Symmetry, Part 2

In the last post, I talked a little about adjustments I’d made to make symmetry more common. Before finalizing code changes that will affect creature evolution, I try to generate populations of creatures with those changes and then score them, alongside (and in comparison to) creatures who evolved without code Read more…

Symmetry

The past few weeks I’ve been looking into why creatures in the game exhibit less symmetry than real creatures do in nature. As a bit of advance warning, this is something I am still working on, so unfortunately this blog is going to end not with an answer to the Read more…

Avoiding Unintended Consequences

The past few weeks I’ve been focusing on improving creature physiology. The basic implementation of creature bodies is finished, but they have a surprising sensitivity to the parameters of their environment and to how evolution is implemented in code. As an example, a few months ago, I adjusted the drag Read more…

Ecosystem Will Continue

A Look Back at the Kickstarter Campaign You have probably seen by now that the Kickstarter campaign for Ecosystem didn’t make it, though it came tantalizingly close, at a full 88% of the funding goal. Kickstarter has gotten a lot more difficult since I ran the Enemy campaign. In 2013, Read more…

The Technology Behind Ecosystem

Hello everyone! For this update, I thought I would cover a little of how things work underneath the hood. I want to ensure that the simulation of evolution and animal life in the game has a lot of depth, and I thought this brief look might help to give a Read more…

Q&A: AI and Traits

For this update, I thought I would cover a few more of the questions I’ve received from interested people in other parts of the internet. 1. How does the AI work? Can creatures make emotional bonds with each other? There are two layers to creature AI. At the lowest level, Read more…