Indeed. Not only is it fun and encougages competition, but I think it is also a path towards providing insight into many evo sim where we have hit roadblocks - more environmental diversity, preditor based selection favoring mutations over hand coded bots, etc. For example, Preditor7 has killed off Preditor8. Preditor7 mutates. Preditor8 does not...
I'am not sure about the Preditor7 killing of Preditor8, when I introduced the bot multiply, preditor's population was already something of a few houndreds, smaller then it was but when multiply was trying to conquer other sims(it population even rose higher then preditor7), it fell down to almost nothing. So maybe the extra competion from multiply brought it totally down. But you'r probably right about mutations being better on a longer timescale.
Fun, I gues I've conquered numsgils sim, somehow there where 10 transfers from numsgil to me, of multiply in a short timescale(a few seconds).
And after that minute I don't see anything coming from Numsgil anytime. Huh how.
Are there any multiplys left in your sim. Are they surviving. I am wondering.
Is there a way to look at the population's of other sims. I gues in most sims the 'original' bot survives. But is there a way.
There where 6 sims (3 from EricL), so at least 4 different species. I only saw 2, mine, multiply and preditor7(well, preditor8 was there). So do you see all simulations population or only EricLs and your own or do you see the populations of all others too on the graphic. I never have seen any other serious populations.
I have ended my own sim now, let's see if it survives without it own sim.(or would it be still surviving in Numsgils )