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Pumpkin Carving For the Digital Age: Pumpktris

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 years ago | from the also-electrocutes-neighborhood-vandals dept.

Classic Games (Games) 40

antdude writes "Pumpktris is a fully playable version of Tetris built into a pumpkin, with 128 Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) for the display and the stem serving as a game controller."

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Pumpkin-carving dick-measuring contest (4, Funny)

OldSport (2677879) | about 2 years ago | (#41825869)

I have officially lost.

Re:Pumpkin-carving dick-measuring contest (1)

SeaFox (739806) | about a year ago | (#41827613)

Speaking of dicks, did anyone else think the joystick/stem should have been a little shorter?
It seemed really phallic-looking in the player's hands.

Re:Pumpkin-carving dick-measuring contest (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#41829131)

Speaking of dicks, did anyone else think the joystick/stem should have been a little shorter? It seemed really phallic-looking in the player's hands.

Should be shorter? Phallic-looking is wrong? Are you kidding? Joystick was invented by a man. Not just any man, but an early French aviator to boot. And the name itself! You really think this is a coincidence? *nudge nudge, wink wink*

slow news day? (1, Insightful)

iamhassi (659463) | about 2 years ago | (#41825975)

So.... it's Tetris on a circuit board.... and he extended the wires for the LEDs and drilled holes in a pumpkin for the LEDs to shine through?

Maybe I'm missing something..... why is this interesting?

I understand playing tetris on a skyscraper, because A) it's a skyscraper B) getting the rooms to light up on queue is difficult, but this is just LEDs, it's just... normal tetris... but LOOK! It's in a Pumpkin!

Can someone explain why this is interesting?

Re:slow news day? (0)

Thoughts from Englan (1212556) | about 2 years ago | (#41826083)

Apparently not

Re:slow news day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41826103)

because announcing news hours after its announced else where is the thing to do!

Re:slow news day? (4, Insightful)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 2 years ago | (#41826479)

1. It's holloween 2. dude programed an andrino to do tetris 3. dude drilled a zillion holes in a pumpkin and turned the stem into a joystick Is it amazing? No... but certainly creative, geeky, and fits the season.

Re:slow news day? (1)

craigminah (1885846) | about a year ago | (#41831023)

Does "a zillion" now equal 128? Not really newsworthy...

Re:slow news day? (4, Funny)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about 2 years ago | (#41826503)

I think it has something to do with Halloween. I doubt it would have made it through had it been an electrified parsnip or burning yam. I'd also be surprised if it makes it through again come next 4th of July. I know some folks are pretty hardcore around here, and that if they built a damned pumpkin, it would be built to last and do a helluva lot more than imitate an outdated video game. No, it would make SkyRim look like Atari, and would beam lasers to the space station and hover mid-air, during boot. I'd probably be lynched and hanged with wireless if I admitted to thinking it was neat. So I'll pretend I'm disappointed too.

Neverwinter MMO by Atari SA (1)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#41826803)

No, it would make SkyRim look like Atari

Atari is publishing a Neverwinter MMORPG [wikipedia.org] next year. So in a sense, Idthesda's Skyrim does look like a forthcoming Atari product: they're both fantasy role-playing games.

Re:Neverwinter MMO by Atari SA (1)

craigminah (1885846) | about a year ago | (#41831037)

First person to put Neverwinter MMORPG into a pumpkin will make it onto /.

Re:slow news day? (2)

ozmanjusri (601766) | about a year ago | (#41827603)

I doubt it would have made it through had it been an electrified parsnip or burning yam.

Dunno mate.

I would totally go to a Burning Yam festival, especially if they have electric pumpkins there. Not so keen on Cinderfella though.

Re:slow news day? (1)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about a year ago | (#41827731)

Cinderfella

Would that be Guy Fawkes; or is my British off?
- V?
PS: Regarding the yams, I concur - with butter and honey.

Re:slow news day? (1)

ozmanjusri (601766) | about a year ago | (#41828835)

Not so British - Jerry Lewis.

And try some Malaysian Fatt Put (crispy yam ring, filled with chicken and cashew), if you get a chance.

Re:slow news day? (1)

maroberts (15852) | about 2 years ago | (#41826653)

Pumpkin display is still at an early stage of development.

You obviously need to wait until Apple gets into the game and releases an iPumpkin with a Retina display and a touchPumpkin interface (patented of course). Of course, iPumpkins will only be available at Apple stores and may be limited to one per customer.

Re:slow news day? (2)

drkim (1559875) | about 2 years ago | (#41827507)

You obviously need to wait until Apple gets into the game...

Actually, this guy is already in deep legal trouble.

You see, Apple holds patent #9780870 which protects any, "...fruit named, or fruit-like objects, capable of playing or displaying only non-current computer games or video games."

Additionally, Patent #94345350, gives them exclusive rights to, "...any object, article, device, thing, unit, planet, vehicle, body organ, fruit, vegetable, legume, or any other object or thing which can be discerned and/or observed; whether or not it has been discerned and/or observed..." that has "...a rounded, streamlined, and/or non-square shape..."

Re:slow news day? (1)

the biologist (1659443) | about 2 years ago | (#41826809)

I like how he made the handle transparent.

Re:slow news day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41826873)

He used the stem as a joystick... nuff said

Re:slow news day? (2)

tbird81 (946205) | about 2 years ago | (#41827417)

The were going to write an article on what you do, but "Slashdotter complains about 10,000th article" did not survive the Firehose.

Re:slow news day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#41828285)

And you did...what? ... ... ... (some free ellipsises for you, since you seem to need it a lot.)

Re:slow news day? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#41828419)

No he didn't reinvent the wheel or create the next big thing to solve a problem, but he did manage to make me smile. Personally, I consider that a good thing.

Considering the amount of crap being reported as news in the average newspaper, I guess this would count as "yellow press nerd news", and why not? It's a cute thing, and quite ingenious if you ask me to take an old custom like pumpkin carving and bring it into the digital age.

Re:slow news day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#41828765)

It's interesting because it's fun. But you already know that, you're just being passive aggressive because you're bitter that it's not you that's getting attention and approval for something that you now have to make a big noise about being within your capabilities.

I play tetris with my herd of goats! (0)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | about 2 years ago | (#41826017)

Their farts are bonus levels! I am a jenys, in the doaokds of theworkd the vuttioiopfart in coopy!!!!

Re:I play tetris with my herd of goats! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#41831769)

Seriously, man. What's up with writing all this garbage to /.? If you are reading Slashdot, you must be quite smart to begin with, then why not write some great messages too?

My message to you (1)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | about 2 years ago | (#41838559)

Dear COWARD, you have less goat-herding capacity in your entire household than I have in my left earwax!!!!! Truly ALL my psots are bedecked with GENIUS but they go over your philistine head. Oh well! Let us pgrioetka the f8u9gowiksllllslsllsiii! Slammmmmin, Slashdort!

The tenacity of a nerds... (2, Insightful)

Onuma (947856) | about 2 years ago | (#41826075)

...can never be stopped by boundaries of "That's a silly idea" or "That'll never work".

Thank you nerds, techies, geeks and other misanthropic, misunderstood outcasts!
Even though this project may just be a game, this type of devotion to science and technological innovation is how we have advanced as a species.

Copyright problem (1)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#41826153)

How long until Alexey Pajitnov and Henk Rogers get this shut down as an infringement of the copyright in Tetris [slashdot.org] ?

Not even Tetris. (1)

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) | about 2 years ago | (#41826159)

A true hacker would have used multicolor LEDs. Then he could havge gotten a real tetris not this lame imitation.

Re:Not even Tetris. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41826217)

more importantly, Tetris is wider than 8 rows.

Re:Not even Tetris. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#41829957)

And taller than 16 columns!!!

As hard as I tried to resist... (2)

KrazyDave (2559307) | about 2 years ago | (#41826633)

I had to click the link to look at it... *sigh*

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41826765)

...I've got one hell of a case of GAS. Good thing is, smells like roses...

Re:In other news... (1)

Mitt Romney (2766023) | about 2 years ago | (#41852003)

Test

I really thought (1)

Brad1138 (590148) | about 2 years ago | (#41827179)

Organic LEDs had come farther than this...

Someone already did it better, minus the pumpkin (2)

Powercntrl (458442) | about 2 years ago | (#41827299)

There's a guy on YouTube who implemented a much better clone of Tetris, complete with upcoming piece display, on RGB LEDs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugub6d65b2A [youtube.com]

But they didn't think to shove it inside a pumpkin, so no one cared. There's an Apple analogy in there, somewhere.

Re: (1)

JustinIshley (2750431) | about a year ago | (#41827779)

he did amazing work!

"Pumpktris"?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#41828027)

Where are the Portmanteau Police when you need them?

Re:"Pumpktris"?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#41828131)

Where are the Portmanteau Police when you need them?

Don't you mean the Portmanteau Authoriteau?

Re:"Pumpktris"?! (2)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#41828427)

The Portmantice wasn't available for comment.

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