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The GOSH signal

by tompudding - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Do you love digital signal processing? How about number transcription? Badly emulated UNIX prompts? Terrible voice acting?

If any of the above catch your fancy, you might like "The GOSH signal", the latest techno-noir thriller game from the author of such previous classics as "Dinosaurs must Die!!!" and "Cancel Christmas!"

Please note, when you get to the Lab area, the signal analysis is not a joke. To progress you really will have to bust out a calculator (or a computer program) and get solving. If anyone does this I will be astonished!

For Mac and Linux, you can run the source directly if you install pygame and pyopengl (on Ubuntu install packages python-pygame and python-opengl).

Edit : Updated to reduce the texture size to hopefully work on older cards

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itamarcu says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 6:38am

Both the BAT file and the EXE file don't seem to work for me - After opening them, the game window will shop up for about half a second and then crash (?). I am using the Windows version (I have Windows XP).

Endurion says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 6:52am

Worked fine here (Windows too). I gave up on the analysis part. I actually already had to cheat to get the password for the diary (is it in the game somewhere too? directly I mean, not the little hint you have there)

tompudding says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 10:28am

itamarcu: if you could post the errorlog.log file that should be created when it fails to launch that would be immensely helpful.

Endurion: Yes the password can be found just by using that computer (though it kind of assumes a little UNIX / coding experience). Thanks for giving it a go!

Lo-X says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 3:19pm

Nice ideas, it was a little bit hard for me too but I assume you can take that idea to do a game that would be accessible to (almost) anyone.

namrog84 says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:31pm

Was quite amusing and loved the voice over track!
Had no issues with it. Got lost a bit sometimes though.
Especially with the commands on computer, i got ls and cd but had issues opening files? echoing? printing? editing? not sure what it was for that

Croze says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:44pm

Couldn't run it

drilltail says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 12:24am

Certainly one of the nerdiest games that I've ever played. That in itself isn't a bad thing, but it definitely limits the game's playing demographic, and even makes it potentially really frustrating. But I assume that you already realize this.

Personally, I enjoyed this game; it was definitely something different.

However, I couldn't guess the diary password so I, like Endurion, had to look in the game files to find it.

I managed to legitimately complete the rest of the game; the way to log into the next computer was pretty hilarious.

I wrote a little program (like you suggested) to make doing the signal math considerably less painful. I don't think I've ever done that for a video game before...

A question, though: is there an error on the whiteboard that tells you how to read the signal? In the example, s and c(t) are both negative, yet s / c(t) is also negative? That threw me off a bit.

Also, voice acting! Nice!

tompudding says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 7:54am

Woohoo, I'm super impressed that you decoded the signal! Especially with the silly mistake on the whiteboard (I can't believe I missed that, the value of s should be positive, good catch!).

It certainly wasn't my intention to be frustrating. My original plan had been for the lab computer to be some kind of guided program to help decode the signal (with a cool low-res style graph), but I ran out of time.

For the first computer I forgot to put the commands you could run into /bin to give a hint, so that's ended up harder than I'd planned too :( If anyone reads this far, they are: cat, cd, pwd, ls, strings and file. I think next time I'll still make a ridiculous niche game about some geeky topic, but I'll make sure I put some kind of hinting system in to prevent actively annoying people.

Thanks for the feedback!

drilltail says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 10:54am

Those plans sounded cool! I'll be sure to check out what you make next time. I really appreciate super niche games that have a lot of thought put into them.

Oh, and I forgot to ask: what exactly was "6209" in the first computer, when you use the ls command?

klianc09 says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 11:15am

Just love this game, does that say anything about me? The voice was really well done and the "puzzles" are really great.
Although I'm stuck after decoding the message, I don't know what to do with it. Help?

KunoNoOni says ...
Aug 29, 2013 @ 1:36am

I love games like this. Remind me of those early Interplay games like Wasteland and Fountain of Dreams. Excellent Job!

gritfish says ...
Aug 31, 2013 @ 12:26pm

Cool concept, but I really couldn't get very far into it..

reheated says ...
Aug 31, 2013 @ 12:31pm

Nice! Good puzzles and I thought your voice acting was great. I really like the idea of making the player solve problems with a calculator/computer, and we're just about the best audience for that.

TeamQuadratic says ...
Sep 15, 2013 @ 5:34pm

Well, it got me to look up linux commands, so I guess I've learned something :P Interesting game, but too hard for me.

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