Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Pac-Man in Manhattan

A group of students in New York have transferred Pac-Man from computer screens to the real-world.

"In Pac-Manhattan, each of the five poncho-wearing players on the street (Pac-Man and four ghosts, whose names are written on their ponchos) is teamed with a player in the control room. Players and controllers stay in contact by cell phone, and the controller inputs the player's position into the custom-designed game software. Each controller can track each player's movements and uses that information to advise their player whether to change direction, speed up, slow down or hide.

As Pac-Man's position is updated by the controller on the software map, the dots on the map disappear. Power pellets are consumed by touching the street sign at each intersection. "