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Ever get the feeling other drivers are out to get you?

PacMan on Boston streets

In what's probably an early April Fool's Easter Egg, Google Maps now sports a PacMan mode, which lets you turn local streets into an '80s arcade game. The map above shows the area around Boylston and Tremont. Look for the PacMan button in the lower left of the full-screen desktop Google Maps (it's not there in the "classic" maps).

Via Nick Barber.

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Only in Arlington. And only one driver to be honest.

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PacMan can devour all the Route 128 signs south of Peabody?

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Harvard Square is an advanced level. All those paths in Harvard Yard, and roads at odd angles that are hard to turn down.

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and got stuck on the onramp to the Bowker Overpass in a switchback pattern with a ghost in hot pursuit going the opposite way.

It did not end well.

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Couldn't find the pin or map option. Is there some secret thingy?

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IMAGE(http://i59.tinypic.com/2jg04tw.jpg)

You can't use "google maps classic' mode with this, and your screen resolution and/or browser window size must be at least 1024x768 in size (because if you shrink the window small the option disappears and is unavailable)

To tell if you are in classic mode along with some helpful link at the bottom, click here.

Some older/slower computers default to classic because google has determined classic maps is faster for that computer. And for a while the "new G Maps" was an 'option' that you selected, so many people switched back to classic and never switched to the new maps. (I was one until I got a new computer a few months ago).

/techsupport

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I hate the new google maps when using my netbook. The screen real estate is just inundated with all the extra windows and BS.

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I do because I am frustrated by the same things you are.

The teeeeny little questionmark bubble down at the bottom will allow you to switch back. I then just bookmarked the address it directs you to, and all done.

https://maps.google.com/maps?dg=optperm&output=classic

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I'm fully aware of that, but your suggestion will be helpful for those who aren't. So thanks.

I've been doing just this at work, even clicking on Yes at the the 'remember this for future times?' question. This latter never seems to stick. That monitor is gigantic, so I'm reluctantly allowing it to stay with the new (occasionally), but I hate it nonetheless.

oops - just saw your suggestion for bookmarking ... will try that.

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Me and Ms. Pacman went out earlier on one of the roads in our neighborhood. She got mugged.

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Damn ghosts!

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Such pejorative language against the alleged!

http://www.rsdb.org/slur/ghost

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"Spook" is similarly problematic.

http://www.rsdb.org/slur/spook

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but there's some sort of glitch. When I eat the power pellet, the ghosts turn into Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and instead of eating them, I have to run them over.

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At first I amused myself with a simple, dense grid of straight streets at right angles - South Boston.

Then I really had fun with it centered on an area of curved streets - Morrissey Blvd, Grampian Way & the Savin Hill area.

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