Monthly Archives: July 2011

Preview of Xat’s SPACEBAN – a.k.a Xat Asteroids

A few moments ago, several of us were treated to an early viewing of Xat’s new SPACEBAN power in Xat’s own test chat. If you were following along yesterday, you’ll see that the following spaceban screenshot very closely mimics our “asteroids” prediction.

How it works…

Similar to snakeban, if you get “spacebanned”, you are required to play a game. You have a limited amount of time and ammo with which to shoot a given number of “moons”; amounts presumably vary according to your ban time.

This us currently being testing on Xat’s test chat.


Top 3 guesses at what Xat’s SPACEBAN may look like

While all of us anxiously wait for Xat’s spaceban release, we thought it might be fun to speculate as to what form the game might take.

Based on snakeban, here are screenshots of our top three guesses (all circa late 70’s early 80’s). If you have a really REALLY old arcade by your house or have ever fiddled around with an atari 2600 (try ebay) they may look familiar:


Space Invaders

Missle Command

Note that these are guesses and we may be completely off :). This is just for fun…

Xat SPACEBAN power (spaceban)

Xat’s soon to be released, next power, is SPACEBAN (spaceban). What we know so far about spaceban is that IT IS similar in function to snakeban. The actual gameplay will of course be changed. Per the Xat wiki:

“…The Spaceban power allows you to ban visitors in your chat and have them play a “space” game to get unbanned…”

We can only speculate as to what form the game will take. Perhaps a Xat version of Asteroids, Space Invaders, or Missle Command would be fitting given how far back they reached into the game vault for snakeban :) (note: that’s just a guess…).

Anyway, here are some of the associated spaceban hats that we’ve seen in use on Xat’s test chat:

For the rotating meteor pawn or hat, use (hat#hm)

For the rocket pawn or hat, use (hat#hr)

For the flashing space pawn or hat, use (hat#hs)

Note: All pawns/hats listed above require spaceban AND hat powers.

The official spaceban smiley animation can be seen on our xat smiley generator in addition to a spaceban smiley called moonb.

Keep in mind that Xat intends to release 1000 units this week followed by a 24 hour sale the following week. Ultimately the spaceban power will be set to limited status. We will follow-up with more detailed info on our twitter as we get it.

Xat’s new DANCE power (137)

Although not out yet “DANCE, Xat’s latest power, appears to be another smiley power. News is spreading quickly and Xat has since Xat already has created the following 11 dance related smileys, we expect that they will be released soon:

Remember that all of Xat's smileys can be previewed using the Xatworld smiley generator.

P.S. We're trying out LIVE smiley animations. If anyone has a problem please let us know in the comments below. Thanks!