The hardest part of writing the video game Monty Python’s Complete Waste of Time

Many years ago, I happened to have lunch with one of the programmers who worked on the video game Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time (read a review). This program was notable in many ways, most geekily that it was brought on board the Mir space station by astronaut Michael Foale.

Anyway, during the course of lunch, I learned something unusual:

"The hardest part of writing that program? Synchronizing the farts [sounds] to the video."

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Comments (17)
  1. kog999 says:

    Snarkey comment: Just so long as their not using Vista in space. After all lives are at stake.

  2. Mark says:

    That game was indeed a complete waste of time. Although I did enjoy theming my computer to say ‘Ni!’, ‘Sorry!’ and ‘You’re a loony’ on every  keypress…

  3. John says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I really don’t understand the near obsession with Monty Python in computer geek/nerd circles.  I suppose some of it is funny, but it’s just not my cup of tea.

  4. nathan_works says:

    John, tell us how you feel about the three stooges while you’re at it..

  5. Duke of New York says:

    It’s the misguided belief that repeating what someone else said that was funny, will make you also funny.

    Doesn’t work. Doesn’t keep people from trying it anyway.

  6. Mike Dunn says:

    Are you saying "Ni" to that woman?

  7. Duke of New York says:

    See what I mean?

  8. jeremy says:

    Duke, so is this like how pretending like you’re too cool for things doesn’t actually make you cool?

  9. porter says:

    Back on topic, they do say that the secret to great comedy is … timing.

    But they didn’t mention the farts.

  10. porter says:

    The reason Python survives is it’s timelessness; even those who arrange and design shrubberies are under considerable economic stress in this period in history.

  11. Zing says:

    @Jeremy: ooohhh, I see what you did there…

  12. CmraLvr2 says:

    And now for something completely different.  A man with a compiler up his nose.

  13. porter says:


  14. Steve Mansfield says:

    Did anyone ever complete the ‘quest’ in the Complete Waste Of Time? *Did* it have an end? I always got distracted by the other stuff, and have still got the Pythoniser on this machine …

  15. Timothy Byrd says:

    +1 to porter’s comment on the importance of timing

    To be serious for a moment:

    • Even if some of the Monty Python stuff is a bit, er, strong for me, personally, joining in with it helps create bonding or at least a shared subculture.
    • The vast majority of people, myself included,  hardly ever have a truly original thought.

    (And I don’t see anything to change my opinion in these comments.) Given that, I think it’s handy to be aware I’m cribbing from someone else, and if possible to choose to repeat material that’s either higher-grade or more powerful in social terms.

    Okay, I’m done.

    Number One – The Larch.

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