After consideration (a large world space is not that big of deal…
Its all about scale
Lets say the tagets and you are spheres
Lets say you want to be a sphere of raduis
10 meters (approx 30 ft for us americans)
Anyway you can draw yourself really as big or as small as you want, but everything else has to be the same scale … that is if you draw 10 meters as a unit 1 then a unit 1 in world space=10 meters and you must move c/10 units(c=velocity of light) to move at the speed of light in your world,
My original problem was this: if you were in a field or a city or whatever you are going to have to have a lot of terrain to move that fast) whether its big or small is really irrelevant because you must maintain scale or things wont look right.
Now why do I think it is not such a problem?
How many times did Cptn Kirk go the speed of light (excluding transporter beams) in a city or in a field (I think 0)…
So if you had a world that was basically
void (except say stars and planets then no problemo, you will not have a ton of geometry to render, nor will you have big overhead taking care of it all) you will of course have to have a humongous viewing volume (humans do, after all we can see millions of light years away), but you can clip the stuff that you can’t see out (which probably wont be much, except the stuff behind you)
Some more tips, if I were to build this program (where a massive view volume is necessary) I would probably use primarily spheres for my objects (stars/planets) and would use dramatic lod processes to keep the complexity down (very easy to do)
I think that many space games dont render such a big volume, so maybe this is all just rhetoric (and stupid) however I don’t think that many games allow you to actually interact with your spaceship (or sphere) or whatever when you are actually travelling that fast…
Regardless it would be interesting to see and maybe I will implement something similar and share it with you… (I am kinda busy so it may be awhile, (probably)), but anyway those are my opinions and with these an 25 cents you can buy your self a cup of coffee anywhere.
Good luck (I hope you try it) Ribbit
Live long and prosper