Pac-Man


V.22 No.17 |
Breakfast of Champions: Power pellets
Blair Nodelman

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8-bit garage

Sometimes, people take the liberty of exciting every old-school gamer by muralizing their garage entrance. I am completely and totally in support of this and, needless to say, driving by this Pac-Man mural every day keeps me pretty entertained. Keep an eye out for street art. Finding little gems like this make driving to work seem far less mundane, and may even keep that third-cup-of-coffee craving at bay. ... for a while longer.

Editor's note: Enjoy the Nuevo Mexicano chiptune banjo-pop of Bud Melvin below.

V.19 No.33 |

Video Games

Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Pac-Man

At the 2010 Usenix Security Symposium, hackers from Princeton and University of Michigan demonstrated how they replaced the software on a Sequoia AVC Edge voting machine with - wait for it, wait for it - Pac-Man! By itself, that's not totally amazing considering the machine's role in some pretty suspect election results, but the kicker is they proved it could be done without breaking the "tamper-evident" seals on the device, because the "software can be replaced ... simply by removing screws and opening the case." Now if election boards would just stop using the things.