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If MIT students did it (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18738035)

It would be playable.

Re:If MIT students did it (1)

Zantetsuken (935350) | about 7 years ago | (#18738739)

yes, complete with motorized window washer carriage with a rail or track at the top of the building to allow side to side movement

ATTN: SWITCHEURS! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18739057)

If you wish Xcode would reformat your code for consistency, GTFO.
If you're overwhelmed by IB's multi-paletted interface, GTFO.
If you've ever typed a backslash outside of ASCII art, GTFO.
If you can't intuit your way from HyperTalk to AppleScript, GTFO.

Bandwagon-jumpers are not welcome among real [imageshack.us] Mac [imageshack.us] geeks [imageshack.us]. Keep your filthy PC fingers to yourself.

I've Never Felt This Way Before. (4, Funny)

MankyD (567984) | about 7 years ago | (#18738061)

While this game's early '80s arcade popularity predates most of today's engineering students...
I suddenly feel so old :(

Re:I've Never Felt This Way Before. (1)

eclectro (227083) | about 7 years ago | (#18738141)

I suddenly feel so old :(

Actually it was like a slap in the face. Donkey Kong is timeless. Today's generation has it way too easy. They don't appreciate what they have. In my day, we had to pay a quarter for each time we played Donkey Kong.

Re:I've Never Felt This Way Before. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18738325)

Actually, you did not need a quarter to play Donkey Kong (or any Nintendo game using the same cabinet). I had to get my DK fix and paper route money was not cutting it. Remember, back in this time frame, Atari was just about all anyone had for video games and cabinet games were a craze. Anyway, when I was was 12, money was tight but you could get around that. The front Plexiglas panel on the Donkey Kong cabinet could be manipulated so that you could lift it up get your hand in through the bottom of it. With your arm down inside the unit, you could play around for a little bit and find the metal clicker that a quarter would trigger when dropped in. You could simply keep clicking this and get credits up to the 99 max. Every time a credit was given (like from a quarter or you simulating a quarter), the game made a loud "blowwap" noise. To prevent being obvious, you could add one credit, hit the 1 player button to start a new game, then click that metal arm over and over again without that obvious noise. This trick worked better in the pizza shops and smaller venues then the full sized game rooms because the smaller places often did not pay attention or had no one around because the games were often in some side room or in the back somewhere. Full game rooms typically had too many people and employees around. I knew about the generals of how this worked because I had a few full sized video games in my basement, like Clowns, some tank game and a third that I don't remember, all back and white and all played to death. Yes it was wrong but I had to play DK somehow.

Re:I've Never Felt This Way Before. (4, Funny)

ari_j (90255) | about 7 years ago | (#18738789)

Just so we're all clear on this: You couldn't afford to drop a quarter on DK but you could afford to keep three full-size cabinet arcade games in your basement.

Re:I've Never Felt This Way Before. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18739131)

that is way too much work. a simple 6 inch guitar string will do, even in a busy arcade place.

Re:I've Never Felt This Way Before. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18739235)

Yes, but how long will it take me to find a six-inch guitar?

Re:I've Never Felt This Way Before. (2, Funny)

spineboy (22918) | about 7 years ago | (#18739421)

Just ask the 12 inch guitar player - he'll know where to find it. But he's probably looking for a 1 inch guitar string to play ulta tiny mario brothers.

Re:I've Never Felt This Way Before. (1)

Loconut1389 (455297) | about 7 years ago | (#18739179)

I'm not sure that I'd reach into the dark recesses of a wooden box with probably unshielded parts and possibly a high voltage flyback transformer for a CRT ;o)

I played donkey kong on my Tandy 1000 for ages, but I suppose thats cheating since it probably wasn't available on personal computer for a few years after the arcade release. (unsure of the timeline).

We used to have a nickel arcade, I spent quite a bit of time and my 1,000 tickets earned me a free pizza or something silly that obviously doesn't cost near what it cost to get 1,000 tickets ;)

warning: excessive nostalgia (1)

Loconut1389 (455297) | about 7 years ago | (#18739279)

pc games I grew up with (not counting nintendo, atari, etc)

8088/80286
-------------------
the black cauldron
donkey kong
jump joe
lander
space invaders
pac man
asteroids
blackjack
gertrude's secret (when I was really young)
reader rabbit (of course!)
where in the world (or where in time) is carmen sandiego

earlier 486
--------------------
cabal
ghostbusters
a whole set of Cosmi software
test drive
life and death
bass tour
lotus 3
chessmaster 2000

586?
-----
bioforge (that game ruled for its time!)

ahhh soo many more- what a time. So often, I find the games of old more appealing than a lot of todays complicated games. While I appreciate the graphics and the plots of things like Splinter Cell and sniping for fun in Hitman, there was something really great about the simple games and its a lost market- everything has to be in millions of colors and expertly rendered.. I wish they'd come up with some new old style games. Just can't beat em.

Re:I've Never Felt This Way Before. (4, Funny)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | about 7 years ago | (#18738267)

What's worse is that when we played DK, we just accepted the idea that DK threw fire. I don't remember anyone that questioned it.

I think what really happen was that he was supposed to throw feces but the focus group refused to play the game.

Re:I've Never Felt This Way Before. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18738397)

Fire? I always thought they were barrels!

Re:I've Never Felt This Way Before. (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | about 7 years ago | (#18738887)

Barrels too, but I thought I saw a fireball in some of the pictures.

Re:I've Never Felt This Way Before. (1)

JavaRob (28971) | about 7 years ago | (#18739171)

I remember barrels first (which would roll along the platforms), followed by fireballs a bit later.

Were there flaming barrels as well? It's pretty vague in my memory by now...

Loving it (1)

EvilGoodGuy (811015) | about 7 years ago | (#18738069)

I'd love to take part in something like that. Reminds me of freshman year, we'd have fun by making things out of our crappy food.
My favorites were the Lettuce Luigi, and the Mario Question Block that I made out of a stale bagel, the different colors on different sides made for a fun effect!

Bravo! (3, Interesting)

Kid Zero (4866) | about 7 years ago | (#18738077)

Nice to see students remembering the past. :)

Re:Bravo! (1)

DanTheManMS (1039636) | about 7 years ago | (#18738167)

Nice to see students remembering the past. :)
Or "reviving" as the case may be, as the game came out in 1981, a few years before many of these students were probably born.

Still an awesome effort though.

how long ago was this? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18738089)

So much for Slashdot being the bleeding edge of technology and nerd news.

It's pretty friggin cool... (2, Interesting)

posterlogo (943853) | about 7 years ago | (#18738119)

I saw it last week -- some great 8-bit action going on over at the engineering building. Ironically, it's the 8-bit stuff that's even remotely feasible to do with post-its, but its so old I wonder how many of those students actually played that game when it first came out...

First level? (5, Funny)

oneiros27 (46144) | about 7 years ago | (#18738157)

... recreated the first level of Donkey Kong ...

How can you tell the first one apart from any of the other levels of Donkey Kong? That sure looks like the sixth level to me.

Re:First level? (1)

Sigma 7 (266129) | about 7 years ago | (#18739009)

How can you tell the first one apart from any of the other levels of Donkey Kong?


The "first" level means that it uses the first possible layout - it doesn't mean that it's the sixth one you encounter in the game (although incidently, the first board does appear as the sixth in the rotation.)

The boards are as follows (although I think the order is a bit different):
- Ladders - a series of bent floors.
- Conveyors - some floors push you left and right
- Elevators - has to elevators on the left hand side.
- Roof - where you remove rivots to cause Donkey Kong to fall.

However, it almost looks like the colecovision version (with scruntched levels) as long as you don't look at the first floor.

This makes me happy (3, Insightful)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | about 7 years ago | (#18738161)

Hooray for geeks with way too much time on their hands.

Re:This makes me happy (1)

Achromatic1978 (916097) | about 7 years ago | (#18738199)

And no desire to do their bit not to needlessly waste resources for something that'll be amusing for a good fifteen minutes.

Re:This makes me happy (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18738323)

No kidding. Countless kids would probably kill to afford to attend university and these guys waste it making fucking post-it-note art.

Re:This makes me happy (2, Insightful)

Worthless_Comments (987427) | about 7 years ago | (#18738515)

Because obviously every minute of every day for 4+ years you are going to do nothing but attend class and do work for those courses. Besides, it's not like these kids did it at night or anything. Oh, wait... Stop trying to act like some self-rightous ass - it's not very becoming.

Re:This makes me happy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18739001)

No kidding. Countless kids would probably kill to afford to attend university and these guys waste it making fucking post-it-note art.
And you're wasting valuable electricity and computer-time complaining about it.

Re:This makes me happy (1)

Chief Wongoller (1081431) | about 7 years ago | (#18738715)

Hooray for geeks with way too much time on their hands. .... Obviously way too much time. 6400 notes, 10 people, 5 hours equates to only one note posted every 28 seconds, or around two a minute. Anybody want to offerr these guys a job??

Did they do this before? (1)

MMaestro (585010) | about 7 years ago | (#18738173)

Not with Donkey Kong but with Super Mario Bros (1)? I thought it got taken down cause they didn't get permission beforehand. Hopefully they have permission this time.

Re:Did they do this before? (1)

gsn (989808) | about 7 years ago | (#18738343)

They did I think in '03 or '04. I had a friend from high school who was part of that endeavor. Those were individual characters not a full scene though, but still pretty impressive. I read this time its supposed to stay up till May 1 so I guess they got permission. They weren't the first [kotaku.com] either though. Not sure if I'd call it art but definitely fun to come across if you aren't expecting it. It will be interesting to see how the subject matter changes as we get older.

Re:Did they do this before? (1)

coaxial (28297) | about 7 years ago | (#18738885)

Actually, only the killjoys in the econ department on the 4th floor destroyed the mural. The CS, EE, CompE, and School of Engineering offices departments on the 2nd, 3rd and 5th floors didn't have with it. They later got "revenge" by putting the game over scene on 4th floor after removing the notes from the other floors.

This time there's a sign on the back of the 4th floor (the bottom floor in the video and pics is actually the 2nd floor) barrel indicating that this artwork was actually comissioned by Jim Whitehead [ucsc.edu] and it should not be tampered with.

The installation runs until the end of the month.

Quick question (1)

johncadengo (940343) | about 7 years ago | (#18738201)

What does UCSC think of this? How long will it stay up?

I'd like to do something like this on my UC campus... See you on the front page of slashdot in a week!

Re:Quick question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18738579)

What does UCSC think of this? How long will it stay up?


According to this post [slashdot.org], it was taken down a year ago [yikes.com].

Nice! (1)

vertigoCiel (1070374) | about 7 years ago | (#18738211)

Good thing they didn't have any, you know, work to do.

Re:Nice! (1)

xenotrout (680453) | about 7 years ago | (#18738339)

It's pretty much the beginning of the spring quarter (most UCs have Fall, Winter, Spring and optional Summer quarters rather than Fall and Spring semesters with a shorter Summer "semester") so they don't yet have the really hard work to do. This might have even been put up during spring break. Maybe it was done by Freshmen...could have even been some Winter quarter grads...

Must've used quality post-it notes... (2, Funny)

LighterShadeOfBlack (1011407) | about 7 years ago | (#18738227)

If they used the ones I have at work they'd still be trying to get the first one to stick for more than 3 seconds right about now.

Oh... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18738285)

This is 'stuff that matters'? :-)

Wow. (0, Offtopic)

mcmonkey (96054) | about 7 years ago | (#18738297)

And I spent my afternoon doing bong hits and playing Wii.

Kinda puts things in perspective.

After all, marijuana is a renewable resource. How much old growth forest did we lose for those post-its?

Re:Wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18738523)

Bong hits? Stop trying to recapture an overrated era and get your head out of your ass.

Re:Wow. (3, Interesting)

The_Wilschon (782534) | about 7 years ago | (#18738561)

AFAIK, the paper industry actually plants new forest for the purpose of cutting it down 20 years later, rather than cutting any more old forest. So, because of the paper industry, we actually have more forest than we would otherwise. I know hating paper waste is "eco-aware", but really, it is more like "eco-sheeple"... FYI, recycling produces a lot of very nasty pollutants, too. Not that those necessarily outweigh the benefits of not just filling up landfills, but you've got to be aware of these things or you'll end up harming your cause rather than helping it.

Re:Wow. (4, Informative)

The Anarchist Avenge (1004563) | about 7 years ago | (#18738643)

Do you actually have any idea what an old-growth forest looks like and how an an old-growth forest ecosystem works? Because if you did, you'd know that old growth forests have ecosystems that are far more diverse than monocultures. Also, monocultures require far more energy to keep healthy(gasoline + foresters time + spraying) than mixed vegitation(none).

MOD PARENT UP (4, Informative)

Deef (162646) | about 7 years ago | (#18739443)

There is a huge difference between an old-growth forest and the ones that the forest industry plants to replace them. Basically, the forest industry removes almost all of the plants and wildlife that are not the single tree species that they are trying to harvest, not to mention the many species that rely on living in or around dead and rotting trees (which are, of course, unprofitable to keep around since they make logging more difficult). What they forest industry leaves behind when it clearcuts an area is more like a park -- as close to antiseptic as a forest can be, with uniform trees of the same species, relatively evenly spaced, and with nearly all of the underbrush cleared out. The "normal" ecosystem of most of these areas has been effectively destroyed and replaced with a monoculture.

As a result, one disease, predator species or parasite that targets that single species of tree can wreak amazing amount of havoc. I vividly remember the Pine Bark Beetle infestation of lodgepole pines in central Oregon about twenty years ago -- there were dead and dying trees as far as the eye could see, and in many areas, about one tree in ten survived. You can imagine how much of a fire risk all of those dead pines were, in the middle of a high, dry desert that was somewhat known for frequent thunderstorms. Even today, there are still huge areas that were formerly heavily forested where there is now approximately one tree left standing every hundred feet as a result of this massive infestation.

The grandparent post seems to be implying that the forests maintained by the forest industry are in some way an equivalent replacement for the ones that grow naturally. This is very much not the case.

Re:Wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18739115)

Wow, lets all listen to what is obviously a forest industry shill

Re:Wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18739147)

This post is brought to you by the letters W, T, and F. Really, are you paid by Weyerhauser to post that shit or what? Come up to BC and take a look at the old growth that is being cut down just beyond what you can see from major roads. You can see it from just about any hiking trail that follows a ridge line. An don't try to pin that completely on the lumber industry; the paper industry takes every tree that is too small to be used economically for lumber.

Re:Wow. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18739335)

Perspective? What perspective?

These folks brought a little art, entertainment, and joy into their own lives and the lives of others. Not only did they select a relatively environmentally friendly medium for their art, but these post-it notes may have been from recycled paper, may still be re-used, and can also be recycled.

You want some perspective? Get your head out of your bong (or wherever else it happens to be).

hRmmm (0, Troll)

stim (732091) | about 7 years ago | (#18738315)

At the risk of coming of as a troll... Wasn't this on dig like a week ago? And is this really news?

post it (1)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | about 7 years ago | (#18738317)

I wonder how feasable it would be to do this on walls in bedrooms and such. Maybe a simple Mario or mushroom could at least be done.

I just hope they branch out a bit more from Mario, stuff like Zelda and Metroid need love too

Re:post it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18738433)

here's my tip of the day: the correct spelling is "meant."

6,400 (5, Funny)

Disharmony2012 (998431) | about 7 years ago | (#18738377)

6,400 post-it notes ought to be enough to re-create any level.

Watch out for lawyers! (1)

Hao Wu (652581) | about 7 years ago | (#18738409)

Are they "infringing" on copyrights?

Is this legitimate, licensed use of Post-It notes -- or will 3M send a cease and desist notice?

Oh heck. (1)

Cliff Jolly (517000) | about 7 years ago | (#18738439)

I just walked right by this building on Friday but didn't have the presence of mind to look up.

Woops. I'll have to check it out tomorrow.

YUO fAIL IT (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18738571)

empire in decline, Troubles of those enjoy the loud haapen. 'At 8least

about 10 people? (5, Funny)

Ruvim (889012) | about 7 years ago | (#18738619)

a team of about 10 people
What, was like 9.5 people?

Heh, and... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18739039)

...it is scheduled to be removed on or before May 1.

So, tonight then?

Re:about 10 people? (5, Funny)

evanbd (210358) | about 7 years ago | (#18739227)

Unfortunately, one of the original 10 team members died in a freak accident involving a rolling barrel during construction.

Reminds me of Freshman Year (2, Interesting)

Nyeerrmm (940927) | about 7 years ago | (#18738869)

Reminds me of my freshman year in the dorms. We never did anything this impressive or visible, but we did spend most of one weekend making a movie, and designed a 'shack' for a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser that was two stories with running water (kind of). Now I'm a senior with more practical projects, drinking, and living in an apartment getting in the way... I suppose I did learn video editing along the way though.

Is it bad that I'm not even graduated and already reminiscing?

Re:Reminds me of Freshman Year (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18739093)

>> Is it bad that I'm not even graduated and already reminiscing?

Yeah man, time to apply to grad school!

game vs. art resolution (3, Informative)

xPsi (851544) | about 7 years ago | (#18738895)

I believe the orginal Donkey Kong had a screen resolution of 224 x 256 pixels. I don't think the art quite matches that resolution (with a 3" x 3" post-it covering 4 floors, you would need 16-foot floors to obtain the same effective vertical resolution). To be fair, they condensed the first level a bit on the top (the girl used to be on a raised platform, no?), so they are looking at fewer vertical pixels in the game -- and those do look like pretty tall floors...


[sigh] I'm saddened that I even bothered to think about this...

Re:game vs. art resolution (1)

aurelian (551052) | about 7 years ago | (#18739219)

Maybe they were recreating one of the handheld 'game and watch' [ggdb.com] versions. To be honest, that's what I think of when soemone mentions Donkey Kong. My friends and I rarely had spare cash to spend at amusement arcades, but we could get the handheld games for christmas etc.

Too much time on their hands? (1)

davidmillions.com (1086903) | about 7 years ago | (#18738919)

That's why the national savings rate is negative in this country.

Re:Too much time on their hands? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18739091)

That's why the national savings rate is negative in this country.
Exactly. It's from people blowing all their money on sweet sweet Post-its.

Remember ATHF? (1)

tuxicle (996538) | about 7 years ago | (#18738949)

How long before someone calls the bomb squad on this one?

Hey, how about that: "someone set up us the bomb-squad"

why don't we just burn down the Amazon? (-1, Troll)

maskedavenger (674027) | about 7 years ago | (#18739399)

Gimme a break. I wrote hundreds of papers to get my BA and these ivy league rejects waste ink and paper recreating a game no one plays anymore except dorks that think being retro is cool still? Whoever slashdotted this should think more about the promotion of stupid crap. Don't endorse this. This is garbage.

Oh and for all the smart alecks, I submitted most of my papers electronically.
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