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Play a retro video game in VMware Fusion 3 Apps
If you're using VMware Fusion 3, here's a little Easter Egg. Launch the app, then hold down Shift-Control-Command-Option and press V. This will create a new virtual machine named Paschal Ovum and launch it...and inside that virtual machine, you'll find yourself transported back in time, right into the middle of a game of Pong.

There are no VMware Tools installed in this virtual machine, so you'll need to use the Command key to capture/release the mouse; move your paddle by moving your mouse up and down. Rumor has it that VMware wrote this tool to help with some aspect of the program's development, but I think they did it just because it's cool and retro.

You can delete the virtual machine any time you like; it can be easily recreated via the same keyboard shortcut.
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Play a retro video game in VMware Fusion 3
Authored by: robtain on Dec 17, '09 07:53:42AM

I can't seem to get this to work. Can you be more specific about the timing of the key combo?



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Play a retro video game in VMware Fusion 3
Authored by: robg on Dec 17, '09 08:23:13AM

It shouldn't matter -- just hold down the four modifier keys, then press and release V. You should hear a beep, and the new VM should open. I tested in Fusion 3.0.1, but I also did this in 3.0, so I know it works in both (it won't work in earlier versions, though).

-rob.



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Play a retro video game in VMware Fusion 3
Authored by: robtain on Dec 17, '09 12:29:53PM

Hmmmm. I have 3.0.1 and I've tried the key combo as described. I hear the beep, but nothing happens.

Using a early 2009 unibody MacBook Pro.

I know it's just an Easter egg, but I'm curious by nature.



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Play a retro video game in VMware Fusion 3
Authored by: robg on Dec 17, '09 03:09:25PM

I've asked my contact at VMware about this; he's investigating (as he said it should work everywhere), and if I get any info, I'll post it.

-rob.



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Play a retro video game in VMware Fusion 3
Authored by: Danni on Dec 17, '09 04:17:45PM

Same her--beep but no joy--until I tried it after shutting down my existing/running virtual machine.



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Play a retro video game in VMware Fusion 3
Authored by: sourdoughjosh on Jan 05, '10 12:53:55PM

For those receiving a "beep" when trying the key combination, go to the File menu and select "New...", then try the key combo while the Create New VM screen is up.



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Play a retro video game in VMware Fusion 3
Authored by: stevebr on Dec 17, '09 09:46:31AM

Finally, a compelling reason to upgrade from version 2!



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Play a retro video game in VMware Fusion 3
Authored by: russellhancox on Dec 17, '09 11:53:44AM

This didn't work for me, but I found another way:

1) Make a new custom virtual machine. It doesn't need sound/usb/hard disk (although it won't make any difference having those things).

2) Create an empty file with a .flp extension

3) Add a floppy disk to the virtual machine (Virtual Machine Settings -> Other Devices -> Click + -> Add Floppy. When asked for the floppy disk image, point at the empty .flp file you created.

4) Start the virtual machine.

The A.I isn't very good.



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Play a retro video game in VMware Fusion 3
Authored by: homersimp on Dec 17, '09 11:57:18AM

Awesome hint! Very slick, works great for me. There's no sound, and as far as I can tell, the game has no end -- I'm up to 55 points and the game is still going on! I don't seem to have any kind of mouse capture -- the mouse disappears and I can control the paddles when I click in the pong window, and I immediately get control once the mouse leaves the window.



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Play a retro video game in VMware Fusion 3
Authored by: vpham on Dec 17, '09 03:17:55PM

Has anyone tried. Importing a OVF ( Virutal appliance)
http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/126
Nostalgia-

Old DOS games from the early 90's

VC - Volkov Commander,
Games: F117, Prince, Blockout, Imaginary Machines I, Netwars, Formula, Gomoku and Xonix



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