Eaten By A Grue: Infocom, Text Adventures, and Interactive Fiction
By Monster Feet
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Kevin Savetz and Carrington Vanston discuss and review classic Infocom games, text adventures, and interactive fiction.
||CleanDeadline||Infocom's first mystery||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBorder Zone||Infocom's spy thriller||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeastalker||Infocom's nautical adventure||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrinity||Infocom's atomic classic||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBallyhoo||Infocom's circus mystery||12/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZork I: The Underground Empire||Infocom's first adventure||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
This is the podcast I've been waiting for!
> START PODCAST
You hear the beginnings of Zork I
> WEEP WITH JOY
Off to a great start
I'm probably jumping the gun by writing this review after only one episode, but I'm confident that I'll still think this podcast merits full marks after I've heard a few more episodes.
The hosts have an entertaining formula and good chemistry. I like the format; it's entertaining and hits the interesting points while steering clear of becoming a straight up history lecture. They don't shy away from spoilers, which is great because it's hard take too serious a look at any adventure game (especially Zork) without delving into that territory, but they wisely save them for the end and give a pretty clear warning when they're about to come. The eyes wide open treatment is lovely, and I think they do the IF community a great service by being honest about their reliance on hints and spoilers to complete the game.
Great stroll through Infocom history!
Did you enjoy playing Infocom games back in the day? Interested in learning some computing history and hearing interesting commentary and feedback? Happy to hear other people thinking the games are hard?
If yes, this will be an enjoyable podcast for you.
One of the nice features of the podcast is that the first part is spoiler-free, so that if a game intrugues you you can go and play it on your own. They make an announcement when they start the second half which will have spoilers.
I hope they also include original ADVENTURE as an honorary Infocom predecessor.