GET LAMP: The Text Adventure Documentary

Google Tech Talk (more below) March 7, 2011 Presented by Jason Scott. ABSTRACT Jason Scott will talk about making the documentary and we’ll be screening some portion of the film. www.getlamp.com In the early years of the microcomputer, a special kind of game was being played. With limited sound, simple graphics, and tiny amounts of computing power, the first games on home computers would hardly raise an eyebrow in the modern era of photorealism and surround sound. In a world of Quake, Half-Life and Halo, it is expected that a successful game must be loud, fast, and full of blazing life-like action. But in the early 1980s, an entire industry rose over the telling of tales, the solving of intricate puzzles and the art of writing. Like living books, these games described fantastic worlds to their readers, and then invited them to live within them. They were called “computer adventure games”, and they used the most powerful graphics processor in the world: the human mind. Rising from side projects at universities and engineering companies, adventure games would describe a place, and then ask what to do next. They presented puzzles, tricks and traps to be overcome. They were filled with suspense, humor and sadness. And they offered a unique type of joy as players discovered how to negotiate the obstacles and think their way to victory. These players have carried their memories of these text adventures to the modern day, and a whole new generation of authors have taken up the

vi: Text Editor, Single UNIX Specification, Line Editor, VI, Free and Open Source Software, Touch Typing, Graphical User Interface, UNIX System V, Emacs, Usenet, MicroEMACS

vi: Text Editor, Single UNIX Specification, Line Editor, VI, Free and Open Source Software, Touch Typing, Graphical User Interface, UNIX System V, Emacs, Usenet, MicroEMACS

High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! vi is a family of screen-oriented text editors which share certain characteristics, such as methods of invocation from the operating system command interpreter, and characteristic user interface features. The portable subset of the behavior of vi programs, and the ex editor language supported within these programs, is described by, and thus standardized by the Single Unix Specification and POSIX. The original vi program was written by Bill Joy in 1976 for an early BSD Unix release. Some current implementations of vi can trace their source code ancestry to Bill Joy; others are completely new, largely compatible reimplementations.

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