94 thoughts on “Here, Amuse Yourself

  1. Yes and yes. What fun! I remember 25 years ago when pacman was all the rage on atari. My mom brought home the soundtrack to the game on a record and we listened to it for hours. Yes the soundtrack to the lame pacman music. And YOU thought you were a hard core gamer. Heh.

  2. It works for me on IE 6 with Win XP Pro, but the Back button no longer takes me back from your main page to the previous page. If I pull down the “Back” dropdown, the previous selection is now labeled “Loading” and the one before that is the page I originally came from.

  3. Yes, although

    1) the Whatever page took a long time to load, (like almost a minute,)

    2) my High Score doesn’t seem to be saved,

    3) Pac-Man sucks compared to Ms. Pac-Man, and

    4) I have now been targeted by a Namco assassin for not putting in a quarter, somewhere.

  4. Yes, it works on PC, IE 6.0.etc. But I am now sad for the following reasons:

    1. I miss my Atari 2600
    2. I miss my Pac-man T-shirt
    3. I miss being five years old

    [sniff]

  5. shiny! And I got a snarky comment from my advisor (note to self: turn off computer sound when he’s standing right next to your desk.)

    Oh, you mean I have to *work* today, too? oops.

  6. shiny! And I got a snarky comment from my advisor (note to self: turn off computer sound when he’s standing right next to your desk.)

    Oh, you mean I have to *work* today, too? oops.

  7. Yes, I can see it, and yes, I can move Pac-Man around. As far as being able to play it, I’ve never been good at Pac-Man.

  8. Yes and yes. Firefox 1.5.0.7, Flash 7 plugin, Fedora Core 5…and, in fact, it worked (a) over an SSH-tunneled X connection to another machine’s display, and (b) in the Sage site summary screen straight from the RSS feed. The controls seemed a bit sluggish though.

  9. I love miss pac man. I dressed up as her one year for Halloween. I couldn’t convince my freinds to be inky, blinky or the fruit though.

  10. I love miss pac man. I dressed up as her one year for Halloween. I couldn’t convince my freinds to be inky, blinky or the fruit though.

  11. Other games here, including Asteroids, Donkey Kong (which doesn’t work very well), and Tetris. They’re even downloadable from a link on this page. The rather tiny .swf file can be dragged to any browser window (assuming that Macromedia Flash is installed and enabled, of course), and the game can be played.

    http://www.80smusiclyrics.com/games/

    This is not necessarily a good thing.

    Didn’t the original Donkey Kong game have a hammer on the first screen?

    Stupid gorilla.

  12. Other games here, including Asteroids, Donkey Kong (which doesn’t work very well), and Tetris. They’re even downloadable from a link on this page. The rather tiny .swf file can be dragged to any browser window (assuming that Macromedia Flash is installed and enabled, of course), and the game can be played.

    http://www.80smusiclyrics.com/games/

    This is not necessarily a good thing.

    Didn’t the original Donkey Kong game have a hammer on the first screen?

    Stupid gorilla.

  13. Hi, Aaron namesake.

    John, I use Noscript with Firefox, and so I won’t see anything unless I unblock widgetserver.com manually (which I’m not about to do.)

    I prefer Mame in any case ;-) I secured a generic arcade cabinet a few years back and am just upgrading the guts to a 1ghz P3 from a Celeron 300a. Bit hard to put that on my blog though.

  14. Haha, neat.

    Jonathon: Level designs never change, the ghosts just get faster and stay vulnerable for less time when you get a super-pill. Ain’t it great?

  15. Haha, neat.

    Jonathon: Level designs never change, the ghosts just get faster and stay vulnerable for less time when you get a super-pill. Ain’t it great?

  16. Yes, but arrow keys are a poor substitute for a joystick.

    I was never any good at the game anyway. My mother, on the other hand, went through a period of serious addiction to the TI-994A Pac Man knock-off. It was what she did while procrastinating on her grad school homework.

  17. Yes and yes (Safari 2.0.4 on OS X) but I note a problem with gameplay: the wraparound tunnel doesn’t slow down the ghosts. In the original game when they went through it they went to something like half speed. Made for a useful evasion tactic.

  18. Yes and yes (Safari 2.0.4 on OS X) but I note a problem with gameplay: the wraparound tunnel doesn’t slow down the ghosts. In the original game when they went through it they went to something like half speed. Made for a useful evasion tactic.

  19. Also, in the original Pac-Man was normally at the same speed as the ghosts — but was slightly slower when eating. It made for the occasional suspenseful chase when you were going towards a super-pill with the ghosts close behind and gradually catching up. In this version eating doesn’t slow you down.

  20. Planetary ViagraThis doesn’t belong here, but I don’t seem to have an address to get something to you directly. So I put in a headline that would get your attention. Any, concerning the recent Pluto “discussion,” this deserves to be posted somewhere:ERIS? WHO SHE?The dwarf planet officially known as 2003UB313, the one that orbits beyond Pluto and whose discovery led to the latter
    being dethroned as a major member of the stellar in-crowd, has now been given its permanent name. Everyone has been calling it Xena, the nickname its discoverer Mike Brown gave it, which he took from the name of a character in a television show. But both he and the International Astronomical Union thought this wasn’t classy enough for a permanent name and the IAU has accepted his suggestion of Eris. She’s a figure from Greek classical mythology, the goddess of strife. Considering the furore over the heavenly status of Pluto, it’s an appropriate name. Its moon is now officially Dysnomia after Eris’s daughter, whose name means “lawlessness”. Every commentator has noted that in the TV series Xena was played by Lucy Lawless.
    From http://www.worldwidewords.com, most recent newsletter.

  21. I never liked this game too much as it speeds up like tetris and then it’s not fun to play anymore. I prefer the 3d ‘adventureland’ versions.

  22. I never liked this game too much as it speeds up like tetris and then it’s not fun to play anymore. I prefer the 3d ‘adventureland’ versions.

  23. See it, yep–another Firefox user on WinXP. If by “play” you mean I can move Pac-Man around, eat dots, eat ghosts after a power-up, etc., I can do that, too. If by “play” you mean “Hey, Eric, do you still suck at Pac-Man after all these years or have you actually learned to play?” I still suck. Badly. I am so ashamed.

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