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SimTunes was a kids' software toy designed by Toshio Iwai and released by Maxis. It involved painting a picture with dots (large pixels), where each color (unless it was part of the backdrop, which was black or a bitmap) represented a musical note. The player would place up to four different-coloured Bugz, which represented instruments or vocal syllables, on this picture, and could change their starting directions and relative speeds. The Bugz would crawl over the picture, playing notes corresponding with the colours, and turning, moving randomly or jumping in response to function symbols that could be added to the dots. A software toy is a computer game that does not have a well-defined way to win, often used of simulations and other programs where the experience is the value of the game. ... Toshio Iwai (born 1962 in the Aichi prefecture of Japan) is a Japanese interactive media artist. ... A pixel (a contraction of picture element) is one of the many tiny dots that make up the representation of a picture in a computers memory. ... Colour is an important part of the visual arts. ... This article is about music. ... A musical instrument is a device that has been constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In ordinary language, the word random is used to express apparent lack of purpose or cause. ...

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SimTunes at AllExperts (247 words)
SimTunes is a kids' software toy designed by Toshio Iwai and released by Maxis.
It involves painting a picture with dots (large pixels), where each color (unless it was part of the backdrop, which was fl or a bitmap) represents a musical note.
SimTunes was originally developed by Iwai as a game for the Super Nintendo/Super Famicom, known as Sound Fantasy, in the early 1990s.
5.04: Street Cred (502 words)
Luckily, a group of programmers from Maxis saw Iwai's installation at the San Francisco Exploratorium museum and struck a deal to publish it.
SimTunes is a smoking-hot jam session on your desktop.
Your instruments are insects, crawling across a surface where each colored square is a note.
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