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2013-05-14 08:18:18 AM
Google is quite possibly the only place on earth where the following conversation could take place.

"Johnson, where are those TPS reports you were supposed to fill out?"
"OH yeah sorry I must have forgotten while I was writing an easter egg that turns the image tiles in the image search window into blocks for a recreation of the game breakout."
"Excellent work, you deserve a promotion."
 
2013-05-14 08:24:35 AM
Without the old paddle controller the whole thing is stupid and pointless.

No, not really. Nice one Google. Very fun and clever.
 
2013-05-14 08:28:23 AM
Now that was kind of fun.  Don't know if I can get away from it at work.
 
2013-05-14 08:30:23 AM
Not sure what arcade subby remembers playing Breakout in, but I only remember it being available on the Atari console. My apologies if I'm wrong.

Loved the days of using a whole roll of quarters playing vector graphics games like Battlezone and Red Baron. Jungle Hunt, Dig-Dug, Zaxxon, Centipede and Tempest were also awesome.
 
2013-05-14 08:36:17 AM

JasonOfOrillia: Now that was kind of fun.  Don't know if I can get away from it at work.


Yeah, I was playing an awesome game of, can I complete a full level of this at work. The more time spent playing it, the more time someone would notice, I got about half of the blocks cleared before I figured I was starting to push the time limit and gave up.
 
2013-05-14 08:47:02 AM
I hope they do this with Tetris sometime.
 
2013-05-14 08:47:05 AM

acefox1: Not sure what arcade subby remembers playing Breakout in, but I only remember it being available on the Atari console. My apologies if I'm wrong.


Almost all those Atari classics (like Pong) were in the arcade and predate the actual console. Though, you may not remember them in arcades because they mostly predate those as well and were mostly set up in bars.
 
2013-05-14 08:50:18 AM
ThIS iS aWeSoMe
 
2013-05-14 08:50:48 AM
FARK. Thanks, SUbby. That was an adrenaline rush.
37 years later and I am still an expert.
 
2013-05-14 09:24:48 AM
FTFWikiA:


"The arcade cabinet uses a black and white monitor. However, the monitor has strips of colored cellophane placed over it so that the bricks appear to be in color."

Now I know why I don't remember it being the same arcade game. I think we just used to call it single-player pong.

Gotta love the ingenuity of using a black and white monitor with colored cellophane on the glass to provide color.
 
2013-05-14 09:26:10 AM
Funny. If you clear it, it goes to a different GIS. I got "eggs benedict." Maybe it's randomly chosen?
 
2013-05-14 09:27:31 AM

Disposable Rob: acefox1: Not sure what arcade subby remembers playing Breakout in, but I only remember it being available on the Atari console. My apologies if I'm wrong.

Almost all those Atari classics (like Pong) were in the arcade and predate the actual console. Though, you may not remember them in arcades because they mostly predate those as well and were mostly set up in bars.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-14 09:47:01 AM

Tommy Moo: Funny. If you clear it, it goes to a different GIS. I got "eggs benedict." Maybe it's randomly chosen?


It is. I got Almond after the first clear
 
2013-05-14 09:49:46 AM

WippitGuud: Tommy Moo: Funny. If you clear it, it goes to a different GIS. I got "eggs benedict." Maybe it's randomly chosen?

It is. I got Almond after the first clear


I got Stubenville after the first clear.
 
2013-05-14 10:04:29 AM

Disposable Rob: acefox1: Not sure what arcade subby remembers playing Breakout in, but I only remember it being available on the Atari console. My apologies if I'm wrong.

Almost all those Atari classics (like Pong) were in the arcade and predate the actual console. Though, you may not remember them in arcades because they mostly predate those as well and were mostly set up in bars.


Which classics?  Which console?  I'll claim the Atari 2600 as "the console" in question, although it may be true for the 5200 (Atari sold a ton of 2600s, although not quite as many as Sony sold Playstation2s).

Pong 1971
Touch me (simon) 1974
Tank 1974
Breakout 1976
Night Driver (3Dish) 1976
Starship (I liked it, might be the only one.) 1976
Atari 2600 1977
Super Breakout 1978
Lunar Lander 1978
Sprint 4 1978
Asteroids 1979
Battlezone 1980
Star Raiders 1980 (not 1979, whoever listed it as that wasn't waiting around for the release)
Missile Command 1981
Centipede 1981
Tempest 1981

/mostly remember breakout from the superbreakout cartridge for Atari 400/800
//only superbreakout and basketball available before Star Raiders.
///Star Raiders really is the best. game. ever. (considering how long it took other games to catch up)
 
2013-05-14 10:05:19 AM
16x9 really punishes the player. Have about a 2 brick distance between the paddle and the first row of bricks.
 
2013-05-14 10:13:41 AM

acefox1: FTFWikiA:


"The arcade cabinet uses a black and white monitor. However, the monitor has strips of colored cellophane placed over it so that the bricks appear to be in color."

Now I know why I don't remember it being the same arcade game. I think we just used to call it single-player pong.

Gotta love the ingenuity of using a black and white monitor with colored cellophane on the glass to provide color.


A lot of games were done that way.  I think some of the Space Invader cabinets had those color strips.  I'm pretty sure the Star Castle mother ship had the little 3 color ring thing.. :)

God, I loved those games. :)
 
2013-05-14 10:28:55 AM
This is why Google will always be better than Microsoft.
 
2013-05-14 10:35:09 AM
Breakout Does Not Work That Way!!!
i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-05-14 10:42:40 AM
I got Brussel Sprouts on second level  ...made me laugh.
 
2013-05-14 11:30:18 AM
Story and google egg from 5/13/2013 posted on fark 5/14/2013 not very useful.
 
2013-05-14 11:31:52 AM
 
2013-05-14 11:39:43 AM

mudpants: Story and google egg from 5/13/2013 posted on fark 5/14/2013 not very useful.


Worked for me about 5 minutes ago.  Remember, it's in Google image search, not in the web search.
 
2013-05-14 12:28:52 PM
Warlords was the best version ever! 4 Player paddle controlled murderous mayhem.
 
2013-05-14 12:30:32 PM
Of course an arcade Breakout machine existed: it's the project that Nolan Bushnell hired Jobs & Wozniak to design circuitry for, and then Jobs lied to Woz about how much they got paid and kept most of the money for himself.
 
2013-05-14 12:59:51 PM
Breakout, before you get bum rushed,

it's the wild wild west.
 
2013-05-14 01:24:43 PM
OK, I can't get it to work. I just get a list of links. What am I doing wrong? (I've got Ad-Block and Ghostery on, could one/both of those be the problem?)
 
GTP
2013-05-14 01:59:50 PM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: OK, I can't get it to work. I just get a list of links. What am I doing wrong? (I've got Ad-Block and Ghostery on, could one/both of those be the problem?)


Do an image search, not a regular search.
 
2013-05-14 02:06:22 PM
And on a final note... this is obviously the best "Breakout" type game ever put out, before or since....

coolrom.com
 
2013-05-14 02:13:16 PM

acefox1: Not sure what arcade subby remembers playing Breakout in, but I only remember it being available on the Atari console. My apologies if I'm wrong.

Loved the days of using a whole roll of quarters playing vector graphics games like Battlezone and Red Baron. Jungle Hunt, Dig-Dug, Zaxxon, Centipede and Tempest were also awesome.


Aladdin's Castle  had one, back when the top game in the room was Space Invaders, and there were more pinballs than video cabinets.
 
2013-05-14 02:22:47 PM
Funny how certain things stick in your head, like I can remember almost every game at my grandparents summer trailer park arcade room that we'd go to every summer....

www.arcade-museum.com

www.arcade-museum.com

www.arcade-museum.com

www.arcade-museum.com

www.arcade-museum.com
 
2013-05-14 02:24:27 PM

madgonad: 16x9 really punishes the player. Have about a 2 brick distance between the paddle and the first row of bricks.


The game is resizeable!
 
2013-05-14 02:34:52 PM
Classic arcade game turns 37 today


37 birthdays? IN A ROW?
 
2013-05-14 02:46:08 PM

dletter: And on a final note... this is obviously the best "Breakout" type game ever put out, before or since....

[coolrom.com image 260x226]


Nope. Try DXball.
 
2013-05-14 03:47:49 PM
Atari Breakout. aka "Pong for the Forever Alones".
 
2013-05-14 05:11:16 PM

Tax Boy: Classic arcade game turns 37 today


37 birthdays? IN A ROW?


Try not to have any birthdays on your way through the parking lot!
 
2013-05-14 06:13:07 PM

Egoy3k: dletter: And on a final note... this is obviously the best "Breakout" type game ever put out, before or since....

[coolrom.com image 260x226]

Nope. Try DXball.


you are correct. DXball was addictingly amazing
 
2013-05-15 12:27:31 AM

KillAllHumans: Egoy3k: dletter: And on a final note... this is obviously the best "Breakout" type game ever put out, before or since....

[coolrom.com image 260x226]

Nope. Try DXball.

you are correct. DXball was addictingly amazing


Shatter and Wizorb are also both great. One as an overkill modern version and the other as a great retro style one.
 
2013-05-15 01:03:13 AM
DID YOU KNOW:

Arkanoid was never meant for release? It was originally a programmers home project in GAMER a Japanese magazine for BASIC.

The monsters were originally spinning triangles that deflected your shots, and the only powerup was lasers.
 
2013-05-15 01:23:36 AM

acefox1: FTFWikiA:


"The arcade cabinet uses a black and white monitor. However, the monitor has strips of colored cellophane placed over it so that the bricks appear to be in color."

Now I know why I don't remember it being the same arcade game. I think we just used to call it single-player pong.

Gotta love the ingenuity of using a black and white monitor with colored cellophane on the glass to provide color.




wiimedia.ign.com
 
2013-05-15 03:12:29 AM

GTP: Just Another OC Homeless Guy: OK, I can't get it to work. I just get a list of links. What am I doing wrong? (I've got Ad-Block and Ghostery on, could one/both of those be the problem?)

Do an image search, not a regular search.


Thanks
 
2013-05-15 04:38:01 AM
Played for some time, lost only two balls, one because of a small desktop app set to always on top (which I then turned off), the other because all motion momentarily got all jerky and unpredictable.  I'm as good at that game as I was 20+ years ago when I had an Atari 2600
 
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