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Although I've never been interviewed,
I'm famous all over the world.
People love to watch me eat,
But some disapprove of my habits.

I don't mind working for my food,
And I like to eat on the run.
Picky, I eat only 3 foods,
Not counting my desserts.

I have very strange diet goals:
Eat 244 to 260 bites per meal,
Plus 2 bites of dessert per meal-
1 bite of one and 1 bite of another.

Timing my bites is important,
And when done wisely,
I can reach my full 260 bites,
And then I will be very happy.

Who am I?

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    $\begingroup$ bites = bytes ... ? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jul 15 '15 at 19:30
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    $\begingroup$ @rand - I don't know of anything where 260 bytes would be significant. $\endgroup$ – Deacon Jul 15 '15 at 19:40
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    $\begingroup$ @user12365 No, but 256 would be and that's between 240 and 260. $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Jul 15 '15 at 19:41
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor no, bites is not bytes. $\endgroup$ – JLee Jul 15 '15 at 19:46
  • $\begingroup$ Judging by the header only, the correct answer would be my first guess. $\endgroup$ – Zikato Jul 16 '15 at 10:11
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You are:

Pac-Man

Although I've never been interviewed,

How can you interview a video game character?

I'm famous all over the world.

Everyone's heard of Pac-Man.

People love to watch me eat,

People love to play Pac-Man and watch him eat, since eating increases their score.

But some disapprove of my habits.

It's not healthy to be constantly eating. Also, as JLee said, the ghosts don't like it when Pac-Man eats power pellets, because then they can be eaten.

I don't mind working for my food,

You have to run around all over the maze to eat all the dots, and when you want to eat ghosts they are always running away from you.

And I like to eat on the run.

Pac-Man almost always has to be moving in order to eat.

Picky, I eat only 3 foods,

Power pellets, dots, and ghosts.

Not counting my desserts.

The desserts are the Cherry, Strawberry, Orange, Apple, Melon, Galaxian, Bell, and Key.

I have very strange diet goals: Eat 244 to 260 bites per meal,

There are 240 dots per board, 4 power pellets, and the ghosts can be eaten from 0 to 16 times.

Plus 2 bites of dessert per meal- 1 bite of one and 1 bite of another.

A fruit/key/galaxian/bell appears twice per board.

Timing my bites is important,

You don't want to eat a power pellet when the ghosts are far away, since you only have a limited amount of time to eat ghosts. If you chase a ghost too closely and it turns back to its normal color and then you touch it, you will die.

And when done wisely, I can reach my full 260 bites, And then I will be very happy.

You will get the max score per board if you eat all the ghosts while they are blue (and all the fruit/key/galaxian/bell). You will also be very happy if you do this on the first board because you will surpass 10,000 points and you will get an extra life.

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  • $\begingroup$ @JLee Yikes! TroyAndAbed's answer was 16 seconds later but got the explanation first. It's going to be one of those tough decisions which to tick! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jul 15 '15 at 19:51
  • $\begingroup$ Paco beat me. And i'm struggling with my english to make a proper answer :) $\endgroup$ – TroyAndAbed Jul 15 '15 at 19:57
  • $\begingroup$ @JLee Too bad I didn't see your puzzle until 42 minutes after it was posted! $\endgroup$ – pacoverflow Jul 15 '15 at 20:07
  • $\begingroup$ @pacoverflow I just got lazy to write it all, but its 240 + 4 big dots + 4*4 ghosts = 260 $\endgroup$ – TroyAndAbed Jul 15 '15 at 21:35
  • $\begingroup$ yeah, thx for the correction. i had 240 because i was thinkin, for some reason, that he didnt have to eat the energizers. of course he does! $\endgroup$ – JLee Jul 15 '15 at 23:07
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Are you:

Pacman

Although I've never been interviewed,
I'm famous all over the world.
People love to watch me eat,
But some disapprove of my habits.

Pacman is a famous game that many people played. The ghosts in the game are the one who disapprove his habits

I don't mind working for my food,
And I like to eat on the run.
Picky, I eat only 3 foods,
Not counting my desserts

Pacman move while eating the dots. He eats 3 types of food: dots, ghosts, "big" dots and the dessert is the fruit which appear in each level.

I have very strange diet goals:
Eat 240 to 260 bites per meal,
Plus 2 bites of dessert per meal-
1 bite of one and 1 bite of another.

There is 240 small dots by level. Counting the ghost, you can take 260 bites. (240 + 4 big dots + 4*4 ghosts = 260) Not too sure for the desert.

Timing my bites is important,
And when done wisely,
I can reach my full 260 bites,
And then I will be very happy.

You need the good timing to eat the ghosts. The number of dots (244) + the number of ghosts (4) * the number of big dots (4) = 260

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Are you talking about

The Snake game from old black and white phones?

Although I've never been interviewed,
I'm famous all over the world.
People love to watch me eat,
But some disapprove of my habits.

The game is well-known to almost everyone who's used a mobile phone in the early 2000s. It was a popular, and simple yet addictive game, which made parents disapprove of it (?),

I don't mind working for my food,
And I like to eat on the run.
Picky, I eat only 3 foods,
Not counting my desserts.

In the game, the snake had to move around the screen to eat its food. And the food it could eat was of a fixed size, in terms of pixels(can't think of 3 foods). The desserts could point to the bonus items that propped up in some game modes.

I have very strange diet goals:
Eat 240 to 260 bites per meal,
Plus 2 bites of dessert per meal-
1 bite of one and 1 bite of another.

The aim of the game was to eat as much as possible and grow to be as long as possible, which would be a strange eating routine. (Not sure about 240 or 260)

Timing my bites is important,
And when done wisely,
I can reach my full 260 bites,
And then I will be very happy.

Eating the food and turning away before crashing anywhere was key to succeeding in the game. When played well, the snake would grow to its maximum length till the point where it occupies the entire screen and cannot grow anymore.

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    $\begingroup$ nope. i remember that game! i played it maybe once. not a bad guess, but the answer does fit better. $\endgroup$ – JLee Jul 15 '15 at 19:49
  • $\begingroup$ your answer put it in their heads. i just know it! $\endgroup$ – JLee Jul 15 '15 at 19:50
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    $\begingroup$ Hahaha! Nice riddle. I was in the right arcade, just at the wrong machine. :-P $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Jul 15 '15 at 19:52
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    $\begingroup$ This game predates the original Atari. $\endgroup$ – Mazura Jul 15 '15 at 22:57
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    $\begingroup$ Snake Byte was for the Apple II. I'm more familiar with Sears' release for the Atari, Chase. It has the oldest version of (MS) Paint that I know of. You could 'draw' using monochromatic, giant pixels. $\endgroup$ – Mazura Jul 16 '15 at 0:54
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I cannot think but that the question is

Telecommunications-related

Since actually with bite you mean

Byte

Although I've never been interviewed, I'm famous all over the world.

IP for example is used all around the world, as is GSM (more or less)

People love to watch me eat, But some disapprove of my habits.

IPv4 packets are widely disapproved because there is not enough IPv4 for everyone (instead of IPv6)

I don't mind working for my food, And I like to eat on the run.

Packets can be filled with information and "pieces" can be added (to tunnel for example)

Picky, I eat only 3 foods, Not counting my desserts.

Those can be section of the packet, as for example: Header, Payload, Checksum. Desserts can be starting and ending sequences

I have very strange diet goals: Eat 244 to 260 bites per meal,

Again, this has to do with some standard defined

Plus 2 bites of dessert per meal- 1 bite of one and 1 bite of another.

As said above, header and tail of the packet

Timing my bites is important, And when done wisely, I can reach my full 260 bites, And then I will be very happy.

If clocks are very well alligned, one could eventually remove header and tail of a packet to save space for payload

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    $\begingroup$ Awfully labored, and the author has already said that "bites" does not mean "bytes". $\endgroup$ – dennisdeems Jul 16 '15 at 13:26
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    $\begingroup$ "If clocks are very well alligned, one could eventually remove header and tail of a packet to save space for payload" What? $\endgroup$ – Lightness Races in Orbit Jul 16 '15 at 18:31
  • $\begingroup$ @dennisdeems I may not have solved the puzzle, but I belive yet to have given a proper answer anyway. Awfully labored? I don't think so, everything fits. Sorry if I am a nerd and studied this stuff $\endgroup$ – Noldor130884 Jul 17 '15 at 7:15
  • $\begingroup$ @LightnessRacesinOrbit header and tail are parts which alerts the receiver ("hey, you are about to receive data" "data stops here"). So if a sender and a receiver work perfectly synchronized, you don't need those because you know EXACTLY when the packet starts/ends $\endgroup$ – Noldor130884 Jul 17 '15 at 7:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Noldor130884: They do a lot more than that. $\endgroup$ – Lightness Races in Orbit Jul 17 '15 at 9:41

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