• Announcements

    • khawk

      Download the Game Design and Indie Game Marketing Freebook   07/19/17

      GameDev.net and CRC Press have teamed up to bring a free ebook of content curated from top titles published by CRC Press. The freebook, Practices of Game Design & Indie Game Marketing, includes chapters from The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing, and An Architectural Approach to Level Design. The GameDev.net FreeBook is relevant to game designers, developers, and those interested in learning more about the challenges in game development. We know game development can be a tough discipline and business, so we picked several chapters from CRC Press titles that we thought would be of interest to you, the GameDev.net audience, in your journey to design, develop, and market your next game. The free ebook is available through CRC Press by clicking here. The Curated Books The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, Second Edition, by Jesse Schell Presents 100+ sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game’s design, encompassing diverse fields such as psychology, architecture, music, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, anthropology, and more. Written by one of the world's top game designers, this book describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design, demonstrating how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in video games. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again. View it here. A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing, by Joel Dreskin Marketing is an essential but too frequently overlooked or minimized component of the release plan for indie games. A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing provides you with the tools needed to build visibility and sell your indie games. With special focus on those developers with small budgets and limited staff and resources, this book is packed with tangible recommendations and techniques that you can put to use immediately. As a seasoned professional of the indie game arena, author Joel Dreskin gives you insight into practical, real-world experiences of marketing numerous successful games and also provides stories of the failures. View it here. An Architectural Approach to Level Design This is one of the first books to integrate architectural and spatial design theory with the field of level design. The book presents architectural techniques and theories for level designers to use in their own work. It connects architecture and level design in different ways that address the practical elements of how designers construct space and the experiential elements of how and why humans interact with this space. Throughout the text, readers learn skills for spatial layout, evoking emotion through gamespaces, and creating better levels through architectural theory. View it here. Learn more and download the ebook by clicking here. Did you know? GameDev.net and CRC Press also recently teamed up to bring GDNet+ Members up to a 20% discount on all CRC Press books. Learn more about this and other benefits here.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Alpha_ProgDes

The Moon will provide us with constant Solar energy

57 posts in this topic

[url="http://theweek.com/article/index/215791/could-solar-panels-on-the-moon-power-the-earth"]Solar Array around the Moon[/url]

Oh those crazy Japanese people. Always looking to Space for the future. Haven't they learned anything? Forward, futuristic thinking does nothing but force companies to further rape the resources here on Earth at a very profitable price. I mean what would happen to job creation or the financial market if such a thing as constant renewable energy was step closer to being achieved?!
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cool.

Sorry for the thread derail, but I have to disagree that the free market is the reason we're guzzling oil while japan builds solar arrays. The real problem is that the current cost of coal and oil does not reflect the long-term cost for the world. Solution: tax the crap out of non-renewable resources. We'd have the moon covered in solar panels in no time.
1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
If you thought a nuclear reactor accident was bad, think of the unintended consequences of additional solar rays beamed at the earth.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Well, as they say: build it and they will come.


I doubt they'll build it. But hey, I don't know any other nation that would build a gigantic robot replica of their favorite shows so maybe I am wrong... :)
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Japan has a national imperative to build giant humanoid robots before I die, to fulfill the expectations I was given in the '90s. They can't do that with fossil fuels, so of course they're looking towards alternatives.

But as mentioned above, even if this were a very serious endeavor (and at this point it's too early to say whether or not that's the case) the fact that it would be so expensive coupled with the incentives that some very rich and powerful industries have mean that even a global effort might fail to get it paid for and finished.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Leaving aside the fact that they blatantly stole this idea from Dr Evil, exactly how are they going to "beam enough energy back to Earth"? Won't the inverse square law apply here?
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
[quote name='ChaosEngine' timestamp='1306878722' post='4818049']
Leaving aside the fact that they blatantly stole this idea from Dr Evil, exactly how are they going to "beam enough energy back to Earth"? Won't the inverse square law apply here?
[/quote]

Beams don't suffer from the inverse square law. However a super concentrated beam of solar energy directed at the earth might be something to worry about :/ I'm beggining to wonder if it's such a good idea after all.
0

Share this post


Link to post
[quote name='ChaosEngine' timestamp='1306878722' post='4818049']
Leaving aside the fact that they blatantly stole this idea from Dr Evil, exactly how are they going to "beam enough energy back to Earth"? Won't the inverse square law apply here?
[/quote]

Beams don't suffer from the inverse square law. However a super-concentrated beam of solar energy directed at the earth might be something to worry about. :/ I'm beggining to wonder if its such a good idea after all..
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Well I doubt they'll be shooting lasers from space. Most likely microwave transmissions like any other piece of tech. Geosynchronized like every other tech.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
[quote name='forsandifs' timestamp='1306879920' post='4818058']
However a super-concentrated beam of solar energy directed at the earth might be something to worry about. :/
[/quote]
Not if I get to control the targeting... [img]http://archive.gamedev.net/community/forums/images/smileys/evil.gif[/img]

[size="1"]
[ Oh man, I miss our old forum smileys [img]http://archive.gamedev.net/community/forums/images/smileys/crying.gif[/img] This new forum doesn't even have a proper evil smiley, an utterly unacceptable situation... ][/size]
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
What? Building a permanent station on the moon mostly from resources found there? Filled with astronauts and robots? To provide the earth with all the energy it might need? And by that setting the starting point for the colonization of the solar system?

That's so wrong!
1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
This seems ridiculous to me.. Why would we put expensive solar panels on an unprotected rock floating in space that is already littered with impact sites?
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
[quote name='SteveDeFacto' timestamp='1306894084' post='4818122']
This seems ridiculous to me.. Why would we put expensive solar panels on an unprotected rock floating in space that is already littered with impact sites?
[/quote]
They're going to put a deflection shield as well. Geez. Hold your britches!
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
There is enough solar energy in just 50x50 square miles in the Sahara to power all of Europe.. Double that and you have spare power to convert algae/farm waste into petroleum and that would cover not just the electrical power but industrial power / feedstock. Imagine the trillions spent on fuel reallocated to other things like basic research, health care, infrastructure? All it would take is a few trillion dollars investment upfront, oh about the price of the economic bailouts..

It's not that we don't have the technology, we don't have the economic will..

-ddn
1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
[quote name='ddn3' timestamp='1306894977' post='4818128']
There is enough solar energy in just 50x50 square miles in the Sahara to power all of Europe.. Double that and you have spare power to convert algae/farm waste into petroleum and that would cover not just the electrical power but industrial power / feedstock. Imagine the trillions spent on fuel reallocated to other things like basic research, health care, infrastructure? All it would take is a few trillion dollars investment upfront, oh about the price of the economic bailouts..

It's not that we don't have the technology, we don't have the economic will..

-ddn
[/quote]
Actually, I figured (rabbit out the hat) what you just described would cost the same amount as the LHC. Solar panel ring around the moon would definitely be technlogical feat for mankind. Period. I'd be OK with getting my taxes raised for such a project.
1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
check out [url="http://www.codeproject.com/Lounge.aspx?msg=3903069#xx3903069xx"]this thread[/url] on the same topic
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
So... why do we have to put solar panels on the moon? Why not just find somewhere on earth to put them? Or is it that the atmosphere heavily interferes with the efficiency of solar panels or something?
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
We're talking about Japan here. Japan is a small island that is already very densely populated, and the few unpopulated regions that they do have are mountains. It makes perfect sense for them to consider more radical solutions than would be appropriate for Europe (try to cooperate with North Africa to get massive solar in the Sahara) or the US (carpet New Mexico with solar arrays).

The scale of that project is insane, and the energy transmission is a problem. However, except for the energy transmission, this project is perfectly feasible with current technology. The only missing piece is the political and/or economic will to implement it.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
[quote name='RDragon1' timestamp='1306911416' post='4818178']Or is it that the atmosphere heavily interferes with the efficiency of solar panels or something?[/quote]Yep, astronauts had to wear some damn expensive shades when they were up there.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Good luck with that. As the saying goes, the Devil is in the details. I think it's more constructive to focus on earth bound problem solving and implement solutions down here.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
[quote name='Prefect' timestamp='1306912174' post='4818182'][i]except for the energy transmission[/i], this project is perfectly feasible with current technology[/quote]

That's a massive except though..
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0