0667: "SkiFree"

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

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

I remember playing this back in primary school -- grade 3 or 4? None of us could ever outlast the monster though, even using the f key. Sooner or later you crashed into a tree, and there he'd be, ready to swoop. Once I thought I was really clever and tried to outwit him by working my way slowly back up the mountain.

I should have known he'd be there. Waiting.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby BlueEyedGreen » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:29 am UTC

YES! YES!
Oh, boy. Is this true about F? I still have this game -- I remember playing this as a little kid (I'm nineteen, if you're wondering), and that monster used to freak the hell out of me! What about other games of that era? Chip's Challenge, anyone?

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby XerxesQados » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:39 am UTC

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


It's legal in Randall's home state of Massachusetts, and they don't have a residency requirement.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby HighLowSplit » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:42 am UTC

I remember when I first figured this trick out after playing the game for years. I'd sit there skiing the trail over and over again just to laugh at the monster trying to catch me. I got my revenge, monster!
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Tass » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:04 am UTC

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


It is not?? What kind of poor undeveloped country do you live in?

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby kogle » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:23 am UTC

I started feeling like playing SkiFree after reading this comic, so I googled it and found.. something slightly strange 8 links down: http://www.fanfiction.net/game/SkiFree/
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby nirreskeya » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:33 am UTC

Somehow, I'd never heard of this game (I think I spent that time playing Final Fantasy 2 (U.S.) and didn't get a computer until 1993 or so, at which time I got hooked on id and then blizzard games). Anyway, this led me to search for it, as apparently it did for many others. As such, "skifree" is currently the number one most popular search on Google in the last hour and the third position is the comic itself. http://www.google.com/trends/hottrends?sa=X&oi=prbx_hot_trends&ct=title&q=skifree. Does this happen every MWF at midnight Eastern? Either way, it's kind of amazing, xkcd's equivalent of the slashdot effect.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby mmaluff » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:35 am UTC

I love how much power Randall has over the internet.
http://www.google.com/trends/hottrends?q=skifree&date=2009-11-24&sa=X

Also, the official SkiFree website is down, as pointed out earlier.

Edit: I just got totally ninja'd.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Rentsy » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:43 am UTC

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Max2009 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:52 am UTC

Randall, you are in my head, and welcome to stay for a little longer.

Just yesterday I was playing Keen 4 on my DosBox and my friend was all "Why don't you play a better game?"
And I was like "What better game? This is EPIC. Todays games that come bundled with OSs really suck. My all time favorite game in the world might possibly be Ski Free."

My favorite was getting a rainbow jump and lighting dead trees on fire.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby xmillion » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:57 am UTC

That game haunted my childhood. You saved my life.
At the same time, I feel horrible now, for not knowing this...

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Halrandir » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:19 am UTC

kogle wrote:I started feeling like playing SkiFree after reading this comic, so I googled it and found.. something slightly strange 8 links down: http://www.fanfiction.net/game/SkiFree/



No, nonono....I just had to read one of them to make sure, to prove myself wrong, but in a twisted, disgusting way that is actually very true to the events in the game, it seems that FanFiction.net has again fulfilled Rule 34 by providing something approaching a horror story/porn for SkiFree.

God help us all.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5240539/1/Bunny_Slope_Madness
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Al-pocalypse » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:22 am UTC

Get out of my head Randall!

Only just downloaded the original Ski Free game again last week, i remember when i first found out the F key 'cheat' playing with the yetis became so much fun!
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby SocialSceneRepairman » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:25 am UTC

XerxesQados wrote:It's legal in Randall's home state of Massachusetts, and they don't have a residency requirement.


...wellll...um...it depends.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby ArneBab » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:34 am UTC

However simple the comic seems, it touched me.

People get their strength from all kinds of sources, and the "F" key is a great idea!

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby littlelj » Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:12 am UTC

Well, it amused me.

But in a "get out of my head" moment, sorta, I was reading this morning that there is a legal challenge to gay marriage in the UK. It isn't called gay "marriage" here, it's called "civil partnership". A straight couple are challenging its legality because they have been barred from using it. See e.g. http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/law/article6929746.ece

Why they can't just get real married is beyond me.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby akagoldfish » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:52 am UTC

I don't see why everyone's getting so excited. Sure, you can outrun the yeti for a little while using F (and a couple good jumps are even better), but eventually another yeti comes, and then another and eventually a pack of yeti will track you down, box you in, and devourer you, F key or no F key.

Honestly though, I found seeing how long I could outrun the yeti pack to be a much more fun game than the actual skiing part. I think my record was outrunning three yetis long enough that a fourth came out of nowhere and got me.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Shindogo » Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:04 am UTC

Voicing my backing of the pendant in the xkcd store. I'd defininately buy one.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Moz » Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:11 am UTC

Here is the file that I have. I've had it for a while, but I'm pretty sure it's the one from the link that glasnt posted.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby cephalopod9 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:20 am UTC

Hahaha, oh man. It's always something when you get a significant amount of play through a game without figuring out a power-up.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby engy » Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:23 am UTC

Wow, I was like... Yeah, that's really deep because the monster always gets you.

Then I read the part about the F key.

The future looks a little brighter.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby camjocotem » Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:27 am UTC

I remember this game! =O Always had so much fun going over the little jumps and all that but the monster did always scare the CRAP out of me haha xD
To those of you who hadn't played the original, when you pressed 'F' you didn't just go fast, you went.....FAST!! It was near-impossible to actually control going left or right.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby mattflaschen » Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:15 pm UTC

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


Exactly the way I feel. And yes, I remember Chip's Challenge too (after looking at the Wikipedia screenshot), and of course Pipe Dream (which I recall playing at some stranger's house during a party...)

Looking forward to the XKCD effect dying down so I can download SkiFree for Wine. Anyone want to band together to help pay for the copyright lawyer he requested? GNUSki sounds cool, but it's not the SkiFree.

And I would probably buy the F pendant. Hey, maybe merge the ideas after all.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Quody » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:00 pm UTC

Luckily I have saved all my 486-games :) with virtualbox and an older version of windows you can play the original game, running away from yeti with the f-trick is easy as hell. Also all old slalom records can be thrown to the bin.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby macho » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:14 pm UTC

hello, I logged in to announce this:
at first I was surprised as hell, because NO ONE can outrun the monster. I downloaded the xp version and it's true, even if you ski away from the first one, the second one catches you sooner or later. Just like death. Sweet.

But there's this story I remember when I was a kid not older than 9 years. My dad was holding my little sister in his lap and playing SkiFree and right before the monster he jumped on a launching pad. But as we all know, that doesn't help you, because the monster catches you anyway. But as he landed, there was another launching pad right there and he immediately jumped on that as well and as we all know, the velocity increases after each jump so this next one was a lot further and for the first and only time in my life I saw anyone GET PAST THE MONSTER. I rubbed my eyes because I didn't believed it as he calmly slided onto the start and continued the game as if nothing has happened. I, as a kid tried to get past that monster but no matter what, I wasn't able to. This changed my life (well, not really).

It is perfectly possible that things didn't happen like I remembered them to happen, but that's what I consider to be truth.

Oh, and I want to use this opportunity and congratulate Randall on the work he did while making that LOTR character interaction line thingy. Nice!

over and out!

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby SaintCahier » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:27 pm UTC

Halrandir wrote:
kogle wrote:I started feeling like playing SkiFree after reading this comic, so I googled it and found.. something slightly strange 8 links down: http://www.fanfiction.net/game/SkiFree/



No, nonono....I just had to read one of them to make sure, to prove myself wrong, but in a twisted, disgusting way that is actually very true to the events in the game, it seems that FanFiction.net has again fulfilled Rule 34 by providing something approaching a horror story/porn for SkiFree.

God help us all.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5240539/1/B ... pe_Madness


This is just priceless ! As a collector of all strange phenomena lurking on the nets I can't wait until I get home to skim it (for I don't want to be caught dead reading it at work !).

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby ooloi » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:29 pm UTC

This one just made my XKCD top 10 list. Really really well done.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby makc » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:43 pm UTC

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby eviloatmeal » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:44 pm UTC

I think we're about to witness the first ever slashdotting of ebay. Good luck bidding on "Cheap keyboard" any time this week.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Mencel » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:58 pm UTC

Maaaaann, I even tried shimmying up the slope instead of skiing down, but there's another robot (I always thought they were robots when I was little and I still do) way up the slope.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby jamaila » Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:11 pm UTC

Okay, so I happen to have a baggie full of the keys from a dismantled keyboard, and a small jewelry business. Here you are, then:

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PS: Yes, I could make more, in varying styles, except I haven't got any more F keys. Remedy that problem and I'm your F pendant girl.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Random832 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:40 pm UTC

Bad news, everyone...

The F key just speeds up the framerate of the game. You go faster, the snowboarders go faster, the walking trees go faster, and the yeti goes faster.

I'm sure there's a metaphor in there somewhere.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby BioTube » Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:54 pm UTC

littlelj wrote:Why they can't just get real married is beyond me.
Because they want to challenge the law? Roe v Wade dragged on long enough that the kid was born(and she went on to change sides in more ways than one). As long as there are ways to challenge things, they shall be.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Brooklynxman » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:03 pm UTC

HOLY SHIT WHAT!

I played it on 95 or 98 forget which, I know who has the machine I used to play it on (explaining to them how to test this would be difficult though).

I dodged like 4 no f key before one got me once (it is hard as hell but you have to react really fast, like prescient spider sense fast).

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Get.
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Back.
To.
Test.
This.

And the scariest part of the 8 bit monster was it danced after it ate you

Edit: Want F Key pendant and also did the scoot to the left/right thing at times as well, but if you had good speed and angled away from the monster the split second you saw it it was possible to avoid, keeping that up for any given amount of monsters however became ridiculously difficult. Like I said, one of the more practical uses of prescience.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Mactabilis » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:11 pm UTC

i got skifree as part of some 200 windows games pack. Always thought it was just a demo like the rest of the games in that pack, and that the yeti eating you was just the end of the demo. i used to try to cheat the demo by getting past the stupid yeti. once i did, and another one came out and ate me. i gave up after that.

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby neoliminal » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:15 pm UTC

SocialSceneRepairman wrote:
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 SolkaTruesilver » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:21 pm UTC

Hmm..

I tried to describe this xkcd to my sister, who is cut off from them since the 23rd of October. The only non-spoilerable description I found was:

"Profound, nostalgic and funny"

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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby williamager » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:27 pm UTC

Random832 wrote:Bad news, everyone...

The F key just speeds up the framerate of the game. You go faster, the snowboarders go faster, the walking trees go faster, and the yeti goes faster.

I'm sure there's a metaphor in there somewhere.


This isn't true, at least in ski32, as can clearly be demonstrated by the lengths of the jumps one makes and the length of time snowboarders stay on the screen. Once you get past the yetis, it becomes obvious: turn off F, and the yetis start catching up; turn it back on, and they fall behind. It does seem to speed up everything, but it speeds up the player more than it speeds up everyone else.

I actually just tried this a few minutes ago, and managed to get past the two yetis twice. It isn't actually that interesting of an accomplishment, as one just ends up going back to the beginning of the course.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby Workaphobia » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:45 pm UTC

I was always an addict for Chip's Challenge, but that yeti does hold a special place in my heart too.

Since nobody has mentioned it so far, episode 207 of South Park (kids are trapped on a bus teetering over a cliff) has a great moment, that I'm absolutely certain is based on the SkiFree yeti.
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Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

Postby loko_y23 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:48 pm UTC

What? Really? I'VE BEEN LIED TO ALL THE TIME, MAN!
I'm downloading skifree right now, and I'm finally defeating my childhood nemesis.


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