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February 7, 2006 By R. LeFeuvre

So I stumbled upon greatness today...

Long ago there was a contest for which the entrants needed to submit a depiction of "robotfindskitten." The details of this contest are not important (and can be found elsewhere) although it should be told that most entries (2 out of 3) were images of a robots annihilating kittens.

BUT! We care not of these lost images (okay, maybe we care a bit... but that's not important right now.)

One person, Leonard Richardson, wrote a DOS program as his submission. This "zen simulation" (as he calls) it went mostly unnoticed for a couple years until he decided to rewrite it for Linux. Under GPL, of course.

In this game, you are robot (#). Your job is to find kitten. This task is complicated by the existence of various things which are not kitten. Robot must touch items to determine if they are kitten or not. The game ends when robotfindskitten. Alternatively you can end the game by pressing esc.

"And then came a PalmOS port. And then a CGI. And then Dreamcast. And then GameBoy. And then someone wrote robotfindskitten for an empty pop can... you get the idea"

robotfindskitten has just recently been ported to the PSP.

Amiga:

Dreamcast:

Spectum:

Palm OS:

GBA:

PSP:

Atari 7800:

And many more! robotfindskitten.org

You found kitten!
♥♥
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Way to go, robot!

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#1 hobbie Feb 7, 2006 05:03am

Some people have too much time on their hands.

#2 R. LeFeuvre Feb 7, 2006 05:39am

I think you over-estimate the complexity that is robotfindskitten.

It is blasphemous to do this.

Unless you mean me :(

#3 hobbie Feb 7, 2006 06:03am

No, I think it's cool that you showed me this waste of timeproject.

Though I will admit, I couldn't make something like this in a hundred years.

#4 Hockeypuck Feb 9, 2006 06:39am

I'm gonna make one for the TI-86. Go TI-Basic!

#5 Oogedaboo Feb 13, 2006 04:25pm

I am in lurve.

TI-86 BASIC won't work on the TI-89, though, will it? :/

#6 SirMuffinMan Feb 13, 2006 05:03pm

There's nostalgia and then there's just silliness. Guess which one this is!

#7 R. LeFeuvre Feb 13, 2006 06:31pm

Uh oh. I think I know.

HEY WAITAMINITE! Who invited Sensibility to my irrational party!?

#8 SirMuffinMan Feb 14, 2006 01:19am

R. LeFeuvre wrote:
Uh oh. I think I know.

HEY WAITAMINITE! Who invited Sensibility to my irrational party!?


Don't ask me, it arrived with Jane Austen.

#9 jt-3d Feb 15, 2006 07:55am

No C=64 version? What the hell is wrong with programmers these days? Still, shear genius.

EDIT: I see there is a 64 version. I thought I was going to have to hack one up myself there for a minute and that would not have been pretty. whew

#10 Hockeypuck Feb 15, 2006 10:05pm

Oogedaboo wrote:
I am in lurve.

TI-86 BASIC won't work on the TI-89, though, will it? :/

Not likely, but it might be possible to figure out what it's doing well enough to port it.