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(Kickstarter)   In 1987 my game, Designasaurus, was named Educational Game of the Year. For the 25th Anniversary Edition I'm upgrading it to 3D with herds of dinosaurs, flocks of pteranadons and hunting packs of T-Rex   (kickstarter.com) divider line 24
    More: Spiffy, educational game, Dinosaur Island, Designasaurus, T-Rex, herds, hunting packs  
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2012-10-31 03:36:29 PM
Jurassic Park: the video game.

Coming soon for X-Box and PS3.

Rated "T" for teens.
 
2012-10-31 03:37:42 PM
No, but in all seriousness, this might be something my son would love.

Either that, or something with robots in it.

...

OH MY GOD. ROBOT DINOSAUR GAME!!1!
 
2012-10-31 03:50:28 PM
What button do I push to get Jesus to ride the dinosaurs?
 
2012-10-31 04:14:25 PM
This?

media.pcgamer.com
 
2012-10-31 04:56:33 PM

xanadian: No, but in all seriousness, this might be something my son would love.

Either that, or something with robots in it.

...

OH MY GOD. ROBOT DINOSAUR GAME!!1!



When I taught programming (at a Big 10 university that shall remain nameless) I got a certain amount of cred from my students because they had played Designasaurus when they were kids. The last year I taught, the kids were too old to remember the game so I quite teaching (no, that's not right).

Anyway, yeah very popular with kids. Really looking forward to doing this and adding a lot of new features (including dino cam, naming the dinos, tracking them through their life cycles). Also, there's a whole ecological balance component.

Also, you'll be able to 'control' a dinosaur... so kind of a robo-T-Rex. 

Also, will be using my research in unsupervised machine learning for the AI.
 
2012-10-31 05:00:26 PM

Gordon Bennett: This?

[media.pcgamer.com image 610x307]


That was 'Designasaurus II' which I didn't write (and never got paid for licensing, either).

I did this one: www.emuparadise.me
 
2012-10-31 09:01:11 PM

zetar: Gordon Bennett: This?

[media.pcgamer.com image 610x307]

That was 'Designasaurus II' which I didn't write (and never got paid for licensing, either).

I did this one: [www.emuparadise.me image 340x256]


Ooooh, they didn't go and trademark/copyright the name on you, did they? That would suck balls. Even if they didn't, that's a f'in cold thing to do, stealing the name from you and then pumping out a "sequel". Damn.
 
2012-10-31 09:18:59 PM
I played Designasaurus on the Amiga 500 a month ago. It's my go to game for when trying to seal the deal with a vegetarian. "yeah, we'll be the brontosaurus!"
 
2012-10-31 09:23:22 PM

beeferdoo: I played Designasaurus on the Amiga 500 a month ago. It's my go to game for when trying to seal the deal with a vegetarian. "yeah, we'll be the brontosaurus!"


Wow! That is so cool. I didn't write the Amiga port (I did the original, MS DOS, Apple //e and IIGS. My buddy, Ed, did most of the Amiga work at our office.

In fact Ed did a hilarious series of cartoons about programming for the Amiga (it was a bit flaky).

I liked writing for the Atari ST.
 
2012-10-31 10:49:06 PM

zetar: Also, you'll be able to 'control' a dinosaur... so kind of a robo-T-Rex.


ROBO T-REX!!!!11!

cdnimg.visualizeus.com
 
2012-10-31 11:55:51 PM

zetar: beeferdoo: I played Designasaurus on the Amiga 500 a month ago. It's my go to game for when trying to seal the deal with a vegetarian. "yeah, we'll be the brontosaurus!"

Wow! That is so cool. I didn't write the Amiga port (I did the original, MS DOS, Apple //e and IIGS. My buddy, Ed, did most of the Amiga work at our office.

In fact Ed did a hilarious series of cartoons about programming for the Amiga (it was a bit flaky).

I liked writing for the Atari ST.


I'd be interested in seeing ed's series of cartoons. I am a fan of all things amiga. But, more importantly, kudos to you for creating a timeless game that I can play into my 30s!

Oh... crap. I guess maybe it wasn't so great at the woman thing for me...

No. Seriously, though. Played this game when I was 10, and still play it for fun and for the memories.
 
2012-11-01 08:32:49 AM

beeferdoo: zetar: beeferdoo: I played Designasaurus on the Amiga 500 a month ago. It's my go to game for when trying to seal the deal with a vegetarian. "yeah, we'll be the brontosaurus!"

Wow! That is so cool. I didn't write the Amiga port (I did the original, MS DOS, Apple //e and IIGS. My buddy, Ed, did most of the Amiga work at our office.

In fact Ed did a hilarious series of cartoons about programming for the Amiga (it was a bit flaky).

I liked writing for the Atari ST.

I'd be interested in seeing ed's series of cartoons. I am a fan of all things amiga. But, more importantly, kudos to you for creating a timeless game that I can play into my 30s!

Oh... crap. I guess maybe it wasn't so great at the woman thing for me...

No. Seriously, though. Played this game when I was 10, and still play it for fun and for the memories.


Well, we had a 3 man office (Ed, Andy and myself) and we did all the ports to all the different computers. So, I wrote for MS DOS, the Atari ST and the Mac. Andy wrote for the IIGS and later Windows. Ed wrote for the Amiga and also did the MS DOS port of UMS (our big wargame).

If you look at the Kickstarter video, Ed did the dinosaur animation.

Also, this is the trailer for a documentary that Ed and I did this year about the Rock Island Civil War prison: Rock Island Prison trailer.
 
2012-11-01 10:55:58 AM
The best educational game of all time is Frog Fractions!

Link
 
2012-11-01 11:18:22 AM
Do you have a port of the original game for windows/mac/linux somewhere? I'd more likely help you if I could see this gem of the past...

I was 7 in 87, and all I remember is boulderdash, q-bert, and number crunchers

/ok thats not ALL I remember
 
2012-11-01 11:27:47 AM
You should poke XKCD for a plug, he's a big dinosaur/science fan!
 
2012-11-01 12:13:56 PM
Subby this reminds me of a game i played when i was a kid. It was on DOS and you had to get out of a maze "out of time" to go find specific dinosaurs (and remember what time period they came from so you went to the right part of the maze) to "save" them so the world wouldn't forget them.

I loved dinosaurs since that moment. I think kids should get a chance to play with Dinosaurs in a unique way again beyond trying to shoot them in the face.

pinoytutorial.com

Despite how much shooting them in the face would be fun. I'm also struggling just out of grad school so i can pony up $15 now, $50 in a few weeks when i get paid.


I feel the need to note that this is the first kickstarted i have given cash to, so...

i.qkme.me
 
2012-11-01 01:25:48 PM

cup of tea: Do you have a port of the original game for windows/mac/linux somewhere? I'd more likely help you if I could see this gem of the past...

I was 7 in 87, and all I remember is boulderdash, q-bert, and number crunchers

/ok thats not ALL I remember


Also born in 80, and I remember playing the hell out of number crunchers on our IIGS. Learned my prime numbers from that game. Unfortunately I have no memory of designasaurus.
 
2012-11-01 04:07:34 PM

Farabor: You should poke XKCD for a plug, he's a big dinosaur/science fan!


How would I do that? You mean there's a farker with that nick?
 
2012-11-01 04:11:43 PM
As per request... here is an original screen shot (MS DOS... 4 COLORS!!111)

gilgameshcontrite.com
 
2012-11-01 04:13:35 PM

Expolaris: I feel the need to note that this is the first kickstarted i have given cash to, so...


Wow, thanks! That's a lot of pressure... but we feel up to the challenge.
 
2012-11-01 06:02:40 PM

zetar: As per request... here is an original screen shot (MS DOS... 4 COLORS!!111)

[gilgameshcontrite.com image 507x400]


That's not bad at all for CGA.
 
2012-11-01 06:06:41 PM

Gordon Bennett: zetar: As per request... here is an original screen shot (MS DOS... 4 COLORS!!111)

[gilgameshcontrite.com image 507x400]

That's not bad at all for CGA.


Actually it's a scan of the back of the box. But that was a photograph of an actual screen (you can see the screen distortion). I can't remember, but I think the screen shot was taken with a Polaroid, too.

Anyway, yeah, CGA! I also did a game in 640 x 200 x 2 resolution.
 
2012-11-01 11:04:21 PM

zetar: Farabor: You should poke XKCD for a plug, he's a big dinosaur/science fan!

How would I do that? You mean there's a farker with that nick?


Go to xkcd.com ...it's a webcomic, with frequent references to dinosaurs. Probably go to the fora there would be best, forums.xkcd.com
 
2012-11-02 07:17:21 AM

Farabor: Go to xkcd.com


Thanks for the lead. Yeah, I forgot about the dinosaur comix.
 
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