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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Marc Blank's biography has been updated, as he announced leaving Palm, Inc.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

If you watched any television in the last five years it is very likely that you came across shows called "Lost", "Alias" or "Fringe". The producer behind these is Jeffrey Abrams, who now admitted to MTV what he would really like to do: games like Zork.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

PALGN has a nice article about the "Hitchhiker's Guide", which neatly leads over to some news tidbits about Steve Meretzky that have accumulated over the course of this year: Here are a video of his speech at Boston Post Mortem and an interesting interview he did with the Escapist in August. And a game he designed for WorldWinner, "Catch 21", has been turned into a TV show. Stay tuned for "Zork" coming to a theater near you!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The games Brian Moriarty worked on so far for ImaginEngine have been added to his biography.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

If you think the term "speedrun" probably has something to do with cars, motors, squealing tires and maybe a robbery shortly beforehand, you haven't made the acquaintance of people who make it their hobby to finish a computer game in the fastest time possible. Usually these records are confined to 3D oriented action games, but now someone has stood up to the difficult task and finished Zork I in a mind boggling 7 minutes and 46 seconds.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Nothing to see, move along, just a couple of dead links were replaced in the History and in the biographies of Jim Lawrence, Stu Galley and Marc Blank, while Dave Lebling's had an itsy bitsy update.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

The name "Neverwinter Nights" might ring a bell for some readers and those of you playing that game might want to take a look at an interesting project trying to bring "Zork" to Neverwinter Nights 2. A "module" that can be loaded into the first part of that series has already been finished a while ago and is available for download.

Friday, April 18, 2008

So, you wondered whatever happened to the proposed "Hitchhiker's Guide" sequel? Andy Baio unearthed all the gritty facts in his excellent piece on the subject. Read it and be astonished.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Destructoid offers you the "ten most meaningful videogame quotes of all time", among them Zork's famous "you are in a maze of twisty passages, all alike", saying it is "simultaneously immersive and frustrating, beautifully worded but logically irritating" and "epitomizes both the strengths and flaws of the classic text adventure". Read the rest here.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

High frequency for news this month, it seems: The infallible Harry Kaplan, famous for discovering the whereabouts of a number of Infocom authors, just dropped an email saying that David Cornelson, a prolific hobbyist writer of interactive fiction games, has started a company called Textfyre and is currently negotiating with Activision about licensing Infocom titles. After the failed attempt at a new compilation (see news from 2006), this might mean that fans have another chance at getting a hold of brand-new editions of their favorite games.

Monday, January 14, 2008

A small addition to Amy Brigg's biography: Ron Gilbert, designer of the "Monkey Island" series of games, revealed the interesting tidbit that he was babysitted by Amy. If she read Jane Austen novels to him and if that had an influence on his games is not known.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

A short update to the Links section, as the addresses for Boffo Games and the Infocom Gallery were not valid anymore, to welcome the new year.