Data vs. Video Games

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Captain McBain, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. Captain McBain

    Captain McBain Captain Captain

    How would Data fare at the old NES game, Tetris? I'm sure many of you know how the game is played. After a while, the shapes fall down the screen so fast that it's impossible to move them into place quickly enough. As a result, the game ends pretty quickly.

    Data can 'tap' the controller much faster than a human, so I'm wondering if he'd be able to play the game indefinitely, or would the shapes eventually move so fast that even he would lose in time?

    Also, how would Data, with his enhanced abilities, do against other old video games, just having a basic knowledge of them (what can be found in the game manuals)? Would he ever die, or lose any game stamina whatsoever? Say, games such as Mario 3, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, The Legend of Zelda, Tiger Heli, Fester's Quest, etc.
  2. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2012
    I think Data could figure out how to crush most video games pretty easily. If there's any limitation it's with the frame rate of the games and the transmission rate of the controllers.

    I guess a few of those old arcade games have randomly generated events that could create inescapable death situations. But then again he could probably determine the random seed rather quickly.
  3. T'Girl

    T'Girl Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 20, 2009
  4. Captain McBain

    Captain McBain Captain Captain

    I think I get the picture. Tetris becomes quite fast after a while, though.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2013
  5. at Quark's

    at Quark's Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Dec 15, 2012
    Would be a great idea for a TNG recut ep 'data gets addicted to video games and neglects his other duties ' :D
  6. Captain McBain

    Captain McBain Captain Captain

    Maybe you should recommend it!
  7. Dantheman

    Dantheman Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Oct 27, 2011
    Michigan USA
    Rejiggering the holodeck to play old-school video games is one of the things I've often thought about, if it was one of the things the characters could do.

    (Playing a version of Super Mario Bros. where YOU are Mario?)