February 14, 2007

I see the Death Star

Whenever I walk through the Union Square subway station, I have to navigate through all these vertical I-Beams that are all over the place. It always reminds me of something, but I couldn’t figure out what. Finally it dawned on me. It’s the first stage of the Death Star level in the Star Wars arcade game. Watch this comparison video to see what I mean:

(Nothing is wrong with your speakers. The video is intentionally without sound)

Previously: I see R2-D2
Previously: I see Storm Troopers


This demonstrates how much more awesome the game would have been if the designer had thought to put in animated turnstiles. And jaded-looking pedestrians.

I walk though that same subway station every day on my way to work. Very interesting observation.

On a side note, I love the pieces of the old wall that they left behind that serve as columns in that station. Most of them aren’t even full columns, partially torn down. Great metaphor for a city that is constantly building and rebuilding at all times.

Those columns are mighty close together, even by MTA standards.

When the video first started, I wondered to myself why you had some issues keeping the shot level. Now it makes more sense.

This is just brilliant. I walk through that station every day, twice a day. Now I’ll never be able to get this out of my head…

I was playing that last night at barcade in williamsburg (the machine malfunctioned and it was free all night)! How right you are.

Nice. Thinking back to my youth all those many moons ago I dread to think how much money I spent in those arcades in England playing that game. Best arcade game evah? Certainly a candidate yes.

That is really a great observation. I always thought they looked like large erections (w/ firehat included on top). Maybe that is what you were thinking of. Also, my farts are really eyewatering today. Damn chili.

hey..great observation. the graphics in that game are wonderful! is that an emulator on your computer? is this available for mac? i want it! thanks!

amamzing…. i didn’t know you guys were still allowed to film anywhere in NYC and not get tazered for being a rebel scum by the storm troopers

Why would Ironic Sans be a serif font? Isn’t Sans short for Sans (without) Serif?

The Marriott that was next to the twin towers (think that was the one, maybe the one in Times Square instead) always reminded me of the inside of the DeathStar, where Obi Wan shuts down some power generator or something.

Andrew Tonkin speaks truth!

“Irony is a form of utterance that postulates a double audience, consisting of one party that hearing shall hear & shall not understand, & another party that, when more is meant than meets the ear, is aware both of that more & of the outsiders’ incomprehension.” -H.W. Fowler

In between there lies a gulf. Let’s call it the Gulf of Tonkin.

Dude, you suck at that game

I will never look at the MUNI station the same again.

Hidden feature in that game: the “Use the force” prompt at the top of the screen meant, “don’t shoot at anything, except the exhaust port, in the trench”, and you’d get a huge amount of extra points.

It also applied if you flew between the AT-AT legs.

I am also interested in an emulator for it if it’s available.

I hope you don’t start shooting at the station :-)

Yeah, cool, you know what ‘Sans’ means, but not ‘irony’. Ironic.

And if you think about it, the subway tracks kind of resemble the trench on the Death Star…

For those who expressed interest: The Star Wars arcade game can be played on almost any operating system using MAME, the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. It requires the ROM from the game in order to work, but you can probably find it on-line with a little Google searching. -David

i can’t make the connection. perhaps it’s the lack of audio.

That’s going to be so much more fun next time i’m there! Awesome!

Cute! I clicked the ad at the end to give you some cash. Cheers!

I had no interest in blogging or reading people’s blogs until I was researching the Ishihara Color Test and stumbled on a link to your site. After exloring your site—for about an hour— you made me bust out in laughter with this deathstar/subway station comparison. Now Ironic Sans is bookmarked. “Damn you!”, I cry.

Wow, good eye for picking this out.

However, I’m a bit more interested in finding out exactly how you got ahold of footage from an arcade game that old!

I have to agree with Blill. If you don’t shoot the caps off those towers you won’t have a chance at continuing on, let alone the high score.