Retro Gaming – ZORK


As Sheldon from the big bang theory states. Zork is a game that runs on the world’s most powerful graphic chip: “Imagination”.

Zork is one of the first, completely text based computer games. The very first Zork was written in 1977 – 1979 using the MDL programming language on the DEC PDP-10 computer.

The programmers were all members of the MIT dynamic Modeling Group. The reason why I’m telling you this is because I can explain were the name ZORK came from. Initially ZORK was MIT hacker slang for an unfinished program. Once the game was finished, the game was briefly renamed to dungeon. But after a while it changed back to ZORK because they received a trademark violation (Dungeons and Dragons).

Zork is set in the ruins of an ancient empire lying far underground. You are venturing into this dangerous land in search of wealth and adventure. The goal of the game is to return from the great underground empire alive, preferably with a lot of loot. The dungeons you wander through are stocked with many creatures, objects and of course locations.

How it works, well it’s quite simple. You are told in which location you are and by typing commands you can interact with the game. Commands like pick up swords, go north, slay dragon, etc. You get the idea.
This sounds quite boring I know, I has the same idea when I heard about it for the first time. But the truth is, it’s actually quite entertaining.

As usual all I need to do is to show you the gameplay. And believe it or not, I actually found a youtube video of a guy playing this game. So here you go.

If you want to play this game, you can play it from this link:

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/188334

As you can see there are 3 games available on this link. Zork is actually a trilogy. Believe it or not, it was quite a success. Like I said earlier, this can really give you hours and hours of fun once you get into it.
A small heads up, suppose you get hooked to this sort of game. There are quite a bit of other text based games out there. On top of that, besides the original Zork trilogy, there where some other additions to this series. Like the “return to Zork”. Which was no longer text based but graphical.
The last Zork game was made in 1997 and is called Zork Grand Inquisitor.

Well the only thing left to do now it to play the game ;-). Have fun!

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