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Conway’s Game of Life

To help myself learn Houdini and more specifically VEX I set myself the task of recreating ‘Conway’s Game of Life’, created by John Horton Conway in 1970.
The game follows 4 simple rules but leads to some very interesting and organic results which I find fascinating.

The rules:
Any live cell with fewer than two live neighbours dies, as if caused by underpopulation.
Any live cell with two or three live neighbours lives on to the next generation.
Any live cell with more than three live neighbours dies, as if by overpopulation.
Any dead cell with exactly three live neighbours becomes a live cell, as if by reproduction.

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