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Old 26 November 2019, 23:51   #1
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"Gag programs" for the Amiga

I faintly remember a disk that had various "gag programs" that mostly created weird and annoying effects in the workbench environment (they were all workbench executables). The only one I can really remember is a melting effect, where the whole workbench screen with all windows and drawers melts and sags towards the bottom and you can't do anything anymore. I think most of these simple programs had a way to reset them with the Escape key or something, but for some, you just had to restart the poor Amiga. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
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Old 27 November 2019, 06:41   #2
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One that I remember was called "Vacbench". It changed the mouse pointer into a vacuum cleaner and as you moved the pointer around the screen it would "suck up" everything off of the screen.
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Old 27 November 2019, 07:00   #3
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There were two that I used somewhat regularly. One involved lemmings wandering around and falling off the sides of windows. I think this is it.

The other I think was called WBSnow and involved snow falling and accumulating on the Workbench. There’s a program on Aminet under that name but the one I had was much older. Not sure if it was an older version or a different program entirely. If the latter, I should check to see if I have the archive somewhere. (I suspect there is a lot of older North American Amiga shareware/freeware currently missing from Aminet.)
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Old 27 November 2019, 09:31   #4
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I remember a program which does apparently nothing. No output at all.

But after a couple of minutes, a fullscreen skull appears and a scream sample is played.
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Old 27 November 2019, 09:44   #5
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I have a whole collection of these
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Old 27 November 2019, 13:24   #6
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iirc Amiga Format cover discs used to have few of those regularly....
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Old 27 November 2019, 20:08   #7
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Or the one where cockroaches live underneath the workbench windows. When you move the window, the cockroaches hurry to the next window to hide behind
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Old 27 November 2019, 22:20   #8
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I have all those mentioned above
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Old 27 November 2019, 22:48   #9
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iirc Amiga Format cover discs used to have few of those regularly....

They were called 'Workbench Hacks' and they featured regularly on random early AF coverdisks.
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Old 28 November 2019, 03:44   #10
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I have all those mentioned above
Would you mind upping them to the zone? I'd really like to try them out on my Miggies.
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Old 28 November 2019, 15:00   #11
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There surely were such programs on Network CD by Weird Science.
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Old 28 November 2019, 15:29   #12
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Would you mind upping them to the zone? I'd really like to try them out on my Miggies.

Sure
But on Sunday. I am just leaving for 4 days Amiga party
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Old 28 November 2019, 15:44   #13
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game/gag on Aminet is mostly these kinds of programs.

And I believe the snow program I mentioned in my previous post is game/gag/snow.lha
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Old 28 November 2019, 16:11   #14
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game/gag on Aminet is mostly these kinds of programs.
Yeah wow, loads of them: http://de.aminet.net/aminet/game/gag/

I want to try ARoach
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Ah, cool thanks! No time today, will look into it the next days. Cheers!
@Predseda Enjoy the Party! 4 days, OMG
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These programs are a gag.

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They were called 'Workbench Hacks' and they featured regularly on random early AF coverdisks.
Also known as screen hacks.
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