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LEGO Motorcycle Suspension Tester

LEGO Motorcycle Suspension Tester

When engineers want to test a vehicle’s suspension, they use a variety of methods, including test tracks, hydraulic posts, and treadmills. Brick Technology built a miniature version of the treadmill test using LEGO Technic components and used it to see how different motorcycle suspension setups absorb shocks.

Chuck Norris vs. Spartan Warriors

Chuck Norris vs. Spartan Warriors

When it comes to badassery, Chuck Norris is on many top 10 lists. SergiuHellDragoon put Chuck’s skills to the test using Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator 2 and an army of 2400 Chucks versus a million Spartan Warriors. Despite the seemingly impossible odds, the overpowered Chucks made quick work of the soldiers.

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Cars and Trucks vs. Giant Bulge

Cars and Trucks vs. Giant Bulge

There’s a series of videos making the rounds that shows vehicles being launched off of a disproportionately tall bulge in the road, and they’re quite entertaining. The clips were made using the soft-body vehicle simulator BeamNG.drive, and these ones were posted by BeamNG Nation. That Cybertruck aced the landing.

Car Cliff Drop Comparison

Car Cliff Drop Comparison

MetaBallStudios is known for its infographic-style comparison videos. This time they took a slightly different approach, showing off the relative heights of different cliffs by driving a simulated car off of each one and watching how long it takes to fall to the bottom of each one.

Gravity on Different Planets vs. a Car

Gravity on Different Planets vs. a Car

We’ve previously seen how gravity might affect a ball being dropped on different planets, as well as the sun and the moon. Now see what might happen if the same experiment were conducted with a stack of lumber dropped onto a car, courtesy of the automotive physics simulator BeamNG.

Block Line Engineer

Block Line Engineer

Electron Dust, the engineer behind the fascinating Octo-Bouncer, created this physics-based sandbox game where players build and position machines to toss and drop blocks into holes. Connect and program multiple robot arms and grippers to pass along blocks and feed them to the proper location.

Driving on Other Planets

Driving on Other Planets

BeamNG.drive is known for its ability to simulate vehicle dynamics and crashes with impressive accuracy. In addition to weather conditions, it can also replicate gravitational forces. In this clip from The Action Lab, he shows off what might happen if you tried to drive a pickup truck on the Moon, Jupiter, and even the Sun.

Engineering the GMC Hummer EV

Engineering the GMC Hummer EV

GMC’s new Hummer EV blends brains, brawn, and batteries into one impressive package. Incredibly, the electric truck and SUV were designed and engineered on a timeline about half that of a typical new vehicle. We went behind the scenes at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds for a look at some of the technology that made this possible.

Crowd vs. Helicopter Simulation

Crowd vs. Helicopter Simulation

(Gore) The idea of dropping a crowd of people into a helicopter blade from above is some pretty warped stuff. But as we’ve seen before, CG animator atomic marvel isn’t squeamish about turning anatomical avatars into digital mincemeat. The guy standing over the middle of the rotor gets to take the longest ride.

Spider-Man vs. Magnetic Balls

Spider-Man vs. Magnetic Balls

While playing around with the physics capabilities of 3D graphics software Blender, Atomic Marvel decided to test its ability to simulate hundreds of thousands of magnetic balls. And the recipient of said balls? None other than your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Now Magnetic Games needs to do this with real magnets.

PowerWash Simulator

PowerWash Simulator

The objective of PowerWash Simulator is simple – grab your pressurized water cannon, and start washing away dirt and grime. This wonderfully soothing sim is a great way to decrease stress without getting water all over the place. It’s coming soon to Steam, but in the mean time, play the demo version of the game.

OddFauna : Secret of the TerraBeast

OddFauna : Secret of the TerraBeast

This open-world sandbox adventure is set in a whimsical world where strange and wonderful creatures roam the land – which just happens to be on the back of a giant beast. The game encourages players to grow and harvest plants, craft tools and shelters, and terraform the land as they nurture their Terrabeast.

32-Point Pendulum

32-Point Pendulum

Mathematician mc2 shows off a neat digital simulation that shows how a string with 32 balls hung from it might behave when swung like a pendulum. It starts out smoothly enough, but as they slow down, chaotic movements bring the orbs closer to the fulcrum. We’d love to see how this looks in the real world.

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Human vs. Airplane Engine Simulation

Human vs. Airplane Engine Simulation

(Gore) You never want to stand directly in front of a jet engine, as its powerful vortex could suck you right into it. CG animator atomic marvel used a physics simulation to toss a particle-based digital body into an Airbus jet engine. We’re not sure about its accuracy, but the results are much like those Will It Blend? videos.

Ecosystem (Trailer)

Ecosystem (Trailer)
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This quiet and contemplative sim game from indie developer Slug Disco Studios makes you god of an underwater ecosystem. Every creature you create in the game’s habitat evolves on its own, with each subsequent generation changing and adapting to its environment. Available on Steam Early Access 3.16.2021.

Origami Simulator

Origami Simulator

Amanda Ghassaei created this wonderful this online plaything which lets you create virtual origami constructions and view them in 3D. You can choose how flat or folded the virtual paper is, and select from a variety of models to tinker with. You can also import SVG or FOLD files, and export both the 3D models and folding patterns.

Speed Cockpit Racing Chair

Speed Cockpit Racing Chair

Developed with professional race car drivers, this modular seating system is designed for serious racing sim fanatics. It features an angled, adjustable seat in nylon or leather, and sturdy metal stands that a steering wheel and pedals can be securely mounted to. Add-ons include a desktop, gear shift mount, and TV mount.

SnowRunner (Trailer)

SnowRunner (Trailer)

An impressive looking follow-up to the off-roading simulation game MudRunner. In SnowRunner, you’ll hit the most extreme terrain in varying weather conditions, through massive, open environments. You can drive solo, or play with up to four vehicles in co-op multiplayer. The game hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC on 4/28/2020.

Intersection Simulations

Intersection Simulations

Ever wondered what sort of intersection offers the smoothest traffic flow? Check out this oddly satisfying compilation of 4-way junctions, simulated with the Cities: Skylines mod Traffic Manager: President Edition. Too bad there’s not room for stack interchanges everywhere.

Hypnospace Outlaw

Hypnospace Outlaw

Hypnospace Outlaw is a love letter to the modern Wild West that was 90’s Internet. You play an online moderator in an alternate 1999 where people can go online while they sleep. Police the primitive web, download apps, and customize your desktop.

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Do Not Feed the Monkeys

Do Not Feed the Monkeys

If you loved Papers, Please, check out Do Not Feed Your Monkeys. It’s a simulation game where you play a new member of a club that gets its kicks from spying on people. Monitor your “monkeys”, gather information about them, and above all try not to feel for them.

Parkitect

Parkitect

If you’re a fan of Roller Coaster Tycoon, check out Parkitect. It lets you build and manage large theme parks with tons of different rides and decorations. Its roller coaster interface is smart and makes spotting problem areas easy. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Project Hospital

Project Hospital

Two-Point Hospital just came out, but if you’re looking for a more serious and detailed hospital simulation game, Project Hospital might be for you. It features a campaign mode, a challenge mode, as well as a sandbox mode for endless play.

Stardew Valley for iOS

Stardew Valley for iOS

Pelican Town will soon be in your pocket. The charming and addictive farming sim Stardew Valley is coming to iOS devices on 10/24/18. It’s the full game – minus multiplayer – optimized for touch controls. An Android version will follow.

Buildings Have Feelings Too! (Trailer)

Buildings Have Feelings Too! (Trailer)

A lighthearted urban planning simulation in which you build your town while making sure that the buildings themselves are happy and fulfilled. It’s like Sim City and a Tamagotchi had a baby. Coming to PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One late Spring 2018. More here.

Real Surgeon vs. Surgeon Simulator

Real Surgeon vs. Surgeon Simulator

We recently watched a couple of real bomb techs take on a VR bomb defusal; now watch surgeon Dr. Johnson C. Lee attempt to perform both a brain transplant and heart transplant in the far less realistic, and far harder to control Surgeon Simulator, courtesy of BuzzFeed Blue.

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