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[games] The Enduring Legacy of Zork … looking back at the impact of the first commercial text adventure‘Vibrant, witty writing set Zork apart. It had no graphics, but lines like “Phosphorescent mosses, fed by a trickle of water from some unseen source above, make [the crystal grotto] glow and sparkle with every color of the rainbow” helped players envision the “Great Underground Empire” they were exploring as they brandished such weapons as glowing “Elvish swords.” “We played with language just like we played with computers,” says Daniels. Wordplay also cropped up in irreverent character names such as “Lord Dimwit Flathead the Excessive” and “The Wizard of Frobozz.”’

Remembering Zork

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 12:45 pm and is filed under Computer Games.

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