Mr. Spock gives Captain Kirk the bad news.
"Captain, I'm afraid our friend Cyrano Jones the space trader has recently been to this station as well. Scanners have picked up signs of tribbles in the holds. Their numbers are still relatively small, but they are multiplying rapidly. My calculations indicate that it is only a matter of hours until the exponentially growing tribble population consumes all of the food stores on this station as well."
"Spock," replies the Captain, "we can't afford to let the tribbles destroy this crop as well as the one on Sherman's Planet. We need to try and stop them somehow."
"There may be a way. With the help of Mr. Scott, We have connected this ancient Earth circuit board, labeled 'Pac-Man Namco 1980' to the transporter system. We should be able to materialize a Pac-Man and send it to devour the tribbles. However, it is unknown whether the primitive Pac-Man is capable of consuming all of the tribbles in time."
"Well, Mr. Spock, it's the only thing we can try. The tribbles got the better of us once before, and we must try to prevent it a second time."
So, Brendan, will Pac-Man eat the tribbles in time, or will Kirk & Co lose a second battle to the eating force of the tribbles?
Pac-Man vs. Tribbles
BRENDAN: Steve, I would say prepare yourself to join the ranks of those few, those pathetic few who have actually lost a Grudge Match to anything Star Trek, but after checking the archives, I see that you actually inaugurated that group back in your second match. Tribbles win easily.
Lets just look at Pac-Man's track record. The last time he went up against an alien threat he entrusted the entire defense of Earth to one Phillip J. Fry and then managed to get himself killed. And that was against a far feebler opponent than the mighty tribbles, exposers of spies, despoilers of grain, who only met their match against Grudge Champion Montgomery Scott (who coincidentally enough gave you another loss to Star Trek) and even the Great Scott had to settle for a wussy ring out win to beat the tribbles. Pac-Man doesn't have a transporter, and no powerball is going to save him this time.
The tribble strategy is a simple but effective one. It will revolve around the tribble's main advantage that they are more fertile than a teenage girl on prom night. Tribble fecundity will guarantee a truly all you can eat buffet for Pacers. Freed at last from his stifling diet of stale marshmallows, cherries and ghosts, finally having a chance to eat MEAT, Pac-Man will tear into the tribbles. And that will spell his doom. Because no matter how much Pac-Man eats, the tribbles will keep coming. And since Pac-Man won't be having to run all over a maze to gobble them down, he won't be getting any more of the exercise that has up till now kept him healthy. Thus even if Pac-Man manages to avoid choking to death on tribble fur, his new all-meat diet, coupled with a total lack of exercise, will have him looking Jabba in a couple of hours and the Death Star in a couple of days. As Pac's arteries clog and his heart gives out, the tribbles continue to come and come and come. It's the same strategy that worked for the Russians against the Nazis and it will work for the tribbles against Pac-Man.
STEVE: Brendan, you clearly have never watched a game of Pac-Man. Here are a few indisputable facts that even a casual observer will quickly grasp: (1) Pac-Man's appetite is insatiable -- he never stops eating, ever. (2) No matter how much he eats, it has no affect on him. (3) Ghosts are the only things than can possibly stop him. Given these facts, the only question remaining is whether Pac-Man can eat faster than tribbles can reproduce. And this can be solved scientifically. With a stopwatch and a Pac-Man game, I quickly determine that Pac-Man can eat 2.3 items per second. In the two days that the tribbles were free upon the space station food stores, they were only able to fill a small set ("room") up to waist deep level. Conservatively estimating a 20' by 20' room to 3', and a 3-inch Tribble, that's roughly 76,800 tribbles. Pac-Man could consume all these tribbles in 9.2 hours -- far faster than they could reproduce in two days. Mathematically, Pac-Man wins easily.
Of course, I realize that math and other forms of higher thinking may be beyond some readers, so I will present some other arguments as well. First of all, if things start going poorly for Pac-Man (which I can't envision), he has backup: Ms. Pac-Man, Baby Pac-Man, and the almighty Super Pac-Man are all at his disposal if necessary. Have you seen how big that Super Pac-Man is? The tribbles are hardly a match at all. Now an alien space-blob the size of a planet might be an issue, but not tasty morsel-sized tribbles.
Finally, another fact that the casual Pac-Man observer will see is that during the intro, Pac-Man is introduced with a "Starring" role. He's the star, the hero, and therefore must win. Now if it were Pac-Man against another star (for example William Shatner), then things become more difficult. But the tribbles are clearly a minor character, merely a plot device. They simply cannot stand up to star power. No matter which way you look at it, Pac-Man must be victorious.
BRENDAN: Steve you've managed to concoct an argument so profound in its absurdity that if I didn't know better, I would swear you were Michael Moore.
Lets get down to brass tacks here. Pac-Man is a druggie. All the signs are there. One minute he's all meek and cowardly then he swallows down a ball and next thing you know he's a raging, ghost busting beast immune to all attacks. Obviously, Pac-Man is taking speedballs. The soaring cholesterol count from his new all-Tribble diet combined with the effects of the speedballs will do him in faster than you can say John Belushi.
As for backup, not gonna happen. Do you think Ms. Pac-Man really wants to stick it out with some fat, drugged up loser? If she's smart enough to best opponents that don't follow the exact same pattern every single time, then she's smart enough to ditch Pac-Man. She'll obviously get Baby Pac-Man in the divorce hearings. And as for Super Pac-Man, do you think he's going to really stick around when the only female of his whole species just went on the market?
The tribbles managed to come back from their entire species being wiped out. If the Klingon Empire and stuffy Federation bureaucrats couldn't stop them then there is no way Pac-Man is going to be able to.
STEVE: It's clear that the limit of your arguments is just to deride Pac-Man. Indeed, as I read back on the comments, I see you constantly steer your arguments away from the tribbles themselves. Why is this? I suspect that it's because you have realized, just as I, that the tribbles have absolutely nothing going for them. It's OK, Brendan, you can give up the tribble-backing facade; we're happy to accept you over in the Pac-Man camp.
On a final note, would you pick a hamster or a guinea pig to win any sort of Grudge Match caliber competition? In the absence of any extreme circumstances, I dare say the answer to that is a resounding "No." And yet what is a tribble? It is a hamster without a head, without legs, without even a stubby tail. It is less than a hamster; it's a hamster wannabe. And if a hamster couldn't win a match, neither should something less than a hamster. The tribbles must lose.
Adam-Troy Castro for suggesting this match.
"Captain, the Pac-Man has eaten himself to death yet again."
"Again? Hmmm.... how much of the tribble population remains?"
"Approximately ten percent of the tribbles remain, based on our estimates of their numbers at the time when we released the Pac-Man initially."
"Ten percent... one more life should do it! Activate the Pac-Man's next life, Mr. Spock."
"We are unable to do so, sir. The Pac-Man's machine is requesting a 'quarter' before allowing us to continue."
"A quarter? A quarter of what?"
"We believe that this refers to a quarter of a 'dollar', the form of currency used in the United States of America before Earth's monetary system was rendered obsolete."
"How difficult will it be to attain one of these... 'quarters', Mr. Spock?"
"All quarters known to exist belong to collectors, none of whom seem to be willing to grant us the use of the quarters without an incredibly extravagant trade."
"What form of trade?"
"The estimated value would be twice that of the food supplies that these Tribbles now endanger."
"You know, I used to find irony funny before I joined Star Fleet..."
|To||CAPT James T. Kirk, USS Enterprise|
|From||ADM Herman Q. Decker|
|Re||Extremely poor judgment in performance of duty on Deep Space 12, reprimand for|
As you have probably figured out by now, sending a PacMan into a storage compartment full of grain to combat Tribbles was a REALLY stupid thing to do. In fact, it's the dumbest thing you've done since you sent those redshirt ensigns down to fight that army of Imperial Stormtroopers. What were you thinking? You have now put Deep Space 12 out of the frying pan and dumped it into the proverbial fire.
Everybody knows that a PacMan will eat and eat and eat and eat until it has completely exhausted the food supply. It will eat Pellets (tm), Cherries, Bells, Keys, and just about anything else it finds. So, of course, with no mazes or ghosts to stop it, the PacMan ate all of the tribbles in short order. Then it ate all of the grain. Then it ate all of the furniture. Pretty soon, it will go after the children. You've made one hell of a mess Kirk!
USS Enterprise is ordered to immediately locate Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clide, and try and convince them to help us combat the PacMennace.
- ADM Herman Q. Decker, Starfleet Command
|ROTW Bronze Medal GrudgieTM|
Backgrounder: The Math in "Trouble With Tribbles" is correct. If we start with one tribble (N0), then after 12 hours:
12 hrs. 1 tribble --> 10 babies + original tribble = 11 tribbles (N1)
24 hrs. 11 tribbles give birth to 110 babies = 110 + 11 parents = 121 tribbles (N2)
... and so on for a three-day period:
36 hrs. 121 tribbles give birth to 1,210 babies = 1,210 + 121 parents = 1,331 tribbles (N3)
48 hrs. 1,331 tribbles give birth to 13,310 babies = 13,310 + 1,331 parents = 14,641 tribbles (N4)
60 hrs. 14,641 tribbles give birth to 146,410 babies = 146,410 + 14,641 parents = 161,051 tribbles (N5)
72 hrs. 161,051 tribbles give birth to 1,610,510 babies = 1,610,510 + 161,051 parents = 1,771,561 tribbles (N6)
Whether or not Pac Man can take down the tribbles depends on how long the first Tribble has been on the station. I checked on my son's GameCube version of PacMan, and at his fastest, regardless of the type of Pac Man game, Pac Man consumes about 125.25 dots a minute, or 90,210 dots in a twelve-hour period. As long as the Tribbles have been on the station for less than 72 hours, the Pac Man should be able to make short work of the Tribbles. If not, then the next generation will explode exponentially in number, and there will be big trouble for the Federation, as the scenario below will illustrate.
SPOCK (buried in Tribbles): I am afraid (gasp) that we were too late. The tribbles reproduced again just as we unleashed Pac Man, and now there are over 1.7 million tribbles to be dealt with.
KIRK: One-point seven . . .
SPOCK: One Million, seven hundred and seventy-one thousand, five-hundred and sixty one, to be exact, assuming . . .
KIRK: Enough! *Hack* Why can't that little bugger take them down?
SPOCK: Well, Captain, it seems that Pac Man is only capable of consuming 90,210 tribbles in a reproduction cycle. Had we arrived a day earlier, this would not be a problem.
Spock and Kirk are thrown into a temporal distortion.
KIRK: What is going on?
PROPHET (dressed as a Green Slave Girl): You are not the Sisko.
KIRK (blinks): What the hell's a Sisko? And why do you look like Richard Daystrom? C'mon, bring back the Green chick with the yah-yahs!
SPOCK: Sysco was a food-marketing firm on the planet Earth in the early twenty-first century. They invented Soylent Green, a food supplement that saved humanity from starvation.
PROPHET: *sigh* No, this is the Sisko.
KIRK: What, you mean that picture of Gabriel Bell? OK, quit changing form; now you look like Kahn. Can you go back to being the Green slave chick?
PROPHET: *sigh sigh* That is why you are in this mess. You corporeals are so . . . linear. Do you play baseball too?
KIRK: Corporeal? No, I'm a captain. C'mon, do the slave chick thing for me. Scotty ain't cutting it for the little Captain and his Crew.
SPOCK: I think the Prophet is from the future. Am I right? And you are telling us that if we can think outside of the box, and transport Pac Man to the past, he can eat the Tribbles in a timely fashion before they fill the known universe.
KIRK: How long do we have?
SPOCK: Assuming 1,771,561 Tribbles reproducing with an average litter of ten every twelve hours, minus the 90,210 Tribbles eaten every twelve hours by Pac Man -
KIRK: 90,210? Why do I hate that number?
SPOCK: As I was saying --
weoweoweoweo BNK BNK!
Pac Man falls to his foes, and the universe is soon crushed under an expanding mass of Tribbles.
Meanwhile, in Beverly Hills at the Peach Pit, a video game screen blinks:
PLEASE DEPOSIT TWENTY-FIVE MORE CENTS TO PLAY AGAIN
BRANDON: "Hey, Steve, you got another quarter so I can play again? I'm sure I can beat it this time?"
And that is how 90210 destroyed good TV forever.
- Dr. Stones
Wait a sec. Hungry=Gluttony. Horny=Lust.
It's just Satan's way of bringing together the Seven Deadly sins to create an ultimate evil! Think about it:
Dr. McCoy: Always bitchin' about how he's to good for this, too good for that. (Pride)
Chekov: Did he do anything in the show at all? Or the movies? Or as an actor? (Sloth)
Sulu: You saw how long he sat there plotting, working on becoming the captain of the Enterprise after Kirk, rather than settling with his very find and important lieutenant posistion. (Envy)
Spock: I can count the amount of times he put his crew first instead of his desire for ancient Vulcan knowledge with one hand. (Greeeeeeed)
Kirk: After those Klingons killed his kid, he's been a little quick with the trigger finger, hasn't he? (Wrath)
The fork-tounged one himself chuckles in his sleep, not realizing that his plan's just plain dumb.
- KillerB... The other white meat...will kill you
However, there is one thing that Spock hadn't planned on ...
Pacman: Tribble (yum), Tribble (yum), Tribble (yum) ...
(Spock creeps closer)
Pacman: Tribble (yum), Tribble (yum), Tribble (yum) ...
(Spock creeps closer)
Pacman: Tribble (yum), Dilithium Crystal (yum), Spock (yum) ...
Pacman foils Spock's plan, because Spock didn't properly research the composition of Power Pellets.
Wouldn't Michael Moore do a better job of eating the Tribbles than Pac-Man?
- The Amazing Rando~!
First of all, Pac-Man has to deal freakin' GHOSTS every day, and he wins. I know that pretty much anybody would be catatonic if they were trapped in a neon maze crawling with relentless undead wraiths, but all Pac-Man needs is a power pill and he's EATING them. Don't mess with anybody who can eat spectral manifestations of the dead. A bunch of Furby turds will provide no challenge.
Second, Pac-Man can and will eat anything (except walls). Check out those bonuses he gobbles up. He eats cherries without spitting out the pits. He swallows a bloody watermelon in one bite. Heck, once I saw him slurp up a DIAMOND with no ill effect. Diamonds are the hardest things on the planet. Tribbles are soft and chewy.
Third, Pac-Man's got the money. How many quarters did you pump into his machines back in the day? He must be a multi-millionaire by now. Do even Trekkies buy Tribble merchandise? Having less sentimental value than Wesley Crusher is beyond sad.
Finally, let's look at the Survival of the Fittest Factor (TM). The Tribbles don't have it. All they can do is breed, and all that accomplishes is that there are more of them to breed. Futile, and slightly trailer-trashy. Pac-Man, meanwhile, eats all he wants and never gains weight. Impressive! In sheer Darwinian terms, Pac-Man will be all over the Tribbles, who will obliviously continue rutting until they die (which they would have done anyway, of course).
Conclusion: Pac-Man is the man. Tribbles are kibble. Unfortunately for Kirk, when he goes to congratulate a triumphant Pac-Man, the Mad Muncher will mistake Kirk's toupee for "one that got away"...
- Oxymoron - At this rate, TOC IX will be like a drug trip. More than usual, I mean.
The Tribbles are clearly a form of intergalactic hamster, and what hamster is more famous than Vlad(tm)? With the funding pulled in for the Sedate Vlad Fund(tm), I'm sure that the Star Trek Crew could knock out some Tribbles with a tranquilizer or two...easy bait for the Pacster!
Plus, Pac-Man's reference to him being on Futurama gives him an advantage. He knows Fry and Leela - and Leela has Nibbler! That almighty eating machine will aid Pac-Man, digesting the Tribbles faster than Homer, Norm, and Comic Book Guy combined! The Star Trek Crew will then do something they haven't done in a while - PARTY! Of course, you can bet that under the influence of alcohol, Kirk will "boldly go where no man has gone before" with Princess Zelda, also pulled into the Trekverse from her game cartridge...
- GreenNinja, Singer of the Pong Song
1. Pacman is a video game character, and, if I'm not mistaken, the first one to fight a non-video-game character on Grudge Match. He has the hopes and dreams (if any) of all video game characters on his shoul...um... He is responsible for them. And as we all know, in a high-clich?-zone like the Star-Trek universe, hopes and dreams translate into Sheer Destructive Power?
2. Tribbles are, as Steve pointed out, proto-hamsters. (begin sarcasm) Ooh, I'm sure Pacman is shaking in his...uh...I'm sure he's sooo scared.(/sarcasm) Even if the Tribbles can reproduce slightly faster than hamsters, they still can't hold a candle (or hold anything at all, ever, for that matter) to their video game relatives, the Protopets, who were quickly made extinct by a single heavily-armed Lombax with a robotic backpack.
3. Star Trek Must Lose?. 'Nuff said.
- Murphy The Dog
From a T-Shirt I Saw Somewhere (TM):
"Of course video games haven't influenced society. If they did, we'd spend all our time sitting in the dark listening to repetitive music and munching pills."
You see? Pac-Man is not only a junkie, but is directly responsible for the proliferation of the rave "culture" and must therefore die.
- RoboGoober Version 2 (Proudly saving your friendly neighborhood club from glowstick weilding goons everywhere...)
Captain Kirk: Spock! What's going on? What is he eating those things
Mr. Spock: Sir, he cannot leave an area without munching all of these. These are Pac-Man food.
Pac-Man is chased by the Tribbles and then finds a large, shiny sphere. He eats it and the Tribbles become ghosts and run from Pac- Man.
Captain Kirk: What's happened?
Mr. Spock: Pac-Man ate a food called a "Power Pill". If he eats one, he'll be able to turn his enemies into ghosts!
Captain Kirk: Excellent! It's working!
Pac-Man eats one and its eyes travel to the middle of the area. It then turns back to normal.
Captain Kirk: What happened? I thought this creature could get rid of
them once and for all!
Mr. Spock: Sir, Pac-Man's enemies are able to rebuild themselves after being eaten.
Pac-Man eats them all and they go back to the middle of the area.
Captain Kirk: Oh no! This creature will not solve our problems! There
goes another battle against the Tribbles! (bangs the radar screen)
Mr. Spock: Sir, look! Pac-Man ate all the small crumbs! The Tribbles have vanished!
Captain Kirk: But what happened to that Pac-Man?
Mr. Spock: He and the Tribbles must have secretly disappeared to somewhere far away, where Pac-Man chases them.
Meanwhile, Pac-Man chases the Tribbles and eats them all. Then burps.
- 17 Pole Hill Drive, Andover, MA
(thanks to the Bronze Grudgie from William Wallace vs Groundskeeper Willie for inspiration.)
The typical tribble is more than three inches in diameter. Actually, it appears to be about four inches across. On the other hand, Pac- Man is actually rather small. The yellow dot muncher's size varies depending on what system the game is running on, but the normal diameter never exceeds one inch (granted, there are variants of Pac- Man like Super Pac-Man where he can grow to nearly tribble size, but that is only after ingesting a power capsule).
Now Pac-Man never eats anything larger than the ghosts. In fact, the normal dots that constitute his diet are only a small fraction of his size. When our little yellow friend meets up with a tribble, there is no way that he can open his mouth wide enough to take even a bite out of the furry critter.
Then there is another little-mentioned aspect. Tribbles have hair. Lots of hair. As a general rule, all meat eaters try to avoid eating meat with hair in it and places that sell meat with hair in it get shut down by the health department. So, in addition to being too big, tribbles would be too hairy for Pac-Man to consider.
Finally, it must be remembered that everything Pac-Man eats is composed of pixels. Tribbles are not made of pixels. Therefore, it is doubtful that Pac-Man would even recognize them as anything even remotely edible.
The most likely outcome would be that Pac-Man is beamed to the hold and proceeds to race around mindlessly in a vain search for dots, ignoring the tribbles completely. Fortunately, Scotty will see that the Pac-Man idea is not working and will proceed to beam the furry pests to the company that makes airline food, assuring them of a neverending supply of that mystery meat they serve on the planes. Eventually, Pac-Man is retrieved from the station and returned to videogame universe where he belongs.
- The Demented Astronomer
so one of 2 things will happen. either Kirk will keep Pac-Man busy with his theories of how to proceed long enough that the tribbles devour everything except Kirk's hairpiece (unless they do eat their own) or Pac-Man will have no choice but to devour William Shatner and his ego, thus making him larger than even Super Pac-Man. since Pac- Man never stops moving, the second option def. works out. Pac-Man wins.
- Combat Chuck
Forget anything about commentary; Pac-Man deserves to win just because he's going to start off by taking out William Shatner. That's my kind of hero.
- 32_Footsteps, the Eve of Destruction
- Rabbi Jesus
P.S. What's a tribble?
Well I see several points here.
1. Star Trek must lose, but since Kirk and Co. are rooting for Pac- Man, Star Trek will both lose and win no matter the victor.
2. Pac-Man is cool. Tribbles are annoying.
3. Tribbles look like cotton candy balls.
4. Tribbles don't really move much on their own, and I'm pretty sure there's nothing on the station that'll beat Pac-Man.
5. I like Steve better so I give his arguments more weight.
6. Pac-Man has a MRS. Pac-Man. Tribbles are asexual as far as I know, and Pac-Man will want to get home for some lovin' and get this job overwith.
7. Pac-Man is also into science. The TAC-Man method for the PCR method of quickly multiplying DNA and protein fragments was named after our hero. So tribbles aren't the only ones who know how to reproduce quickly... give it five minutes, there'll be 50 more Pac- Mans.
8. Scotty is supporting Pac-Man. Scotty is a Grudge Match Winner (TM).
So... yeah... I'll shut up now... Pac-Man wins...
- Kryptonite - Loyal Fan of Hotbranch!
This would seem to put the nails in his coffin. A tribble vs an army of tribbles - a no-brainer, right? But then, Pacman is clearly no ordinary tribble. We've seen him eat oranges, bananas, even watermelons in a single bite. Obviously we're dealing with a very large, very voracious tribble. And this sheds new light on what those magic round things are in the corners of the maze. What nondescript round blobs can a giant tribble expect to pick up in a mouthful of quadrotriticale grain? Regular-sized tribbles, of course.
So now we've established that Pacman eats normal tribbles for breakfast. But it goes even deeper than that, because think of what happens when he eats a fellow tribble - he turns into an unstoppable killing force, and starts devouring his number one predator. Which brings me to those ghosts. The thing that's always troubled me about those ghosts is, when they're eaten, an ephemeral remnant is left behind, a pair of disembodied eyeballs which floats back to Ghost Place. But I was always under the impression that the ephemeral remnant that was left after you're killed was... your ghost. How does a ghost have a ghost? Or get eaten, for that matter?
The only solution that I can see is that the ghosts are actually evil spirits who have taken physical form, and when they're killed are banished back to their realm until they can acquire another body. There's one type of creature that fits that exact description: the vampires from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That's right, eating smaller tribbles makes Pacman not only into a killing machine, but a Buffy-level killing machine - even better, because while vampires will often gleefully attack Buffy single-handed, entire gangs flee from Pacman when the feed is on him, knowing he offers guaranteed instant death.
So if eating a single tribble briefly turns Pacman into a crazed carnivorous force of nature capable of effortlessly tearing his way through a posse of superhuman demon-people, imagine what a whole shipload of tribbles will do to him! My guess is, weeks later, enough scattered members of the decimated Federation will gather together to devise a plan of action, and send Cookie Monster in after Pacman... unfortunately making things ten times more horrible and bloody. But that's another story.
- Flag and Hat Boy
Pac-Man has the word "man" at the end of his name.
All kickass characters have the word "man" at the end of their names. Superman, Batman, He-Man, David Letterman. All "man"-named guys who kick butt.
The Tribbles won't know what hit them.
Unless there's a superhero Tribble called "Tribble Man" around...
- Tyler Durden
According to both of these clauses of the Star Trek Must Lose Law, the tribbles should emerge victorious. At first glance, their very association to Star Trek should suggest loss. However it is made clear by the set up that not only are the tribbles adversarial to Kirk and Co., but Pac-Man is actually working on the behalf of the Star Trek heros. If Pac-Man actually wins this match, it will set a precedent for any future Star Trek related match.
In the event that some new clause may be added to the Star Trek Must Loose Law allowing mercenaries acting on the behalf of Star Trek Characters to emerge victorious, there are other reasons that Pac-Man will lose. 1) There are no power balls on the station that allow Pac- Man to ingest non-vegetarian substances. 2) Pac-Man's ordinary diet does not include hair, and there is no reason to believe he can effectively handle the inevitable hairballs that would form in his throat. 3) Pac-Man would likely consume even more of the station's stored grain than the tribbles, thusly voiding the function he is intended to perform.
In the end, Kirk and Co. will have to resort to opening every airlock on the station and releasing the tribbles, food supplies, and Pac-Man alike into the cold of space.
Now, the easy out would be to go for the tried and true "Star Trek must lose" reasoning for why the Pac-ster will easily devour the tribbles.
That, however, would be too easy. Not to mention not very funny.
I, for one, would prefer to take a cheap shot at the legions of trekkies, while at the same time explaining why the tribbles will prevail.
Simply put, the tribbles represent the trekkie's vision of an ideal existence. They are cute critters (guarantying their attractivness to the opposite sex), whose only purpose in life is to eat and reproduce.
It is easy to see that the tribbles are representing the unattainable dreams of every trekkie who ever existed. With that level of absolute frustration existing within every fiber of their being, it stands to reason that the tribbles will have a pretty good case of RAGE(tm) (especially if there are disguised Klingons around).
This RAGE(tm) simply cannot be matched by Pac-Man. While he does have a voracious appetite, and the ability to speed up his feeding frenzy as the levels progress, he does not have the same drive to succeed that the tribles. Let's not forget that Ms. Pac-Man will be more than willing to help Pac-Man ease the pain of defeat. The tribles have no such outlet.
It might take a while, but the tribbles will prevail.
- They Might Be Matt (They might also be a closet Trekkie)
If Pac-Man can trump anything the video game industry throws at him, from iconic plumbers to guys with more guns than the state of Michigan, munching on a bunch of tribbles should be a snap, hairballs or no hairballs.
Why, you ask?
Steve kinda pissed me off with his borderline insult to Grudge Match fans everywhere.
Look what you made me do, Steve.
You made me vote for Star Trek.
- DK from TK
- K. D. Wilson
Pacman hacks hairballs
As tribbles multiply. Truce.
All round forms eat grain.
- the Devious One
If Klingons couldn't destroy the tribbles, then pacman doesn't stand a chance.
1. Pac-Man cannot be sated, he will consume all that is put
before him and then some without increasing in size.
2. The Tribbles will multiple at an exponential rate meaning that the mass consumed by Pac-Man will for all practical reasons be considered as infinite.
This can only mean on thing my learned friends. Within 15 hours, 12 minutes and 5 seconds Spock will begin to soil his pants as his tricoder readings show that Pac-Man has gained so much mass that he begins to exhibit all the characteristics of a black hole. At the 15 hours, 15 minutes, and 40 second mark Spock will have transferred his soul into Doc McCoy's body, Captain Kirk will have made out with every female crew member, and the space station and the Enterprise have been sucked in to what is now the Pac-Man / Tribble Matrix.
What happens next depends on our good friend professor Stephen Hawkins, but all I care about is the fact that guys still refuse to give us an "all killed / mangled option". Damn you all, where is the carnage?
- Fun for All
Since the STLWSNLBM(TM) has been shown to be pure bunk, we must examine why the tribbles are going to smother Pac-Man with their plethora of offspring (doing so as logically as possible).
To do this, we must go to a previous Grudge Contest(TM) where the children of South Park lost a close hockey match to the Simpsons.
Why, might you ask, do I bring up South Park? Simply put, Matt and Trey bring up Star Trek so often on South Park, that they might as well be working for them (never mind the fact that South Park's loss seems to support the faulty STLWSNLBM(TM)).
By showing the South Park/Star Trek connection, we are allowed to invoke one of the greatest defences of all times to help the tribbles to victory: the famous Johnny Cochran Chewbacca Defence(TM).
Chewbacca is a Wookie from the planet Kashyyyk. The tribbles are clearly mogwi like offspring from Wookies getting wet. One is Star Wars, one is Star Trek.
This does not make sense!
If Tribbles are the offspring of Chewbacca, you must vote tribble!
(the defense rests)
- They Might Be Matt
Short Answer: STAR TREK MUST LOSE(tm).
Longer-ish Answer: Billy Mitchell is a creepy-looking man who played a perfect game of Pac-Man in 1999. This
feat required over 6 hours to complete, and he is the first man to
have accomplished the feat. During completion of all 256 levels, he
ate every single bonus prize and every possible blue ghost. Now, I
don't know about you, but I can't pack it away non-stop for over six
hours. But Pac-Man just kept on keepin' on, devouring each morsel
as if he'd never see another. Not once did he stop to use the
bathroom, or have to quit because he got full. Much like the
Energizer Bunny(tm) he keeps going, and going, and going, and ...
well, you get the point. To paraphrase Side Show Mel:
On the other hand, we have the lovable Tribbles, who multiply rapidly when they eat. Now, it's certainly possible that these beasties could eat the entire load of grain bound for Sherman's Planet (what a lame name for a planet!) and multiply to an astronomical figure. But, once they've gorged their furry little hearts out, they will simply die off and be unable to reproduce.
So, essentially what we have here is an out-of-control furball population that will inevitably be consumed by the insatiably voracious appetite of a non-stop feeding yellow spheroid.
- Adam B. ** crossing fingers in vain hope of first-ever Grudgie award **
(If you want to compete at the highest level, then you can't miscredit quotes from Simpsons characters. That one belongs to Captain McCallister. Automatic two-tenths of a deduction [and no videotape reviews allowed]. - Ed.)
"It's okay. I had an extra guy."
How could Pac-Man lose?
- Peggy Sue
Well, what materials do we know Pac-man can digest? Fruit. Pretzels. Quarters. (That's what the little white dots represent, in practice.) And critters running around with sheets over their heads.
If the sheets are cotton, that means he can digest cellulose. If the sheets are wool, that settles the question right there. But it's obvious from their appearance that the sheets are polyester.
Anything that can digest banana peels, nickel-copper alloys, and leisure suits should have no problem with tribble fur.
- Mr. Glag
- Dom, who used his last quarter to type this message
Anyway, as Scotty's bringing Pacman to life, the process is interrupted by a big picture of a happy couple walking along a beach enjoying their life insurance. By the time he's gotten rid of it, Pacman has died - twice.
"Killed by an internet pop-up," Spock says, shaking his head. "How pathetic."
"Oh, don't be so harsh," Scotty replies. "After all, internet pop- ups are the most vile, heinous force of evil in the history of the universe."
"True," Spock says thoughtfully. "Internet pop-ups are the most vile, heinous force of evil in the history of the universe..."
So they changed the plan, and sent some internet pop-ups after the tribbles, who all soon died in horrible, writhing agony. And Spock died too. Because internet pop-ups are the most vile, heinous force of evil in the history of the universe.
Tribbles made Star Trek people go "Awwwww! So cute and fluffy! Maybe I am a merry man!". There's a bunch of them. That's it. Cuteness and numbers. I mean, I guess as super-powers go, that's okay. It beats, say, aquatic telepathy or something.
Then I did some research on Pac-Man. I came across some startling information that I must have repressed, because I didn't remember it, and I only started doing drugs later on in life:
In the 80's, Pac-Man was EVERYWHERE. He was a media giant. A mogul, a tycoon. He had: a cartoon, a song, several spin-offs (Ms. Pac-Man, Baby Pac-Man, Doing-coke-in-a-Delorean-while-listening-to-Huey-Lewis-and-not-wearing-socks-Pac-Man), and, most chillingly, he had a cereal.
An evil cereal. A cereal capable of terrible things. A cereal that, according to this vid-capture from the commercial, makes you dance like... like... I don't even know what, but it's bad. It's very bad. Those kids clearly don't want to be dancing the way they are, but, for some reason, they are. And in front of a camera! Look at them!
Why are they there? What could have forced them to do it?
FEAR. Fear of upsetting Pac-Man.
No cuddly cuteness here, oh, no. Here is fear, barely concealed by the guitarist-from-A-Flock-Of-Seagulls sunglasses. The Pac-Man inspires fear. Hell, I'm a little scared, looking at that.
Machiavelli said it's better to be feared than thought cute, and he wrote an unauthorized biography of Minnesota's most famous (and purple) pop-star, so he must be smart.
The Pac-Man wins.
- They Call Me Marsh
- Mark Wentz
He's from an era of video games where the length of the game is theoretically infinite; the game continues until you lose all of your lives.
Can tribbles kill him under normal circumstances? Of course not, all they can do is purr at him and die by mouthful. There is a chance that swallowing tribbles whole would only result in them reproducing inside of Pac-Man. I doubt this would go well for Pac-Man as, without other sources of food, the tribbles might imitate spider wasp larva and devour him from the inside out.
On the other hand, the insides of his gullet can strip a ghost of all but its eyeballs. Plus his distant cousins, The Langoliers, are capable of chewing through reality itself. Whatever lurks behind that mouth is far too treacherous for tribbles.
It may take him a while, but their food source will be exhausted eventually. At that point, they will stop reproducing and the defacto immortal Pac-Man will finish them off.
- Fred, a rabid Nutria
- Wise Ass
"Pac Man Fever.. Pac Man Fever
.. It's drivin' me crazy.. It's drivin' me out of my mind."
Helllloo.. you startrek nerds.. may think you have numbers on your side.. but you have yet to deal with real geeks.. the V(ideo) generation... or vidiots for short. Sired by father PONG.. born of mother Defender.. we cut our teeth on the likes of pacman, centipede and donkeykong.
We stand united.. time to release the holy gehad upon your lil hairy tribble asses
Mr. Spock is in the Lab with Dr. Bones, analyzing one of the 4.2 billion furry nymphomaic aliens that are now on the U.S.S. Enterprise.
"Thank you for coming, Mr. Spock, I have wanted to show you this," Bones says, pointing to the furry alien.
"What is it?"
"I have run a DNA test on one of these Tribbles and found out something disturbing. The DNA from the father's side is obviously human, in fact, a human with Shakespearein acting and a sex drive that no one has seen before, besides James Bond."
"Exactly. The tribbles are the illict spawn of our Captain and one of his many affairs with the aliens we meet. I began to suspect when I noticed the sex drive of these things. No other can make it like our Captain."
Mr. Spock looks sour. "And I only get some every seven years."
So, you see, Pacman just does't stand a chance against these guys. Captain Kirk's feigned concern will melt away as he sees the lemon yellow 8 bit thing chomping away at his offspring. His fatherly instincts (TM) will kick in, and he will set his stunner to nuclear. Pacman will die, and Captin Kirk will spend the rest of his days hunting the rest of the crew down that threatenes his tribbles, eventually becoming one of those eccentric people who have way too many cats in thier house.
- Anime Chick
Eating the warp core gives Pacman a power up much greater than he has ever before experienced. He grows to gargantuan levels and devours starships, planets, galaxies and so on. Thus the crew of the Enterprise NCC-1701 unleash a space time paradox that causes the universe of Star Trek to cease to exist. All Trek related entries on this site cease to exist, no one says beam me up anymore. No one knows who those guys on the Priceline commercials are.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH My brain hurts!!!!
I showed the site to my friends, and we all agree that Tournaments seem like a good idea. If you have the time to organize such a debacle, we would love to see it.
Cheers on all the good work.
- Greg Hazel
Consider: Pac-Man has an undying appetite, but save for the help of a Power Pellet, the dumb slob can't even stand up to the ghosts. And these aren't even your horror movie styled vicious ghosts, these are the standard issue sheeted MOUTHLESS ghosts! How the heck does a guy get eaten by something without mouths anyway? Not to mention that the ghosts are some of the dumbest creatures known to man. So obviously it doesn't take much to outsmart the big-mouthed orb. Tribbles don't have to be too clever to win here, all they have to do is look at Pac-Man wrong and once he realizes that he doesn't have a Power Pellet handy, he'll shrivel up like a raisin. There. I said it and I'm filled with shame.
- The Mysterious Dr. X
- Matt Bricker
|THE PENULTIMATE WORD|
- sPeciAL eD
|THE FINAL WORD...|
Pac-Man's gonna be crappin' fur for a month...
- Walker: Plexus Ranger
Next Match: You're fired!
ETA: August 30th, 2004
Next Match: You're fired!