Rocks — One Dimensional Asteroids Game

December 17, 2008

Yes, you read the title correctly, I will be writing about a little game I wrote called “Rocks”. As far as I know, Rocks is the first implementation of one dimentional asteroids. This is indeed a great day in video gaming history. Well, not really, but it is a great day for people who take jokes much further than intended!

So, a bit of background… Rocks started as a joke while a fellow cs student and 2 of our professors were driving back from a conference. I was bored and looking to program something quickly, preferably a game. The idea of one dimensional asteroids was thrown around and I was interested in making it ASCII based. Thus, Rocks was born. Sadly, I didn’t have much time to work on it after that car ride (where my laptop battery died). Since then, the semester has ended and I was able to complete the game. So, behold, a Rocks screen shot (Full Resolution Screenshot):

Rocks Screenshot

Rocks Screenshot

Rocks has a dependency on the curses libraries, but most Linux systems have that sort of thing installed. I have a downloadable version of Rocks which has been released under the GPLv3. In the tar.gz file you will find a complied version of rocks for x86 Linux and all of the source code with a (very) simple Makefile.

If you happen to play it let me know what you think 🙂 . Rocks gets harder the longer you play and can actually get challenging. So if you think it’s too easy then play for a few more minutes and you will see it get harder!


Rocks Download: rocks.tar.gz


The Wikipedia Game

August 15, 2008

Yesterday I was spending some time with my friends and one of them mentioned “The Wikipedia Game”. I had never heard of this before but found it quite interesting. I will try to explain the game, but bare with me.

  1. One person needs to think of a topic. Typically one that is less common.
  2. Everyone playing must go to that page and take a quick look at it.
  3. Now everyone needs to click the random page button
  4. The first person who finds their way back to the topic wins! You are only allowed to use links within the articles themselves in order to do this 🙂 .

That is the entire game, but for some reason it is insanely addicting. The great thing is that all you need is a computer with a web browser, and 2 or more people to play. There is also a variation on this game where you try to get back to the original article using the least amount of links possible.

There is one downfall I might point out about this game. Once someone has an idea how to get to a really broad article on a topic it can become to easy. For instance, say you are finding an article for a video game. It is just about given that from any article you can get to a country. From there you can get to a list of countries. After that you can goto Japan, and then video games. Then from video games you can easily find your way to any video game related topic.

I think one way to make it more challenging would be to disallow the use of any “List of x” entires. You might want to only start playing it this way once you feel playing with the original rule set is to simple. I am rather glad I know about this game, and I hope I get the chance to play from time to time 🙂 .

That’s all for now. I might not have time to write anything in the next few days as I will be moving back to college. This also means I won’t really be coding, which is where I get a lot of the ideas for my entires.