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The BBC has released a free online version of Infocom's classic PC text adventure The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the game's initial release. Designed by "Hitchhiker's Guide" author Douglas Adams, Infocom's game mixes humor, sci-fi, and frequent player d...

March 11th 2014 at 3:45pm 0 Comments
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Do you prefer the text-based, imagination-requiring Zorks of yore, or the slightly more recent (but still wicked old) adventure game Zorks? Guess what: It doesn't matter! You're buying all of them, because the entire Zork franchise is 40 percent off today on the GOG storefront.

August 12th 2011 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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"Want some rye? 'Course you do!" That's literally the only thing I remember from Return to Zork, Infocom's FMV-filled 1993 graphical adventure game. I think I might have enjoyed playing it, though, so I'm happy to see that it's now available on GOG. For just $5.99, you too can enter a world of pe...

February 1st 2011 at 11:15am 0 Comments
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Livescribe's pen certainly seems like a hackable enough device, but for some reason we haven't seen many hacks or mods that make the smart pen even smarter (or dumber, for that matter). One big one quietly popped up last month, however, and has apparently gone largely unnoticed until now. YouTu...

January 6th 2011 at 12:44pm 0 Comments
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If you're old like me, you may remember the classic world of Zork. It was a text-based adventure game (and series of games) created in the late 70s that was the inspiration for most, if not all, story-rich computer games of our day. Well, now it will be coming to an internet browser near you as a p...

January 14th 2009 at 2:30pm 0 Comments
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Normally considered single-player experiences, the text adventure genre has just taken a large step in a collaboratively multiplayer direction. Several members of the Idle Thumbs forum community have designed a special forum-bot that plays text adventures with other members. His name is Ziggy.At the...

June 21st 2007 at 8:05pm 0 Comments
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Everyone should know that we're big fans of Zork here at Joystiq HQ (it's one of the 10 most important games, remember?). So it's doubly exciting to see this map pop up all over the place today. At first blush, it may appear to be a charming, hand-drawn map of Infocom's seminal text-adventure game,...

April 13th 2007 at 3:18pm 0 Comments
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We can't tell you to download them (in fact, we'll tell you not to), but we can definitely applaud the technical achievement. A homebrew genius called papafuji has ported a massive selection of classic text adventures and early graphic adventure games to the DS, including all of Infocom's text adven...

March 14th 2007 at 5:40pm 0 Comments
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RetroBlast's Motivational Poster Contest has come to a close, and the winning Zork entry is pretty spectacular. Simple, but spectacular, we'd love to order one if we could. Infocom's games always took place inside your head, because they were just text on a screen, but they were some of the best gam...

October 30th 2006 at 4:55pm 0 Comments
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"You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here."If you've never experienced the bliss of staring at the above -- the opening line of text adventure classic Zork -- you're missing out on one of the formative titles in video game hist...

July 25th 2006 at 8:25pm 0 Comments