Las Viditas (The Little Lifes) is an exploration project which compares ActionScript 3.0 programming concepts and structure to the 7 criteria for biological life.
You can see the Live Online Demo. I originally presented this project on a fantastic 360|Flex sponsored 7-Day cruise in the Caribbean several years back. What a great event! Finally, its all available now online..
I always find it fascinating to compare the technical world and the biological world. There is even an area of technological innovation where engineers study animals to influence new robotics designs. Here is a great Ted.com video of Robert Full Learning From Gecko Lizards. In my simple demo I learned a lot too, and am inspired with many game ideas too.
The ecosystem on the right is the “petri dish” where the green viditas grow and move. There intelligence guides them to eat the blue ‘food’ and bounce off the walls. As they eat, they grow. As they starve, they shrink. Too much time without food, and they will permanently die.
Experiment with the settings and see how the population’s survival rate changes.
The sliders on the left allow for several changes such as;
- Simulation Speed
- Viditas Population Size
- Food regeneration frequency
- Food amount that is created each distribution
- Run the Live Online Demo.
- Download the full source code (See ‘Member Resources’ below).
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- Download the full source code