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Re(7): Listener No. 4368: The Name of the Game by Harribobs

One Listener I wish had done. Years ago, I learnt Z80 assembly language on the spectrum, and created a program for Conway's game of life. It was a WOW! moment when I ran it, as it was the first time I had seen the generations created in real time (graph paper with a pencil and rubber was the only method I knew in those days).

Anyway, I just ran this in a GOL generator I have, and a thought occurred to me. It must have taken ages to back engineer the cells from LIFE to get a starting pattern - each cell has so many options, and you get one cell right, producing the next one will/could interfere with one's already created.

Amazing feat.

(P.S. I have just run the generations in my generator, and after 186 'ticks' there is a static population of 28, with 4 static blocks and two walkers).


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