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0667: "SkiFree"

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:08 am UTC
by glasnt
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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 :<

Hi joee.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:10 am UTC
by recon455
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).

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:10 am UTC
by rpgamer
Never heard of the game, but the comic was amusing nonetheless.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:10 am UTC
by LordHuffnPuff
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.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:11 am UTC
by wizzfizz
xkcd merchandise idea: an "F" keyboard key on a neck chain, with a picture of the Yeti on the back.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:11 am UTC
by derick
This one was a few minutes late. I almost had a panic attack.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:12 am UTC
by 1800yolk
Randall I wish gay marriage were legal because I LOVE YOU MAN

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:12 am UTC
by jtibble
No, that can't be true!!!

So many deaths.. ... ...


if only I had known.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:14 am UTC
by joee
Hey glasnt!

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

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:16 am UTC
by mountaingoat
I'm pretty disappointed that there are no FreeSki clones in the Ubuntu repos.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:16 am UTC
by glasnt
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.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:18 am UTC
by dustwel
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...

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:23 am UTC
by Steve the Pocket
Aaaaaaand XKCD has already slashdotted the download site, it seems.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:23 am UTC
by Nintendon't
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.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:27 am UTC
by SummerGlauFan
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.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:28 am UTC
by SocialSceneRepairman
1800yolk wrote:Randall I wish gay marriage were legal because I LOVE YOU MAN


Pop quiz: where does Randall live?

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:30 am UTC
by nanotube
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...)

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:31 am UTC
by Darthcaboose
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!!!!

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:32 am UTC
by Achmetha
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...

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:34 am UTC
by MrGee
Get....out....head!

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

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:39 am UTC
by virati
............'F'................Wow................

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:40 am UTC
by demadaha
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.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:41 am UTC
by MotorToad
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?


The first game I can remember playing on PC was Snakes that came in QBASIC, also with a game about a gorilla tossing a banana. Had Zork on a VIC-20, erm it probably would have been a C-64 by then. I still haven't fucking finished it.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:43 am UTC
by Omegaton
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.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:45 am UTC
by Hazor
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.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:50 am UTC
by WhiteWolf
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.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:53 am UTC
by Magic Molly
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.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:53 am UTC
by shebeatmyhighscore
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.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:56 am UTC
by Sprocket
hee hee. Ah references I actually immediately and totally get make me feel snugly.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:57 am UTC
by elcheeserpuff
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=

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:58 am UTC
by nihil
SocialSceneRepairman wrote:
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 "RGO┬▓MH" 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.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:59 am UTC
by captain2obvious
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.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:00 am UTC
by ancientcampus
WHAAAAAAAAAAAATTTT????

My life is a lie!

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:02 am UTC
by FCN
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:
Tractor wrote:xkcd means outwitting the abominable snowman in skifree.

Tractor, get out of Randall's head!

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:05 am UTC
by Lonewolf I
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.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:10 am UTC
by Bobberticus
what..

in all my years of skifree....

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:11 am UTC
by Dogbert
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.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:15 am UTC
by Ferahgo
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.

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:26 am UTC
by Ph0X
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 :(

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:27 am UTC
by Greyjoy
54th-ing the F-key pendant idea. Will buy.