From stu1087 Mon Mar 1 19:38:27 1993
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Date: Mon, 1 Mar 93 19:38:19 EST
From: stu1087 (General Unix Account)
Subject: additions to folklore list
There are two games of concern here: Pac-man and Space Invaders Part II.
Pac-man: I was personally inundated with the rumor of the gold bars in Pac-man.
Several of my acquaintances had reported seeing them. Here are the facts:
- depending on whom you talked to, they appeared after 12, 15, or 24 keys.
- some machines had them, some did not. This explained why people had gone
really high and not seen the gold
- even the book "How to Master the Video Games" by Tom Hirschfeld describes
"... a series of gold and silver bars"
- the gold bars, worth 10,000 points each, were followed by two screwdrivers,
worth 25,000 points.
- a related rumor said that eating the eyes (enroute back to the pen following
the eating of a blue monster) was worth "a lot of points". This clearly
never panned out, though.
- one day I pressed a friend for what the gold bars looked like. She replied
"They're like .... striped". On a totally separate occasion, a somewhat
inarticulate maintenance man at King's Island amusement park near
Cincinnati, told me while in one of the video arcades "yah, afta the
gode bars, dere's dese pointy-like things. 25,000 points each." in an
apparent reference to the screwdrivers.
So as you can see, accepting that these gold bars are but a myth has been
quite difficult for me to swallow.
Space Invaders Part II: Made by Taito, lic. to Midway, there is a wonderful
"Rainbow Explosion" if a player manages to shoot a 10-point invader last.
This one is said to be true.
Michael E. Kotler