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July 15, 2008 4:32 PM   Subscribe

Defender of the Favicon -- I've never played a game inside a favicon before. Until today. Works in Firefox and Opera.
posted by chimaera (26 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
I had to turn off type-ahead find in Firefox 3 before it would work at all, and then it was really jerky. Hopefully this works a lot better for everyone else!
posted by chrominance at 4:38 PM on July 15, 2008


Please help...trapped inside 16x16 pixels...send magnifying glass.
posted by ...possums at 4:40 PM on July 15, 2008 [4 favorites]


Works OK for me in FF2, but the page mentions that Firefox 3 can have "garbage collection" hiccups, whatever that means.
posted by chimaera at 4:40 PM on July 15, 2008


I love it when people do random, useless stuff like this. Pretty special...
posted by ph00dz at 4:45 PM on July 15, 2008


you can't shoot?? How are you s'posed to "defend," then?
posted by TechnoLustLuddite at 4:53 PM on July 15, 2008


hack of the week, for sure. love this.

(the linked vu meter idea was pretty great, too)
posted by mrballistic at 4:53 PM on July 15, 2008


oh, i guess you're supposed to run into the landers with your shield.
posted by TechnoLustLuddite at 4:56 PM on July 15, 2008


heh, i'm totally blind! (probably from staring at that tiny screen)

Press N to start a game or shoot,
posted by TechnoLustLuddite at 5:00 PM on July 15, 2008


Because it was there.
posted by imperium at 5:02 PM on July 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


Okay bear with me for a minute... a few months back I figured out how to turn firefox into a movie theater, this favicon thing reminded me of the idea.

If you open up each one of the links below in a new tab and then press and hold Ctrl Tab to cycle through the tabs you'll see what it was like to ride the T in Boston two years ago during the Boston Marathon. It's worth the work... I promise (might be best to close this window once you have them all up for a continuous loop and then press Ctrl Tab slowly to really see whats going on!).

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
posted by pwally at 5:05 PM on July 15, 2008 [9 favorites]


I'm blind now, but that was great.
posted by cashman at 5:12 PM on July 15, 2008


There used to be a tiny space invaders you could play in a systray icon, but it looks like the site is defunct now.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 5:15 PM on July 15, 2008


Completely awesome.
posted by tits mcgee at 5:16 PM on July 15, 2008


Works OK for me in FF2, but the page mentions that Firefox 3 can have "garbage collection" hiccups, whatever that means.
posted by chimaera at 4:40 PM on July 15


A "garbage collector" is an invisible helper program that recognizes memory that is no longer being used for its original purpose and prepares that memory to be reused for another purpose.

Back in the old days, when memory was no longer useful to a program, the program would just immediately tell the operating system "I'm done with this" and the OS would reclaim the memory. This would happen one chunk at a time, so users didn't notice any delays. But with programs helped by a garbage collector, the programmer doesn't bother himself with when the memory is no longer useful; the garbage collector is supposed to eventually recognize and take care of that situation. But the garbage collector does its job only intermittently, so it has a backlog of many chunks to clear, all at once- and that can cause perceptible delays.
posted by Jpfed at 5:20 PM on July 15, 2008


I thought that T animation was going to be the stop-motion advertising thing from the Red Line.
posted by DU at 5:31 PM on July 15, 2008


pwally, you really should have put a rickroll in #28.
posted by anthill at 5:41 PM on July 15, 2008


HAHA anthill that's genius, I need an edit button.
posted by pwally at 5:59 PM on July 15, 2008


A "garbage collector" is an invisible helper program that recognizes memory that is no longer being used for its original purpose and prepares that memory to be reused for another purpose.

I figured it was something like that, Jpfed.
posted by chimaera at 6:09 PM on July 15, 2008


ow, my eyes.
posted by wundermint at 6:20 PM on July 15, 2008


Utterly useless and truly nifty, always a fun combination. Cool.
posted by sotonohito at 6:28 PM on July 15, 2008


If you press enter you can play on a somewhat larger (32x32 pixel it looks like) display.
posted by delmoi at 7:08 PM on July 15, 2008


I've played Rubik's Cubes with higher resolutions than this.
posted by furtive at 7:09 PM on July 15, 2008 [3 favorites]


How long before Rule 34 extend to the favicon?Pay porn sites will use the favicon to give you a 16 x 16 taste of what's inside.

Anyway, I love love love stuff like this, even if the game is unplayable.
posted by maxwelton at 7:16 PM on July 15, 2008


Oh God. Favicon ads.
posted by sonic meat machine at 7:28 PM on July 15, 2008


Remember Archie and Mehitabel? Archie would have loved it! (Although keyboard combinations would be a problem for him....)
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 4:43 AM on July 16, 2008


even if the game is unplayable.

Why do you say it is unplayable? I thought it was fun.
posted by cashman at 6:38 AM on July 16, 2008


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