Tetris Printer Algorithm: 8-Bit-Bilder mit Tetris malen

YouTube: Tetris Printer Algorithm (via Hacker News)

Michael Birken hat einen Algorithmus ausgetüftelt, mit dem ein Computer beim Tetris spielen beliebige Bilder erzeugen kann. Wie das genau funktioniert hat er ausführlich aufgeschrieben – mir ist schon beim Überfliegen schwindlig geworden. Aber das Video ist toll.

By rotating, positioning and dropping a predetermined sequence of pieces, the Tetris Printer Algorithm exploits the mechanics of Tetris to generate arbitrary bitmap images.The algorithm converts pixels from a source image into squares in the Tetris playfield, one row at a time from the bottom up. To generate an individual square, the algorithm assembles a structure consisting of a rectangular region fully supported by a single square protruding from the bottom. When the rectangular region is completed, its rows are cleared, leaving behind the protruding square. Three examples of the process appear below…

Mit der Gitarre Emails schreiben


YouTube: Email Guitar (via Waxy)

David Neevel kann mit seiner Gitarre Emails schreiben. Wie seine Arduino-Bastelei funktioniert erklärt er hier.

WK recently allowed me some time to tackle a problem that plagues workers everywhere whether they are working in advertising or some other job that involves a lot of email typing. I’m talking about the problem of not being able to devote enough time practicing shredding the guitar. The solution of hooking a guitar up so that you could use it like a computer keyboard had been in my head for a few years and it was a real joy to get to follow through on it.

Donkey Kong: Pauline Edition – Vater moddet Game für Tochter

YouTube: Donkey Kong: Pauline Edition

Schöne Geschichte, passend zur ersten Episode von “Tropes vs Women in Video Games”: Ein dreijähriges Mädchen zockt Donkey Kong und versteht nicht, warum sie nicht Prinzessin Peach spielen und Mario retten kann. Daraufhin moddet ihr Vater das Game für sie. Als nächstes Spiel empfehle ich Gender-Bender Zelda. [Update: Gender-Patch als Download (.zip)]

My three year old daughter and I play a lot of old games together. Her favorite is Donkey Kong. Two days ago, she asked me if she could play as the girl and save Mario. She’s played as Peach in Super Mario Bros. 2 and naturally just assumed she could do the same in Donkey Kong. I told her we couldn’t in that particular Mario game, she seemed really bummed out by that. So what else am I supposed to do? Now I’m up at midnight hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline. I’m using the 2010 NES Donkey Kong ROM. I’ve redrawn Mario’s frames and I swapped the palettes in the ROM. I replaced the M at the top with a P for Pauline. Thanks to Kevin Wilson for giving me the lead on the tools and advice.

(via @Brinstar)