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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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Infocom!
21 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

Jason Scott is presenting a long gone era of computer games: text adventure games. I was specifically fascinated by the documentary's peek into the culture of Infocom. Here was a company that was founded on an uncertain premise -- to make some sort of business software -- yet it somehow stumbled upon interactive fiction. As the company grew, it became a Mecca for smart, literate, inquisitive people who would start out as testers and end up designing and writing their own games. This made it all the more sad when Infocom, like all other text adventure game companies, suddenly went away in the late 1980s. I'm glad the story of Infocom isn't lost!


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