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Quick, How Might the Alien Spacecraft Work?—Stephen Wolfram Blog
Stephen Wolfram on "designing science" for Arrival. I always forget the Wolfram Language is real; it looks like movie-computer, but is in fact real-computer. Lots of nice points in here - especially about going from the scientific reasoning back to things that work in a two-hour movie.
film  arrival  science  stephenwolfram  physics  moviereal 
november 2016 by infovore
Prototyping without physics - Edge Magazine
"It should be pointed out, however, that physics is not the only systemic toy upon which fun games can be built. Probability fields, such as those forged by the colours, numbers and suits in a deck of cards, and the stochastic patterns that emerge from mixing those cards up, are another well-known toy upon which many great games are built. In fact, there is a literal infinity of foundational systemic toys upon which meaningful games can be built, yet for the most part, the game industry focuses on building baseline game engines that simulate one single toy that is proven to only be marginally fun: physical reality."
design  games  simulation  physics  toys  systems  clinthocking 
may 2012 by infovore
“Sometimes the stories are the science…” – Blog – BERG
"We are making a model of how a product is, to the degree that we can in video. We subject it to as much rigour as we can in terms of the material and technological capabilities we think can be built.

It must not be magic, or else it won’t feel real.

I guess I’m saying sufficiently-advanced technology should be distinguishable from magic." This is a lovely pulling-together of things from Matt J, and really manages to express the notions of "physics" and "rulesets" that I always enjoyed so much.
berg  design  film  rules  physics 
november 2011 by infovore
YouTube - My Little Pony Physics Presentation
" For our project, we had to find three scenes from any movie or TV show and use physics to find out if something was or wasn't possible. I got 100% on it." In this case: 'Physical Impossibilities in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic'. He's really not wrong about the animation.
physics  science  cartoons 
may 2011 by infovore
YouTube - Minecraft Experiments in Animal Sacrifice #3: Double Slit Experiment
"We attempt to further examine the nature of the chicken: is it a particle, or a wave? Watch to find out." Great experiments of physics, built in Minecraft, applied to chickens.
games  physics  light  waves  particles  chickens 
march 2011 by infovore
BBC iPlayer - The Archive Hour: The Feynman Variations
"In this programme we hear from colleagues, friends and former students as well as the great man himself about the beauty of nature and the importance of science to our understanding of the world." A lovely Archive Hour on Radio 4, on Richard Feynman; only available for a few more days, so grab it whilst you can. Delightful, and nicely structured.
physics  radio  bbc  radio4  richardfeynman 
september 2010 by infovore
Scientists supersize quantum mechanics : Nature News
"A team of scientists has succeeded in putting an object large enough to be visible to the naked eye into a mixed quantum state of moving and not moving." Oh boy. That's quite a thing (and: quite a sentence!)
science  physics  quantummechanics  blimey 
march 2010 by infovore - The Weblog - Freeware Game Pick: Let's Go Find El Dorado (Justin Smith)
"Let's Go Find El Dorado is a physics-based remake of Oregon Trail which plays a bit like Excite Bike." Seriously, do you need to know any more to click the link?
games  oregontrail  indie  physics 
december 2009 by infovore
The Biology of B-Movie Monsters
"Size has been one of the most popular themes in monster movies, especially those from my favorite era, the 1950s. The premise is invariably to take something out of its usual context--make people small or something else (gorillas, grasshoppers, amoebae, etc.) large--and then play with the consequences. However, Hollywood's approach to the concept has been, from a biologist's perspective, hopelessly naïve." Fantastic: transcripts of a series of lectures about the biology of B-Movie monsters; funny, accurate, informative.
science  biology  movies  physics  scale 
may 2009 by infovore
Getting Lucky: Hard-Core Gamers Penetrate Peggle's Physics
"...hard-core players are comfortable mentally manipulating Peggle's complex physics. They can build models about where the ball is going to go, even after the seventh or eight collision. A frustrated casual gamer looks at Peggle and sees chaos; a hard-core one sees causality." Oh - now that _is_ an interesting way to look at things.
games  play  physics  casual  chance  causality  peggle 
march 2009 by infovore
Almost Atari 2600-era platforming, but with a couple of (big) twists. Compulsive, and cross-platform, it's almost definitely worth an hour of your day.
games  platform  physics  osx  indie  windows  retro  free  mac  platforming 
february 2009 by infovore
Acceleration Due to Gravity: Super Mario Brothers
"The purpose of this analysis is to determine the evolution of gravity in the Mario video game series as video game hardware increases." Not super-accurate, but not bad; the bit when it starts the comparison against GPU word length is a little silly, perhaps. But otherwise: fun!
games  paper  silly  physics  explanation  mario  facts  gravity 
january 2009 by infovore
Cortex Command, a game by Data Realms
It's bonkers. Tiny pixel art, incredible procedural animation for limbs, massive menus, it's like Worms and Soldner (was it Soldner?) and loads of other things all rolled into one. And they're still working on it.
games  strategy  physics  osx  pixelart  igf  indie 
january 2009 by infovore
Games Without Frontiers: 'Pure' Shows Off Fun of 'Artistic' Physics
"In essence, the in-game physics cooked up by Pure's designers isn't merely a matter of being realistic or unrealistic. The physics is evocative, creating your worldview within the game, and even metaphoric: When you play Pure, you realize that physics is one of the truly artistic elements of an action title." Yes! Spot on, Clive Thompson.
pure  games  physics  emotion  evocation  play  simulation  expressionism 
october 2008 by infovore
Chris Morris: Massive bosons blew my unit | Science | The Guardian
"These concepts are not complicated by Cern standards. We are entering a zone which is weaponised to boggle."
cern  cms  guardian  physics  chrismorris  lhc 
september 2008 by infovore
Puzzle games - Boombot - Walkthrough, comments and more Free Web Games at
You're a little robot. You're also indestructible. Use bombs to bounce yourself around the level, but don't run out. Lovely little flash game.
flash  games  physics  explosions  fun 
august 2008 by infovore
Versus CluClu Land: I Pay Tribute to the Master Chief
"I've heard that Japanese developers, who have traditionally held American game development in low esteem, have a great deal of respect for Bungie, and you can understand why. Bungie has done for shooters what Nintendo did for platformers: they've turned the visceral joys control and motion into the centerpiece of the game."
bungie  halo  games  interaction  physics  motion  control  embodiment 
august 2008 by infovore
I-Fluid - Accueil
"In I-Fluid you will experience our everyday life from the eyes of…a drop of water!" Stunningly beautiful physics-oriented Windows puzzle game. Makes me want to buy a PC right now.
water  game  play  games  physics  simulation  droplet 
july 2008 by infovore
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Physical Theories as Women
"Cosmology is the girl that doesn't really date, but has lots of hot friends. Some people date cosmology just to hang out with her friends." Link of the day, no question. Funny, and just-right-enough to make it funnier.
physics  list  analogy  mcsweenys  humour 
july 2008 by infovore
IndestructoTank A.E. | Armor Games
Awesome: you're a tank. You can't die, but you are the weapon - so you ricochet around the screen from explosions trying to bump into enemies. As you level up, you increase the *number of enemies* which makes big combos easier. Silly, addictive, fun.
arcade  game  physics  flash  combo  chain  beautiful  explosion 
july 2008 by infovore
OE-CAKE! - Experiential Software Based on OctaveEngine Casual - Prometech Software
"OE-CAKE! is demonstration software for 2D-based multi-physics simulation.
In a way similar to drawing images using paint software, users create objects and can see them move according to the laws of physics. "
play  software  physics  graphics  via:blackbeltjones 
may 2008 by infovore
Space Kitteh
Lovely; as leonardr says, a "2D Super Mario Galaxy". Hop around planetoids rescuing kittens. Ace!
physics  flash  casual  games  play 
february 2008 by infovore
collision detection: The roundest objects ever built by hand
"The most perfectly round objects ever made by humanity, flying through the void on one of the purest scientific quests ever." Wow.
science  space  physics  experiment  spacetime  wow 
may 2007 by infovore
NoLimits Roller Coaster Simulation - The Ultimate Roller Coasters Simulator for PC and Mac
NoLimits is a rollercoaster simulator. It looks awfully fun - especially the track designer
games  play  simulation  physics  rollercoaster 
february 2007 by infovore
The 3 steps
A talk by Matt Webb from Reboot7 - he referenced it in his playsh talk, and it's very much worth going over again.
programming  physics  computerscience  objects 
march 2006 by infovore

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