Thursday, March 31, 2005

Finding peace with text

You are standing on the North side of a house. There is a mailbox in front of you.

Open Mailbox.

There is a leaflet inside of the mailbox.

Read.

ZORK is a game of adventure, danger, and low cunning. In it you will explore some of the most amazing territory ever seen by mortals. No computer should be without one!



That's right. I've been playing Zork. And by playing, I mean reading. For those of you unfamiliar with the rich tapestries of Infocom games, Zork is the seminal text-adventure that one might have played for hours on the household's Commodore 128. I'm not sure why I went looking for it yesterday but lo and behold, you can go here and get not just Zork 1 but Zorks 2 and 3 for free. FREE.

Worth doing just for the haw haw of downloading the teeny tiny 137K games that used to DOMINATE one's desktop computer. On top of that, you can be eaten by a Grue when you go into dark places - in text. You can very easily drown at an abandoned Dam - in text. And you can marvel at the nerdliness of slamming your fist down on your cubicle desk when the thief steals your sword and mocks you openly in the Mirror Room - in text!

2 Comments:

Anonymous ken said...

Hi Cas,

Long time no speak. Thought you might get a kick out of the Infocom AIM bot, appropriately named infocombot and infocombot2. You can play all of your favorite classic Infocom games from the safety and comfort of your IM client.

peace,
ken

5:15 PM  
Blogger Mike Sugarbaker said...

MUDs are coming back. MOOs too. You heard it here first.

5:24 PM  

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