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> Examine Infocom archive

Infocom, founded in the late 1970s, was a software company in Cambridge (the USA one) which specialised in interactive fiction (IR) – more commonly known, then and now, as text adventure games. You may have heard of Zork, or the video game version of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Both were produced by Infocom.

Skip to but a few days ago. And lo, this appears online, the first of several batches of digitised content.

Yes, an archive of Infocom materials, the originals meticulously stored by Steve Meretzky of Infocom fame and scanned in, page by page, by Jason Scott of textfiles.com fame (and that in itself is a huge internet rabbit hole to fall down). He describes the process, with lots of lovely screenshots, in fascinating detail.

There’s a lot scanned in; enough, I hope, for several future research projects by games scholars. Related to this is GET LAMP, an Interactive fiction documentary by Jason from 2010. If you’re into adventure or text adventure game design and philosophy, and are okay with watching 90 minutes of interview clips then it’s an interesting video:

Review: Understanding Gamification

I reviewed the ALA report “Understanding Gamification”; it can be found in Ariadne.

The print version is a little pricey, but it’s free to read online or download each chapter. Overall, the report is a pretty good text if you are new to the concept.

Understanding Gamification