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The Great Works of Software

Paul Ford on the five works of the software canon: [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom on Apr 30, 2014 - 93 comments

Z is for Zelda, Zeppelin, Zombie and Zardoz "for comic relief"

Alphabet Blocks for a Geek Baby "Amateur engineer/designer" Jonathan M. Guberman made his newborn son a set of custom engraved wooden alphabet blocks, with "things that his mother and I were looking forward to sharing with him" on 4 of the 6 sides. (See them all here) "The only real rule I followed in choosing subjects was trying to maintain an even gender balance" which makes them even more awesome. (Of course, your choices for certain letters may vary)
posted by oneswellfoop on Jan 22, 2014 - 43 comments

i dont care what you say this video game character is my boyfriend

If you've ever dreamed of making out with one of the villainous cats from Mappy or getting into a love triangle with the spaceship from Galaga and a talking Taiko drum, enrolment at Namco High is now open. [more inside]
posted by emmtee on Dec 18, 2013 - 50 comments

ᗣ..........ᗤ

You've played Pac-Man as a terrifying FPS game in 3-D (including ominous music), but Pac-Man is so much more: Pac-Man as a Match 3 game, as a math tutor, as a co-op game, as a 404 error page, as a side-scrolling shooter, as an endless runner, as a Google Doodle, and, finally Pac-Man as an 8-bit roguelike tower defense game. Also, a niceonline clone of the original, which famously caused a coin shortage in Japan when it was released. [some variations from here]
posted by blahblahblah on Jun 26, 2013 - 26 comments

Q is for Q-bert, who fell down the stairs

The Game Over Tinies. Created by Brentalfloss. [more inside]
posted by louche mustachio on Feb 26, 2013 - 29 comments

For Amusement Only: The life and death of the American arcade.

But the golden age was destined to be a very short one. Walter Day told writer Tristan Donovan, author of the book Replay: The History of Video Games, that the industry was "off the rails by" 1981, opening more arcades and ordering more machines than its players could ever support. By early 1982, cracks were already starting to show in the newly flourishing industry: that $400 a day machine, Time Magazine reported, was often "sucker bait, dangled to obscure the dreary truths that markets are becoming saturated and that dud games... bring in no money at all."
posted by Horace Rumpole on Jan 16, 2013 - 42 comments

Pac-tory floor.

00:49 Cut to footage from inside of a Ms. Pac Man Arcade game factory. We watch as employees assemble the video game in mass production. [via] [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 17, 2012 - 19 comments

A Debilitating Case of Pac-Man Fever

"The original Pac-Man for the Atari 2600 was quite the disaster and though it did sell a few million copies many would argue it was the beginning of Atari's end. And rightly so. Dennis Debro's brand new and properly indie Pac-Man 4k, on the other hand, hopes to make things right by cramming a way more faithful post of the original pill-chomper arcade game to the very same and now very retro machine." (via IndieGames)
posted by Shadax on Oct 22, 2012 - 55 comments

Insert Quarter Here

The Ohio State University Marching Band, in its October 6 game against Nebraska, decided to pay tribute to video games. (SLYT)
posted by booksherpa on Oct 7, 2012 - 39 comments

Note to self: invest in a deadbolt.

When Brandon left for camp, his last words were, "stay out of my room!" Unfortunately for Brandon, he has the meanest most awesome family in the entire world. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Aug 15, 2011 - 577 comments

Wokka wokka wokka wokka wokka wokka

Do you like Pac-Man but always thought "What this game really needs is to be a gigantic, player-created never-ending maze of interconnected Pac-Man boards"? Me neither. Fortunately, someone else did. [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt on Apr 14, 2011 - 38 comments

What went right and what went wrong

For the 25th Game Developers Conference, organizers hosted several postmortems for classic games such as Out Of This World, Doom, and Maniac Mansion. They are now free to view online. [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Mar 23, 2011 - 28 comments

A Plate of Dots

To locate Inky’s target, we first start by selecting the position two tiles in front of Pac-Man in his current direction of travel, similar to Pinky’s targeting method. From there, imagine drawing a vector from Blinky’s position to this tile, and then doubling the length of the vector. The tile that this new, extended vector ends on will be Inky’s actual target.
Understanding Pac-Man Ghost Behavior [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 3, 2010 - 43 comments

Get over here!

Mortal Kombat vs. Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat vs. Oregon Trail, Grand Theft Auto vs. Frogger, Contra vs. Duck Hunt, Sonic vs. Pac Man, and R-Type vs. Space Invaders.
posted by MaryDellamorte on Jul 15, 2010 - 30 comments

Looking Pac-ward

Pac-Man's creator, Toru Iwatani shares some of the original concept art and Pac-Man Design Sketches from 1979.
posted by ShawnStruck on Jun 23, 2010 - 20 comments

Goodbye Productivity

Today Google unveiled its most elaborate doodle to date, in celebration of Pac-Man's 30th birthday. [more inside]
posted by schmod on May 21, 2010 - 87 comments

Space invaders

Pixels (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 8, 2010 - 31 comments

A cup of Java will cure that Pac-Man fever

Ms. Pac-Man 2010
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 26, 2010 - 35 comments

The Minotaur Is Janitor

This year, ubiquitous yellow binge-eating sphere Pac-Man turns 30. At last, his traumatic origin story can be told: The Three Stigmata Of Pac-Man. [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite on Jan 17, 2010 - 15 comments

Finally, a way to clean up all those dots...

Roomba Pac-Man! We've already discussed modding Roombas and Roomba art, but now these guys have made a fully playable real-life Pac-Man game using everyone's favorite robotic vacuum cleaner.
posted by dnesan on Nov 9, 2009 - 16 comments

Pacman, Tetris, Pong

Photos recreating vintage video games and some other stuff.
posted by msalt on Aug 14, 2009 - 16 comments

Waka-waka-waka

The Pac-Man Dossier is an extremely detailed description of the game logic of arcade Pac-Man. It explains why, once in a while, monsters will harmlessly pass through Pac-Man. It explains why they won't go up through the tunnels above the monster box. It explains why occasionally, after losing a life, monsters will refuse to leave the box. It explains when and why Blinky becomes Cruise Elroy, and why sometimes Pinky gets confused and loses track of Pac-Man. It even explains, as far as the player can continue to play, what to do on the kill screen. It is awesome. Previously....
posted by JHarris on Feb 19, 2009 - 35 comments

All we have to do is touch it

Pac-Man The Movie (SLYT).
posted by cashman on Aug 17, 2008 - 31 comments

he consumes their ghost costume but not their eyeballs. it's roughage

How many pixels of poop would pacman generate after one board?
posted by juv3nal on Apr 19, 2008 - 27 comments

You are not yet enlightened, Inky-san.

Retro Sabotage is a collection of recreations of classic video games. Or is it? [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Feb 23, 2008 - 20 comments

Anti-Pacman

Anti-Pacman.
posted by sveskemus on Jan 28, 2008 - 48 comments

Electric Christmas Trees

Electric Christmas Trees. [more inside]
posted by Tube on Dec 23, 2007 - 3 comments

Cruise Elroy: A Pac-Man Linkfest

Is it just not enough to play Pac-Man on the Atari, PC, OS X dashboard, web, and cellphone? Try Pac-Gentleman, the Pac-Man board game, or just get some costumes and do it yourself. [more inside]
posted by churl on Nov 3, 2007 - 16 comments

Ghosts in the machine

A chimpanzee plays Ms. Pac Man (WMV, some Japanese)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 25, 2007 - 29 comments

Perfect Pac-Man videos

Want to become the sixth person to get a perfect score in Pac-Man? Here's how.
posted by Plutor on Aug 30, 2007 - 18 comments

Recursive Pacman.

Pacman related charts are useful, previously.
posted by |n$eCur3 on Nov 1, 2006 - 24 comments

Playable PacMan Arcade Cabinet Costume

In honor of Halloween, the greatest costume ever: a playable Pac Man arcade cabinet.
posted by jonson on Oct 31, 2006 - 24 comments

Bugman!

Play Pac-Man against real live crickets for science and fun.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Sep 27, 2006 - 10 comments

Pac Xon

FFF: Pac Xon is like Qix, only with graphics from Pac Man, and the red ghosts eat your territory, and the popsicles freeze the ghosts. So maybe it's not so much like Qix, but it's similarly addictive. [via]
posted by scottreynen on Aug 18, 2006 - 17 comments

Mine eats goatse... I mean ghosts!

The PacMan Frog! What is it about this most saffronly rotund of amphibians that has inspired so many hideous web sites? (Don't even bother clicking on this one. It goes right to a geocities site.) Perhaps it's their tendency to try to eat anything they could get their oversized mouths on. They are, in fact, so ready and willing to consume anything within biting distance that it is recommended that owners feed these frogs with spoons. Pac man frogs will tend to bite anything that moves. Never use you [sic] bare hands when feeding to avoid bites. Many frogs are killed when a hand is quickly drawn away from a bite and the horned frog is flung against a wall. This one, apparently, just put a bounty out on Han Solo.

Whether you love them or hate them, all pacman frog owners agree: there's no tidy way to wrap up a post about pacman frogs. (Warning: almost inhumanly annoying website behind link. embedded qt midi music (really, though. what if God WERE one of us?) and horrific purple color scheme.)
posted by shmegegge on Jan 25, 2006 - 16 comments

Data = Art

distellamap is a series of graphical representations of the code and data in Atari 2600 game cartridges, created using the Processing programming language. The results are rather pretty. Also by the same author: mario soup, a representation of the sprites in Super Mario Brothers. (via artificial.dk)
posted by whir on Dec 23, 2005 - 17 comments

It's Pac-Man's 25th birthday

It's Pac-Man's 25th birthday and it's quite clear that some obsessed fans out there are much happier about it than other extremely obsessed pac-players. Maybe that guy needs to unwind for a bit?
posted by kingmissile on Jun 16, 2005 - 12 comments

World's Smallest PacMan Game

World's Smallest PacMan Game [Flash, sound]
posted by carter on Jan 31, 2005 - 19 comments

wakka wakka wakka

Pac-Manhattan is a large-scale urban game that utilizes the New York City grid to recreate the 1980's video game sensation Pac-Man. Oh yes folks, and it's a NYU grad school project.
posted by archimago on May 3, 2004 - 7 comments

Classic games in an all new format....

Pacelman. Pacman for Excel. [via Edge (print edition)]
posted by davehat on Dec 2, 2003 - 17 comments

PacMan Ghosts In Space

Space Dudes! Space Dudes is fifty levels of shooting... PacMan ghosts? It's a Java game. Simple but I found it addictive.
posted by bargle on Aug 8, 2003 - 6 comments

Pac-Man fever, tis driving me crazy.

Pac-Man fever, tis driving me crazy. It was 1981 or so, I was in 6th grade. I had a mom cool enough to take me out of school for a day, give me a few rolls of quarters and send me to this local bar, where I played Pac-Man all day. I made it to the fourth intermission a few times (which was a damn repeat!), how far did you get?
posted by jeremias on Jun 18, 2002 - 26 comments

Guimp.com

Guimp.com claims to be the world's smallest web site. And it probably is.
Jakob must be spinning in his crypt.
You don't have to scroll, though.
posted by Su on May 27, 2002 - 17 comments

Nostalgic for old video games? Try the java arcade machine emulator.

Nostalgic for old video games? Try the java arcade machine emulator. Play classic games such as Tempest, Ms. Pacman, and Arkanoid, arcade perfect and available on the internet via the magic of java.
posted by phatboy on Nov 2, 2001 - 8 comments

ascii Pac-Man

ascii Pac-Man that's free, runs in win/dos and linux, and is complete with color graphics and smart ghosts.
posted by mathowie on Apr 19, 2001 - 5 comments

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