Pacman Challenge, by Peter West

Screenshot 2014-02-20 12.57.39Peter’s score of 5520.

Having attended talks on politics, demonstrations of cutting-edge research and other academic events throughout Innovative Learning Week, the Pacman Challenge seemed to provide me with the prospect of some light relief – a chance to sit back, unwind and eat some colourful ghosts (I don’t even have to leave home!). But I was wrong, it’s serious. After all, when there’s a leader-board involved it always is.

I always thought I was pretty good at Pacman but, after several attempts to progress beyond level 2, I sadly realised that once again I was wrong. It may have been around for a while now, but Pacman is still one of the toughest games out there.

I think the idea of a university-wide Pacman leaderboard is a fantastic idea. In fact, perhaps this sort of thing should occur more frequently (for example, who wouldn’t take the chance during heavy revision sessions to spend five minutes trying to beat the high scores on campus?) It’s also more fun to play online when you know you’re competing with your peers and especially when there are prizes up for grabs (even if there’s no chance you’re going to win them…)

Having played for at least an hour now, I’m setting aside this afternoon’s essay writing and I’m going to get to the top of that leaderboard, and I challenge any of you to beat me.

Currently in the lead in the Pacman Challenge is Claire Davies on 14,050! Can you top that? Play today at freepacman.org and email a screenshot of your highest score to ilw[at]ed.ac.uk!

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