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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Yet another Thursday update. This time to introduce you to Pac-Text, which apparently was made for all those that back then equally devoted their time between Zork and Pac-Man.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Rap music and text adventures are probably things you didn't connect - until now. "MC Frontalot" has brought the two together in his YouTube music video "It is Pitch Dark" and even got a guest appearance by Steve Meretzky. Maybe some readers will also find a striking resemblance between their basements and Mr. Frontalot's.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Recently something appeared on ebay that for quite some time wasn't supposed to exist: a working demo of "Planetfall 2 - The Search for Floyd", a game that had been cancelled at Activision more than a decade ago and was meant to be a sequel to the original Infocom game. All that ever was made public about the game until now was a non-interactive movie included on the well-known "Masterpieces" collection.

The seller has confirmed that it indeed is the real thing, but further information if it really is interactive and playable is still pending.

And in internal news: This site will change its IP within the next 48 hours, to have more redundant capacities in case of need, and due to it may be unreachable for you for a short time until nameservers have been updated. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Marc Blank's and Brian Moriarty's biographies have been updated.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The amount of spam that the contact email address posted in the main menu receives has lately become staggering. Even a Javascript encryption didn't help and using Captcha protection has become necessary.

This is inconvient compared to simply clicking a link and having your email program open up, but the particular kind of Captcha employed for this site, coming from Carnegie Mellon University, also aids a good cause: The presented words stem from old books that are to be digitized and electronically archived, but can't be read clearly by OCR programs. By identifying the words presented you help to preserve some of our cultural legacy.

For those having difficulty with the words shown there also is an audio alternative.

Please be aware that your browser must allow pop-ups for this site for you to be able to see the email address.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Steve Meretzky recently took part in a panel that identified the ten most influential games in the history of computer- and videogames, as reported by the New York Times (may require login).

Steve also left Floodgate Entertainment, and, as senior designer, joined Blue Fang Games, the developer behind Zoo Tycoon and others, prompting an update to his biography which, in the process, has been expanded a bit as well.

The above mentioned list, a notion at giving games a similar cultural recognition as movies have, has of course stirred up some interesting discussions: For example at Slashdot here and at Kotaku here.