February 23, 2005

Text adventure games

Michele goes into the wayback machine and discusses Adventure(akaColossal Cave) and Zork. If you aren't familiar with plugh or xyzzy, then you've been missing out.

You see a fierce green dragon.

>Kill dragon

With what, your bare hands?

>Yes

Congratulations. You've just killed a fierce green dragon with your bare hands. Amazing, isn't it?

And by the way, that dwarf really pissed me off. A lot.

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1 I once was deep into diagnosing a wierd software problem in a humongous Fortran program written all in double precision integer. I reduced it to a simple test program: I=1 J=-1 K=I*J Print K and K kept coming out -2 After pounding on all the fixed point diagnostics, calls to DEC, I finally realized that although the program was all integer, the run-time multiply routine used the floating point processor to do double precision integer math, and the FPP was bad. A replacement of a board of the FPP fixed it. With all the number crunching we were doing, the problem only appeared when you tried to fill your bottle with oil from the east end of twopit room (to oil the rusty hinges of the treasure chamber,) but no matter what you did, you got a bottle filled with water instead of oil.

Posted by: Frank Borger at February 24, 2005 09:02 PM (HhQC8)

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