Thursday, August 25, 2005

Built in game in Google Talk?

According to this message board there's an built in game in Google Talk. I haven't actually got it to work but it seems plausible. Go try it for yourself and tell me if it worked for you.

First, the mystery. Open up the About dialog of Google Talk by right clicking on the Google Talk icon in your taskbar and selecting About.



See the mysterious numbers at the bottom? What's written is "play 23 21 13 16 21 19 . 7 1 13 5". If you take each number as a position in the alphabets you get "wumpus.game". Invite "wumpus.game" to your Google Talk.



You should now see the user "wumpus.game" added to your Google Talk client.



The "wumpus.game" bot is supposed to authorise itself. I'm guessing what happens next is that it will initiate a chat with you and you start the game. At this moment the bot is probably down. Gonna keep retrying... anyone got it to work yet?

Related: wikipedia entry on wumpus game.

One other thing... does anyone other than me think some parts of Google talk look exactly as Gaim?

posted by wyejon at Thursday, August 25, 2005 (permalink) |

7 wise words from our readers:

a golden opinion from Blogger Teddy

I think why Google Talk and GAIM look a bit similar is because both use the open source Jabber/XMPP instant messaging protocol.

12:47 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

Teddy: Yup... Google Talk is based on Jabber and Gaim supports Jabber as one of the many chat protocol it supports. I was actually thinking more along the lines of Google taking Gaim and modifying it for their own purpose.

9:07 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Jerry

Nah, not the great fuzzy wuzzy Google. :P
They did sponsor Gaim during the Summer of Code project though.

11:22 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

jerry: You evil Google worshipper you :)

Seriously though even if Google did develop off Gaim it's not surprising considering Gaim is OSS. Plus I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it.

11:26 AM  

a golden opinion from Anonymous Dr33mer

lol not about this but just noticed that ur korean haha~~ ^^ looool

7:41 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

dr33mer: ermm... I'm not Korean. I'm an ethnic Chinese but really I prefer to be known as a Malaysian.

1:09 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Seymour Cakes

Ahahahaha... I KiLleD ThaT daMN WUMPUS!!!

9:58 AM  

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