The pipes script from yesterday isn’t really useful except as a screensaver or perhaps as something to inject into a screenshot for fun.
Since pointless text-based graphical gimmicks are the order of the day, here’s another one: ncurses-life.
Of course, there are hundreds of variations on Conway’s Game of Life, but this one will suffice.
The “game” itself is as old as the hills — I can remember studying the patterns and evolution as part of my secondary school classes.
It’s billed as a “game,” but that’s a classical definition, and so don’t go looking for commands or controls. Just enjoy the show.