0667: "SkiFree"

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0667: "SkiFree"

Postby glasnt » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:08 am UTC

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Linkerness: http://xkcd.com/667/
Title: And from that day on, I wore this little 'F' key pendant everywhere I went.



That may be possible in the original SkiFree, but in the new XP remake, you can't outrun the yeti, no matter what. Humph.

*downloads xp version just to check*

In addition, the xkcd-esk yeti is hell less scary than the 8-bit version.

Also, is that a copy-pasted yeti in frame 3 I see? I would have thought it could have been redrawn, with a little sad face on it ... because it's friend the ski man disappeared :<

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby recon455 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:10 am UTC

Wow. This comic is epic. It was totally worth waiting 7 or so minutes for. SkiFree basically defined my first computing experiences. I recently found it again a few years ago, and only then did I realize that getting past the monster, was no really the point to the game(but we all know it is).

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby rpgamer » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:10 am UTC

Never heard of the game, but the comic was amusing nonetheless.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby LordHuffnPuff » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:10 am UTC

Man, SkiFree and Chip's Challenge were the two best games in that pack.

...and I never knew that you could hold F. I always got past the yeti by using a rainbow jump. At which point a DIFFERENT yeti would run out. You could get a few onscreen at the same time in this fashion if you were good.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby wizzfizz » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:11 am UTC

xkcd merchandise idea: an "F" keyboard key on a neck chain, with a picture of the Yeti on the back.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby derick » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:11 am UTC

This one was a few minutes late. I almost had a panic attack.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby 1800yolk » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:12 am UTC

Randall I wish gay marriage were legal because I LOVE YOU MAN

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby jtibble » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:12 am UTC

No, that can't be true!!!

So many deaths.. ... ...


if only I had known.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby joee » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:14 am UTC

Hey glasnt!

Also, never played SkiFree, but I like the comic :)
Hi glasnt.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby mountaingoat » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:16 am UTC

I'm pretty disappointed that there are no FreeSki clones in the Ubuntu repos.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby glasnt » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:16 am UTC

joee wrote:Hey glasnt!

Also, never played SkiFree, but I like the comic :)



I would tell you to go here: http://ski.ihoc.net/

The original programmer of SkiFree made an XP version.

HOWEVER http://ski.ihoc.net/ is down. Thanks xkcd. :<


I remember playing skifree on my Dad's work machine, cc. 1992. It was the best thing ever.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby dustwel » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:18 am UTC

Love it - most favorite I've seen in a long time.

I never knew about the F trick, but when the monster would first appear on my screen, I'd stop and go to the left of the screen for about 3 minutes... then I could continue to ski for a while, but eventually the monster would always get me... eventually...

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Steve the Pocket » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:23 am UTC

Aaaaaaand XKCD has already slashdotted the download site, it seems.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Nintendon't » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:23 am UTC

1800yolk wrote:Randall I wish gay marriage were legal because I LOVE YOU MAN


You could move to Canada :D

I also did not know about the F trick. So much time wasted on justified screams and epic, yet vain maneuvers.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby SummerGlauFan » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:27 am UTC

Hello, blast from the past.

This may have been the first game I played on a computer. It's a toss up between skifree and Oregon Trail.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby SocialSceneRepairman » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:28 am UTC

1800yolk wrote:Randall I wish gay marriage were legal because I LOVE YOU MAN


Pop quiz: where does Randall live?

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby nanotube » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:30 am UTC

sean22190 wrote:I'm pretty disappointed that there are no FreeSki clones in the Ubuntu repos.


not in the repos, but you can grab gnuski source and compile it yourself from here:
http://freshmeat.net/projects/gnuski/

(never even heard of this game before today...)

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Darthcaboose » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:31 am UTC

What??? No! That can't be true...

So many times playing SkiFree; naturally expecting that huge robot-esque yeti thing to come and gobble me up. And...

GAAAAH!!!!

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Achmetha » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:32 am UTC

Sad that a lot of you haven't heard of Skifree.

My favorite thing about XKCD is that it triggers memories that I have forgotten. It must be 12 years since I last played Skifree...

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby MrGee » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:34 am UTC

Get....out....head!

God I hated that yeti. And the snowboarders who go faster...not realistic.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby virati » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:39 am UTC

............'F'................Wow................

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby demadaha » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:40 am UTC

I found out about the f key almost exactly the way the girl did in this comic. I didn't come up with the idea of making an f key pendant but now I think I'll make one. First I'll have to find a keyboard that doesn't have its f key worn out.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby MotorToad » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:41 am UTC

jtibble wrote:No, that can't be true!!!

So many deaths.. ... ...


if only I had known.
So. Many. Innocent. Skiers. This really fucking upsets me. HTgdF did I get to this age and not know this?


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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Omegaton » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:43 am UTC

Obviously I missed out on a part of childhood by not having played SkiFree, but according to the above posters the yeti was at least as scary as the baddies in Math Crunchers*.

*They were VERY scary when I was young. Not least of all since I was slow with math.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Hazor » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:45 am UTC

wizzfizz wrote:xkcd merchandise idea: an "F" keyboard key on a neck chain, with a picture of the Yeti on the back.
I second the motion. I immediately wanted one, though I hadn't thought about a yeti image.
I remember playing SkiFree when I was ~9, that and Joust. My first experiences with computers. It was a while before I learned of the F key, though..

Seriously though, if such merchandise is not made I'll dig out an old keyboard and utilize its F key.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby WhiteWolf » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:50 am UTC

I get way too happy when I get an XKCD reference. That yeti used to scare the crap outta me. I always thought I was doing something wrong and that's why he attacked me.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Magic Molly » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:53 am UTC

We should all wear 'f' pendants, as a way to see who both reads the comics and the forums.

I never actually knew it was called that, i just remember how much fun it was. I must've been six or seven when i first played it. I think i still have skifree around somewhere... <digs around> Whoopie, i found it! Best of windows games. I now have something to do over break.

The only other good game on that disc was medival war. I used to have so much fun coming up with my own balances for it.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby shebeatmyhighscore » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:53 am UTC

wizzfizz wrote:xkcd merchandise idea: an "F" keyboard key on a neck chain, with a picture of the Yeti on the back.


Ohmygod. Do want. Right now.

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Postby Sprocket » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:56 am UTC

hee hee. Ah references I actually immediately and totally get make me feel snugly.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby elcheeserpuff » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:57 am UTC

Oh Skifree! Seriously is one of my first memories of using a computer haha. It's been 11 years since I've played that.

Anyone know a way I can play it on windows 7? D=

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby nihil » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:58 am UTC

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1800yolk wrote:Randall I wish gay marriage were legal because I LOVE YOU MAN


Pop quiz: where does Randall live?


Randall doesn't actually live in any particular place, I believe: he's the product of our collective consciousness - which explains why so many people experiences "RGO²MH" phenomena. It also explains why there are fast multiple-thread generation upon new comics.

How does the comic appear in the website is a matter of mystery, though - to be explained in a mix of symmetry violations and security issues, I'd bet.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby captain2obvious » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:59 am UTC

Hazor wrote:
wizzfizz wrote:xkcd merchandise idea: an "F" keyboard key on a neck chain, with a picture of the Yeti on the back.
I second the motion. I immediately wanted one, though I hadn't thought about a yeti image.
I remember playing SkiFree when I was ~9, that and Joust. My first experiences with computers. It was a while before I learned of the F key, though..

Seriously though, if such merchandise is not made I'll dig out an old keyboard and utilize its F key.

I am already getting one of my old keyboards out of storage (by storage I mean the back of my closet ) 8), but I would definitely order an official one should it ever be made available.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby ancientcampus » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:00 am UTC

WHAAAAAAAAAAAATTTT????

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby FCN » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:02 am UTC

I thought he'd referenced SkiFree before, but it turns out I was just remembering this xkcdsw. And searching for that also turned up this:
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Lonewolf I » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:05 am UTC

At last! I'm not crazy! Someone else who's heard of that gamepack that came with Windows back in the nineties!

Is there anybody out there, anywhere, who can point me towards a downloadable version of the entire set of games? I have so many memories locked up in those files.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Bobberticus » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:10 am UTC

what..

in all my years of skifree....

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Dogbert » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:11 am UTC

Today is my birthday, and I did not know about the 'F' key until I read this comic. The obvious connection has convinced me to go buy an "F" pendant -- it might not work for the rest of you guys, but it's my birthday, bitches!

P.S. I spent so many hours playing those games that I can actually wax nostalgic about them. Kind of like Half-Life. Anytime I'm feeling down, depressed, or generally dispossessed of my normally sunny disposition, I play any one of the entries in the series (even Blue Shift. Seriously.) I'm back to grinning before I know it.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Ferahgo » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:15 am UTC

This comic blew my goddamn mind because I never knew about this trick and I was obsessed with this game back in the Best of Entertainment days.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Ph0X » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:26 am UTC

OH GOD! I remember back when i was 6 and used to play that game.
He would seriously pop out of nowhere and rape me in less than a second.
I'd shit my pants every single time.
He still haunts my dreams time to time :(

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Greyjoy » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:27 am UTC

54th-ing the F-key pendant idea. Will buy.


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