This is the final post for the April A-Z Challenge. I posted six days a week, following the letters of the alphabet. I shared all the movies, books and games I watched, read and played--all the influences that turned me into the geeky person and writer I am today.
Zork (1980), Zork II (1981), Zork III (1982):
“You are in an open field west of a big white house with a boarded front door. There is a mailbox here.” The ultimate text adventure game ever, set in the ruins of an ancient underground empire. I spent hours upon hours playing this on my brother’s microbee computer. Zork was also featured in the novel, Ready Player One. I’d love to write a text adventure one of these days.
You can now play Zork I, II, and III for free. Click here to check it out.
Return to Zork (1993): There were other zorks before this, including a comic book, but I didn’t play them. Then this one came out. This stepped away from the classic text adventure format and used ugly graphics instead, including videos of real actors. I couldn’t get into it. I mourned the death of text adventures. No graphics could match my imagination. Or so I thought…
Zork Nemesis (1996): At last they got it right. This graphical adventure game was pure awesome. It had atmosphere, great music, fantastic puzzles. They got the immersive experience totally right.
Zombieland (2009): This is one of the best zombie movies, behind Shaun of the Dead which is probably THE best. I love the list of rules to survive the zombie apocalypse. Rule number one: Cardio.
How would you survive the zombie apocalypse? Have you ever played any of the Zorks or any other text adventure?
Did you survive the A-Z challenge?
Another reminder for tomorrow, Wednesday, 1st May: the Insecure Writers’ Support Group founded by Alex J Cavanaugh, and this month it’s co-hosted by Rachna Chhabria, Mark Koopmans, and Lynda R Young (yours truly)!! To learn more or join up, click here.