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Zork comes to Kindle

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Planet Surfer, a coder who apparently lives in Hawaii, has ported over Zork to the Kindle by creating a simple web page.

Zork is a classic, entirely text-based adventure game that had you exploring the “Great Underground Empire,” searching for treasure and battling various baddies, including Grue, “a sinister, lurking presence in the dark places of the earth.”

I never really played Zork myself. I mostly just watched over my brother’s shoulder as he typed ferociously on our original Macintosh. I never really knew what was happening (five years old, mind you) but I did know that the game was genius and, to my (still) simple mind, the level of sophistication in the game’s text parser was mind blowing.

I don’t have a Kindle, but gave the game a shot in my browser anyway. It works, of course, and I’ve already had many wonderful exchanges with my Zork master, including the one below:

(via Gizmodo)

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