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September 24, 2006 5:04 AM   Subscribe

Line Rider. It is all downhill.
posted by srboisvert (55 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
I keep loosing :(
posted by AwkwardPause at 5:49 AM on September 24, 2006


fun, but I appear to be developing my sadistic streak.
posted by Busithoth at 6:24 AM on September 24, 2006


Yes, fun.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 6:31 AM on September 24, 2006


Just once, I wish I could fall off a real sled and just keep falling and falling and falling... I'd blink a lot, too.

Cool post.
posted by squidfartz at 6:42 AM on September 24, 2006


Every time you let line rider die, a little kitten is euthanized.
posted by Meatbomb at 6:52 AM on September 24, 2006


Yerse this is great, getting him to fall off and then slide off the end of a big ramp is the most fun I've had in ages.
posted by djstig at 7:32 AM on September 24, 2006


Cool! Thanks, srboisvert.
posted by sveskemus at 7:47 AM on September 24, 2006


Wheee!
posted by aubilenon at 8:03 AM on September 24, 2006


Can anyone figure out where it saves courses on your computer? It would be fun to share them...
posted by astro38 at 8:07 AM on September 24, 2006


How come when he falls off the sled, and the the sled comes back and runs over him, nothing happens?
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 8:08 AM on September 24, 2006


Line Rider is at once a model of every man, and also an individual for whom we should hold great regard. His is a fate drawn on a blank slate, sure in path but difficult in execution. His path is frought with difficult and sometimes impossible obstacles which all end, ultimately, in certain death.

Yet, alone, he faces these tasks head on without complaint or objection. He merely blinks at such fatally dire consequences as pixel-crushing jump, staggering boredom (should he stall on course) and infinite chasm. Only by the tack of his scarf do we know his trajectory in the chalk white matrix.

God speed, Line Rider.

Think of his three pixel kids sitting at home, and his wife, who knit him the scarf.

. . . |

All for our entertainment. You callous bastards.
posted by jimmythefish at 8:08 AM on September 24, 2006 [3 favorites]


speed, bump, bump, speed, bump, speed... ramp!
posted by trinarian at 8:10 AM on September 24, 2006


well said, Jimmy, well said.

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posted by trinarian at 8:11 AM on September 24, 2006


His path is frought with difficult and sometimes impossible obstacles which all end, ultimately, in certain death.

Not if you build him a gentle up slope on the far end of your line.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:25 AM on September 24, 2006


Every time you let line rider die, a little kitten is euthanized.

shit, really? I didn't get the ticket on this job. hang on, lemme get my boots on.
posted by carsonb at 8:28 AM on September 24, 2006


Pretty neat diversion, now just add something to make him know how to change directions when the hill changes [i kept trying to make slalom courses but he'd just slide down backwards or worse - not even hit the line :(] and give me an eraser tool and i think this might just rival tetris.

Also: distance and/or point counter will up the overall game-ness of it.
posted by phylum sinter at 8:29 AM on September 24, 2006


An eraser, line smoothing, undo, and some shape tools would make a complete toy.

Alternately, a speedometer, odometer, and a contextually generated pit full of crocodiles would make a heck of a game.

I think I'd rather have the toy, but the game's cool, too.
posted by Richard Daly at 8:40 AM on September 24, 2006


It's nice to get a graphic yet cheery representation of exactly how little I know about physics.

I agree that an erase tool would be nice, but I like the open endedness of it otherwise.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 8:41 AM on September 24, 2006


Similar [ok maybe only in art style and simplicity] flash hotness available here: N
posted by phylum sinter at 8:41 AM on September 24, 2006


Not if you build him a gentle up slope on the far end of your line.
posted by Meatbomb at 11:25 AM EST on September 24 [+] [!]


Meatbomb, please let us not bring religion into this.

There is no "gentle upslope" at the end of the line. Alas, that is not the noble destiny of Line Rider. Line Rider is put on that line to ride, blink, sport a handsome scraf knitted by Mrs. Rider and..fall off the edge forever and ever.

(Which is a hell of a lot better then just sitting there on a flat slope blinking one's way into eternity.)
posted by Skygazer at 8:48 AM on September 24, 2006


This just emphasizes how badly I draw 'straight' lines with a mouse. However, putting a loop at the end is cool.
posted by BrotherCaine at 8:51 AM on September 24, 2006


Holy crap! If you let Line Rider fall long enough he goes into epileptic seizures!
posted by Skygazer at 8:51 AM on September 24, 2006


[This is Good]
posted by drezdn at 9:12 AM on September 24, 2006


I like how the sled deforms after particularly grotesque crashes. It's a nice touch.

It's still in Beta, so hopefully this ~fsk guy will add an eraser tool later, along with a yeti that rushes out on the course to eat the sledder.
posted by Iridic at 9:18 AM on September 24, 2006


Every couple of minutes it just reloads and clears my session. Is that just me?
posted by mathowie at 9:18 AM on September 24, 2006


There's definitely a kind of sadness here (mainly in how badly my line rider's rides have been going). What kind of variations have you been able to add? How do you use the ceiling line in interesting ways?
posted by mediareport at 9:55 AM on September 24, 2006


The key to good loops is leaving a little gap at the bottom so that the broken sled and mangled rider have some path to slide out...
posted by anthill at 9:55 AM on September 24, 2006


I just spent twenty minutes getting the little rider going pretty far and fast on the sled and added a big jump. He does a flip in the air but because I can't erase I ended up with a broken web of lines that are an effective rider catcher. effective in that he doesn't fall forever. It'd be nice to have an eraser as mentioned before.
posted by Phantomx at 9:58 AM on September 24, 2006


I had fun with that.
posted by caddis at 10:47 AM on September 24, 2006


I think it might be possible to share courses. If you look for a file on your computer with a path like this:

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\996K9B59\ic1.deviantart.com\fs12\f\2006\266\6\f\engin2_16devart.swf\undefined.sol

And replace it with this file you might be able to load my saved courses. Anyone want to try it?
posted by astro38 at 10:52 AM on September 24, 2006


astro38, it does work. The path isn't exactly right but if you search your application data folder for ic1.deviantart.com you can find where to put the file.
posted by Space Coyote at 11:04 AM on September 24, 2006


I got the little dude to do a complete backflip, then land and continue! Can anyone suggest some other physics-based flash divertissements?
posted by Aquaman at 11:52 AM on September 24, 2006


I'm trying to make a loop so he goes upside down, falls through a gap in the line and keeps going. So far no go.
posted by jimmythefish at 11:54 AM on September 24, 2006


WooHoo! complete loop to loop without killing the rider, Hey! where'd Sunday disappear to?
posted by forforf at 1:07 PM on September 24, 2006


If somehow, after he rides off the last slope, in falling, the Flash animation somehow merges with Tetka Falling Through the Bubbles, this would be uber-perfect.
posted by brownpau at 1:22 PM on September 24, 2006


Sweet.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 6:22 PM on September 24, 2006 [4 favorites]


thanks for posting.. .needed the laugh
posted by tonygarcia at 6:58 PM on September 24, 2006


Wow, monju, that YouTube video was amazing.
posted by sveskemus at 1:13 AM on September 25, 2006


Monju, that was freaking insane.
posted by dreamsign at 3:08 AM on September 25, 2006


It would be too easy, I guess, but a "pause" function, that permitted you to pause playback and add lines before resuming, would result in more wonders like monju's video without the lost weekends...
posted by dreamsign at 3:13 AM on September 25, 2006


Monju, you are an American hero.
posted by Iridic at 5:15 AM on September 25, 2006


Monju--wow.
posted by MrMoonPie at 7:42 AM on September 25, 2006


Blast! Saved tracks apparently do not stay between reboots of your machine. There goes that giant track I created. Dang!
posted by antifuse at 9:15 AM on September 25, 2006


Monju, that was fantastic! Now just slap a death-metal soundtrack on there and you've got yourself a number 1 youtube vid!
posted by Aquaman at 11:31 AM on September 25, 2006


Now just slap a death-metal soundtrack on there

It has been scored with James Bond music as Toboggan Escape.
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 1:26 PM on September 25, 2006


Monju that was really something, but kid I gotta tell you...you need to get out more.
posted by Skygazer at 1:43 PM on September 25, 2006


Gang, I don't think monju_bosatsu made that video, he just linked to it. I might be wrong, but the 25 yo "humancrouton" who posted the video doesn't sound like the lawyer in Lafayette who keeps a blog under monju's name.
posted by yhbc at 1:53 PM on September 25, 2006


sh! they're disillusioned enough.
posted by carsonb at 7:46 PM on September 25, 2006


monju - that was fantastic.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:51 PM on September 25, 2006


Thank goodness. I was developing quite an inferiority complex there.

Still glowing from my first successful loop-de-loop.
posted by dreamsign at 1:30 AM on September 26, 2006


I am still loopless. I've decided that the only fun thing to do at home with my trackpad is either launch him into space immediately, or crash him into a wall. Otherwise, I just don't have the coordination. At work I'm doing a bit better with the mouse, but still unable to get him to loop!
posted by antifuse at 4:31 AM on September 26, 2006


More video fun:

Impressive
Post wipe-out fun
Launch
Sledtronic (very cool)
posted by antifuse at 5:34 AM on September 26, 2006


Just to confirm what yhbc said, it's not my video, I just coincidentally stumbled across it after seeing this post.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 6:07 PM on September 26, 2006


Yeah. Right...you "just coincidentally stumbled across it".
posted by Skygazer at 8:10 PM on October 1, 2006


Line Flyer!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:28 AM on October 16, 2006


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