I originally wrote this as a joke about the Windows vs. Mac war, using the fact that you can watch a ASCII animated Star Wars on Windows computer. Well I was just informed that you can do that on a Mac as well.. So I apologize for my ignorance. Unfortunately I do not know how to watch it on a Mac, so if your using one… Good luck! Here’s how to do it on windows..
This works for all Windows 7 and 8 users. Anybody using Windows 8 can substitute “start button” for “start page”. I am sorry that you are using Windows 8. My sincerest condolences.
Everybody follow me through this step by step guide!
1) Click on the start button and open up the control panel, click on the link named “Programs and Features”. Up in the left hand corner there should be a link entitled “Turn Windows features on or off.” Click on it.
2) This should give you a list of features. Scroll down until you find two that are called “telnet”. Tick the boxes next to both “telnet” options. Close out of the window.
3) Click the start button again and then in the “search programs and files” area type “telnet” (without the quotes, I just did that to make it stand out.)
4) Click on the link and it should bring up a black dialogue box, similar to what you get when you open up “run.”
5) Type “o” and then press enter. (once again no quotes, just making it stand out. That’s the letter o by the way.) A script saying ( to ) should have appeared.
6) Now type “towel.blinkenlights.nl” and press enter.
You have now accessed ASCII Star Wars.
Some credits will come up (with some Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy references of course.) And then…
Key scenes from Star Wars in glorious 2D ASCII animation.