Intelligent Design, the Game — Free Fire Zone

At last, dear reader, what you’ve been waiting for your entire life is now availabe. All you have to do is click on this link: Intelligent Design: An Evolutionary Sandbox, to learn about “An abstract god game with fully simulated genetics and evolution.” According to the developer’s website:

In a universe driven by targets, a faceless corporation employs you to create an evolving ecosystem you can never hope to control…

Intelligent Design: An Evolutionary Sandbox is a god game with fully simulated genetics and evolution. Create species of plants, herbivores and carnivores and try to control the ever evolving ecosystem. Design and create genetically modified organisms, but remember when you start tampering with genetics it is hard to undo your mistakes…

Here’s their list of the game’s features:

• Fully modeled artificial life with genetics and AI

• Genetic crossover through breeding

• Genetic mutation caused by radiation

• A climate model which tests the robustness of your plants and is effected by the ecosystem you design

• Invest in genetics research to unlock new abilities

• All of the data collected during your game is exported to xml for you to analyse

• Steam achievements and leaderboards

And here’s the best news — the price:

Available on Steam for Linux and PC for $6.99/£4.99/€6.99

Because this news is so mind-boggling, we’re declaring an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You wanna talk about Trump? Go ahead. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

The comments are open, dear reader. Have at it.

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8 responses to “Intelligent Design, the Game — Free Fire Zone

  1. I would expect the game could have only one outcome, that being that any resulting life for must have been created by an intelligent designer, in this case the game player (acting as god) and every other factor is irrelevant.

  2. Can I create an army of Daleks?

  3. Actually, the game does not appear to grasp the essence of Intelligent Design ‘theory’–which is the teleological fallacy.

    To properly mimic ID claims, the program should start with a balanced ecosystem of simulated living organisms and then challenge the player to create the initial conditions which, after a process of simulated and accelerated evolution, result in that target world. The player then finds it is virtually impossible to create those initial conditions by guesswork and thereby concludes only a supernatural Intelligent Designer could have done so, quod erat demonstrandum.

    Sure, such a game would just be a bit of pseudo-scientific onanism–but hey, that’s the essence of ID!

  4. Ceteris Paribus

    “Intelligent Design: An Evolutionary Sandbox is a god game…”

    Ya, sure, something fun to give the creationists to play with during their idol [sic] moments. And priced at only $6.99/£4.99/€6.99!

    But what is the cost to upgrade to the ultimate “Metaphysical Version 0.1”, where they can also ponder who designed their Intelligent Designer?

  5. Jill Smith

    Trump election team member Sam Clovis has been appointed top scientist at the USDA. Does he have a science degree, even a terrible science degree from Hicksville Bible U? No. Does he have tons of relevant farming exerience? No, but he’s been a radio talk show host and he hates clean water with a passion. And while he had initial worries about Trump’s sexual morality, he gazed into his eyes and realized he was the presence of a God-fearing man.

  6. docbill1351

    Can I create an army of Daleks?

    Yes, and invade me on the Planet of Stairs!

  7. Turn off the irony meter now:
    Here is William Dembski on the critics of ID:

    ” It is amazing what you can refute when you deliberately refuse to understand something. “

    And this is what he said about ID’s legal strategy:
    “Though design theorists believe Darwinism is dead wrong, unlike the creationist movement of the 1980’s, they do not try to win a place for their views by taking to the courts.”
    Ok, granted that was 9 years before the Dover trial, but still..

    No wonder it was published on April Fools.

  8. Ross Cameron

    Religious apologists always remind me of lawyers–streeeeeeeeeetching the truth to win a point.