Miller-Milkis-Boyett Productions and Paramount Television Present:
An eminently forgettable dodge-falling-stuff-style game, this sitcom
tie-in would have been quickly forgotten if it hadn't been for the
events of February 9, 1983. On that day, in a crowded MIT robotics lab,
a second-hand L-9900 robotic arm controller became the first non-human
to score more than a million points in a video game.
Artificial intelligence experts were astounded -- just one year before,
leading researcher Ivan DuPiis had predicted it would take 100 years to
create a program that could even understand the plot of "Donkey Kong."
Yet here were three grad students who had managed to beat a highly
anticipated new game with less than 500 lines of assembly code! Were
the trio computer geniuses? No. It soon came out that the students had
simply discovered that the Pankomi Co. didn't spend enough time
designing their levels.
In the game, the player's goal was to sneak into the Susan B. Anthony
hotel, change clothes, and sneak out again. The whole time, prudish
enforcers hovered overhead, showering down fistfuls of mayonnaise.
After less than an hour of play, the college students discovered that
Pankomi had only programmed three different combinations of mayo
splatters in each level. After that, it was a simple task to teach the
robotic arm how to recognize which pattern was being used.
When the news hit, Pankomi immediately cancelled its release and
announced that they were "reworking" the game. Not surprisingly, the
company went under shortly afterwards, and the only copies are a few
promo cartridges prepared for AtariCon '82.
Choose a game:
Free the Falklands! |
Peabo Bryson's Cow Tipper |
Typing Tutor |
Hands Across America |
Kramer vs. Kramer |
Ms. Paul's Fish Stick Hunter |
Gunther Gebel-Williams' Cage Cleaner |
Space Cobbler |
Punch Buggy |
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Motocross
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