Afternoon Video Break

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Even with video, I’m still not sure I believe that this actually happened. If it did, pretty amazing.


School Dorm Snake Game – Watch more Funny Videos

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9 Responses to “Afternoon Video Break”

  1. #1 |  bob42 | 

    It’s definitely impressive. I tend to think it’s real because that’s the most rational explanation.

    If there’s an IP network in the dorm, it’s a fairly easy task to construct devices that would turn on/off red or white lights based on the output from the computer game.

  2. #2 |  Matt | 

    Reminds me of:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2FX9rviEhw

    Which was fake.

  3. #3 |  bb | 

    I’d have to go with real. A friend of mine was an engineering student at Harvey Mudd. They programmed a dorm building in a similar fashion to play Tetris.

  4. #4 |  davidstvz | 

    I could see this being done as a research project using a wireless sensor network and a white and red light installed in each dorm room. The wireless sensors form a network and use a topology algorithm to arrange themselves into a grid of pixels. After that, it’s a simple matter of programming a snake game.

    The biggest problem, off the top of my head is just latency. That could be solved by simply playing back a recording instead of playing the game in real-time (assuming it was too problematic to play in real time).

  5. #5 |  JDG | 

    looks real; this is the kind of stuff engineers do for entertainment, because while it isn’t easy, it’s infinitely easier for engineering students to do stuff like this as opposed to trying to interact with the opposite sex…

  6. #6 |  Frank Hummel | 

    When I lived in San Diego I had security codes for the First National Bank building. I would walk with my girlfriend on Coronado island and turn lights on or off on different floors from my cell. She would go: “Who rule barter town?” each time the lights went off. Pretty weird, I know, just a game we were playing… I grew up in the mean time and she’s my wife now.

  7. #7 |  jamie | 

    Just chiming in with the “It is likely real” crowd. This has been done a few times – among others, the Chaos Computer Club did a huge installation of office-light-games a few years back in Germany, doing Pong, Tetris, Snake, I think some others, as well as some pretty trippy synchronized arty animations on them put to music.

  8. #8 |  Spleen | 

    Also, the people in the foreground are filming & taking pictures of something

  9. #9 |  Liz | 

    I wonder if it is really true but since people are filming it and there are many people in the background, I think it is. It is really amazing.

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