Watch Star Wars on the command line

Let’s exult in the excellent transcendence of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope¬†across barriers of media. It’s on telnet, all animated in ASCII characters. You can watch it from your command line. (Instructions follow.)

                                         /~\
                                        |oo )      We're doomed!
                                        _\=/_
                        ___        #   /  _  \   #
                       /() \        \\//|/.\|\\//
                     _|_____|_       \/  \_/  \/
                    | | === | |         |\ /|
                    |_|  O  |_|         \_ _/
                     ||  O  ||          | | |
                     ||__*__||          | | |
                    |~ \___/ ~|         []|[]
                    /=\ /=\ /=\         | | |
    ________________[_]_[_]_[_]________/_]_[_\_________________________
     .....                    @@@@@    @@@@@              ...........
     ......                  @     @  @     @             ..........
     .......                    @@@   @     @             .........
     ........                 @@      @     @             ........
      ........               @@@@@@@   @@@@@  th          .......
        .......            -----------------------        ......
          ......             C  E  N  T  U  R  Y          .....
            .....          -----------------------        ....
               ...         @@@@@ @@@@@ @   @ @@@@@        ...
                 ==          @   @      @ @    @          ==
               __||__        @   @@@@    @     @        __||__
              |      |       @   @      @ @    @       |      |
     _________|______|_____  @   @@@@@ @   @   @  _____|______|_________

In Windows:

  1. Click the Start menu
  2. Click Run…
  3. Type telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl and hit Enter
  4. Enjoy

If you’re really lazy, you can actually just go to (dumb ol’) Youtube and find a video file of the animation.

Clearly, it took a long, long time to make this animation. Take that into account about half an hour into the movie, when it stops.

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One Response to Watch Star Wars on the command line

  1. Heather says:

    Ahh I couldn’t get it to work at work…
    So, I did it the youtube way out of pure curiousity… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDZxjf7f0yQ&feature=related

    Pretty cool to at least see it. I’ll have to try it at home!

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