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Friday, 19 April 2019

Long Lost ?Zork? Source Code Uploaded to GitHub, But Few People Understand It

quote [ With access to the source code, a group of dedicated fans is now tinkering with the Zork Implementation Language (ZIL). Infocom was eventually bought out by Activision in 1986, but was quickly shut down a few years later. There are more modern collections of Infocom games available, keeping the spirit of Zork alive, but the source code, which could teach us how Infocom managed to create such a sophisticated game at the time, had been deemed lost. That is, until this week, when internet archivist Jason Scott uploaded a collection of all Infocom text adventures and interactive fiction games? source codes to GitHub, including the Zork games and Infocom?s video game adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. ]

Awesome - I wonder if there's a mobile version
[SFW] [games] [+5 Good]
[by knumbknutz@9:53amGMT] [6 comments]

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

One Hour One Life

quote [ This game is about playing one small part in a much larger story. You only live an hour, but time and space in this game is infinite. ]

You can only do so much in one lifetime, but the tech tree in this game will take hundreds of generations to fully explore. This game is also about family trees. Having a mother who takes care of you as a baby, and hopefully taking care of a baby yourself later in life.

[SFW] [games] [+8 Interesting]
[by lilmookieesquire@5:58amGMT] [2 comments]

Monday, 25 February 2019

Saved, But Not Forgotten

quote [ The evolution of saving in video games, from the password to the cloud, and nearly every obscure memory card format in-between. ]

Games must be saved for tomorrow's play
[SFW] [games] [+4 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@7:40amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Progress in Play: Board Games and the Meaning of History

quote [ Players moving pieces along a track to be first to reach a goal was the archetypal board game format of the 18th and 19th century. Alex Andriesse looks at one popular incarnation in which these pieces progress chronologically through history itself, usually with some not-so-subtle ideological, moral, or national ideal as the object of the game. ]

We liked to play old board games
[SFW] [games] [+4 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:08amGMT] [3 comments]

Monday, 11 February 2019

In Total Control

quote [ From the arcades to the living room, how the controller has evolved?and why one tech historian, Benj Edwards, started building his own. ]

You say your controller's broken
[SFW] [games] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [1 comment]

Saturday, 9 February 2019

ZACH-LIKE

quote [ We have also shipped various physical items before (binders for SHENZHEN I/O, zines for EXAPUNKS) and have a rich, if somewhat complex, relationship with our local post office. ]

Lovingly assembled 400 pages of Zachtronics design documents. Sadly a horrific shipping cost for us continental people.
[SFW] [games] [+3 Underrated]
[by Paracetamol@9:07pmGMT] [4 comments]

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

So You Want To Compete With Steam: Epic, Discord, Kartridge, and RobotCache

quote [ Good luck out there, and mind the sharks. ]

Following up the yearly plea for alternative stores, this highlights many aspects around current Steam competitors like the Epic one and comes off relatively favorable for the Kartridge service (of Kongregate).

Via the very good weekly Sunday Papers column on Rock Paper Shotgun.
[SFW] [games] [+4 Informative]
[by Paracetamol@12:18pmGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Oil it or Spoil it!

quote [ An overly literal collision engine will make you fall as soon as your feet leave solid ground. But what if you give the player just a few extra frames, and if they push the jump button a few milliseconds too late, you still give them a valid jump? ]

As opposed to the last one, this article gives some insights in that forgiveness sometimes makes for a better game experience. There was a longer Twitter conversation featuring even more adjustments collected in a Polygon article.
[SFW] [games] [+4 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@10:02amGMT] [6 comments]

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