The idea behind it is that species that are found in images in the hard drive undergo natural selection as if the only species present in its simulated world are those that are located in the images saved in it.
I like the idea. Not sure if anything similar has been done, but I still like it. However, I do have a few issues with the article overall that might be changed to improve it.
1) The phrase "From tests, it has been determined that SCP-XXXX has an unusually high memory capacity for its model. No limit has been reached." Might better read as something like "It has been determined through testing that SCP-XXXX has no discernible memory capacity limit."
2) The bit about a machine with image viewing software installed. Computers have most, if not all, of their software installed on the hard drive. You may want to include something about this hard drive being set up as a slave drive or its properties only manifesting when configured as a slave drive.
3) I got the impression from the article that that you use the term "species" as "images of biological entities" in a couple of cases. It is a tad confusing, though I get the gist. Just something you may want to fix.
4) I'd actually change the result of the images from the [EXPUNGED] game franchise, as I got the distinct impression that it works on actual living things and not imaginary creatures. The implication here is that these creatures from the game franchise are real…which seems to me like a bad idea.
It's an external hard drive. one of those things, that are a bit like larger, bigger memory sticks.
Also, yes, the images from [EXPUNGED] game franchise is supposed to be the experiment that shows even fictional creatures, so long as they are in drawn form will be considered by the Hard Drive as potential 'Species'.
(It treats drawings of, let's say, Pikachu, as if it were a real species. However, its abilities within the hard drive's world also depends on the experimenter's foreknowledge of the creature. If it was saved onto the hard drive as someone who knows about Pikachu's lightning abilities, then it will have said abilities in the hard drive's internal universe. If the person didn't have foreknowledge of its abilities, then it wouldn't have them in the hard drive's internal universe.)
Ok, the external drive works. I am still uneasy about the drawing idea because of the implications. Something would perhaps need to be put in that the hard drive recognizes the image is not a real creature and splashes a "hypothetical extrapolation" banner under the altered pictures or something.
It might make for a funny story though. Some researcher gets the same idea I did and tries to submit XK Class scenarios about 682 meeting the Tarr…er, another big reptile that's basically impossible to kill.
Is that the Tarrasque?
And also, the SCP doesn't know the difference between a fictional creature and a real one. However, it DOES distinguish living things from non-living things, and robots would be considered non-living things.
Lycan, isn't there a warning at the top of that page telling you not to use those stereotypes on people, even if you do so in a passive-aggressive manner? I think you may owe this person an apology.