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With limited sound, simple graphics, and tiny amounts of computing power, the first games on home computers would hardly raise an eyebrow in the modern era of photorealism and surround sound. In a world of Quake, Half-Life and Halo, it is expected that a successful game must be loud, fast, and full of blazing life-like action. But in the early 1980s, an entire industry rose over the telling of tales, the solving of intricate puzzles and the art of writing. Like living books, these games described fantastic worlds to their readers, and then invited them to live within them. They were called "computer adventure games", and they used the most powerful graphics processor in the world: the human mind. Rising from side projects at universities and engineering companies, adventure games would describe a place, and then ask what to do next. They presented puzzles, tricks and traps to be overcome. They were filled with suspense, humor and sadness. And they offered a unique type of joy as ... Written by Nocseiz

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Partially shot at the Bedquilt portion of the Mammoth Cave system in Kentucky. Negotiations took place over a year and shooting took place over an 8-hour period with the director and a party of four cavers. Less than a tenth of the cave was explored during the expedition. See more »

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Lovely
11 August 2014 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I quite like Jason Scott's style of collecting as many geeks on camera and let them rant. This already worked quite well in the BBS documentary, but you have to be quite dedicated to the subject to sit through the whole two discs. The collection of talking face is certainly eclectic and at times you're getting a very intimate insight into some of the fans' private lives. The rise and fall of Infocom is documented quite extensively, but have benefited from focus on the most famous/infamous games. I would have expected a bit more on the history of IF, which for some reason got short shrift, but overall a gem of a collection.


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