Of all places, the MIT Technology Review has this article up:
The Enduring Legacy of Zork
If you’re a fan, seriously go check out this article. It’s got old maps, artwork, and even line-printed source code (in ZIL) of the original 1977 game, which went on to sell over 800,000 copies.
If you’re into this sort of thing, also check out Eaten By A Grue, the Infocom podcast.
And of a slightly later vintage, who can forget the Atari 2600 game Adventure, in which you, the protagonist, is a single blobby pixel? (There’s a fantastic unofficial sequel for iOS devices: Pixa. Even my 11-year-old loves it)
I’d love to hear your stories about Zork, Adventure, and similar text-based and 8-bit adventures. Regale me with your memories below. And stay tuned for my forthcoming 8-bit novel, which addresses this era in a whole new way. Join my mailing list for a free book and more goodies as they become available. -m