Somebody Should Make This Game

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Coffee shop construction toy belongs in a videogame

Posted by: the_handy_vandal
Coffee Shop Construction Toy belongs in a game

Geometric object constructed from coffee stirrers and straws.

Simple, efficient, useful, elegant: Bucky Fuller would smile and approve the design.

This beauty deserves a home in videogames.

To me, it practically radiates game implications — efficient geometry for object modelling, practical design for in-game assembly of parts into functional units, layouts for bot pathing, etc.

Be inspired! Make a game!

I’d pay to play that game.

[Via Make, via Boing Boing]

 

OpenWorm

Posted by: the_handy_vandal

“OpenWorm is an open source project dedicated to creating a virtual C. elegans nematode in a computer.”

openworm.orgOpenWorm Logo

Via Boing Boing:

Wagner James Au sez, “OpenWorm, as the name suggests, is a collaborative open source project to computationally create a simple artificial life form — an earth worm — from the cellular level to a point where it’s sophisticated enough to solve basic problems. They’re still in early stages, with the latest demo, a developer on the project tells me, being ‘a particle simulation of five connected muscle segments moving together through a body of water.’”

See also Caenorhabditis elegans @ Wikipedia:

Caenorhabditis elegans /ˌseɪnɵræbˈdɪtɪs ˈɛlɛɡænz/ is a free-living, transparent nematode (roundworm), about 1 mm in length, which lives in temperate soil environments.
Caenorhabditis elegans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CrawlingCelegans.gif)

Yes. The Handy Vandal approves. More of this, please.

Update: October 14, 2013

I added this post to the “Somebody Should Make This Game” category.

Modeling a nematode is fine, hooray for Science.

But man does not live by Education alone — we also need Entertainment.

Can I get a giant weaponized self-assembling cyber-nematode as a first-person shooter, in a secret weapon-breeding hive beneath a Soylent Green factory? Anyone …?

I’d pay to play that game!

 

Quasi-Objects of Lorenzo Oggiano

Posted by: the_handy_vandal

“La vita è un processo reale e autonomo indipendente da qualsiasi specifica manifestazione materiale.”*
– Lorenzo Oggiano

Quasi-objects of Lorenzo Oggiano

“Quasi-Objects” regards data actualization, the production of biologically non-functional organisms and ecosystems as transient output of an operative practice: aesthetics of process…

lorenzooggiano.net

I find these forms entirely fascinating, and practically begging for game design applications.

The forms are computer generated. I have no further details, nothing about the software involved. But just from looking at these still photos, I can see algorithms at play which would make a terrific Boss Battle in a first-person shooter … The Blob meets The Matrix ….

Somebody ought to make a game based on these principles. They really should. I would pay to play such a game, and then pay more for the source code.

Via Boing Boing, via but does it float.


* “Life is a real and autonomous process independent from any specific material manifestation.”

 

Battle Shoe

Posted by: the_handy_vandal

This belongs in a game somewhere. It really does:

Battle Shoe (Phil Noto)

Phil Noto

Via Boing Boing.

 

Motorcycles out of watch parts

Posted by: the_handy_vandal

These lovely objects belong in a game somewhere. They really do:

motorcycles out of watch parts, by dkart71

motorcycles out of watch parts by dkart71

Someone, please, make a game where the player constructs a motorcycle made out of watch parts, and then rides to safety:

  • Shrink the player until a wristwatch is the right size for motorcycle parts
  • Drop the player into a magical (high-tech, alien, etc.) wristwatch factory
  • – My person favorite: neo-retro Evil Nazi wristwatch factory
  • Remind the player that watch parts can be assembled into motorcycles
  • Sound the burglar alarm
  • Start winding up the clockwork watchmen, make it loud
  • Remind the player that watchmen are dangerous, and motorcycles go faster than watchmen
  • Every so often, wind up more clockwork watchmen, as incentive for the player to finish that motorcycle ….

If the player doesn’t build a motorcycle in time … well, bad things probably happen … if it were my Evil Nazi Wristwatch factory, I would release the Giant Wind-Up Chattering Teeth … but you have your own kind of fun, and be sure to let me know about it, I’ll award you the Handy Vandal Medal of Supreme Coolness.

Via Boing Boing.

 

Obsolete

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Obsolete by Paul Hynek

Obsolete (2006)

This belongs in a game somewhere. It really does.

Pawel Hynek’s 2006 image “Obsolete” depicts a homeless robot begging for electrical power; it’s striking and funny as well as a little uncomfortable-making.

Cory Doctorow @ Boing Boing

I’m reminded of William Gibson’s novel Mona Lisa Overdrive, where we encounter The Finn (a character from earlier Gibson novels) now incarnated as a back-alley machine personality construct:
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Caution The Floor Is Now Lava

Posted by: the_handy_vandal

Caution The Floor Is Now LavaI would love to find this “Caution The Floor Is Now Lava” sign in a first-person shooter game.

Who will make such a game? Someone? Anyone?

I can’t pay you, but I will award you the Handy Vandal Medal for Doing Extremely Cool Stuff.

Seriously: you’ll get your own blog post, with a picture of you and your work (maybe a picture of you ignoring the sign, and slipping on the lava — whatever you like).

Link to original @ reddit by flipswitch

Via Laughing Squid.


 

Test Tube Baby

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Test Tube Baby 640

Test Tube Baby — T-shirt design by Patrickspens.

Via Laughing Squid.

This should be a game! Won’t someone think of the children?

 

This should be a game: Elevated Bus

Posted by: the_handy_vandal

A giant elevated bus that drives above cars — a tunnel on wheels — too cool not to be in a game!

Huge Bus

It’s for real; the Chinese are building it:

The idea is to make use of the space between regular-size cars and bridges, thus saving construction costs as well as minimizing congestion impact by allowing cars to drive underneath these jumbo buses.

Richard Lai @ Engadget.com

Awesome!

Via Slashdot.

 

Cigarette Black Markets in Prisons

An idea that is begging — begging! — to be made into a game:

Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em: Cigarette Black Markets In U.S. Prisons And Jails
Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em: Cigarette Black Markets In U.S. Prisons And Jails

Abstract
Since the mid-1980s, cigarette-smoking policies have become increasingly restrictive in jails and prisons across the United States. Cigarette black markets of various form and scale often emerge in jails and prisons where tobacco is prohibited or banned. Case studies of 16 jails and prisons were undertaken to understand the effects of cigarette bans versus restrictions on inmate culture and prison economies. This study describes how bans can transform largely benign cigarette “gray markets,” where cigarettes are used as a currency, into more problematic black markets, where cigarettes are a highly priced commodity. Analysis points to several structural factors that affected the development of cigarette black markets in the visited facilities: the architectural design, inmate movement inside and outside, officer involvement in smuggling cigarettes to inmates, and officer vigilance in enforcing the smoking policy. Although these factors affect the influx of other types of contraband into correctional facilities, such as illegal drugs, this study argues that the demand and availability of cigarettes creates a unique kind of black market.

Stephen E. Lankenau


Lemonade StandRather like the old Lemonade Stand:

  • A simplified economic model using a familiar and popular product (lemonade, cigarettes)
  • In a familiar iconic setting (residential neighborhood, federal penitentiary)



Update: consider these lyrics from The Big Rock Candy Mountain

Oh the buzzin’ of the bees
In the cigarette trees
Near the soda water fountain
At the lemonade springs
Where the bluebird sings
On the big rock candy mountain

Cigarette trees? Lemonade springs? Many a Hobo has spent many a night in jail. What exactly is the Hobo’s Anthem trying to tell us about the relationship between prisons and cigarettes and lemonade?