Click the thumbnails below to see the game in action. The thumbnail on the left is the game running with Conway's original rules and the thumbnail on the right is a slight modification to the rules. You will notice that changing the rules just a little makes a big difference.
If you want to run and interact with the real game (which I hope you do) feel free to download and run the versions I made in Processing. Each .zip file has a windows, linux, and mac version. Read the instructions carefully to get the most out of the program. Feel free to email me about source code or what not.