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Interactive fiction games: More than retro fun (Read on for the article, or you can jump to a Quick and Dirty Start for the Impatient.) “You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.” Those words begin one of the best known text adventure games of all time: Zork. For those who haven’t heard of it, I'm talking about the wildly popular game that saw popular release around 1982, far before the proliferation of home PCs. Christophe Blain After an economics education, Christophe Blain pursued artistic studies in Paris and Cherbourg. He made his first comics while he was in the army. These diary-like comics were published by Albin Michel in 1994 in 'Carnet d'un Matelot'. Video Galleries : Zero Punctuation Zero Punctuation is The Escapist's groundbreaking video review series starring Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw. Every Wednesday Zero Punctuation picks apart the games so you don't have to. Called "hilariously cutting ... first legitimate breakout hit from the gaming community in recent memory" by Boing Boing, see why gamers love it and developers fear it. South Park: The Stick of Truth - Yes, There Really Were Crying Koalas

Danbo I’ve been a little sad this week, well, these last 2 days. Firstly because my job is boring me. Knowing that i’m probably not going to get confirmed at the end of the month makes me hate the job even more and makes me less bothered to actually do anything. Secondly because my tamagotchi died… yes he died, and he wasn’t even that beautiful!

Video Game News Updates - The Feed at OK, so it's not exactly a vacation, but the "Man Games" is something that any athlete would consider a relaxing day. Did I say relaxing? Sorry, I meant absolutely brutal and awesome. This isn't something that you'd see featured on a TV show like The Getaway, but that doesn't mean it won't help relieve some of that work-day stress.

Interactive fiction As a commercial product, interactive fiction reached its peak in popularity from 1979 to 1986,[3] as a dominant software product marketed for home computers. Due to their text-only nature, they sidestepped the problem of writing for widely divergent graphics architectures. This meant that interactive fiction games were easily ported across all the popular platforms, even those such as CP/M (not known for gaming or strong graphics capabilities). Today, a steady stream of new works is produced by an online interactive fiction community, using freely available development systems. Marc Boutavant Marc Boutavant is illustrator and comics artist. He has illustrated various childrens' books for the publishing houses Albin Michel, Actes Sud Junior, Nathan, Seuil Jeunesse and Mila, starting with 'L'Écologie pas à Pas' in 2000. In 2002, he created his own animal universe with 'Mouk', his own series of childrens' books at Éditions Milan. He makes the series 'Ariol et ses Amis' together with Emmanuel Guibert for the juvenile magazine J'Aime Lire of Bayard Presse.

The Infocom Gallery - a repository of high-quality scans of classic Infocom packages and manuals A couple of years ago, two little collections known as The Lost Treasures of Infocom, parts 1 and 2 were published. Everything Infocom released in just two collections -- seemed too good to be true. And it was, in a number of ways. First, the collection was incomplete -- Leather Goddesses was not included. Philippe Bercovici Les Femmes en Blanc Philippe Bercovici is one of the most productive artists of humorous comics since the 1980s. Born in Nice, he was only fourteen years old when his first pages were published in the "Carte Blanche" section of the magazine Spirou. Two years later, he began his long collaboration with Spirou's main scriptwriter of the time, Raoul Cauvin.

Infocom Infocom was founded on June 22, 1979 by MIT staff and students led by Dave Lebling, Marc Blank, Albert Vezza, and Joel Berez and lasted as an independent company until 1986 when it was bought by Activision. Activision finally shut down the Infocom division in 1989, although they released some titles in the 1990s under the Infocom Zork brand. Activision abandoned the Infocom trademark in 2002.

Index: if-archive Index: if-archive You feel somewhat disoriented as you pass through... This is the Interactive Fiction Archive at Gaston and Elsje Got some great stuff in the mail this week. I just have to share some snapshots and recommend these books, even though I can't read much french or dutch. (Well I struggle with it ... And dutch is easier to understand. At least for me. ) First out is a giant sized book on Gaston by Franquin.

AGA Go Software Available for Purchase The following are programs you can purchase on the internet from a vendor of go products, or in many cases directly from the author. Crazy Stone: Currently one of the strongest go playing engines. Available for PC, iPhone and iPad.Ego: by Bruce Wilcox.

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