Digital Diatom is a media design firm specializing in high content, science-based simulation and video game development. Our flagship product, Emergence is an evolution simulation that models the process of evolution using realistic genetic elements that accurately capture how genes drive the diversity of life. Its unique architecture enables a comprehensive simulation of evolution without requiring extensive computer processing power. As such, Emergence is accessible to nearly everyone, from young students, to researchers, to gamers and everyone in between. With dozens of modes of interaction and a fully expansive world that is able to host up to hundreds of thousands of unique organisms, Emergence is a platform for education, exploration and entertainment.

Gene Base Evolution

Our evolution simulation features fully genetics based evolution

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Dynamic World

Organisms evolve within a living dynamic world

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Lots of Organisms

100,000s of simultaneously active organisms

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Gene Hierarchy Tree Update

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I have been busy tonight implementing more genes. Many of the primordial genes are setup and linked so that they may evolve. Additionally many of the early life genes are complete as well from when we had evolving plants early in the simulation. These genes are however no yet link up in the gene hierarchy, and can’t evolve in game.

I have attached a schematic of the gene hierarchy showing most genes and many of the links. Not all links are currently represented as they would clutter the tree. Currently implemented genes have black boarders while ones in progress have green.

The current goals with the tree are to implement genes that allow for aggressive behavior as well as those that allow for photosynthesis. After that we will focus on genes necessary for survival on land and more advanced body parts and behaviorsgenetrees1