Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

I also enjoy writing, woodworking, and home improvement. Also this.


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Friday, January 26, 2001

After reading an excellent
history of Infocom, I started wondering if/how you could still get those great old games. A bit of web searching, and here's what I found out:
  1. The first three Zorks and one I never heard of appear to be available as freeware. That, and much more, is available at the ostensible Infocom homepage.
  2. I saw mentions of Java versions of some of the games, but haven't chased those down yet.
  3. You can currently buy Zork collection, an Infocom Adventure collection, and an Infocom Mystery collection. The Zork collection contains Zork I, II and III, Enchanter, Sorceror, Spellbreaker, Wishbringer, Beyond Zork, and Zork Zero: The Revenge of Megaboz. I haven't figured out what the other two contain, but one can take a pretty good guess from the names.
  4. The best bet would seem to be The Lost Treasures of Infocom, their 20 best games in one set. Unfortunately, this isn't made any more, though you can still find it sometimes on eBay.
I'm going to have to pick up some of these; those games were the coolest, not to mention wonderfully nostalgic.

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