9/29/2010

Sandbox for the big boys. Well, pubescent boys.

Allright. This game has been the SHIT back when I was in that highschool in America. Like EVERYBODY was playing it in lunch hour and study hall and free periods. Mostly because it didnt exactly count as a game, but as a simulation? Whatever, it wasnt blocked by the school proxy server so we didnt care. We took any diversion. And boy, did we take it.
So what is this "game" I talk of? As I mentioned, it's more a simulation. It is a sandbox simulation and I mean that as literary as possible because man, no pile of code ever deserved the title "sandbox" as much as this one.
It's got the mysterious name "Dust" and You get to play with a wide arrange of toys, beginning from actual sand, over to seeds, up to high explosives and fireworks. All those fun things your mommy always took away when you were in an actual sandbox. Except for the sand, of course. Sand is still just sand.
While the graphics are ridicously simple, no music or sound effects present (thats why everybody who plays this game sits there going "BOOOOM! PSSSSHHHH! KAPOOOOOW!") the physics of this game are actually quite good: something explodes or burns, it creates heat, things move away from it due to expanding air. Everything gets whirled around, more things get to the heat source and catch fire... well you get my point.
Fireworks, Oil and Gundpowder raining down on a concrete bunker with a permanently lit fuse in the middle. Gee, that's not at all dangerous, right?

This was bound to happen.

Whoops.

You can clearly see the particle movement and heat simulation, indicated by the red, green and blue background.
But now, since "Dust" isnt a real... game and all, and you don't have a goal, why is it fun? Or is it fun at all? Well... Yes. It is fun. It's not going to take you through that class you despise but had to take because you needed the credit in which you now sit in the very back row with your netbook and pretend to be "working". At least it's not going to last all semester, no. But a little diversion on the side? Perfect. I mean seriously, look at the screenshot. You see the kind of shit you get to play around with? Don't you wanna rub each and every fucking element of this game in your face? Fuck, I havent even figured the shit out of some of them. For example the fuck is "soapy"? (And I love the abbreviation "F-Works" btw...) there's tons and tons of ridicolous amounts of things there. I mean, they don't behave realisticly in most cases but who gives a rat's ass. But come on, you can't tell me that the grenades in real life bounce off of walls like they do in Call of Duty 4, right?
Whatever folks. Imma build huge sky scrapers of stone and watch them tumble from the blast of a c4 explosion.
Hehehe.

33 comments:

  1. i remember sand games :)

    so simple yet so entertaining

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  2. Hmm, I never even heard of it.. kind of a cool simulation type though. I grew up in the Oregan Trail era, lol

    Supportin'!

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  3. I've spent hours playing around with this before; lotsa fun :x

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  4. I am like GamestarrArts, grew up with Oregan-you-lost-5-bison-crossing-the-stream-Trail and Number Muncher. This sand game appears to be worth a try, I will check it out.

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  5. Tanks a lot, awesome game!!

    i just make everything blow up and burn.

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  6. Tanks for the sharing ! I love it ...

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  7. Can't wait to try this on my lunch break, thanks.

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  8. dang, this is superb! wanna play now!

    smoochies n' poopies! :*

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  9. Wow, thats pretty sweet. Thanks for the suggestion. Even simulated explosions are awesome.

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  10. probably gonna play this in my next class

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  11. That looks really cool; always good to see the cool classic games we used to play back in the day.

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  12. You should check out minecraft. its so addicting

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  13. I got sand in my vagina now, thanks a lot...

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  14. lol I had fun going and playing it again

    anyways, Im done with my book review

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  15. very nice blog
    i like your post!
    supportin & follow you ;)

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  16. hmmm...it's weird i never heard of this game...
    i like your blog keep up the work bro
    supporting and following~

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  17. Yesss I've played this game before, it's such a time consumer but it's really fun!

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  18. Oh man, I miss playing this. Wasted so much time playing it back in the day lol

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  19. Yes... I loved this game. Me and my girlfriend would get ants to build entire mazes out of whatever and then we'd try to destroy it.

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  20. I've never seen this game, we used to play organ trail at my school.

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  21. This actually takes quite a bit of memory to run.

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  22. Just what I needed, another tool to procrastinate with! Lol, looks fun though.

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  23. Looks pretty cool, never heard of it before

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