Archive for March, 2008

Creepy South American Gnome

March 19th, 2008 by frankie23

In the Argentinean town of Salta, some kids were sitting around, doing their typical juvenile delinquent bit; wearing hoodies, sipping some local beverages. One guy, he’s recording it all on his cellphone, yes? Cellphone cameras are built for exactly this sort of thing. Then, they see it, lurching across the road…

Frankly, I don’t know what the hell this thing is, and I’m not sure if I want to. But it creeps me out, hardcore, and that, I like.

Increible video de un duende [YouTube]

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The Haunting Of Ms. Pac-Man

March 11th, 2008 by frankie23

Of all the video game machines to be haunted, having a Ms. Pac-Man machine be infested by a spectre seems the most ironic. On the Boston Craigslist site, an ad was found for a free Ms. Pac-Man standup arcade machine. A member of the arcadecontrols.com forum e-mailed the poster, asking about the machine, and why it was free. He received the following response:

“When I bought this machine the previous owner told me it was haunted. I laughed, didn’t believe him, because I didn’t believe in that sort of thing.

Got a bad feeling the day it was delivered. Game started on its own in the middle of the night several times, had a tech service the machine three times (very pricy housecalls), but he couldn’t find the problem.

Three-year old daughter started talking about the “man in the video machine”, didn’t think much of it, then my wife saw a dark figure move across the basement and into the machine. She ran out of the house, would not return until the machine was out of the house. I moved it to my business garage (two miles away), and several times I have opened the garage to find tools missing or scattered, things tipped over.

This is why I am giving away a $1000 machine for free.”

That’s some spooky dealings right there, I tell ya. Personally I’d love to have a haunted arcade machine, and if I was anywhere near the Boston area I’d be on this like flies on a corpse. Alas, it is not to be. If you’re in the area and interested though, here’s the listing. Please be sure to report back with the results, yes?

Oddities: The Haunted Ms. Pac Man [Kotaku, via arcadecontrols.com]