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Human Resource Machine: AKA Programming Simulator 2015
« on: November 01, 2015, 02:59:06 AM »
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Human Resource Machine is a game about coding your character in an office building to move boxes with numbers on them form the INBOX to the OUTBOX. Easy, right?

WRONG.

There are 11 different functions in the game, not including comments and labels. These are enough to simulate an entire programming language/computer... ON YOUR COMPUTER! Amazing isn't it?

After playing for several hours and getting frustrated at the lack of high-level programming language features (like for/while loops, multiplication, division, MODULO), I now respect early progammers that had to use machine code/assembly language/something a tiny more advanced.

Here's an example of the hacks that you need to do here:

There is a level where you have to code a program that outputs all of the numbers less than the input all the way to 0.

In-Game:
Code: [Select]
-- HUMAN RESOURCE MACHINE PROGRAM --

a:
    INBOX   
    JUMPN    c
    JUMPZ    f
b:
    COPYTO   0
    OUTBOX 
    BUMPDN   0
    JUMPZ    e
    JUMP     b
c:
d:
    COPYTO   0
    OUTBOX 
    BUMPUP   0
    JUMPZ    g
    JUMP     d
e:
f:
g:
    OUTBOX 
    JUMP     a

There's most likely a way to translate it to a different programming language, but I'm to tired to deal with the JUMP functions.
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Ionasal kkll Solciel

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Re: Human Resource Machine: AKA Programming Simulator 2015
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2015, 09:53:53 AM »
It gets worse.

Later, they add registers, allowing you to pull from a spot defined by another number in memory.

Try determining how many of a certain item is already registered in memory.

Try alphabetizing two word strings, sending out the one that's first alphabetically:

Code: [Select]
-- HUMAN RESOURCE MACHINE PROGRAM --

    COPYFROM 23     //Creates string start pointers
    COPYTO   21
    COPYFROM 24
    COPYTO   22
a:
    INBOX                   //Copies first string to line
    COPYTO   [23]
    JUMPZ    b
    BUMPUP   23
    JUMP     a
b:
c:
    INBOX                   //Copies second string to line
    COPYTO   [24]
    JUMPZ    d
    BUMPUP   24
    JUMP     c
d:
    COPYFROM 21     //Resets pointers for search
    COPYTO   23
    COPYFROM 22
    COPYTO   24
e:
    COPYFROM [24]   //Checks for strings ending
    JUMPZ    j
    COPYFROM [23]
    JUMPZ    g
    SUB      [24]            //Compares letters
    JUMPZ    f
    JUMPN    i
    JUMP     l
f:
    BUMPUP   23           //Increases pointers
    BUMPUP   24
    JUMP     e
g:
h:
i:
    COPYFROM [21]       //Sends first string
    JUMPZ    m
    OUTBOX 
    BUMPUP   21
    JUMP     h
j:
k:
l:
    COPYFROM [22]         //Sends second string
    JUMPZ    n
    OUTBOX 
    BUMPUP   22
    JUMP     k
m:
n:

It's a thing.
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