You now have a lamp.
It is dark. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

Tonight on Technology Bytes they interviewed Jason Scott about his new documentary GET LAMP on the first great wave of computer games – the interactive text adventures! These games, including the original Adventure, the naughty Leather Goddesses of Phobos, and the amazing Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy which you can play online here.

Anyone interested in the history or computer games, or who is looking for some inspiration would be well advised to try out some of these old games and, for that matter, the modern text adventures that enthusiasts are writing even today. These games had no graphics, so they were entirely story driven and many of them had excellent stories, a quality sorely lacking in most modern games. One of the main sites for them is the Interactive Fiction Archive and from there you can download emulators, native interpreters, and the actual games themselves in many cases since a great many of them are free. (Interactive fiction was the first big modding scene.)

I’ve often wished that modern games would incorporate something like the language interpreters from the text adventure days so that I could actually type English when talking to an NPC in a game. It would be some much more immersive if I could actually talk to the NPCs, even if only using a limited language set. This might something good to explore in the future.

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