Factorio, to hear the creators themselves describe it, is a game “about building and creating automated factories to produce items of increasing complexity, within an infinite 2D world. Use your imagination to design your factory, combine simple elements into ingenious structures, and finally protect it from the creatures who don’t really like you.” Which sounds like an incredibly dry game to play, and to many it probably is (I know it does to me).
However if you look underneath the fairly basic graphics, which totally remind me of a Chris Sawyer game from the 90s, there lies a rich and rewarding logic system that some persistent and intensely creative players can exploit. DaveMcW is one such person. He used his amazing programming talents to recreate probably one of the dankest internet memes out there: the music video for Sandstorm by Darude. No, I am not joking. Just watch it:
If you don’t find this impressive, let me tell you why you should be. Well as far as I have worked out, each pixel in that video is a factory programmed, by DaveMcW, to emit a certain colour when given a specific input. The factories are divided into 10 sections, with each section given its own memory and decoding mechanism that tells which part of the section to light up in a particular colour when given an input. DaveMcW converted the Sandstorm video into a series of inputs and fed it into the machine, thereby recreating the video in Factorio. This is, according to my basic knowledge and Pc Gamer, how computers work when projecting onto a monitor. So this man created a computer within a game played on a computer. Mind-blowing stuff!
Here is the original video for comparison:
DaveMcW has written how he went about making this video player on the Factorio forums: Here.
Source: Pc Gamer
You can buy Factorio on Steam.