There are many games about destroying planets and the civilizations on them, examples include Planet Destroyer, Solar Smash, etc. Our team was inspired by such games and decided to reverse the process, showing players how difficult it is for civilizations to start. Our hope is for the players to recognize how rare and valuable civilizations are.
What it does
BioSphere is a 3D simulation where the player controls the rotation of a planet. The side of the planet in view of the camera will receive sunlight, raising the temperature of those surfaces. Once certain conditions have been met, plant life, animal life, and possibly even civilization will bloom into existence—their survival is up to the player!
What is Implemented thus far
The color of the spheres layered on top of the Earth currently represents the temperature for that coordinate area (blue for cool areas, red for hot areas). The temperature of an area is based on the amount of sunlight it receives (Based on its distance to you! The Sun!) and also the temperature of its neighbors (because heat exchange happens on Earth!) and you could rotate the earth with WASD keys!
How we built it
We worked off the project from ipenywise as a basis for our BioSphere. We implemented a customized shader for the surface of the Earth and added temperature simulation algorithms to work at this stage of development but we still need to implement further simulation algorithms for other resources to support life (See What's Next for BioSphere Below).
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
- We're proud to get a working BioSphere complete with temperature display in a 24 hour period.
- We're happy with how the temperature simulation algorithms turned out!
What we learned
What's next for BioSphere
- We plan to pixelate the surface of the earth to represent different amounts of resources and surface temperature (blue pixels for the amount of water, green pixels for the number of trees, etc)
- We plan to add additional resources to the sphere to allow for more advanced lifeforms to start on Earth (e.g. Water to allow for plant and animal life, metals to allow for civilization to form)