Once, several years back, I went to Ptown for the weekend. We stayed at a bed and breakfast somewhere by a hill. It could have been the top of the hill, it could have been the bottom, but I know there was I hill. I know this because it was the first time that my girlfriend drove a manual transmission on a hill, and well, it didn't go so well. Anyway...one night as we stumbled back to the b&b, we encountered a club, right across from our house.
Now before we continue, let me just say that I'd been drinking. A good time was had by all. And then, this oasis in the ocean pops up, and well, we just had to go in. A weird club, as I recall, Barry Manilow with a dance beat was playing (somehow it worked). Anway, as the girl was getting another round, I found this Ms Pacman machine.
Many many quarters, perhaps all of them, of my childhood ended up in video consoles. Ms Pacman games I have played many. But this machine, this odd machine in Ptown in the club that played House Manilow slightly past last call, was different. It had diagonal levels.
I played, but lost almost immediately. The girl wasn't interested at all, and well, maybe at that point neither was I.
But the next morning, I woke up and had these foggy memories of a ms pacman machine with diagonal levels. It was one of those things that you werent' quite sure if it really happened or not. I think I concluded that it did not, and we left and came back to Cambridge.
I'm a bit obsessive about some things, and sometimes, in the years since, I've wondered about that machine. Was it real? What the fuck was up with that?
This year, a friend got a place in Ptown for the summer. Somewhere in the conversation it came out--this foggy recollection of an odd video game console... "Hey, could you check this thing out for me? I don't know where it is, or whatever, but if you find it, take some pictures?"
And these, gentle reader, are the pictures. Stitched together in "video" format for your viewing pleasure.