Long long ago, when I had my trusty old Commodore 64 plugging away, running this, that and the other, one type of game which I was quite enamored with was the text adventure game. One of my very favorite games was the game (based on Douglas Adams’ book) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which you can play online here! Getting the babel fish into my ear was an achievement that I relished immensely…
Once Castle Wolfenstein came out, though, the text adventure games (and my C-64) suddenly seemed a little less interesting. I always missed those text adventure games though.
Apparently, while I wasn’t looking, some folks got together and decided to start creating this form of game again, only now they’re calling it “Interactive Fiction”. Doesn’t matter to me what they call it, I’m just happy to see people doing this again. There’s some basic information here: Magic Words: Interactive Fiction in the 21st Century and you can download a bunch of recommended games here.
Hurray for past enthusiasms!