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Poll #865130 Did you know...?

In Pac-Man, you move slower than the ghosts when eating dots, and faster than them when running in a cleared area. Did you know that?



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Nov. 11th, 2006 06:21 am (UTC)
I answered "I knew that" because I think if you'd given me a true false question I would have got it right, but I don't think it was something that I could have told you if you had asked me to write an essay on Pac-Man
Nov. 11th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
I said "Yes" then changed my answer because I realize I had misread your statement. I thought what controlled the speed was whether you were on a power pill or not.
Nov. 11th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
In at least some variants of the game (I'm fairly sure the original arcade game had this property), the relative speed of Pac-Man and the ghosts is level dependent. I don't think your statement is universally correct.
Nov. 11th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
Right, I think the actual speeds depend on the level, but that Pac-Man moves relatively faster when moving through clear space than when chomping. He also moves a bit faster around corners, which can be useful. Although, I doubt I have played Pac-Man in the past two decades, so I might be misremembering.
Nov. 11th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
I had no idea. Of course, I was always more of a "Joust" kinda guy.
Nov. 11th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
In other news, each of the four ghost AIs uses a different chasing heuristic. Which is an easy thing to get wrong if you try to do a Pac-man clone.
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