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PacManhattan Relocates Classic Game To New York Streets

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the actually-more-frogger-than-anything-else,-given-the-traffic dept.

Classic Games (Games) 326

Matt Slaybaugh writes "Some classmates of mine have developed a 'large-scale urban game that utilizes the New York City grid to recreate the 1980's video game sensation Pac-Man.' One player dresses up as Pac-Man and tries to cover the full Greenwich Village grid, while 4 others dressed as Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde try to catch him. Everyone reports their positions to their respective generals, who monitor progress on a central control board. I can't wait for the real-world implementation of Donkey Kong."

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326 comments

For a small price... (5, Funny)

Exiler (589908) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030666)

I'll gladly hurl barrels at the submitter... or anyone, really.

Re:For a small price... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9030726)

I'd pay for that... if you do it naked, like in the game

Re:For a small price... (0, Troll)

bobobobo (539853) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030840)

I can't wait for the real-world implementation of Donkey Kong."

No kidding. Crappy jokes abound here on /.

Re:For a small price... (1)

Shazzman (656506) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030907)

THIS SHIT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE WTF PACMAN IN NYC WTF LOLLLLLLLL

i'm ok now, i really am. seriously. and i used caps because i was yelling.

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Mirror , just in case (0, Troll)

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I Wonder... (2, Funny)

scifience (674659) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030674)

I wonder what the people walking past think...

It's funny, laugh!

Re:I Wonder... (4, Funny)

imgumbydamnit (730663) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030727)

Hey, It's New York. Standard fare in the Village.

holy cow (3, Funny)

MozillaFireBird (701394) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030676)

How are the ghosts gonna eat the pacman? Cannibals

Re:holy cow (4, Funny)

kingkade (584184) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030728)

How are the ghosts gonna eat the pacman? Cannibals

Obviously they had to change the rules with people, so they can't be eaten. When the guy playing Pacman gets caught he gets fucked in the ass and he loses a life.

Re:holy cow (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030763)

losing a life huh? That would seem to put these guys in a pretty tough situation...

Re:holy cow (5, Funny)

andy_shepard (315539) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030773)

...and he loses a life.

I'd bet he didn't have one in the first place.

Re:holy cow (0, Flamebait)

MozillaFireBird (701394) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030824)

When the guy playing Pacman gets caught he gets fucked in the ass
Well, we should have a chick playing pacman then. Pac-chick. Pinky goes for the ass. Blinky for the love hole. Inky gets the twins. Lucky Clyde get a blowjob.

But what about - (4, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030677)


> while 4 others dressed as Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde try to catch him.

What happened to Tinkie-Winkie?

Re:But what about - (0)

MozillaFireBird (701394) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030696)

Who are they? My pacman's got only 4 - Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde

OT -- your sig (1)

cosmicg (313545) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030917)

Matt Groening on Fresh Air:

"The idea of the design of him is he actually is basically, originally Homer in clown garb. And the satirical conceit that I was going for at the time was that the Simpsons was about a kid who had no respect for his father, but worshiped a clown who looked exactly looked exactly like his father. But, we sort of lost that."

So there you go.

Which 'hood? (3, Funny)

Seoulstriker (748895) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030680)

I can't wait for them to go through the Washington Heights and Bronx 'hoods and play with the homies there...

Real life gaming (2, Insightful)

bas148 (637517) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030687)

I would pay them money to let me do this... RL video gaming; better than crappy 3d goggles.

Why Not, Right? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9030713)

I mean, if you already pay for your sex and your friends, why not pay for your real life gaming? //smirk.

Re:Real life gaming (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9030782)

yeah man, we could play COUNTERSTRIKE live in NY. Now that would be cool.

omg wallhack!

Re:Real life gaming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9030904)

They already do that in Washington DC.

Tim

Or Frogger on 5th Avenue! (5, Funny)

Madwand (79821) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030689)

Just imagine dodging taxis...

Re:Or Frogger on 5th Avenue! (4, Funny)

Azureflare (645778) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030760)

Well, in real life, the taxis might swerve to avoid you. Whereas in frogger, this never happens.

On the other hand, this IS New York we're talking about here.

Oh, do not get in the way of the producers freshly fed and baying for cabs.

George Costanza has already done it in Seinfeld! (5, Informative)

antdude (79039) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030868)

From episode 174 [tvtome.com] . It was a pretty funny episode. :)

I even found two video clips: #1 [interdragnet.co.uk] and #2 [retroblast.com] . Here are two screen captures: #1 [interdragnet.co.uk] and #2 [retroblast.com] . Thanks to Google [google.com] for finding these. ;)

You know, I work right near there.... (3, Funny)

edwardd (127355) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030691)

If I see PacMan running arounf, and call out to the ghosts, is that cheating: ;)

Oh dear (2, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030694)

In other news: Al Qaeda members intercepted and arrested today downtown New York, disguised as yellow PacMen. They admitted using a new kind of simulator to train for their failed terrorist attack.

so sad... (5, Funny)

Roger Keith Barrett (712843) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030698)

even more guys who will never, ever get laid...

Re:so sad... (0)

Feztaa (633745) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030768)

It's actually a good thing; more women for us!

Hate to break this to you... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9030973)

...but youre one of them.

An account at /. is like a giant banner which screams "Virgin!".

Re:so sad... (1)

fiddlesticks (457600) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030969)

They will if they've got a USB Flashdrive watch as well as the Pacman costumes, won't they?

Only in Greenwich Village... (4, Funny)

SilentChris (452960) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030700)

Somehow, looking at the pictures, I imagine the guy who plays PacMan has a hard time getting dates.

Scene bar:
Guy: "So, baby, what's your sign?"
Women: "What's that big thing sticking out of your chest?"
Guy: "Oh this? Yellow foam. There's one in the back too."
Women: "What's it for for? Do you use it erotically?"
Guy: "Heck no. It's for playing a real-life version of a videogame from the 80s."
*Total silence*

If he's in Greenwich Village... (1)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030933)

Perhaps he does use it erotically.

Power Pellets (4, Funny)

dankney (631226) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030701)

Power Pellets sold by shady characters in dark alleys?

Re:Power Pellets (5, Informative)

jelevy01 (574941) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030772)

who needs dark alleys? It's Washington Square park, just got to D2 by the chess boards..

ohhhhh fun. (1)

ambienceman (721763) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030703)

They need to utilize the Subway. I'm going to try to sign up and play when I get back home.

Re:ohhhhh fun. (0)

ambienceman (721763) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030861)

wow they mod me down for anything in here. overrated at 0?

Quote from Pac-Man (1, Funny)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030705)

Wakka Wakka Wakka

Fruit (5, Funny)

Decameron81 (628548) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030706)

But if you find a rotten apple lying in the middle of the street are you supposed to eat it?

Diego

Pac man NYC style (2, Funny)

kingkade (584184) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030710)

Clearly Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde must be pimps and Pacman is a bitch who outta pocket.

I won't be happy (4, Funny)

karmaflux (148909) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030712)

until they all have GPS's, and I can watch a satellite map of them running around. GET TO WORK

Re:I won't be happy (1)

simcop2387 (703011) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030934)

i was wondering myself why they don't use GPS for this? heck if you did it right you could get someone at the switch board instructing the pacman where to go via wireless pda, man would that be fun. send him right into traffic!

Just imagine... (2, Funny)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030714)

when they decide to scale Halo to real life in NYC...if you think the traffic problems there are already bad, wait 'till there's a Warthog or two....

Key (3, Interesting)

JustinXB (756624) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030715)

How do I get the gold key?

Wow (1)

xintegerx (557455) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030717)

I've never seen so many screen shots (about 20) that all show absolutely nothing interesting before in my life. It is really worth the experience of going to the photos page and viewing them all just to confirm this, as you will never see this type of mundane marketing again!

Re:Wow (1)

mattyrobinson69 (751521) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030779)

thats not even a valid IP (your sig)

Umm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9030718)

Goddamn... Go see a show or something.

Interesting (1)

Black_Logic (79637) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030729)

This seems like a fun idea, But I wasn't to clear about how the 'generals' keep track of everyones position. Their's a .dir file linked to in the rules page. Any windows users with director wanna tell us what that is? (It's a binary file but says director in there. I think that's Macromedia's shockwave, right?)

Seems like gps, wifi and pda's could make this more plausible.

Re:Interesting (2, Informative)

The_Mystic_For_Real (766020) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030748)

It seemed to me that the players reported to their respective general via a cell phone.

Re:Interesting (3, Interesting)

Black_Logic (79637) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030814)

Hmm.. I'm not so sure. The rules said that the pac man's general knows everyones position. Does each player (pac man and all ghosts) all have to report to the pac man's general. i.e. Each ghost is making 5 calls on each corner? The rule's page wasn't clear about what seems like the most interesting part of the game.

Re:Interesting (1)

RedWizzard (192002) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030918)

The rules said that the pac man's general knows everyones position. Does each player (pac man and all ghosts) all have to report to the pac man's general. i.e. Each ghost is making 5 calls on each corner? If they use phones for position reporting they'd make one call to the control center where all 5 generals are situated. However they mention GPS and WIFI so I'd say the position reporting is or will be automated and the phones are just for orders from the generals to the runners.

hmmm (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9030746)

I wonder if we can ever simulate this on a computer. That would save a lot of time, money and effort.

Re:hmmm (5, Funny)

xintegerx (557455) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030829)

I wonder if we can ever simulate this on a computer. That would save a lot of time, money and effort.

1) In theory, it sounds feasible, but I don't see how it can be done practically. For one, I've dabbled in computer programming, and the most popular game libraries, Direct3D and OpenGL, are 3D libraries, I think.

2) Two, maybe I don't know about games too much, but in my experience, all controllable object models must be able to launch particles, and have multiple weapons. Again, I am not an expert, but that is from my experience ( I am 14 years old.) But I think there is some limitation like that Microsoft's Denomination Library Network explains. All games controlled by keyboard and rendered and sample game source code projects have a shooting mode, ALWAYS. So you can see that I am not stupid.

3) Without 3D models and 3D collisions, how could you know when you hit a wall?

This game is not feasible with current technology.

I am an expert in this field,

Sincerely,

Integer
President, "Slashdot Users Giving Short-Sighted Opinions", founded in 1969.

~ Integer: Killing good jokes since 1969. (There I just killed some 69 joke going on right now somewhere on the Internet.)

Re:hmmm (1)

gnu-generation-one (717590) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030968)

"the most popular game libraries, Direct3D and OpenGL, are 3D libraries, I think."

[a] z = 0
[b] glVertex2f, not glVertex3f
[c] glScalef(x,y,1) not glScalef(x,y,z)

Can't help you on DirectX though... is the API of the devIL^Wevil empire

SUPREME NERDULENCE!!! (4, Insightful)

swordgeek (112599) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030751)

OK, this is just so nerdy, so utterly whacko, and such a large scale piece of craziness that you HAVE to love it.

I've been laughing for the last three minutes. This is great! Even my wife likes the idea. Cheers to those doing it.

Tetris (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9030753)

Personally I'm waiting for the next move in real life Tetris currently being played in New York. Al Queda started with an excellent half tetris but I'm waiting for their next move. Should be good!

Oh My God (1)

Merovign (557032) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030755)

It's Rome all over again. This is the end, the end of everything. Civilization collapsing in on itself. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria!

I'm trying hard to think of something more pathetic to do, but I can't.

At least they deserve a Guiness record for that, or something.

Re:Oh My God (1)

C0rinthian (770164) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030927)

It's Rome all over again. This is the end, the end of everything. Civilization collapsing in on itself. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria!

What next? A planet where apes evolved from man?!?

I did this years ago! (3, Funny)

FyRE666 (263011) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030769)

Well, not Pacman, but my friends and I managed to recreate "Video Pool" in the meatspace. We also sucessfully played Tapper, and "Nick Faldo's golf".

I also know a guy who was really ahead of his time, and was playing GTA almost every night...

Who's up for some... (3, Funny)

cibus (670787) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030774)

...real life GTA vice city?

Re:Who's up for some... (2, Funny)

nihilistcanada (698105) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030797)

Uh, they call that New York City.

Let's hope they don't recreate Defender (1)

mandark1967 (630856) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030777)

eom

Why report? (4, Insightful)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030795)

Why bother to report position? Why not just automate it with GPS reporting?

Wait for the bots. It's only a matter of time. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9030800)

But I guess we could always imagine a Beowulf cluster of them running Linux.

So?! I don't even want your Karma.

costume is a bit disappointing... (1)

LiSrt (742904) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030801)

I was expecting something more spherical, would be nice to see a 2.5' radius yellow ball with legs running down an ny street (again?) -- I bet the "mouth" on the costume doesn't even work...

Tank, I need an exit! (1)

Eryq (313869) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030804)

I'm looking at the photos of the guy running through the streets with "ghosts" in pursuit, while supposedly in contact with the "general" for advice, and all I keep hearing is:

"Mister Wizard! Get me the hell out of here!"

So: is a real-world "Matrix" game that far behind? :-)

My new wallpaper... (1)

scifience (674659) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030812)

This PacManhattan Picture [nyu.edu]

Funniest thing I've seen in a long time!

Haven't you heard? (2, Funny)

ericdano (113424) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030827)

The real world version of Donkey Kong is filming. It stars "The Donald" as Donkey Kong, and his various apprentices trying to get him.

Yes, "The Donald". With the bad comb-over.

Sombody please give them the binary! (3, Funny)

retro128 (318602) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030831)

Apparently they are having some trouble finding the MAME dump of Pac Man.

Can't Wait for Real World Everquest (1)

pegasustonans (589396) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030834)

In another 25 years or so...

Re:Can't Wait for Real World Everquest (1)

aboxbayz (523965) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030846)

umm no becuase then the whole of NY would be stading around chattering about nothing! =) no offence to eq fans.

Re:Can't Wait for Real World Everquest (1)

pegasustonans (589396) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030901)

Yeah, so not much change from normal I guess...

j/k

All you need is (2, Funny)

Decameron81 (628548) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030845)

All you need is a baseball bat, a good pair of shoes and the fun is guaranteed.

Diego

What about Frank? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9030852)

When is he going to finish his game?

More games... (2, Funny)

Eric Smith (4379) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030853)

I can't wait for the real-world implementation of Donkey Kong.
Or Space Invaders!

"People of Earth, I am Lrrr of the planet Nintendu 64. Tremble in fear at our three different kinds of ships!" -- Futurama, "Anthology of Interest II"

that's pretty cool (1)

enrico_suave (179651) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030855)

I'd like to see more about which location technologies they used to track their positions within the game...

you woulda thought they could justa wore a pacman shirt or "im inky" shirt, but nooo they needed full on costumes... well I give them geek cred for that =P

E.

Sexy. (1)

modifried (605582) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030860)

At least they look good in those costumes. Oh, wait... [nyu.edu]

treat pacman like your kids ... (1)

aboxbayz (523965) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030866)

Implant him with a GPS device.

Meatspace Quake (2, Funny)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030870)

of Half-life. Or Halo. Splinter Cell. Even America's Army

oh wait...

Hmmm.... (1)

Rick Zeman (15628) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030871)

...if they go to the Bronx or Harlem, they can play Defender. :-)

Glaring omission. (1, Insightful)

mrsam (12205) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030874)

These kids... They _DARE_ to call themselves geeks? Shame on them!

I just read their so-called "rules" of the game. What a disgrace. How could they forget one of the most important rules of Pacman???

They completely forgot that when the Pacman eats a power pellet the ghosts immediately change their direction 180 degrees. Somebody should call them up and set them straight.

Score: -1 (fake geek)

Pictures and a movie! (2, Funny)

needacoolnickname (716083) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030877)

and a movie [nyu.edu] to go along with it too!

Ugh... (1)

Decameron81 (628548) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030880)

I don't know. If I saw pacman running around I would surely feel an urge to run after him... anyone would do it.

And in New York there is quite a LOT of people.

Diego

Sooo ... (1)

HalliS (668627) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030885)

So, uhhmm, are we going to slashdot Manhattan now?

Kudos... (3, Insightful)

MistaE (776169) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030889)

...to these folks. Better that they do something cool and crazy like this outside, getting some fresh air, than being cooped up in a stuffy arcade or game room or whatever.

Now if only I can play legit version Galaxia outside...

Dweebage (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9030892)

I guess they don't sell beer in NYC anymore.

Sound effects (1)

MP3Chuck (652277) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030896)

Who gets to make the wakka wakka sound?

Why bother with PacMan? (1)

thunderflash21 (674685) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030898)

Ney York is already a FPS...

This is a creative project, but... (5, Insightful)

MisterLawyer (770687) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030903)

The rules are missing a few details.

From the rules:
"At the start of the game, Pac-Man runs along the streets, staying outdoors, within the designated playing area at all times. The ghosts may begin to chase Pac-Man. Pac-Man continues to run the board until all of the dots are "eaten" or one of the ghosts eats Pac-Man."

What does it mean for a ghost to "eat" Pac-Man?
Does a ghost have to be within a certain distance from Pac-Man?
Does a ghost have to "tag" (physically touch) Pac-Man?
Does a ghost have to restrain Pac-Man?

What happens if a random pedestrian interferes with the game?
These are not empty streets where pan-man and the ghosts can run around freely. There is a lot of obstacles and pedestrian and automotive traffic getting in the way of things.
Also, a guy dressed in yellow foam being vigorously chased by other guys dressed in foam is likely to attract attention, probably by the police.

Wouldn't the fastest runner have a distinct advantage over the other players?
In other words, if Pac-Man had the evasive maneuvers of a pro football running back, wouldn't the game kind of be over before it started?

I applaude the creative ressurrection of a childhood pastime, but I am skeptical of the game being much more than an elaborate "tag, you're it" with costumes.

ObQuote (1)

Bryan_W (649785) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030905)

Doesn't fit it exactly but still applies: "Computer games don't affect kids, I mean if Pac Man affected us as kids, we'd all run around in a darkened room munching pills and listening to repetitive music..."

Club Dread (1)

Enrique G (606211) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030908)

I don't know if anyone else saw it, but Club Dread (from Broken Lizards, the Super Troopers guys) had something like this. They had large bushes or trees plotting out the course, and at the ends. Not as big a scale though, and the ghosts were girls in bikinis. Now thats a game!

What's the deal? (1)

NitroWolf (72977) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030915)

Why are people bashing this? Because they are doing something wacky? Why is that so "geeky?"

It's something fun to do, that's silly... why be so negative about it? Actually, why are the negative comments modded up, instead of down?

Top score? (3, Funny)

HoldenCaulfield (25660) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030928)

The project website is here [nyu.edu] where it mentions the top score is 20,000 so far . . . that's a lot of city blocks to have run - even if you assume they maximized each power pellet (4*(200+400+800+1600)), that leaves 8000 points, and at 30 points per block, that's 266 blocks . . . I guess they beat the board a couple times?

Club Dread. (3, Informative)

jfisherwa (323744) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030943)

They did this in Broken Lizard's Club Dread [imdb.com] (same group that made Supertroopers) -- it was easily the best part of the movie.

Pac-Man Factoids: (1)

MisterLawyer (770687) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030954)

Pac-Man was Time Magazine's Man of the Year in 1982.

ahh yes (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9030956)

Now if they would only make SimCity a real life game... that would be very intresting to play.

Here is a .mov file of a ghost trying to catch him (2, Interesting)

smnoel (236322) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030959)

mov [nyu.edu]

so, how is this new to 21st century (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9030966)

what these guys really need is:

0. GPS units for each player (pac-man and ghosts)

1. 802.11 network

2. wireless PDA with a board of the game

3. server synching all the movement and collection of items.

4. client software that:
a. checks the speed of ghosts (make sure they don't run too fast) - this will allow people that are not too fast runners to play
b. updates and displays the current position of ghosts and pac-man
c. shows the score, etc.

otherwise this Pac-Manhattan is more like Persecution.

*sigh* (1)

Nooloo (775766) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030972)

Just when I thought you couldnt sink any lower than real life role playing games. Way to go guys!

thinkgeek (1)

killerface (573659) | more than 10 years ago | (#9030977)

When are they going to start selling those costumes on thinkgeek
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