Janey Thomson's Marathon
July 17, 2009 9:00 AM   Subscribe

Janey Thomson's Marathon
"In 1984 NiNCOM released the arcade game Janey Thomson's Marathon to tie in with the promising US long distance runner's imminent appearance at the Los Angeles ... Now a copy secretly kept by an employee has come to light and via the magic of emulation we can bring this lost classic to a new generation." Inspired by fiendish classics such as Desert Bus and Takeshi's Challenge, I designed and coded this gruelling retro-style game with a marathon course that's nearly half a million pixels wide.
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This project was posted to MetaFilter by mathowie on July 17, 2009: Janey Thomson's Marathon.

OMG. This is amazing.
posted by waxpancake at 9:28 AM on July 17, 2009

This is awesome based on the fake emulator boot screen and the fake board test alone. Although the fake scan-lines are kind of a cheat (since they were caused by the CRT monitors used for arcade games rather than the games themselves). Actually one of the best events in a Track & Field clone I've played is the marathon in Gold Medal Challenge 92.
posted by burnmp3s at 9:31 AM on July 17, 2009

As a Track & Field junkie, I am kind of tempted to try and beat this. Great job!
posted by Remy at 10:23 AM on July 17, 2009

Fantastic. I ran about 1.25 miles before I decided that my fingers matter to me. Tempted to see if I can find an app to submit left and right arrow presses and let the computer "run" on my behalf.
posted by lowlife at 10:42 AM on July 17, 2009

Man, I miss my Batamax player.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 10:24 PM on July 17, 2009

So awesome. I laughed out loud when I saw that you don't just continue on the track, you actually run through a city.
posted by nomad at 4:59 PM on July 18, 2009

Damn you.
posted by run"monty at 5:16 AM on July 19, 2009

I love this with all my heart. Thank you!
posted by sveskemus at 8:15 AM on July 21, 2009

Has anyone won yet?
posted by Pants! at 6:44 PM on July 23, 2009

posted by 256 at 8:18 AM on July 28, 2009

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