GamesThatTeach: Conway’s Life, gamified…

Quick and simple conversion of Life into an actual game (instead of a mathematical “game”):

https://thomashunter.name/games/strategic-game-of-life/

A couple of observations:

  • “Life” makes for a terrible game: it’s far too complicated to translate between “Thing I want to achieve” and “how I would choose/use/combine the pieces at hand to achieve it”
  • …Life using a library might work better, or Life with more human-friendly rules
  • Even in a simple form, the game aspects work quite well: you quickly start to learn *if you have a window open to Wikipedia or similar* how to remember and recreate the classic shapes

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