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Verified: Record-breaking Pitfall! Run

timothy posted more than 8 years ago | from the next-step-getting-a-date dept.

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Daniel Vignes writes ""Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back Into The Jungle!" A perfect Pitfall! run with 1:28 left in time, perfect score and no deaths has just been verified by the authority on classic gaming, Twin Galaxies."

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Daniel's Plans (4, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495286)

Shortly after news broke of Daniel's epic accomplishment, reality TV show offers started pouring in.

Among them, a proposal from ABC for a televised relationship with Paris Hilton for a month, a proposal from CBS to televise him living in close quarters with Terrell Owens for two months, NBC's proposal to televise him talking with Jack Thompson for three minutes & Fox's proposal to videotape him living for a year with a North American black bear that has been injected with rabies.

When asked which contract he'd be signing, Daniel revealed he was leaning towards Fox's proposal of starring in "World's Most Dangerous Roommate" citing that he'd take the rabid bear over the other three any day and was cautiously optimistic that his vine-swinging & pit jumping skills would come in handy.

Daniel has recently purchased a large mansion [wikipedia.org] on loan and is confident that his endorsement contracts are only now starting with Twin Galaxies. Enjoy your fifteen minutes, Daniel!

Re:Daniel's Plans (4, Funny)

writertype (541679) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495329)

I like how this was modified "informative".

Re:Daniel's Plans (2, Funny)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495652)

Stupid Fox! I had a show set to air later this fall on ABC called "Unbearable" about a low-grade celebrity rooming with a rabid bear. Can't they stop stealing show ideas?

Staying Power (5, Insightful)

Doytch (950946) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495299)

It's amazing how long people still play these retro games. Emulators make it easy for non-fanatics(like me) to pick up SMB3 or Super Contra and play a bit.

Will today's games last that long, or will it be that much harder to enjoy them years from now because of the extra difficulty of creating a emu for them.

Re:Staying Power (1)

rmadmin (532701) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495379)

I still play the original Final Fantasy in an emulator on my laptop over my lunch break. Albiet not as old as pitfall, but I still love it. Can't wait for the Wii to come out so I can play all those leet 8 bit games on my TV again... (Too lazy for a NTSC out video card) :)

Re:Staying Power (1)

GregChant (305127) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495421)

You can do this now, with a PlayStation. Final Fantasy Origins (http://na.square-enix.com/games/FFORIGINS/) contains both Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II (never released in North America).

Re:Staying Power (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495638)

I would recommend against the PS1 remakes of Final Fantasy 1 and 2 due to annoying load times. The GBA port of these two games, "Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls" makes for a more enjoyable experience IMO.

Re:Staying Power (1)

Blackneto (516458) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495507)

I still play Master of Magic using DOSBox.

Re:Staying Power (1)

dyslexicbunny (940925) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495511)

Will today's games last that long, or will it be that much harder to enjoy them years from now because of the extra difficulty of creating a emu for them.

They probably will but they'll need a prescription.

Re:Staying Power (4, Funny)

rtyall (960518) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495551)

I still play "Sonic the Hedgehog", although I'm slightly dismayed that I can no longer complete "Green Hill Zone Act 1" in 26 seconds. Curse my 26 year old athritic-like thumbs.

Re:Staying Power (1)

radarsat1 (786772) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495607)

Soooo true.
I used to be way better at video games when I was 12.
They're still fun though, but I have vague memories of actually getting past more than 2 levels of MegaMan...

emu recreation (1)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495624)

Many of those games were on cutting-edge equipment at the time (ok, not the 2600). They used multiple processors, custom graphics chips, and custom sound chips. Yet, we've been able to emulate them pretty well.

Even the very advanced-for-its-time TMS34010 [ti.com] graphics processor chip has been emulated in software to play Hard Drivin'. That chip had bit-addressable memory, built-in clipping, overflow math, and 2D fill.

In 15 years, hardware and software will advance to emulate lots of the stuff in modern video games.... all in software.
In the past, video games were closely tied to their hardware (the atari 2600 had to count its opcodes to fit the NTSC video signal). Now the interface is cleaner and independent of the hardware -- just emulate DirectX or OpenGL well and you've got a good start at emulating the whole game.

Re:Staying Power (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495657)

Will today's games last that long, or will it be that much harder to enjoy them years from now because of the extra difficulty of creating a emu for them.

For the good ones people will take the effort.

When a 10 year old Skoda wears out its cams you might very well just dispose of it and get a new one.

When an 80 year old Bugatti wears out its cams you build them up again with welding rod and hand machine them back to their proper profile.

This has nothing to do with the current market value of the Bugatti. The current market value of a Bugatti is what it is because people started doing that with Bugattis back when they were just used cars (as late as the sixites they were often still sold by classified ad).

Because the car was worth the effort.

KFG

Re:Staying Power (4, Informative)

deficite (977718) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495668)

I doubt people will play many of the late 90's and 2000's games because their graphics are so horrible it's distracting. 2D games are still playable because the only people that were responsible for a game looking good were the artists. Nowadays the artists, programmers, animators, hardware, API's, etc. etc. etc. have to be just perfect for a decent experience. Plus the studios didn't have to spend so mnuch because the only people responsible for art were artists and you didn't need as many programmers because you don't have to wrestle with 3D. Thus, the game designers had a lot more responsibility in making a game sell. Gameplay is what makes a game last. Notice how quickly people lost interest in Doom III? I'm sure the extremely limited multiplayer on DIII also had an influence in that as well :(.

Take Super Mario World. That game was perfect. I still play it today with an emulator, and I can see my cartridge for it from my chair. It came with my Super Nintendo and I've been playing it since my early days (I don't remember when we got our SNES, but I was less than 5 back then).

Now today's games, as in the generation of Wii, PS3, and XBox360, I think that Wii games have a chance of being as good as the SNES games. The last Nintendo console I bought was a SNES and the mere fact that I'm considering on buying a console again, is a good sign. The games Nintendo plans to release on Wii seem like they have that same magic that SNES games had. As well as you can play SNES games on it as well. Nintendo said that all the virtual console games will be under $10 and IIRC, some will only be like $4.

Here Come the Comments... (3, Insightful)

th1ckasabr1ck (752151) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495309)

... about this Not Being News.

Re:Here Come the Comments... (1, Informative)

llamalicious (448215) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495370)

Well, at least we've nailed the "... FOR NERDS. ..." part of the slogan.

Re:Here Come the Comments... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495749)

But it doesn't matter...

Re:Here Come the Comments... (1)

spun (1352) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495378)

Oh it's news, just not front page news. I'm just waiting for all the mistaken "OOOhhh that Zonk and his crazy gaming articles" comments. ;)

Re:Here Come the Comments... (3, Insightful)

tf23 (27474) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495515)

No, this is definitely front page news. Otherwise, I wouldn't have seen it ;)

Re:Here Come the Comments... (4, Funny)

east coast (590680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495506)

Oddly enough I was waiting for the "Waiting for the this is not news comments" comments.

Re:Here Come the Comments... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495628)

I know, right? This totally is news and needs to be reported on. Not like that blah blah blah boring about some Al Zachary [time.com] guy getting bombded. I see that shite and I'm all like "...uh and that affects me how?" Sheesh!

finally ! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495323)

And it only took him 24 years to do it !

HOLY SHIT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495324)

PITFALL FOR XBOX 360! FIRST!

New low? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495345)

Okay, I enjoy reading the 'Games' articles on slashdot to stay up on game and game system development, controversies and so on surrounding gaming. But since when is "Some one got a high score" news?

Re:New low? (1)

nexxuz (895394) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495390)

the news in this article is that the fastest time title was brought back to the USA on this game.

Re:New low? (3, Funny)

fuzzyfozzie (978329) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495414)

This is the only time trial the USA will ever be able to beat the Kenyans in.

Re:New low? (1)

0bject (758316) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495509)

Other than sprinting, biking, swimming, skating, skiing, autoracing, and pretty much any race other than distance running.

Re:New low? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495418)

Seems to make sense to me. After all, games are made to be played.

w00t! (3, Funny)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495364)

That's awesome. Takes me back 25 years to when, 25 years? Half a century? OK, now I'm depressed.

Re:w00t! (1)

B00yah (213676) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495394)

uhh....apparently you've lost some math skills in your old age along with picking up depression.

Re:w00t! (5, Funny)

Carbon Blob (30194) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495413)

So is your math teacher.

Re:w00t! (1)

bastardknight (918695) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495420)

you should be more depressed by the fact that 25 years is a quarter century.

Re:w00t! (5, Funny)

petabyte (238821) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495446)

That's awesome. Takes me back 25 years to when, 25 years? Half a century? OK, now I'm depressed..

Half-century eh? Well, they say the mind is the first thing to go ... :).

I'm turning 24 in a month. Way to make me feel old.

Re:w00t! (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495574)

As a semicentenarian he makes me feel young again. Everything is relative.

KFG

Re:w00t! (1)

nb caffeine (448698) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495642)

I also am turning 24 next month... I didn't feel old... before this

Re:w00t! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495566)

So, either you have awful math skills or you're saying that you're 50 years old.

I kind of hope it's the former because if a 50-year-old is using the term "w00t" I weep for humanity.

Oh the Humanity! (2, Funny)

MrTester (860336) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495367)

Oh My God!

Just looking at the screen shots gave me a series of traumatic flashbacks to illicitly playing Pitfall in the library at my Junior high.

They should have attached warning labels to this posting.

Any lawyers here? Can I sue?

Wow.

Re:Oh the Humanity! (1)

kisrael (134664) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495518)

How'd that work? Did you smuggle something into the library? Did they have an atari but you weren't able to play it?

Re:Oh the Humanity! (1)

MrTester (860336) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495611)

Huh. Interesting.
Either somebody ported it to the Apple or its a retroactive delusion from a 1986 binge.
I am certain that I got detention for playing Pitfall in the school library.

Re:Oh the Humanity! (1)

Analog Squirrel (547794) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495643)

Any lawyers here? Can I sue?

Of course you can sue! This is the USA after all. Whether or not you get laughed out of court is another matter.... altogether!

Old Video Games (3, Insightful)

syntap (242090) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495374)

This game does give us a rare glimpse into the payoff given to game players in the old days of video games, which was absolutely nothing. You try for hours, perhaps days or weeks, finally reach the end, and it just freezes the screen and changes the colors on it until you are forced to turn the unit off. No final Fantasy end movie here.

Re:Old Video Games (1)

Trigun (685027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495436)

So, the sense of satisfaction of completing the game is increased by the eyecandy at the end of it?

Re:Old Video Games (1)

syntap (242090) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495462)

Absolutely, given that reaching the end and not even seeing a mesasage that you got there is a big letdown. Look at the OP's Pitfall video... there's no visual difference between reaching the end and a system lockup.

Re:Old Video Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495567)

No way! My best friend's cousin told him that when you get the last treasure, a plane swoops down picks Harry up. He swears to God. He's going to bring a picture and we'll check it out at recess.

Re:Old Video Games (1)

shadowbearer (554144) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495575)

Then there was Robotron, the game that would reward you with callused palms from manipulating the, um, joysticks ;-)

SB

Re:Old Video Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495585)

Pitfall II [wikipedia.org] was one of the first games ever to have a definite, satisfying ending. And a balloon! And bats!

Re:Old Video Games (1)

FrontalLobe (897758) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495649)

I remember watching my brother complete Pitfall II... The only way I was able to beat it was to turn the Atari on and off quickly in order to cause the system to glitch and drop Harry right next to Quickclaw (or was it the diamond) that you see right on the first screen, but is the last treasure to get. The get hit by a bat, and you end up at the start, and are able to go get the first two treasures which I never had a problem doing.

As holder of the "Worst Frogger Run Ever" Award... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495381)

I'd just like to congratulate Daniel on his amazing run. The people of 1983 must be looking down from Heaven and smiling today!

-Eric

Not only is this news... (2, Funny)

ajlea2k (931096) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495383)

It's the BEST atory I have read here today! Keep it up...

Re:Not only is this news... (1)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495625)

Either you meant "story" or "Atari"...sadly, either one is relevant, and despite my college education, I still believe that either one would be grammatically correct in your sentence.

Also, wasn't a short clip of this game featured in a South Park episode?

Re:Not only is this news... (1)

ajlea2k (931096) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495692)

Well, despite MY college education apparently I am incapable of typing atory (damn did it again) or forming a proper sentence.

1982 Called..., (5, Funny)

fuzzyfozzie (978329) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495389)

and they want their news back.

Predictions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495404)

> with 1:28 left in time

Really? Is the death of the 'Net finally that imminent?

Slashdotted, but the error message: (2, Funny)

caffeinatedOnline (926067) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495408)

Exception of type System.OutOfMemoryException was thrown. Is it just me, or is this the perfect error for an article about 1983 gaming?

Wait a minute... (4, Insightful)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495412)

you mean you could ACTUALLY win the game? :-o

So naive (2, Interesting)

ilovegeorgebush (923173) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495427)

I wish I was a little bit older....

I know its a cliché, but its true. I honestly wish I was a little older so I could enjoy the origins of computing, and moreso, the origins of gaming. Pitfall!, Boulderdash etc etc all classic games that I was unfortunately too negative in age to appreciate (being unborn at the time of their release is a little hard to defeat).

I was alive to enjoy the wonderous spectacle that was Cannon Fodder and Lemmings...what awesome times they were!

Re:So naive (4, Interesting)

scovetta (632629) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495675)

Not being alive is no excuse.

Pick yourself up an emulator and get to work. You've got some catching up to do. Only my list of "required playing":
* Super Mario 1 and 3 (ignore 2, it was teh suck)
* Final Fantasy 1 and 2
* Contra (up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-b-a-select- start)
* Life Force (see Contra)
* Metroid (i don't think the game has an ending or even a point, but it's fun)
* Sonic the Hedgehog (if you can figure out how to get the system into "debug" mode, you're cool)
* Megamania (atari 2600)
* Mike Tyson's Punch Out [blogspot.com] (007-373-5963)
* Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - Treasures of Tarmin (Aquarius) -- hard to find, but awesome
* Phantasy Star II
* Kings Quest (Space Quest, Police Quest) -- entire series up until they got "good" graphics-- don't play the remakes

After that, come back and there'll be a test.

Re:So naive (1)

fireboy1919 (257783) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495703)

Your comment reminds me of a scene in Bill & Ted's 2. Right at the beginning, Rufus is teaching a class.
"Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. That's what they used to listen to tunes before even CDs!"

Pitfall and Boulderdash were not first generation games. That's getting into the third or fourth iteration by the time you see those. I was too old to really appreciate anything older, but I know that there were games made before I was born that were much more primitive.

Re:So naive (3, Funny)

greenguy (162630) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495743)

I know its a cliché, but its true. I honestly wish I was a little older so I could enjoy the origins of computing, and moreso, the origins of gaming. Pitfall!, Boulderdash etc etc all classic games

There was a high price to pay for being around in those days - Ronald Reagan, Cyndi Lauper, pink polo shirts with upturned collars, 512K being enough for anyone...

I never played pitfall (2, Interesting)

mmalove (919245) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495428)

and probably never will.

But it does go to show the power of innovation. Why do we remember pitfall? SMB1? DW1? Because they broke ground, bringing ideas to platforms that did not before exist. Hell, I still long for a game of Genghis Khan 1 sometimes. Others can come along and do them longer, better graphics, shinier treasure, and hold the spotlight for a while. But they'll never be able to say they did it first. Which means five minutes later, someone's going to do it longer, shinier, better than them.

Grats on breaking ground on a golden oldie. I think it's the ultimate statement to today's game producing companies that they can take their 20 pages EULAs and rehashed cliches and go play with themselves.

Re:I never played pitfall (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495626)

What is DW1?

Re:I never played pitfall (1)

Erwos (553607) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495779)

"Why do we remember pitfall? SMB1? DW1? Because they broke ground, bringing ideas to platforms that did not before exist."

Surely you jest about Dragon Warrior. It was vastly inferior to Apple II RPGs of the day in every way but graphics and sound.

I'd also argue SMB1, fun game that it was, was highly derivative from games like Pitfall and the original Mario Brothers.

-Erwos

News on slashdot: IIS Market share up (5, Funny)

tlk nnr (449342) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495439)

http://www.twingalaxies.com/index.aspx?c=19&id=135 5 [twingalaxies.com] :

Server Error in '/' Application.
Exception of type System.OutOfMemoryException was thrown.
Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.OutOfMemoryException: Exception of type System.OutOfMemoryException was thrown.

Source Error:

An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

Stack Trace:

[OutOfMemoryException: Exception of type System.OutOfMemoryException was thrown.]

Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:1.1.4322.2032; ASP.NET Version:1.1.4322.2032

Re:News on slashdot: IIS Market share up (1)

dedazo (737510) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495481)

Yeah, we've never seen a /.'ed website spewing PHP/MySQL errors. Evar. Because we all know that running LAMP will automagically upgrade your bandwidth to a T3. Free!

Re:News on slashdot: IIS Market share up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495597)

People here point out LAMP site failures too, so cut out the lame sarcasm.

Re:News on slashdot: IIS Market share up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495629)

Not as nearly as they do IIS ones, which *is* lame. The parent post is right.

Re:News on slashdot: IIS Market share up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495647)

It's out of memory, not out of bandwidth.

New Title to Old Story (1)

slashbob22 (918040) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495620)

Apache (Still) Up; IIS Down (Again).

While LAMP doesnt increase bandwidth (as another poster correctly pointed out), this is not an apparant bandwidth issue. That being said, while both systems (IIS / Apache) suffer at the wrath of a Slashdotting; this just looks bad.

Re:News on slashdot: IIS Market share up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495672)

Oh my God! The sheer... staggering level... of detail... making... head... explode...

Must... talk like... this!

I... I...

Server Error in 'brain' Application.
Exception of type System.OutOfMemoryException was thrown.

Rebooting...

Re:News on slashdot: IIS Market share up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495677)

Umm...this is a stupid programmer who hasn't checked for memory leaks....

Re:News on slashdot: IIS Market share up (1)

WhiplashII (542766) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495708)

Um, isn't the whole point of Java/C# (which this error looks like) that you don't have to worry about memory leaks? Especially on a web server!

Re:News on slashdot: IIS Market share up (1)

Frightening (976489) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495707)

That was an uber-cool error, no doubt, but after reading it I think you missed the target.
The problem is probably not with IIS here, but with the wonderful OS sitting beneath it(which doesn't know what to do when out of RAM).

Either way I think we agree on the ultimate problem here: it starts with an M and ends with a dollar sign.

Okay, where's the video? (4, Funny)

Morgon (27979) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495441)

Am I the only one who wants to view the verification video? Not to scrutinize it of course, but I want to see it!

Re:Okay, where's the video? (1)

saleenS281 (859657) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495564)

no you aren't. I was searching all over for it. Talk about lame not having it up anywhere!

Re:Okay, where's the video? (2, Interesting)

roger6106 (847020) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495603)

I'm guessing the video will probably made it to Speed Demos Archive [speeddemosarchive.com] sooner or later.

i was the king (1)

gr8gatzby (624204) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495452)

I was the Pitfall king at my daycare in Cary, NC, circa 1985. Represent.

Some type of error... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495464)

I get this error when I clicked the 2nd link. Please please tell me
that Slashdot is not using WinBlows Servers.....

Server Error in '/' Application.
Configuration Error
Description: An error occurred during the processing of a configuration file required to service this request. Please review the specific error details below and modify your configuration file appropriately.

Parser Error Message: The XML file c:\winnt\microsoft.net\framework\v1.1.4322\Config\ machine.config could not be loaded. Exception of type System.OutOfMemoryException was thrown.

Source Error:

[No relevant source lines]

Source File: c:\winnt\microsoft.net\framework\v1.1.4322\Config\ machine.config Line: 0

Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:1.1.4322.2032; ASP.NET Version:1.1.4322.2032

I'm using FireFox as browser.

Re:Some type of error... (2, Funny)

swab79 (842256) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495534)

Please please tell me that Slashdot is not using WinBlows Servers.....

Slashdot is not using WinBlows Servers.....

In related news... (2, Funny)

pulse2600 (625694) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495490)

Verified: Record-breaking number of consecutive days without a date! Record holder Daniel Vignes ends his run by emerging from his parents' basement on 6/5/06 to announce his perfect Pitfall! game with 1:28 left in time. j/k dude, congrats! I could never beat that game.

Re:In related news... (2, Insightful)

Surt (22457) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495695)

with 1:28 left in time. j/k dude, congrats! I could never beat that game.

Considering that the world record holder, after a quarter century, only did it with a minute and a half to spare out of twenty minutes total, I would encourage you not to feel bad about being unable to beat it.

Oh, the success! (0, Troll)

neuroPuff (923273) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495510)

It really is important to note when someone tells Daniel, our ever challenged record setter, to get laid in some rude fashion, anyone who does this actually loves Daniel. I see this as, "Hey, friend. Good job. You didn't let 1983 down. Now how about you find a plow pal and thrust onward; breaching the gates of the unknown with your twelve inch dick!"; I know I only see that as a gesture of love.

We really need to de-associate the stigma with those who spends countless hours surpassing game records for years and years, as this is only a true contribution to society and enlightenment that, this fellow, Daniel, would do us all the favor to gratify our disbelief with such records! One minute and twenty eight seconds? Oh, jesus! Although I'm getting flaccid just discussing it, you know the silly bloke secretly did us all a favor! Oh, and sex addicts? See how cured they are after five minutes of Pitfall.

Re:Oh, the success! (0)

fuzzyfozzie (978329) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495580)

I look at it this way: with guys like Daniel, it just increases my chances of getting laid that much more.

Uhm.... (1)

TheDarkener (198348) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495512)

Someone want to tell me why this is a "full" story? I mean really....Pitfall? I could understand if it were something like...you know, Bible Blaster or something...but Pitfall?

Great pickup line (3, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495524)

"I did Pitfall with 1:28 left!"

Might rank right after "3 touchdowns in a high-school football game".

Hmm... I guess I'll stick with "I make almost 6 digits a year".

Re:Great pickup line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495571)

Wow, five digits a year? Me too!

Re:Great pickup line (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495690)

Hush! Yeah, I won't find the brightest partners that way, but ya know what they say about the inverse proportion of brainpower and sexual prowess...

Re:Great pickup line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495579)

That was FOUR touchdowns in a single game, my friend. By none other than 1966 Polk High All-City Running Back, Al Bundy.

Re:Great pickup line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15495693)

Hmm... I guess I'll stick with "I make almost 6 digits a year".
Just move to the right country. Here in Norway we all make 6 digits a year.

And don't even get me started on those Italians before they joined the Euro. They drove their inflation so sky high until they were all multi-millionairs.

Re:Great pickup line (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495705)

"I guess I'll stick with 'I make almost 6 digits a year'."

If you put the period in the right place, that means nearly $1,000.00 a year. How's Noida this time of year?

how do they verify ? (1)

thePig (964303) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495549)

that it was not hacked...

Just a question

Exception of type System.OutOfMemoryException was (0, Redundant)

johnnnyboy (15145) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495562)

When I visited http://www.twingalaxies.com/ [twingalaxies.com] all I got was:

Server Error in '/' Application.

Exception of type System.OutOfMemoryException was thrown.
Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.OutOfMemoryException: Exception of type System.OutOfMemoryException was thrown.

Source Error:

An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

Stack Trace:

[OutOfMemoryException: Exception of type System.OutOfMemoryException was thrown.]

What happened?! (0, Offtopic)

Wite_Noiz (887188) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495606)

My entire universe has been shaken.

I go on holiday for a couple of weeks, and when I return Slashdot has had a facelift. Slashdot... I may go in to shock...

(sorry for being off-topic - completely took me by surprise)

News (0, Redundant)

certel (849946) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495651)

Wow, it definitely is a slow news day. Especially since the #1 terrorist leader in Iraq was killed. ;)

I didn't even know (1)

TheSimkin (639033) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495715)

I didn't even know Pitfall had an end! I'm going to have to play more!

what now? (2, Funny)

SlashSquatch (928150) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495723)

Where do you go after this? My guess is to "Hunt the Wumpus"

Pitfall is HARD (2, Interesting)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495726)

If you've never played pitfall, especially with the original "controllers" (paddles - basically a knob and a button on a brick, if you've never used one)... that game is HARD. It looks a bit like a regular side-scroller, but one slightly off jump and you're dead. It took me forever just to get past that damned alligator in the first few screens! And yes, many older games are still awesome today, just like many older songs are still awesome today. Pitfall is definitely a classic, like Pac-Man. IMHO, every gamer should play it and other classic games at least once, so they can understand why us older folks get pissy about the latest graphics with Yet Another FPS behind it.

What's Next? (1)

inexia (977449) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495744)

Daniel, the gauntlet has been handed down unto you. The next mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to defeat
MW Lin [wikipedia.org] [wikipedia.org]

My personal hell. . . (-1, Flamebait)

Fantastic Lad (198284) | more than 8 years ago | (#15495762)

When I was a kid, video games looked shiny and amazing, because the technology was new. This made them exciting. Now they are old, and I realize just how dated everything looks and feels.

With the technology having moved on, I find those old games incredibly boring; I see them for what they really are; just lights on a screen you move around. How pointless. How dull. Interestingly, after accessing this part of my perception, I find it maps easily enough into the present; even new video games seem like elaborate excuses to move little lights around on a screen for no good reason. And that got old when I was a teen-ager.

Today, even the most up-to-date games look screamingly dull and uninteresting to me. (--Especially the driving and sports games, which I find dull and mechanical in real life!) Video games are all Spy Hunter, Doom and Pac Man to me these days. Cute once, but now go away please. You are dull. I'd rather eat my own eyes than play any more of it for more than ten seconds.

And Pitfall? For goodness sake. If I were one of the guys still playing Pitfall, I'd desperately try to reboot my brain for fear of being stuck in a zero-sum loop. My personal hell is having to play Pitfall.


-FL

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