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Author Topic: Looking for Life that I can tinker with.  (Read 1518 times)

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Offline OniyaTopic starter

Looking for Life that I can tinker with.
« on: February 12, 2016, 09:02:52 PM »
No, I'm not reanimating things in my basement.   Yet.

One of the most recognized examples of cellular automata is Conway's Game of Life.  With a few simple rules, it simulates a population that evolves over time, sometimes producing self-replicating patterns.  The versions I've found on the Web have the classic rules:

1) if a living cell has only one living neighbor, it dies.
2) if a living cell has more than four living neighbors, it dies.
3) if an empty cell has exactly three living neighbors, it comes to life.

What I'm looking for is a program, website, bit of coding, etc. that allows me to tinker with the rules so that I can find a way to simulate a gradual spread without a death factor, or with a higher death threshold, so that the result isn't too dense or too attenuated (possibly even including some random probability factor to make things interesting.)

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Re: Looking for Life that I can tinker with.
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2016, 10:17:48 AM »
I don't know anything about it personally beyond what you've said, but I Google searched 'conway's game of life online' and a lot of web pages came up.

This was one of them:

There are programs on the Wikipedia page, with links:'s_Game_of_Life#Notable_Life_programs

Offline mellowdude

Re: Looking for Life that I can tinker with.
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2016, 02:22:21 PM »

You could mess around with the code on that and see what happens.