December 02, 2003
Excel, the only decent application Microsoft ever produced
Posted by tmonkey at December 02, 2003 02:57 PM
that's a this, ic. what the heck are we lookin at? an easter egg?
no, we're looking at a spreadsheet & macros that are pac-man. I have it, but it won't open in my older mac excel.
Apparently, this guy (japanese of course) re-created pacman in Excel by making each cell a colored pixel and (I haven't seen it in action but I assume) pacman moves via a series of what must be incredibly complex macros.
I linked it now to his page here.
Microsoft CP/M worked pretty well.
I played the space invaders earlier today, and was deeply impressed. It's MAME-like in it's feel.
But my friend, if you think Excel is a decent application, then I submit that you've never tried to do any kind of half-sophisticated statistical charting or analysis with it. I can honestly say that I think it would be simpler to do pac-man on there. Or to play it, in any case.
I said "decent". And it's a spreadsheet, by golly, not a sophisticated graphing program (try as it may to pass itself off as such). Alls I use it for is bookkeeping. So for me, the idea of this guy programming pacman on this glorified calculator was funny.
All's I'm saying is that it was a lot easier to play Pac-Man on there than it was to do a media buy analysis on it. I have a lot more experience with Pac-Man, it's true.
I like "on there" meaning "Excel." Like a parent is talking.
Me, I just can't believe tmonkey missed the opportunity to title the post S,M,L,Excel.