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My thought (1, Troll)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 9 years ago | (#10857390)

I read about this a day or two ago, and thought to myself: "Should I submit this to Slashdot". Then I thought "Nah, certainly something this stupid would never make it onto Slashdot".

Insert obligatory: "You must be new here" reply.

So expensive! try a cheaper solution! (4, Funny)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 9 years ago | (#10857396)

you too can eat virtual cookies while being chased by (real) ghosts.

A tab of acid will cost you $4 and produce the same effect...

Re:So expensive! try a cheaper solution! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10861974)

Where are you scoring acid? It's been nigh impossible to get in Seattle for a few years now.

Where did these games go? (5, Insightful)

Matt Perry (793115) | more than 9 years ago | (#10857408)

This is offtopic so mod away, but the article made me wonder. Where are all the games like PacMan? I don't mean PacMan itself, but simple games like that which you can play in five or ten minutes here and there? When I had an Amiga 10-15 years ago it seemed that there was a lot more variety in the types of games available.

Re:Where did these games go? (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 9 years ago | (#10857439)

Absolutely. I now have responsibilities, and can't afford to spend hours on end playing games. Very few things worthwhile that I can get the hang of in a short time, yet are fun enough to play mre than a few times.... Crap... I look forward to the newest Orbitz game coming out!

Re:Where did these games go? (3, Interesting)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 9 years ago | (#10857529)

I think this is one of the big drivers beind the "retro-gaming" movement. It's not so much that 30-somethings are trying to recapture some lost element of their youth, it's just that many people are so drained by their jobs that they just want something simple to unwind with. But gamers who like old fashioned games are probably happy with the various emulators out there and wouldn't have much reason to purchase some newly-created simple game. So there's no market for these types of quickie games.

Anyhow, that's my theory. I'm not a gamer either way but I admit a fondness for retro games. There's no friggin' way I could be bothered with any of the games that come out these days (even though the chicks in them look way sexier than that broad you had to save in Donkey Kong).

GMD

Re:Where did these games go? (3, Funny)

Mattcelt (454751) | more than 9 years ago | (#10857684)

I have been in the same boat for several years now. I almost religiously stay away from MMORPGs precisely for this reason. I tend to only buy games which don't require a great deal of time investment. Lately I've been playing Criterion's Burnout series (2+3), which is a lot of fun and can be played for 10-30 minutes at a time for the most part. Even online, I can hop into BO3 for a game or two and hop back out.

'Course, I often find that the clock has jumped ahead 2 hours when I've only been playing for 15 minutes... It seems that certain games often have time distortion fields surrounding them. Go figure.

Re:Where did these games go? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10857986)

---BEGIN STOCK REPLY--- v1.0 copyright free

Simple arcade-style games are all over the place. You don't hear about them so much because they're free. Try Yahoo or MSN games, or just look around on Google.
High level programming languages and powerful computers means this stuff is easy for even novice programmers, and lots of them want to share. Some are even open source - any recent install of Linux will come with a couple of dozen arcade-style games, like Chromium, Kolf, Boules.
Not to mention that all those arcade games that were so much better are all still available (if not always legal). Abandonware and ROMs are not hard to come by.
So, stop complaining and start playing! And if you can't find the exact game you want, then write the damn thing yourself.

---END STOCK REPLY--- credit: J4M13

Re:Where did these games go? (1)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 9 years ago | (#10858175)

They are in the places they remain profitable:

1) Freely downloadable adware/spamware/shareware
2) Bundled with an OS.
3) Online (casino games, cell phone games)
4) Arcades
5) Standalone game-in-a-joystick devices

Re:Where did these games go? (1)

DLWormwood (154934) | more than 9 years ago | (#10858250)

Where are all the games like PacMan? I don't mean PacMan itself, but simple games like that which you can play in five or ten minutes here and there?

Mostly to cell phones and PDAs, though you can still play them online at places like PopCap. [popcap.com] I'll also double another poster's suggestion about the GameBoy; WarioWare [warioware.biz] is a good example of simple game play for the new millenium. Simple game design seems to have been shunted to the "puzzle" genre of gaming.

PopCap (1)

photon317 (208409) | more than 9 years ago | (#10858784)


Check out PopCap games. I heard about them because one of the audio guys from the old early 90's asm demo crew Future Crew ended up working there. They make kick-ass simple games with no adware or spyware. You can play limited versions of the game in flash in your browser, or buy cheap licenses and download them for Wintel. www.popcap.com.

Re:Where did these games go? (2, Interesting)

Pxtl (151020) | more than 9 years ago | (#10858935)

Cube. Quake 1. Lots of FPS games are great for hop-in-and-play, except for the new ones, where your load and download times will suck up half of your quick break. But frequently I'll have a 10 minute break and just pop open Cube, join a server, frag for 9 minutes, then politely bow out. If you play FPS games, Cube is dead simple - no complex tricks, obscure pickups, or confusing levels.

If you're not into FPS games, there are numerous online Popcap games. If you like that sort of thing :P

Re:Where did these games go? (1)

MBoffin (259181) | more than 9 years ago | (#10859662)

Where are all the games like PacMan?

PopCap Games almost exclusively develops these types of games. While Bejewled can suck you in for hours at a time, it's a game you can play in five to ten minutes and still have fun at it.

Re:Where did these games go? (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 9 years ago | (#10861719)

cell phones. much like the wat gba brough back the 2d side scroller, cell phones ahev brough back the simple games :)

What about... (3, Interesting)

hatrisc (555862) | more than 9 years ago | (#10857420)

What about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10858402)

the San Franscisco variant, "fudge pacman"?

Re:What about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10858446)

How was this redundant? I was actually going to make the same post before changing my view to -1 to read the rest of the comments. Good thing that I did.

Pacmanhattan [pacmanhattan.com] was a lower tech version of live Pacman in the streets of New York, done by students. Hell, Slashdot had an article [slashdot.org] about them 6 months ago.

I'd imagine that the average slashdotter (1)

Pugflop (797868) | more than 9 years ago | (#10857676)

is less interested in "cookies" and more interested in Ms. Pacman. :D

Sugar Jars. (1)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 9 years ago | (#10857689)

So can anyone explain what is up with having to pick up real Sugar Jars? Some mention of ingredients.. to do what??

Obligatory Quote (2, Funny)

quamaretto (666270) | more than 9 years ago | (#10858015)

Computer games don't affect kids; I mean, if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.
Scary.

Re:Obligatory Quote (1)

nifboy (659817) | more than 9 years ago | (#10858201)

I think of a rave whenever I hear that quote.

Re:Obligatory Quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10862025)

Holy shit! I think that means you got the joke!

Re:Obligatory Quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#10875443)

thats the point

'Human Pacman'? Bah. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10858615)

http://www.pacmanhattan.com

Much cooler.

What happens when ... (2, Funny)

mynameisnotnick (832452) | more than 9 years ago | (#10859104)

the playing field of Human Pacman overlaps with the playing field of Human Grand Theft Auto?

Re:What happens when ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10871487)

Some kid will take a hit of LSD, then try to eat his best friend, who has become a blue ghost...

TechTV (1)

Ryan Stortz (598060) | more than 9 years ago | (#10861435)

Before the merger that killed everything good about TechTV; Fresh Gear covered this. Anyone want to find a link? (Is there even a link to find?)

Dangerous, innit? (2, Funny)

MrZaius (321037) | more than 9 years ago | (#10861498)

Am I the only one that sees the corner of an automobile passing the girl in the VR suit?

What on earth is there that keeps the people from stepping off into the road? One mistep, and poof. Pacman's back to the center, the medical center.

I've always wanted to build something like this... (1)

rubberbando (784342) | more than 9 years ago | (#10862052)

Only I would have put it inside a more controlled environment (like in a building) and made it a FPS. I also would have made the walls of the maze all solid colors and with the use of chroma keying, had changable textures overlaid on them.

Damn I wish I had the capital to build my many many dreams. :-/

We've started playing in Vancouver... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10862497)

A group of CS students at Simon Fraser University in B.C. have started something similar to PacManhattan, though we call it PacVancouver (PacVan [pacvancouver.com]).

The Better Drunk Way (1)

Shadow_139 (707786) | more than 9 years ago | (#10862813)

Found this about a year or so ago. But is it less or more Nerdy?!?!?! HomePage <URL:http://pacmanhattan.com/index.php/> , and Pictures <URL:http://stage.itp.tsoa.nyu.edu/~ch690/picts.ph p/> or the Video <URL:http://pacmanhattan.com/videos.php/> .... --- <BR>&#147;Indeed! The toenail that is your brain is hungry.&#148; &#150;Wobbly Headed Bob

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Here's a scary idea (1)

Steeltalon (734391) | more than 9 years ago | (#10863393)

Anyone want to put these devices on cars and trucks to try human frogger? ;)

It's Been Done, Kinda... (1)

DLWormwood (154934) | more than 9 years ago | (#10865069)

Anyone want to put these devices on cars and trucks to try human frogger?

As Seen On TV [firteen.com]

Re:It's Been Done, Kinda... (1)

Steeltalon (734391) | more than 9 years ago | (#10866752)

Wow... Maybe I should have watched that show more often.

Re:It's Been Done, Kinda... (1)

DLWormwood (154934) | more than 9 years ago | (#10867395)

The only episode of Seinfeld I watched during it's original run was the last one where the main characters get their comeupance via a "Good Samaritan" law. The show, despite it's banalness, had moments of genius, which made it a favorite of the "water cooler" discussion set. I dislike the show even more now that it's everywhere on the dial in syndication.
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