Mixing Metaphors

Coding my way out of a paper bag

Conway's Game of Life

The Game of Life is playing below. Each cell lives or dies, depending on its eight neighbors.

  • Living cells: Survive, only if they had exactly two or three living neighbors.
  • Dead cells: Spring to life, only if they had exactly three living neighbors.

Beautiful patterns emerge from these simple rules.

Try painting some new life! Preserve your creation in a permalink, using the Save / Share button.

Painting
Red
Speed
120 BPM

When your Life becomes too spread out, Eraser the eges or Clear the board to zoom back in.

The rules for this cellular automaton were devised by mathematician John H. Conway in 1970. Read more about Conway’s Game of Life on Wikipedia.