Hidden Terminal game - Eliza

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  1. chainprayer macrumors 6502a

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    I'm surprised this isn't discussed more on the forums! I only found one thread relating to this, and it was an odd reference.

    Open terminal, type emacs, and hit enter.

    Hold shift and press esc, release.

    Type xdoctor and hit enter.

    Now you can talk to Eliza! Press enter twice after speaking to her.
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    thats a game in emacs, which is a program in BSD, which is Mac OS X's foundations.

    nothing new, its just most novice Mac users dont dabble around in BSD.
     
  3. thecheda macrumors 6502

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    Crazy

    I became frustrated in the first minute.
     
  4. jodelli macrumors 65816

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    At the prompt type (one at a time)

    life <enter>

    dunnet <enter>

    zone <enter>

    snake <enter>

    To quit any of them hit <esc> <x>

    These have been around for a dogs age or two.
     
  5. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Oh yes, I played with these years ago.

    To play the other programs listed above, get inside Emacs, press Esc, then x, then type the name of the program.

    I think there's a Hangman in there too.

    To quit Emacs, press Ctrl-x, Ctrl-c. Intuitive it isn't.
     
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's like playing Terminal Tetris. Fun, but much, much better alternatives = nobody cares.
     
  7. madog macrumors 65816

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    Not specific to Mac OS X, but in the terminal enter (or copy/paste):
    Code:
    telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl
    You may have to wait a minute or two while it loads (you only need to hit ENTER once) depending on your connection and their server.

    It's not malicious or anything (unless you hate Star Wars), but does require a decent internet connection and not a horribly slow machine.

    For those who don't like fun surprises then: It's Star Wars Ep. IV in ASCII.
     
  8. jblagden macrumors 65816

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    I tried to play that game, but it didn’t show up. I think Apple removed it sometime after Snow Leopard.
     
  9. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Running El Capitan here. All these games still work. You may not be entering the secret codes (!) properly.

    1) Open terminal,
    2) Type emacs, and hit enter.
    3) Hold shift and press esc, release.
    4) Press x, release.
    5) type in the name of the game you want, hit enter.

    To quit the game, hit <esc> <x>

    Games are:

    doctor
    life
    dunnet
    zone
    snake
     
  10. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68020

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    And, while this is all quite well documented, incidents like the recent iOS January 1, 1970 "prank" tend to put a damper on things.
     
  11. jblagden macrumors 65816

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    It works for everything except Eliza.
     
  12. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Eliza works for me fine on El Capitan. Just to check we're talking about the same thing, 'doctor' is the name of the Eliza game.
     
  13. jblagden macrumors 65816

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    Oh. I thought it was called Eliza. The ‘doctor’ game works fine. I just didn’t realize that Eliza was called ‘doctor’.
     
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