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Darwin, a Game of Survival of the Fittest Among Programs (1971) [pdf] (corewar.co.uk)
43 points by pmoriarty 30 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 6 comments

I am working on a modern take of this for mobile. Programs are drag and drop assembly and wiring of ship modules to construct a space ship for multiplayer combat. Destructible dataflow graphs if you will. Check it out https://corepox.net/

I was supposed to open if for early alpha for Android this week but it's stuck in app review. Coming very soon though. A trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4p-UTIW8jc

Looks super cool! Consider a different name suffix than "-pox", which will be associated with diseases like small pox. Maybe -blox, -tox or -hax?

I always wondered if there was enough unsecured/vulnerable endpoints in the internet to provide enough compute "resources" for some sort of replicating script to survive. I guess botnets come closest.

Thats not just the closest.. aren’t botnets/worms exactly what you’re asking for? (Plus some extra functionality)

Watching a variation of this (Tierra) run on a Mac is just magical: https://github.com/smfr/mactierra

Looks like a hardware version of Core Wars using Redcode (1984).


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