Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fancy Backgrounds and Mating Probabilities

Through the magic of public domain images, I've found a few good background photos for the game (better than my horrible programmer art). It seems like a small change, but it makes the game look much nicer. I've also been improving the mating probability calculations. Each worm has a mating delay, set after birth or mating, that needs to count down to zero before another mating chance is available. Tuning the probability of mating to be balanced for small populations of ugly worms and large populations of charming worms is difficult. Here is a screenshot with a fancy background image (credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce):

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