Showing posts with label Video Games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Video Games. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Frac - 3D Tetris

A random conversation reminded me of a computer game I played in the early 90's: Frac (3D Tetris). I fired up the browser version and I was surprised that my fingers remembered how to manipulate the pieces. Good times.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Funny Machine Learning Outcomes

A great list...
Including such instance classics:
"In an artificial life simulation where survival required energy but giving birth had no energy cost, one species evolved a sedentary lifestyle that consisted mostly of mating in order to produce new children which could be eaten (or used as mates to produce more edible children)."
"A  robotic arm trained to slide a block to a target position on a table achieves the goal by moving the table itself."
Via @ItsRobbAllen

Friday, January 4, 2019

Lord British is a robot!

Lifehacker does a "How I Work" series and asks people about their hacks, battle stations, tools, etc. They recently interviewed Richard Garriott aka Lord British. I had not thought about Ultima in a long time. And it was interesting to read about his use of a tele-presence robot.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Super Mario Bros. Level 4-2 - Deep Dive

This is fascinating. I knew people did speed runs, but I cannot believe the depths to which they've gone.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

NES Classic

The NES Classic comes with a nice collection of games. The cord for the controller seems to be too short, but stores still can't keep them on the shelves. I think it might be a good way to introduce my daughter to gaming systems - in contrast to all the tablet and phone games/apps.

And some clever folks have figured out how to add other games.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Pokemon Go

Even the Knoxville Police are hip to the phenomenon that is Pokemon Go:

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tek Recon-Soft

A NERF-like, Laser Tag-like, Call of Duty-like game - a real virtual 3D first person shooter. Kickstarter project is here.

Monday, May 27, 2013


So I post a little about ham radio and recently posted about the Ready Player One book that includes a lot of references to 80's video games and Easter Eggs.

Today, I read about this game that has a hidden message from one of its programmers: "DE JN1KTJ K."

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ready Player One

Based on a recommendation from my brother, I just read Ready Player One. The story takes place in a dystopian future where Halliday, the creator of a massive virtual reality world, is giving away his entire fortune and control of his company to the person/player who solve various puzzles and finds hidden keys within the game. Halliday was a child of the 80's and he has built the puzzles around the pop culture of that time - from movies to video games to music.

It was an easy read and I enjoyed all the references from my (roughly) teenage years. It was a great Adventure!

If you are interested, please purchase the book using my link below, so I can retire early - at no extra cost to you!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012