Going on that, I thought I'd look into how the Trains work, We have two trains by default, the S-bahn train, and the International DB diesel train. Both look and work differently, why? Well lets look at the S-Bahn, it has animations to the doors, and can display destinations similar to that of the Rollblinds on the older SD buses, however the Diesel train does none of this, so why is it different? Well looking into it, the Diesel train is just a static object, much like the Static buses we have for the editor, that is all it is. What makes it move is simply like that of the Airplanes, in short is just a static object being pulled along the route, with some extra effects such as smoke and headlights.
What does this bring us to? Well, First I assume those that are making trams/streetcars are making them like they are Buses, detailed on both the inside and outside, with animated doors and such. This is all neat and fancy, but when you think about it, how likely is anyone going to just sit and watch a tram all day... er beyond me of course. lol. So for the Experimentation, I tried shifting out the Diesel model for a static bus model, and changed the CFG file to use the new model and ta-da, works like a charm, well sorta. If I spent more time altering the CFG file the bus would have lined up better and would work much smoother, but it proves my theory, that we can have semi-animated static objects.
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I would like to note that I'm aware it has no textures, this is simply because I didn't supply them when I took the shot, but they do work.
So to get to the whole point of this topic, What are the odds we could actually get say a tram or streetcar type of static object? It would add to maps that use them, I'm sure there are a few around here that could use them. And since they wouldn't require half the work a full on bus would, I'm sure we could get one out in less then half the time of the buses, pending the tram of course.
What do you guys think?
Edit: I'd also like to point out, that I do believe I've seen a static tram on the Official forums, but I don't know if it was available for download and I've been unable to find it again, if anyone else has seen this and can/has downloaded this, please let me know I'd like to put my tests to further work.
Edited by Lockheart, 02 March 2012 - 10:46 AM.