Floys belong to the flocking Alife creatures variety, sharing with them the social tendency to stick together, and the lifelike emergent behavior which is based on a few simple, local rules. They differ from most other Alife flocking (Boids-type) implementations by being territorial animals that defend their territory against intruders.
Previous version of Floys
were written as Java applets. Game of Floys is a purely browser implemented version of the Floys alife program. It is written in DHTML and VML and does not require either Java or ActiveX. However, it does require MSIE 5.01 or later with the VML option installed (see VML Support
below). This version is more user friendly than its Java predecessors, and enables easier interactivity and experimentation.
Game of Floys requires the following:
- Windows OS
- Internet Explorer 5.01 (or higher) with VML option installed
- Screen resolution 1024x768 (or higher)
Game of Floys requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or later with the VML option installed.
Vector Graphics Rendering (VML) has been a component of IE since version 5.01. However, it is only installed on a "Typical" (Default) and a "Full" install of IE. If you selected a "Minimal" install of IE, or if you selected a "Custom" install and did not select VML Rendering, VML was not installed.
When VML is not installed the system often prompts for this component installation when you first visit a page using VML functionality. Threrefore you might be prompted to add the VML component. In any case, you can add VML manually:
To install the VML component:
To check if VML is already installed:
- Go to Add/Remove in the Control Panel and highlight "Microsoft Internet Explorer and Internet Tools"
- Click on the Remove button and you will get a pop-up dialog box with three options. Check mark the option
- When the Dialog box appears, scroll down to "Multimedia" and put a check mark in "VML Rendering"
- This will add the component to IE for you.
Select the "Add/Remove/Microsoft Internet Explorer and Internet Tools components" option from the Control Panel (see above), and check if the VML component is flaged as installed or not.