My Favorite Interactive Fiction Characters
Interactive Fiction, or text adventures were among the first games to come out for PC's (and many other systems).They had no graphics, but made you rely on the best video card of them all, your brain. When I sat down to play Adventure for the first time, it had a huge impact on my life. After that first session, I decided then and there that somehow, someway, my career would be dealing with computers in some way. So Adventure is the reason I'm a Systems Administrator.
- The Thief ★ Zork Series, Infocom ★ Always showing up and the exact worst time. Seemed unbeatable. If he hadn't shown up in awhile, there was always a palpable feeling of dread.
- The Lurking Grue ★ Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy, Infocom ★ I'll let the actual game output speak for itself: 'It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.' You respond: > 'what is a grue?' Parser says: 'The grue is a sinister, lurking presence in the dark places of the earth. Its favorite diet is adventurers, but its insatiable appetite is tempered by its fear of light. No grue has ever been seen by the light of day, and few have survived its fearsome jaws to tell the tale.'
- Marvin The Paranoid Android ★ Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy, Infocom ★ Insert Ye Olde Description.
- Floyd The Robot ★ Planetfall series, Infocom ★ Insert Ye Olde Description.
- The Axe Brandishing Troll ★ Zork I, Infocom ★ My first enemy encounter in Zork I. Although its fairly hard to get killed by him, this first confrontation was still heartstopping. Mmmmgreasy black smoke.
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