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Martin Kelner's Scissors Paper Stone
AuthorGuesser
FilenameMKSPS.zip
Year2008
Position13
FormatZX Spectrum +2A/+3
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DescriptionClearly the Rock, Paper, Scissors season has returned with a vengence, and I've been caught napping. Everyone out there has been playing the game except me. Companies have been set up advertising various clothing and merchandise, international "RPS" organisations rivalling UNESCO in manpower are vying for my attention via Google ads. I can only think it's some part of a massive, sinister global conspiracy. But as for this game, it wallows deeply in the murky depths of defunct Local Radio fun and games. You'll no doubt chuckle with glee at a transcription that was once amusing to someone at some time in the past, as they sat in their Yorkshire home, drinking a nice cup of cocoa on a Friday night, wearing one of those large slippers that fits snugly over both feet at once. Can this level of entertainment survive the format transition to an eight-bit game with all the humourous nuances intact? Well, there certainly is something "funny" in there, but I think I need time for the finer elements of this game's cerebral gags to infiltrate my mind, and then no doubt I will be converted to the "Scissors, Paper, Stone" cause forever! Nice intro animation makes use of the ramdisk. Guesser has thoughtfully provided a downloadable cassette inlay. Have your inkjet printers at the ready, and topped up with black ink.
CommentsThis game is crap on so many levels, it's frightening. First of all, the spectre of local radio late night shenanigans is let loose into the CSSCGC which is bound to "hit the ground running" when it comes to crap achievements. It's an almost surreal translation of something that was perhaps lost in translation even in the original format and a seriously stale joke to boot. The hand animation at the beginning (presumably the element which requires the +2A/+3 hardware) is just awesome, being even too funky for Gaz Top. A well deserved high crapness score, and a Radio Leeds car sticker and balloon to Guesser!

Turing Test Simulator
AuthorGuesser
FilenameTuring_test_Simulator.TAP
Year2008
Position115
FormatZX Spectrum 16K
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Description"I propose to consider the question 'Can machines think?'" so began Alan Turing's seminal 1950 paper on machine intelligence. Back then, Turing predicted that machines would eventually be able to pass his eponymous test. According to Wikipedia, he estimated that by the year 2000, machines with 10^9 bits (approximately 120 megabytes) of memory would be able to fool thirty per cent of human judges in a five-minute test.

Today we are able to find out if Turing's expectations were exceeded by determining if a machine in the year 1982 with 16 Kilobytes of RAM could also pass the test. The question is:- can you be fooled into thinking the program's responses are indistinguishable from those of a human being?

Guesser notes:- "if you can get it to load and run you're doing well, the loader doesn't auto run so it will load the game instead. if you want to see the loading screen (lots of colour clash for no reason) you'll have to load the tape again and RUN :)"

Because of this issue, I made a snapshot of the program for the crap game arcade with it already loaded and ready to play and also grabbed the loading screen for this page.

CommentsThe first thing that struck me about this title was the multicoloured loading screen, which on the one hand looks great and really colourful due to stippling effects, yet on the other hand looks somewhat corrupted in places. I'm guessing (no pun intended) that this is the result of automatically converting it from another graphics format. As for the "Turing test" itself, a look "under the bonnet" of the code will reveal that the program is not that bright, randomly spitting out a few everyday responses. However, you may say it comfortably passes the Turing Test because I think I know some people who can be mimicked flawlessly by this title.


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