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From stu1087 Mon Mar  1 19:38:27 1993
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Date: Mon, 1 Mar 93 19:38:19 EST
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To: jdeitch@gisatl.fidonet.org
Subject: additions to folklore list
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Status: R

There are two games of concern here: Pac-man and Space Invaders Part II.

Pac-man: I was personally inundated with the rumor of the gold bars in Pac-man.
Several of my acquaintances had reported seeing them. Here are the facts:

- depending on whom you talked to, they appeared after 12, 15, or 24 keys.

- some machines had them, some did not. This explained why people had gone
      really high and not seen the gold

- even the book "How to Master the Video Games" by Tom Hirschfeld describes
      "... a series of gold and silver bars"

- the gold bars, worth 10,000 points each, were followed by two screwdrivers,
      worth 25,000 points.

- a related rumor said that eating the eyes (enroute back to the pen following
      the eating of a blue monster) was worth "a lot of points". This clearly
      never panned out, though.

- one day I pressed a friend for what the gold bars looked like. She replied
      "They're like .... striped". On a totally separate occasion, a somewhat
      inarticulate maintenance man at King's Island amusement park near
      Cincinnati, told me while in one of the video arcades "yah, afta the 
      gode bars, dere's dese pointy-like things. 25,000 points each." in an
      apparent reference to the screwdrivers.
So as you can see, accepting that these gold bars are but a myth has been 
quite difficult for me to swallow.

Space Invaders Part II: Made by Taito, lic. to Midway, there is a wonderful
"Rainbow Explosion" if a player manages to shoot a 10-point invader last.

This one is said to be true.

Michael E. Kotler


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