Continuity is a new Flash-based web game by Ragtime Games. Here’s a link to the game.
Though the entire game is a bit short, it is incredibly fun to play and the gameplay itself is ingenious. Here’s a screen shot of one of the earliest levels:
The idea is, you use the arrow keys to move the rectangular areas around on the screen, just like one of those sliding block puzzles you played as a kid. Once you have things the way you want them to be, you hit the space bar and the game play starts. You are now a person in this game world, trying to get a key or set of keys and then reaching the door to end the level. Simple right? Well, some of the levels are crazy challenging, requiring you to jump in and out of the game world to make slight adjustments, sometimes moving blocks around while you are in freefall.
Fascinating article lists 14 well known companies and tells what these companies did before they entered the business that made them household names. My favorite? Remember Coleco, then now-defunct makers of the ColecoVision video game system? They were originally a leather goods company and started out as the “Connecticut Leather Company”, later shortening that to CoLeCo. Cool, right?
What? You’ve never heard of ColecoVision? Here ya go…
Well, Daniel and I are back from our trip to MIT. I have to say, the trip was one amazing experience after another. I have tons of pictures. I’ll post the best ones in dribs and drabs. For starters, this flyer was pasted to the window of one of the campus labs. Take a look:
I would love to solve this puzzle. If you have any ideas on this, please post them as comments. Here’s my first thoughts.
One obvious path – treat this like a letter/number substitution. Each number and letter would stand for a different number or letter. But what substitution would work for “AA”? There’s no two letter word with both letters the same.
I like the “Q6″ and “6Q” ending the first words on the first and third lines, respectively.
The word “DMQ86II2″ ends with “II2″. To me, this implies that the “2″ stands for “Y”. Taking a leap of logic, that might lead us to think that “2S5J” is “Your” and “J” is “R”. And, of course, “T” is either “A” or “I”.
Of course, this could have nothing to do with letter/number substitution. This might be a reverse ASCII substitution. Convert each character to its ASCII number, then perhaps convert the whole thing into a binary string. Seems unlikely, since there are no non-alphanumeric characters.
Any other ideas? I love that Google did this. They do rock…
I love this app. Diabolotros is a retro-style shooter, along the lines of Galaga. Here’s a pic:
Flawless use of the accelerometer. Tilt your iPhone to steer the ship left and right, big thumb buttons to shoot that DO NOT get in the way of the important screen elements. Compelling music that is fun and retro at the same time. Driving drum beat that perfectly matches the game.
You iPhone dev wannabees, this is the way to do this right.
From Stu: IBM put together a marketing page to promote Watson, the artificially intelligent system specifically designed to compete against humans playing Jeopardy. The focus on the Watson project is not to win big cash prizes, but to demonstrate real progress is the quest to have a computer system answer questions posed by humans using natural language. Click here to read about the DeepQA Jeopardy Challenge, and click here to read a bit more about the DeepQA Project.