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Penn and Teller's Long Lost Game 67

Posted by Zonk
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Waxy.org has some good news for Penn and Teller Fans. They have Smoke and Mirrors, a long lost Penn and Teller game. The game is available for download, and features (among other things) a bus drive across the Nevada desert as one of the title's mini-games. From the article: "The most infamous part was 'Desert Bus,' a 'VeriSimulator' in which you drive a bus across the straight Nevada desert for eight hours in real-time. Then you drive it home. Also, I'd read the bus veers to the right, so you can't just leave the joypad propped up. The rumor was that if you won the game, you got one point. I'd assumed for years that the entire thing was a hoax, but last September, Frank Cifaldi (founder of Lost Levels) received a backup CD-ROM made by a fellow videogame writer of a review copy he'd received a decade earlier. He posted extensive screenshots and a review to the Something Awful Forums. He eventually added a torrent, but it's long since dead."
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Penn and Teller's Long Lost Game

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  • 1. The Kraftwerk back catalogue
    2. A hell of a lot of drugs
    3. er, ...
    4. That's it.
  • If nothing else, it sounds like a great game for people who enjoy incredibly repetitive things. Perhaps obsessive compulsives are a great game market?
    • Re:uh huh (Score:4, Funny)

      by christopherfinke (608750) <chris@efinke.com> on Thursday March 02, 2006 @01:00PM (#14836146) Homepage Journal
      If nothing else, it sounds like a great game for people who enjoy incredibly repetitive things.
      Yeah, I would probably like it. I like repetitive things.

      Yeah, I would probably like it. I like repetitive things.

      Yeah, I would probably like it. I like repetitive things.

      Yeah, I would probably like it. I like repetitive things.

      Yeah, I would probably like it. I like repetitive things.

      Yeah, I would probably like it. I like repetitive things.
      • Re:uh huh (Score:1, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward
        All /. and no life makes Jack a dull boy.

        All /. and no life makes Jack a dull boy.

        All /. and no life makes Jack a dull boy.

        All /. and no life makes Jack a dull boy.

        [Inserted to avoid lameness filter]
      • 10 PRINT "Yeah, I would probably like it. I like repetitive things."

        20 GOTO 10

        Now that's how we do it here...
        • 10 PRINT "Yeah, I would probably like it. I like repetitive things."

          20 GOTO 10

          Hey Dude! 1978 called. They want their program back.
          • Hey Dude! 1978 called. They want their program back.

            Yeah. Nowadays we do it like this:

            class Main {
            public static void main(String[] args) {
            while(true)
            System.out.println("Yeah, I would probably like it. I like repetitive things.");
            }
            }

            This object-oriented version is easier to maintain and to extend, and will be compiled to native binary code by the JIT compiler for blazing execution speed.

            • I just have to say that static methods inside a class is "Procedural Java" and not object-oriented in any way. Applying OO analysis to this particular problem is not the best use of anyone's time, mind you...

              -If
              • I just have to say that static methods inside a class is "Procedural Java" and not object-oriented in any way.

                "System.out" is an object.

                Applying OO analysis to this particular problem is not the best use of anyone's time, mind you...

                On the contrary, giving this problem to a mind suspectible for using OO to solve it will keep said mind occupied for a while, preventing many WTFs [thedailywtf.com].

          • Like Duh Dude! The joke is about teen /.ers l33t BASIC coding sk1llz not mine!

            For the record I do it like this-

            #include

            void main(void) { for(;;} printf("Yeah, I would probably like it. I like repetitive things.\n");}
      • What? Nobody modded this redundant? Fools! ;-)
      • Welcome to Slashdot, where 50% of the readership has Asperger's.

        -
    • How else can you explain the massive success of the current crop of big-studio MMORPGs.
    • That was only a minigame within the game, and probably (hopefully) not the funnest (though i'm having trouble downloading the tracker so I wouldn't know).

      For more mind-numbing fun, try these [videlectrix.com] games [videlectrix.com] by Videlectrix (of H*R [homestarrunner.com] fame)
  • Something Awful would be a good way to describe a game that has2 minute unskippable silent movie sequences of the characters eating pizza every time you pause.
  • It runs on a Sega CD, no wonder it never took off.

    Seriously though, I think it's a great social satire on video gaming. And remember folks, this was nearly 10 years ago! Huge P&T fan here, I just have to have this.

    • It runs on a Sega CD, no wonder it never took off.

      It was never sold, no wonder it never took off.
    • It runs on a Sega CD, no wonder it never took off.

      I downloaded this from usenet a few weeks ago, not realizing it was never released. Hadn't even un-RARed it yet. And not only does it run on Sega CD, it takes two disks!

      If I ever get a Sega CD hooked up and running (hey, there's only room to set up so many systems, so I play my Genesis games on a Nomad), I plan to burn this and see what it's all about. But the important question is: is it more fun than snakes on a plane?

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  • the skinny one can eat the fat one if they run out of food. Assuming he can stop doing his `quiet one out of the Marx Brothers` routine, that is...
  • If you listen to the podcast linked on the page they explain that the idea was kind of a reaction against the whole Janet Reno violent video game crusade. Hell of a solution, no?
  • Its interesting to see their brand of humor applied to a video game. Its almost like they were making an anti-game. 2 minute pointless videos when you pause, an 8 hour trip in a straight line across the desert, Debbie Harry behind every shop counter...

    Can't wait to try it out.
  • Takeshi no Chousenjou [wikipedia.org] -- Yes this is the same Takeshi from "Takeshi's Castle" (aka MXC on SpikeTV).
  • It appears that there is an active torrent, and it's available here: Penn_and_Teller's_Smoke_and_Mirrors.torrent [waxy.org]
  • ...is the old DOS version of Steve Jackson's OGRE. I bet it would run great under DOSEMU in Linux.
  • by ralphclark (11346) on Thursday March 02, 2006 @08:02PM (#14839550) Journal
    I recognize those two! It's Rebo and Zooty!

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