X3: Terran Conflict (and a QA rant)

x301I’ve always loved space games. Some years ago I discovered a little beauty, “X: Beyond the Frontier“. For an Elite fan, it was pure gold. Gameplay was open enough that you could choose between, what Granik terms, “Space Trucking” and a more pro-active combat game like Eve. It has been through several iterations now, each improving significantly upon the last. A few weeks ago I spotted a new release on Steam: X3: Terran Conflict.

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Shields up

The idea of magnetic/plasma shields for spacecraft pops up every year or two, but what you might have missed was that it was theory. It’s a small step but they’re testing it in the lab now with good results.