Long before there was Billable there was a weekend hack called the MegaManEffect. What is the MegaManEffect?
The MegaManEffect is an application that emulates an effect seen in the classic NES game Mega Man 2. When you launch an OS X application, the screen goes dark, stars sweep the night sky and your application’s icon is presented in a blue letter box bar with a cheesy 8-bit music introduction.
MegaManEffect was written while I attended the ADHOC/MacHack conference in 2004 and took second place in the ADHOC Labs Showcase! In the summer of 2005 the application hit a nerve in the community generating tons of interest and downloads. It is to this day the most distributed code I’ve even written by myself.
Anyways, a while back my personal site imploded and the MegaManEffect download page disappeared. After many, many emails I’m finally putting it back online here and even upgraded it to a Universal Binary so it runs great on Intel Macs.
- Download the MegaManEffect Application
- See MegaManEffect demoed on Attack of the Show
- See the original MegaMan 2 game in action
The source for MegaManEffect is available under a BSD license on the new Clickable Bliss Google Code Project. Checkout via SVN using:
svn checkout http://clickablebliss.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/Cocoa/MegaManEffect ~/Desktop/MegaManEffect
The code itself isn’t terribly good (it was written as I was still learning Cocoa) but oh well. :-) Enjoy.
Update: If you like MegaManEffect, you might like Pop Rock by fellow indie Justin Miller.
Posted on: June 30, 2007 – 8:35 PM