A downloadable toy for Windows

Little app that generates names from The Culture by Iain M Banks. Uses Markov Chains to allow you to mutate and evolve the names by clicking on the ones you like. Generate more English-like names or more Culture-like names, or just inbreed a single name until it's the word "Hand" over and over.

If you're on Windows, download culturenames_win.zip and run culturenames.exe in the main folder.

Otherwise, if you have Python installed, download culturenames_src.zip and just run "python culturenames.py". It needs numpy and pygame. I sort of recommend this option because the Windows version is kinda heavy.

Contact @eegnsma on twitter if you have any problems. If you want to report a bug, send me the log.txt file that the culturenames.py creates and I'll take a look.

Thanks to https://twitter.com/Aponigricon for the original implementation of the Markov chain algorithm!

I'm not affiliated with the Iain Banks estate in any way, this is just a silly little thing I made for procjam. Hopefully this doesn't violate any copyrights.

Have fun!

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Published350 days ago


culturenames_win.zip (10 MB)
culturenames_src.zip (9 kB)


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Some very interesting names can be made! I included it in my ProcJam compilation video series, if you'd like to check it out :)