It was during these excruciatingly slow shifts that I had an idea of how we could play a rudimentary network multiplayer game of text based Pong using software already on the workstations.
Emacs has a few built in games hidden away in the menu. They're text based and pretty much all single player except for Pong. I guess Emacs Pong is intended to be played by two players sharing the same physical keyboard. Using a shared account, ssh and screen (terminal multiplexer) I was able to adapt it to be a network multiplayer game of sorts. It's dead simple and easy to cheat by pressing the other players keys but it passed a little time and I figured I'd share it with you all. This is how I did it:
$ useradd tempaccount $ passwd tempaccount $ su - tempaccount $ screen $ emacs -nwPress Alt - T - G - P (Opens Pong in Emacs)
$ ssh tempaccount@terminal1 $ screen -x
One player uses left and right arrows while the other uses up and down.
Later on we found that there were a few proper games in a software repository on our network so we weren't confined to Pong for weeks. For what it's worth this was still kind of fun though.
I love these kinds of messy workarounds. I'm sure there are probably many similar hacks that people have done with text games in a terminal. If anyone out there has done something similar I'd genuinely love to hear about it so leave a comment below.
|The graphics don't make the game.|