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Chip Hageman's picture

Zork being played on an interactive typewriter

NewsCheck out this great typewriter hack made by Jonathan M. Guberman.

In his own words: Introducing the Automatypewriter, a new way to experience interactive fiction! It’s still a little rough around the edges (in particular, you can see that the spacebar sticks a little, and the whole thing needs to be tidied up), but you get the idea: the Automatypewriter is a typewriter that can type on its own, as well as detect what you type on it. By reading what it types to you and responding, it can be used interactively to play a game or participate in a story (in this case, Zork).

Bill Loguidice's picture

Play Infocom Games Online in Your Browser - Great Implementation!

Infocom games have been among the earliest emulated games you could play online (Telnet anyone?), but this is one of the better looking browser-based implementations I've seen, complete with multiple same game releases! Check it out here.

Matt Barton's picture

Zelda & Zork

Well, as you can see from the above titles, I'm going to be working on the two games that will appear last in the book. We've still got quite a few chapters left, and the publisher is really pushing us to get this thing done so they can start prepping it for printing.

Matt Barton's picture

History of Zork Now Available on Gamasutra: Read Full Interviews Here!

Gamasutra has now published my article on the History of Zork! Go check it out; it's loaded with plenty of facts, screenshots, and quotations from the authors. I had earlier promised to offer the interviews I conducted with the implementors and other folks here on Armchair. You'll find them below, organized more or less in a "round table" progression. Enjoy!

Matt Barton's picture

Reflecting on Zork and Activision

As some of you may know, I've been a bit busy of late drafting a retrospective piece about Zork for GamaSutra. Although I initially had problems getting in touch with the famous "imps" (Zork programmers, short for "implementors"), I finally managed to hit the jackpot. I've got interview material with Marc Blank, Steve Meretzky, Nick Montfort, and hopefully Dave Lebling (waiting for response).

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