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LIFE FORMS is an enhanced version of the "Game of Life," developed by mathematician John Conway. The program creates a video pattern that evolves like biological cells, according to a certain growth rate. Many features have been added to Conway's simple game, including eight extra growth rules for producing whole new families of screen images. LIFE FORMS is simple to use, with lots of on-screen help and self- explanatory menus. The "life forms" that you create can be stored, retrieved, edited, and deleted. More than 100 life patterns are supplied on the program disk, with room for 240 in all. You can "capture a specimen from the zoo," or design a life form according to your own specifications. Control many factors that influence the growth cycle: complexity of development, species, pigmentation, habitat and original seed shape. There is a library of seed patterns which have been specifically chosen for the interesting results that they tend to produce. Choose one of these, edit it or devise your own seed form. As your life form starts to grow, control how fast each growth step is displayed on the screen and even pause your life form's development.
Disk No 802 Program Title: LIFE FORMS PC-SIG version 1 LIFE FORMS is an excellent version of the game of life developed by the mathematician John Conway. The LIFE FORM program creates video patterns that evolve like biological cells, according to a certain growth rate. This program takes Conway's simple game and adds many additional features, including eight extra different growth rules for producing whole new families of screen images. The images are extremely colorful and interesting to watch, especially on an EGA monitor! This program is extremely simple to use, with lots of on-screen help and self explanatory menus. The "life forms" that you create can be stored, retrieved, edited, and deleted (killed). More than 100 life patterns are supplied on the program disk, with room for 240 in all. You can "capture a specimen from the zoo" or you can design a life form according to your own specifications. You can control many factors that influence the growth cycle: complexity of development, species of the life form, its pigmentation (color), habitat, and its original seed shape. There is a library of seed patterns stored on disk, which have been specifically chosen for the interesting results that they tend to produce. You can choose one of these, edit them, or devise your own seed form. If you need help, you can always view the parameters for each of the life forms that are supplied on this disk. As your LIFE FORM starts growing, you can control how fast each growth step is displayed on the screen and you can even pause your life form's development. Most of the weak species will "die" almost as soon as they begin, but these species often produce more interesting patterns if you can coax them to life. After viewing a newly created LIFE FORM, you can always go back to change certain patterns to see what developments take place. LIFE FORMS requires an IBM PC or compatible with 128K memory, one disk drive, color graphics adapter, color monitor, and DOS 2.0 or later (version 2.1 for the PCjr). If you want your chance to be creative and see how computer life-forms evolve, this is it! Usage: Entertainment System Requirements: 128K of memory and a color graphics adapter. How to Start: Type GO (press enter) Suggested Registration: $15, includes full documentation, the most recent program update, plus a year's question and answer support by mail. File Descriptions: CONFIG SYS Configuration file with buffers to speed file access. AUTOEXEC BAT Batch file that starts program upon boot-up. ZOOLIFES RND Data file for LIFEFORM parameters. SEEDS RND Data file for seed patterns. ZOONAMES SEQ Data file for LIFEFORM names. SEEDNUMS SEQ Data file containing type numbers for LIFEFORM seeds. LF-TITLE PIC Title picture that appears at start of program. LF-PAGES PIC Instruction pages enabling user to choose parameters. ED-PAGES PIC Instruction pages that appear in the editor program. LINK Holds system configuration data when switching programs. LIFEFORM EXE The main LIFEFORM generation program. EDITOR EXE Program to edit LIFEFORMS. READ ME Brief documentation. PC-SIG 1030D E Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1987 PC-SIG Inc.
╔═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ <<<< Disk #802 LIFEFORMS >>>> ║ ╠═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ To copy the documentation to your printer type: ║ ║ COPY READ.ME PRN (press enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ To start the program type LIFEFORM (press enter) ║ ╚═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
Volume in drive A has no label Directory of A:\ CONFIG SYS 12 7-03-85 11:11a AUTOEXEC BAT 25 7-03-85 11:12a ZOOLIFES RND 12544 1-01-80 2:11a SEEDS RND 13568 1-01-80 12:03a ZOONAMES SEQ 1152 1-01-80 2:10a SEEDNUMS SEQ 128 1-01-80 12:10a LF-TITLE PIC 2176 1-01-80 12:58a LF-PAGES PIC 14464 1-01-80 12:03a ED-PAGES PIC 14464 1-01-80 12:14a LINK 32 1-01-80 12:01a LIFEFORM EXE 38528 1-01-80 12:22a EDITOR EXE 34688 1-01-80 12:24a READ ME 6259 6-18-87 5:11p FILES802 TXT 3307 7-08-87 12:10a GO TXT 617 7-08-87 12:19a GO BAT 38 7-08-87 12:19a 16 file(s) 142002 bytes 12288 bytes free