Z-Machine Wednesday: Steve Meretzky – The Most Perfect Video Game

One of my favorite programmers from the heady days of Infocom is Steve Meretzky (Planetfall, Sorcerer, Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy) and I think his sharp sense of humor can be seen here in the video posted below where he was speaking at the Boston Post Mortem. He offers us the woes of the world and ends his speech with what he believes is the most perfect video game. Here is a hint…I hope you like cake.

A big thanks to textfilesdotcom over at YouTube for uploading this video!

Z-Machine Wednesday: Starcross (1982)

Programmed by Dave Lebling (Zork I, II, and III) and released by Infocom in 1982, Starcross, was the first science fiction title for the company. For its Challenge Level it was rated Expert, probably due to many of its puzzles dealing with scientific knowledge.

Taking place in the year 2186, taking on the role of an intergalactic miner aboard your space vessel, the M.C.S. Starcross, you search the galaxy for quantum black holes. Which are such powerful sources of energy that finding one would provide you riches beyond imagining. Luckily the Starcross is outfitted with a mass detector to make your job easier. Your detector finds something but it isn’t a black hole…it’s a massive craft of unknown origin and design.

You dock with the craft and upon gaining entry to the interior of the vessel you find strange species of animals and plant life as well as an array of alien technology. Your greatest task is now set before you, you will need to come to understand the technology before you and solve their puzzles so you can find your way home.

As always, a huge thanks to The Infocom Gallery for the wonderful scanned images below.

Z-Machine Wednesday: Get Lamp – The Text Adventure Documentary

On more than one occasion on this site I’ve trumpeted the awesomeness that is Jason Scott’s, Get Lamp: The Text Adventure Documentary.

Well I am excited to say that with a HUGE thanks to the Google Tech Talks Channel on YouTube you can now watch the film, in non-interactive form! So sit yourself down with a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy not only this great documentary but a little bit of Q & A as well. Fantastic stuff!