This is a writeup about a video game. The original version of this writeup was deleted as collateral damage in a "getting to know you" node clean-up. The survivors of said clean-up can be found at KDE vs. GNOME.
Title: GNOME vs KDE: Battle of the Desktops
Developer: Damian Yerrick
Publisher: Pin Eight Software
G vs K is a partial clone of Panel Action Bingo.
A GNOME mascot and a KDE mascot (a Mega Man-like character that was apparently KDE's mascot before the KDE dragon) are running around on a 5x5 square board chasing a red square to claim it and trying to get Bingo with claimed squares.
There's no CPU opponent; it's two-player only.
Why "GNOME vs KDE"? Easy.
Initial prototypes of the game had players leaving colored footprints on claimed squares.
However, trying to play the game on a black-and-white display was quite confusing; to fix this, the developers added different footprints for the two players.
Player 1's marker remained a footprint; player 2's marker turned into something that looked like a landmine.
But then one of the developers remarked "A footprint and a landmine?
Why not just go with a footprint and a sprocket with a big K on it?"
And so NES Bingo became GNOME vs KDE.
The first public milestone wasn't even meant to be released; a ROM site picked up a private release of the game, but because the game is GPL'd, they were able to do a public release, after which Pin Eight made an official milestone release.
You can find the latest version at http://www.pineight.com/nes/ or a recent version at http://nesdev.parodius.com/ or http://nesdev.icequake.net/; it's an NROM so it should work on most development hardware.
A final version was never released because the project was put on hold when the lead developer had to return to university.
A developer contributed to this review. To avoid a conflict of interest, he'll shut up.
© 1999-2002 Damian Yerrick. Verbatim copying and redistribution are permitted.
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