Working calculator made in Little Big Planet, a PS3 sandbox game

This is sort of intense: a beta tester for the soon-to-launch PlayStation 3 game Little Big Planet has created a working 8-bit calculator inside the physics-and-apparently-logic simulator. Because there are basic electronics simulations in LBP, the creator “Upsilandre” reminds that this is an electronic calculator, not simpply a mechanical one, using 610 magnetic switches, 500 Wires, 430 pistons, 70 emitters — all simulated in game.

[via Technabob via NOTCOT]

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12 Responses to Working calculator made in Little Big Planet, a PS3 sandbox game

  1. bardfinn says:

    I wish to see the calculations they used to compensate for mechanical (processor-speed) lash.

  2. Anonymous says:

    That is seriously impressive. He’s just made ENIAC. Next stop,multiplication and division. I wonder if you can create NAND gates.

  3. eustace says:

    Will there soon be a LBP level that will run Doom?

  4. FutureNerd says:

    OMG this was my fantasy when I was 11.

  5. bardfinn says:

    Bugs @5:

    Given that someone’s made a Turing-complete digital computer implementation in the Game of Life, I cannot help but be confident that it is merely a matter of time before someone makes a Turing-complete machine within this sandbox.

    However, as always, any simulation involves a tradeoff of space, time, or accuracy – pick any two you like.

  6. royaltrux says:

    Holy Crap, that is seriously impressive.

  7. dculberson says:

    Awesome! Now he just needs to make it for real. ;-)

  8. chromal says:

    Wheels within wheels, or something. Very cool. Virtual tinkertoy calculator!

  9. shutz says:

    If we can get that out of the beta, what are we going to get out of the final game?

    Make me an NES emulator, please.

  10. Agent 86 says:

    resistors, all the way down

  11. Bugs says:

    Pah, I remain unimpressed.

    Call me when they’ve built an in-game computer that can run another copy of Little Big Planet.

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