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infocom


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  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  Infocom  n.  A  now-legendary  games  company,  active  from  1979  to 
  1989,  that  commercialized  the  MDL  parser  technology  used  for  {Zork} 
  to  produce  a  line  of  text  adventure  games  that  remain  favorites  among 
  hackers.  Infocom's  games  were  intelligent,  funny,  witty,  erudite, 
  irreverent,  challenging,  satirical,  and  most  thoroughly  hackish  in  spirit. 
  The  physical  game  packages  from  Infocom  are  now  prized  collector's  items. 
  After  being  acquired  by  Activision  in  1989  they  did  a  few  more  modern" 
  (e.g.  graphics-intensive)  games  which  were  less  successful  than  reissues 
  of  their  classics. 
 
  The  software,  thankfully,  is  still  extant;  Infocom  games  were 
  written  in  a  kind  of  P-code  and  distributed  with  a  P-code  interpreter 
  core,  and  not  only  freeware  emulators  for  that  interpreter  but  an 
  actual  compiler  as  well  have  been  written  to  permit  the  P-code  to 
  be  run  on  platforms  the  games  never  originally  graced.  In  fact  new 
  games  written  in  this  P-code  are  still  being  written.  (Emulators 
  that  can  run  Infocom  game  ZIPs,  and  new  games,  are  available  at 
  `ftp://wuarchive.wustl.edu:/doc/misc/if-archive/infocom'.)