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17:32:23: * verpeteren is away: I'm busy
17:42:08: <bvowk_> hrm.
18:19:01: <impomatic> Yay! I've tracked down someone who remembers the Robot Arena programming game for the RM380Z (~1983) and might still have a copy :-D
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20:07:48: <bvowk_> hrm.
20:12:06: <impomatic> Hi Bvowk_
20:30:56: <bvowk_> how's it going?
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22:39:17: <impomatic> Okay, asking for someone else...
22:40:28: <impomatic> How could Core War be made user friendly, particularly in a mobile version without changing the game too much?
22:47:10: <Doxin> impomatic: the typing seems like an issue on mobile
22:47:28: <Doxin> impomatic: a good IDE with proper suggestions on what to type might be useful
22:49:06: <impomatic> And an on-screen keyboard with all the correct symbols available
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22:49:14: <Doxin> pretty much, yeah
22:49:41: <Doxin> corewars is pretty limited in what it allows, so a custom input method would work wonders I'd think
22:54:01: <impomatic> If you had to change Core War a bit to make it a more mobile friendly, what would you change?
22:55:39: <impomatic> A drag-and-drop flowchart and icon based programming language would be a step too far in my opinion (like Carnage Heart https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/3f/CarnageHeartSoftware.PNG/220px-CarnageHeartSoftware.PNG )
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22:58:28: <Doxin> impomatic: a graphical language is an interesting option, but I'm not entirely sure how well it'd work with corewars
22:59:07: <Doxin> impomatic: and I'm entirely unsure about what to change about corewars itself to make it more friendly
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23:05:11: <impomatic> Maybe have a function to insert some generic common components. E.g. a d-clear or an imp launcher.
23:05:56: <impomatic> And have the parser automatically position the editor to where any compile errors are.
23:11:33: <Doxin> I'm not sure about the premade components
23:11:42: <Doxin> seems to me half the fun of the game is inventing those
23:11:52: <Doxin> highlighting errors is a must
23:14:39: <impomatic> There used to be an iPad Core War app made by Hoy Moon, but I can't find it now.
23:23:23: <Doxin> hmm
23:23:44: <Doxin> also an easy to read debugger is a must
23:25:49: <Doxin> impomatic: I'm not sure if a mobile device has enough screen real estate to make this a not-pain in the arse
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