Friday, December 24, 2010

Requesting more help: Where is the Dots Design Builder?

UPDATE: For those of you who want a similar experience to the program I mention in this blog post, try this online virtual adaption of Dot-S.

You can also find out a little more about Dot-S by searching its Japanese name: "ドッツ"


Hello everyone. First off before I start with the real news, happy Christmas Eve, because I want to be a nice guy every once in a while (although not a lot of people return the favor).

So anyways, recently I got back into playing with my collection of Dot-S, a Japanese toy product that had me hooked since like mid 2007, and to this day, it's still one of the best toys I've ever played with, alongside Cube World. Though the only downside is actually trying to scout out the different sets online. Because the word "Dots" is so commonly used, it took me a while before I actually found some sets for order online. I believe in Japan they are still being sold, so I'm probably going to waste some money further expanding my collection of Dot-S once I take a trip to Japan after I graduate from that rotten bag of tards known as school. Below is my current collection of Dot-S, excluding the boards and about half of the pins.
So incase your mind is having trouble focusing and keeping on track, let me explain what Dot-S are exactly. They're actually a line of toys manufactured by Tomytec/Tomy in 2005. You put each Dot (Peg) into a 16 by 16 board, in an attempt to create a picture using the pegs. To get even more creative, you can even mount multiple boards together for larger pictures. It's kinda like Lite-Brite, but much cooler.

So anyways, the reason why I'm here right now is to ask a huge favor.

Not too long ago, I discovered a Dot-S simulator simply known as the "Dots Design Builder", which offers a experience that almost is like playing with real Dot-S, but in virtuality. It offers every single pin and board color ever released, including the ones not available in the more commonly-known sets shown on the Dot-S homepage. I have it downloaded into my old piece of crud Windows (2000) computer, but I cannot pull off the program and put it on the new Windows computer I'm receiving for Christmas, nor can I download it because the site that hosted it for download no longer exists, and when I do archive it, the download link is completely broken. I have only found one other site with details on the program, but unfortunately there is no download link. So I am asking if anyone out there who possibly has the program to perhaps upload a download link somewhere so that it can be easily accessed by everyone.

On the plus side, however, I am currently working on fanart of Sol-Badguy, the main protagonist of the Guilty Gear series. Unfortunately, I will not finish it in time for Christmas, but hopefully I'll make some decent progress over winter recess.

1 comment:

Joe said...

When I first saw these I thought "Just what the world needs: real life sprite comics."

On to the issue at hand. Somewhere on that old machine may be the setup.exe file. Try searching for ".exe".

You can try just transferring the file folder from "Program Files" folder to a thumb drive and see if it will work that way. I have a copy of MS Works from Windows 98 that still works.

If that fails then you can try slaving the the Win 2K hard drive to the new computer either to an IDE channel or an external hard drive enclosure. It may just run.

You may be SOL anyway. (And I don't mean the Satellite of Love.) This program may simply not run at all with Win 7, especially since almost all new machines are 64 bit. Programs malfunctioning has been a hallmark since the switch from Windows 1 to Windows 2.

Of course I'm ASSuming alot when giving this advice. (Like it will help at all.) There are a million and 2 variables that I can't simply know. Hell, I'm still having trouble with MS Paint.