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September 29, 2006

Here, Amuse Yourself

I'm testing to see if this Widgetbox thing works for me:

Do you see Pac-Man? Can you play Pac-Man? Let me know.

Posted by john at September 29, 2006 10:57 AM

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Jay Lake | September 29, 2006 11:07 AM

Yes and yes.

Paul | September 29, 2006 11:12 AM

Yes and yes (Firefox 1.5, Windows XP)

Steve | September 29, 2006 11:13 AM

Gee, another reason to not start working today. Yes, it works all too well.

Jason Erik Lundberg | September 29, 2006 11:13 AM

Yes and yes. Fun!

Chang | September 29, 2006 11:14 AM

Yes and yes and I still suck at Pac Man.

Joe | September 29, 2006 11:16 AM

yes and yes, but it says (0)comments.

dave | September 29, 2006 11:18 AM

Yes and yes (Firefox 1.5, MacOS X)

Amanda | September 29, 2006 11:19 AM

Yes and yes. And wow, do I ever not want to catch up on 3 days of missed work. Stupid SARS.

Jeff Hentosz | September 29, 2006 11:24 AM

Yep. Safari on Tiger.

Electric Landlady | September 29, 2006 11:26 AM

Yes and yes. IE 6.0, WinNT. (Yeah, I know.)

Tim Walker | September 29, 2006 11:29 AM

Yes - works great via Firefox on a Thinkpad.

(Subtext: Damn you, Scalzi! I've got a presentation to write!)

Joe Hass | September 29, 2006 11:32 AM

Yes, Yes, Firefox and Mac 10.4.5.

Chang | September 29, 2006 11:34 AM

Sorry, Firefox OSX 10.3.9. Still sucking.

Amanda | September 29, 2006 11:34 AM

Beautifully. Firefox on OSX.

Oops. And now I'm late for work.

Sarah Monette | September 29, 2006 11:35 AM

John, you are Teh Evol.

Yes, and yes. Firefox (whatever the most recentest shiny spandy version is) on PC.

Jim | September 29, 2006 11:45 AM

Yes and Yes -- Mozilla 1.7.5

Janiece | September 29, 2006 11:46 AM

Yes and yes. IE 6.0. Although I agree with Chang - my Pac-Man skillz are still questionable, at best!

Kevin Q | September 29, 2006 11:47 AM

Yes, and Yes.


Dave Munger | September 29, 2006 11:48 AM

Yep. What I want to know is, do the patterns that I memorized 25 years ago (and forgot 20 years ago) still work?

TB84 | September 29, 2006 11:53 AM

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.

Terry Karney | September 29, 2006 11:57 AM

Yes, and yes.

Zoltania | September 29, 2006 12:04 PM

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.

CLD | September 29, 2006 12:08 PM

Yes, Firefox 1.5 and WinXP SP2. But, it didn't take my settings for high score. Wah.

Hugh | September 29, 2006 12:22 PM

Yes and Yes. Opera 9.01 (Windows XP Pro), and like Chang, I still suck at it, after all these years. :)

Dan | September 29, 2006 12:24 PM

Awesome! And here I was wondering what I was going to do today since I'm home sick. You always come through for me, Mr. Scalzi.

John Scalzi | September 29, 2006 12:25 PM

Shucks. I do what I can, Dan.

Djscman | September 29, 2006 12:29 PM

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.

David Moles | September 29, 2006 12:30 PM

Works great in Safari. Except for the high scores.

Annalee Flower Horne | September 29, 2006 12:41 PM

works fine here. Doesn't show up on the atom feed, but that's a given.

Matt Arnold | September 29, 2006 12:57 PM

It works (on Firefox for WinXP) except for showing the high scores.

Hao | September 29, 2006 01:07 PM

Works fine, but the safe corner trick doesn't work anymore!

Ginny | September 29, 2006 01:08 PM

Worked for me!
Firefox on Win XP.

Adam Rakunas | September 29, 2006 01:23 PM

Please, for the love of God, do not install Galaxian. Pac-Man, I can resist. Galaxian will doom me to a lost day.

Rog | September 29, 2006 01:24 PM

Oh that just rocks!

Eric R. | September 29, 2006 01:29 PM

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


Kristy | September 29, 2006 02:34 PM

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.

Randy | September 29, 2006 02:42 PM

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.

Janice in GA | September 29, 2006 02:59 PM

Scored 3490, didn't manage to clear even 1 screen. I always sucked at Pacman.

MikeB | September 29, 2006 03:01 PM

Yes (Windows Vista and IE 7) but I got eaten just as fast!

John League | September 29, 2006 03:09 PM

Yes. And yes on the Galaxian prohibition.

Clint Grimes | September 29, 2006 03:24 PM

yes, Linux Enterprise WS 4 and Firefox

charissa | September 29, 2006 04:23 PM

Yes and yes.


Alex S. | September 29, 2006 04:44 PM

Not under Thunderbird (which is where I read my rss feeds).

Eugene | September 29, 2006 05:00 PM

Ohmigosh! Yes!

Alan Smith | September 29, 2006 05:04 PM

I can see it, I can play it, it remembered my name when I came back, but it won't show the high scores.

Erin Hartshorn | September 29, 2006 05:16 PM

Yes and yes (though no better than I ever could). Mac OS X, Safari 2.0.4

Erbo | September 29, 2006 05:34 PM

Yes and yes. Firefox, 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.

jess | September 29, 2006 06:33 PM

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.

Scorpio | September 29, 2006 06:41 PM

Yes, but I am horribly clumsy at it.

The Gargoyle | September 29, 2006 08:58 PM

Yes and yes.

Safari 2.0.4 (419.3) on Mac OS X (10.4.7).

Owlmirror | September 29, 2006 09:15 PM

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.


This is not necessarily a good thing.

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

Stupid gorilla.

Aaron Haynes | September 29, 2006 09:38 PM

Are the high scores not showing up for anyone else? I got ~48000 just a second ago :(

Jonathan | September 29, 2006 09:56 PM

Felt good about 19,000.. but so far the levels did not change. Third and second level is same as first.

Simon Haynes | September 29, 2006 10:23 PM

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.

Aaron Haynes | September 29, 2006 10:25 PM

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?

Tim Elliott | September 29, 2006 10:41 PM

Yes and yes - MacBook Pro, OS X, Safari 2.0.4.

If you drop in "Defender," I'm doomed.

Naomi | September 29, 2006 11:55 PM

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.

joshua corning | September 30, 2006 12:06 AM

highscores don't show up.

firefox macosx

David Goldfarb | September 30, 2006 02:05 AM

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.

David Goldfarb | September 30, 2006 02:13 AM

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.

La Gringa | September 30, 2006 02:15 AM


Shaun Branden | September 30, 2006 04:00 AM

No, firefox on FreeBSD

Lee | September 30, 2006 04:00 AM

Yes, it works and it will be another time-waster. While we are on the subject of fun stuff see the following:


There's more if you scroll through the choices and the last one is therapeutic if you want to see GWB wiggle like a pretzel. Athena will probably like the laughing cat.

Shaun Branden | September 30, 2006 04:02 AM

No, firefox on FreeBSD

Jon | September 30, 2006 09:38 AM

Planetary Viagra

This 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 www.worldwidewords.com, most recent newsletter.

Rich | September 30, 2006 09:56 AM

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.

Anne C. | September 30, 2006 10:11 AM

Yes. Yes. Do I play Pacman well? No.

Please don't put up Tetris or I'm doomed. Dooooomed!

Bryans | September 30, 2006 11:39 AM

Yes and AWESOME!!!! Thanks

Anna | September 30, 2006 11:40 AM

Yes, and John you are my total and complete hero. No one can get me out of boring work like you can!!

Eric | September 30, 2006 03:17 PM

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.

punkrockhockeymom | October 1, 2006 03:55 PM

Yes and yes! Firefox something whasis (as you can see, I don't install these things for myself).

Bacon | October 2, 2006 12:36 AM

I played it. Got a high score. My initials? ASS.

Carol Elaine | October 2, 2006 12:17 PM

Yes, damn you. Firefox 1.0 on Windows XP Professional.

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