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March 27th, 2008

Nerdy Text Goodness

Pinger Robert sent me a link (which I bet he got from BoingBoing!) to this awesome directed graph of a Choose Your Own Adventure. Better yet, it’s one of the best CYOAs there is: The Mystery At Chimney Rock by the mighty, mighty Edward Packard. It’s pretty amazing to see how deep and wide the graph is — these were pretty complex stories!

In similar news, the guy who did the amazing BBS documentary is coming out with a documentary on text adventures. Text is cool again (as if it ever weren’t)!

Posted in Pop Culture, Technology, Television, Movies, and Music

Paul March 27, 2008, 4:55 pm

Excellent stuff.

One of the first games I ever played on a computer was a text adventure – Scott Adams’s “The Count” on the VIC-20. It was a little too grown-up for me but it also holds the honor of introducing me to the word “dumbwaiter”. I also recall carrying around a coat of arms that was heavy… just random stuff.

Never won that game. I was a kid!

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