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Infocom

November 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 101 - Infocom

We look at the short life of Infocom.  A company that fell into the videogame sphere.  Best known for their text adventure games, including the renowned game Zork.  They started off as a company to keep creative minds together from MIT, and brought forth unique developments including using virtualization for video games.  Due to lack of innovation, combined with its acquisition by Activision, the failure of their database Cornerstone, and  saturating the market with a niche product; the company was closed down in the late 1980's.  With a dedicated fan base in text adventures, Infocom's influence has been felt in some circles to the present day!

TCW084 - Time Shared: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/time-shared/

Colosal cave advcenture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3etkSoHrR8

Zork on a PDP-11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYng1yypNCA

Zork Example Play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNN4VPlRBJ8

Quick Explanation of Virtualization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XItj08D5KPk

What is Virtual Memory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2quKyPnUShQ

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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