I have a little challenge for you lot. I've written a small browser-based game where two players have to conquer a pristine white board by painting the tiles in either red or blue. You can view it here. The important detail is that you're not expected to play it. The game plays itself by asking the Red and Blue AIs for the moves they wish to make, and you only get to watch two artificial intelligences duke it out on a virtual board.
Oh, and you can write your own AIs, upload them to a web server somewhere, and paste their URL in the Red AI or Blue AI boxes, to see how they fare against mine (or others which might be posted in this thread). I've posted a GitHub project that contains the PHP code for my AIs, along with a README that explains how you can implement it in other languages. And you could also read the relevant blog post for the game.
Looking forward to seeing your Artificial Intelligence masterworks.
I've recently organized a small contest over at my blog (link). The point is to solve a simple probability problem to win a €40/$50 gift card on Amazon...
I've spread the word, and the web analytics tell me that lots of people are reading that post... but not responding. And I'm having trouble determining whether it's because they don't care (c'mon, people, $50!) or because the question is too hard.
Are people really that bad when dealing with probabilities? Or am I just that uninteresting?
I've uploaded a quick design mock-up for my current web project, you can look at it here. The project is a web site that allows programmers to share snippets and tutorials, and ask quick technical questions and receive answers—as well as the ability for small middleware projects to use the website as a documentation, community and feedback tool for a small fee.
Right now, I'm looking for feedback on the design. What I linked above is the home page. "List" pages (such as tagged pages or search results) will have the same layout but different contents in some of the boxes. "Content" pages (such as snippets, tutorials, questions) will have a similar left column and their contents in the right column. "Contribution" pages will have a two-column layout with meta-information and controls in the left column, and the content form in the right column.
Do you consider it visually pleasing, and easy to navigate? I'm particularly afraid of presenting uses with overwhelming amounts of information.
Check out this youtube video—this will be faster than reading an explanation of what kind of art style I want to discuss.
Have there been efforts to develop games with this kind of graphical effects? Are there known file formats that would support this kind of endless modification?