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Who says video games can’t teach you anything? This video demonstrates the many-worlds theory of quantum physics by using a hacked, super-difficult version of Super Mario World called Kaizo Mario World, and a customized emulator to overlay 134 different playthroughs of a single level. It’s really quite an enjoyably fascinating little bit of footage, and the write-up that goes along with it is definitely worth a read to see the inspiration behind the experiment. Science, art, and fun, all rolled into one package. Ebert, eat your heart out.
Valve Software, those brave creators of Half-Life and it’s assorted progeny, are bringing you one of the weirdest puzzle games ever made. Initially a student project at game dev college DigiPen, a fifteen minute demo was all the big boys needed to see to give this one the green light. Portal’s basic concept is simple; you have a wormhole gun, and you need to use it to progress through the level. First, you shoot yourself an entrance, then you shoot an exit. It’s a one of those easily explained concepts that allow for brain-breaking puzzles to be built around it. This month, Wired have been kind enough to present a little visual guide to the concept, giving examples of how the portal gun can be used and abused to manipulate your environment. PErsonally, I’d like to see this blown up to poster size, but that’s just me.