latin

Who would want to play a video game in Latin ? Even the pope is certainly more fluent in Italian than Latin (and I doubt he plays OpenTTD anyway )

Is it even possible to talk about modern transport vehicules and infrastructure in latin ?
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Quoting: junibegood<snip>
[off topic]Is it even possible to talk about modern transport vehicules and infrastructure in latin ?
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Whyever not? Surely it is the same for any other language as new words are created? You could say 'secum communicandi' instead of Internet, but most other languages just used the word, "Internet," anyway. Perhaps, in the realms of openTTD 'celeriter iter sinum currus' might be used to describe a mass-transit highway, if you didn't just want to keep 'motorway' or 'highway'
pb 1 Mar
Quoting: junibegoodWho would want to play a video game in Latin ?

Latin students?
Arguably, playing games is one of the best ways to learn and practice vocabulary.


Last edited by pb on 1 March 2021 at 4:05 pm UTC
Quoting: JSVRamirez
Quoting: junibegood<snip>
[off topic]Is it even possible to talk about modern transport vehicules and infrastructure in latin ?
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Whyever not? Surely it is the same for any other language as new words are created?

Words are added to languages because their native speakers need new words to describe new concepts, such as modern technology. But as far as I know, there isn't any native Latin speaker anymore and its usage nowadays is either religious or historical (studying documents written in Latin). I don't see why anyone would require latin words for things like a train, a car or an airport in either of these contexts. But maybe I'm mistaken and there is an active community of Latin speakers, like there are communites for constructed languages such as Esperanto (or even Klingon )


Quoting: pb
Quoting: junibegoodWho would want to play a video game in Latin ?

Latin students?
Arguably, playing games is one of the best ways to learn and practice vocabulary.

Yeah, another one is watching movies in that language, but the movie production in Latin is probably a bit limited. Playing games make sense.
Quoting: JSVRamirez
Quoting: junibegood<snip>
[off topic]Is it even possible to talk about modern transport vehicules and infrastructure in latin ?
[/off topic]
Whyever not? Surely it is the same for any other language as new words are created? You could say 'secum communicandi' instead of Internet, but most other languages just used the word, "Internet," anyway. Perhaps, in the realms of openTTD 'celeriter iter sinum currus' might be used to describe a mass-transit highway, if you didn't just want to keep 'motorway' or 'highway'
Well I say, the English language has stolen enough words from Latin over the centuries, we can certainly afford to donate a few back. Have "Internetus" free on us, Latin!
Quoting: Philadelphus
Quoting: JSVRamirez
Quoting: junibegood<snip>
[off topic]Is it even possible to talk about modern transport vehicules and infrastructure in latin ?
[/off topic]
Whyever not? Surely it is the same for any other language as new words are created? You could say 'secum communicandi' instead of Internet, but most other languages just used the word, "Internet," anyway. Perhaps, in the realms of openTTD 'celeriter iter sinum currus' might be used to describe a mass-transit highway, if you didn't just want to keep 'motorway' or 'highway'
Well I say, the English language has stolen enough words from Latin over the centuries, we can certainly afford to donate a few back. Have "Internetus" free on us, Latin!
Rather internetum because it is neutral. Or just internet with consonantic declination.
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