Intel’s retro platformer to celebrate its CEO’s first year is surprisingly fun

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel, has been at the helm for a year, and to celebrate, Intel has created an 8-bit platform game that you can play in your browser called Pixel Pat. It’s a cute little game with tones of Mario and Jetpack Joyride that serves as a fun little distraction.

The controls are pretty basic. Almost as basic as things get, with a mouse click or the spacebar making the pixelated Gelsinger jump in the air. You can also double jump to reach new heights. There’s not much more to it than avoiding the nasty stuff, grabbing invulnerable bunny costumes, and seeing how far you can. That’s almost it.

There are three things to collect: regular wafers, gold wafers, and lamps, the latter of which holds small information about Pat’s rise to the top. Things like Pat Gelsinger took over the top job in February 2021 and that he was part of the i386 designed team in 1981.

So not only is it a fun little game, but it can also teach you a thing or two along the way. Like all the best games do, right?

In fact, this is part of Intel Processor Pioneers mini-site, which also houses a management game that takes you back in time to the creation of Intel’s first chip factory in Oregon. It’s not as immediate as the PixelPat, but just as fun and has a similar pixel art vibe.

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