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.
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.
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
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.
Blank's and Brian
Moriarty's biographies have been updated.
The amount of spam that
the contact email address posted in the main menu receives has lately
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.
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.