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A Star Wars Movie You Have To Experience To Believe

A Star Wars Movie You Have To Experience To Believe

by , 2:00 PM EST, December 1st, 2000

There are some things in life that transcend such petty arguments as how much better the Mac is than the PC, or whether or not Linux is a vialble alternative to the mainstream operating systems. One such thing is the popularity of Star Wars, and another is just how cool ASCII movies can be. Put the two together and you get what our English friends across the Pond might refer to as a juggernaut. Our PC using friend Dave Bonora took time to let us know about a very cool Star Wars movie that you will have to see to believe. What makes this movie so special is that was made entirely with ASCII characters, and includes some remarkable animations.

The only problem for some Mac users will be the use of a telnet client. However, using telnet is not hard at all and we encourage you to do so. You can download Better Telnet, a great telnet client for the Mac. Also, Mac OS X users can easily telnet from the Terminal window, simply by typing "telnet" (without the quotes, of course). Which ever telnet client you use, this movie looks best with a black background and white foreground (some telnet clients may refer to the foreground as "text"). It will work with other colors, but it looks best with the balack background/white foreground. To change these options, look under preferences (or Edit->Terminals in Better Telnet).

To view the movie, telnet to Once there, type starwars. That's it. There is no user name or password required to log into The following are some screenshots from the movie, but they do not do them justice. You have to literally have to go and watch the movie to believe it. One other note, please pardon the inconsitent nature of the screenshots.

Click on the thumbnails to see a bigger version

Luke with C3PO

The Millennium Falcom

Luke practicing the light-sabre with Obiwan Kenobi. Hey, I wonder if he means Old Ben Kenobi?

Luke whining about something

Go check out the movie and enjoy.

The Mac Observer Spin:

Let it be said that we offer you this information as a tribute to the best and worst of what humanity has to offer. The skill and talent that went into making this movie earned the (unkown to us) author the appellation of Captain Freetime! by one viewer. It is a fitting epithet in many ways. That said, none of the people that have seen this movie have failed to be awestruck. Sometimes it's the little things in life that make it great.

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