Monday, May 10, 2004

Games People Play XV

Shades of its precursor, the Big Urban Game, this past weekend, Pac-Manhattan took over the neighborhood surrounding Washington Square Park to reclaim public space -- and an element of play to pedestrian life.

A player dressed as Pac-man will run around the Washington square park area of Manhattan while attempting to collect all of the virtual "dots" that run the length of the streets. Four players dressed as the ghosts Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde will attempt to catch Pac-man before all of the dots are collected.

Using cell-phone contact, Wi-Fi internet connections, and custom software designed by the Pac-Manhattan team, Pac-man and the ghosts will be tracked from a central location and their progress will be broadcast over the internet for viewers from around the world.

I'm sad I was out of town and missed the shenanigans. Luckily, plenty of photos and videos are available.

Thanks to Alex.

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