In the early days of computing, before Graphical User Interfaces were commonplace, nerds still needed games to play on their primitive computers. Thus the text based interactive fiction game was born. While the Zork series wasn’t the very first instance of such a game, it was unquestionably the first success in interactive fiction, and phrases like “It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.” remain popular throughout the internet to this day. If you are curious, you can play the original game here:
Anyway, in the nostalgic spirit of such games, I now pit my friends, via G-chat, against an interactive fiction AI played by, none other than, myself. For our ninth installment, we have Nadine. Nadine has been putting up with my shit for many years now–through countless board, role playing, werewolf, and Magic games. Somehow she keeps coming back for more, as is evidenced by her willingness to take part in this latest edition of RE-ZORK. Perhaps our mutual bond of both being firmly on team Lannister has kept our friendship strong all these years. Or maybe it is our similarly high levels of snobbiness. Or maybe it’s just that she, deep down, appreciates a good “that’s what she said” joke just as much as I do. Though, the friendship has its rocky moments, partly because she claims Harry Potter is better than Lord of the Rings, but mostly because of the fact that Nadine claims to “hate” movies. In fact, she claims to hate movies so much that she’s never even seen classics like Blade Runner, and isn’t even sure she’s seen all of Die Hard. “The horror. The horror.” <–This is a movie quote, Nadine. -ed.
How long will Nadine survive before either dying a gruesome death or rage quitting at what will assuredly be an endless stream of movie references? Read on to find out! (more…)