[MUD-Dev] Algorithms for an Infinite Universe

Jp Calderone exarkun at flashmail.com
Mon Oct 11 14:45:12 New Zealand Daylight Time 1999


Quzah wrote:
> 
> From: Ola Fosheim Grøstad <olag at ifi.uio.no>
> Subject: [MUD-Dev] Algorithms for an Infinite Universe
> 
> > There's an article with the above title at:
> > http://www.gamasutra.com/features/19990917/infinite_01.htm
> >
> > The formal aspects seems to be missing, so it should be readable also for
> > the more pragmatic hobbyist. Pseudo random generated universes are of course
> > very suitable for MUDs with intelligent clients.
> 
> Is it just me, or is this guy totally, 100% wrong? I've
> tried both by following his explanation, and by just taking
> his code, to get his pesudo-random number generator to
> work, and it doesn't. He's wrong. Neither his explanation,
> nor his code, work as described. (Hell, his code just
> doesn't work.) You'd think that one would make sure the
> code actually worked before getting an article published!
> 
> A quick copy-paste into a text file and his pseudo-random
> generator returns all zeros for the random numbers. Sad.
> 
> Quzah.
> 

That is pretty sad.  I read the article, but didn't get as far
as trying any of his code.  

Don't dimiss Algorithmic play-space generation based on one
poor explanation of it though.  I'm working on a game now that
pretty much generates everything using the principle, and it is
working great so far.  With a /functioning/ prandom sequence
generator you can do great things, one of the neatest (imho)
being the fact that you can represent your entire game-space
as a single sequence-seed.

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