Magazine articles and similar about Infocom and its works,
mostly dating from when Infocom was active.

Note: The `*-text` files were uploaded by Infocom employee
Stu Galley from his private archive (read: attic).

# old

Older, less good copies of some of the files in this directory.

# AmigaWorld86.txt

Two articles from AmigaWorld January/February 1986,
pages 70-73, transcribed by Kirk Davies:

- The Wizard of Wishbringer -
"A totally objective, highly critical and unbiased
interview with Infocom game designer Brian Moriarty,
by Brian Moriarty."

- Tour of a Dream Factory -
A visitor's description of Infocom, by Bob Liddil

# BYTE_1981-02_Zork_Advert.pdf

Zork Advert, from Byte February 1981.

# BYTE_1981-02_Zork_Product_Review.pdf

Review of Zork by Bob Liddil, from Byte February 1981.

# Dan_Horn_interview.mp3

ANTIC Interview 88 with Dan Horn, technical director
at Infocom. Hosted by Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz and
Brad Arnold.

# Discover_March1984.pdf

"Games With a Real Byte To Them," by Gary Taubes,
published in the March 1984 issue of Discover

# Enchanter_Ahoy_Mar84.pdf

Review of Enchanter, from Ahoy March 1984.

# Family_Computing_Apr88_Beyond_Zork.pdf

Review of Beyond Zork, from Family Computing April 1988.

# Family_Computing_Dec86_Disk_Drive_Detectives.pdf

"Disk Drive Detectives: Make Fiction Come Alive with
Mystery Games", by Shay Addams. Features "Deadline,"
"The Witness," "Ballyhoo," and other games. From Family
Computing December 1986.

# Family_Computing_Dec87_Stationfall.jpg

Review of Stationfall, from Family Computing December 1987.

# Family_Computing_Feb87_Trinity.jpg

Review of Trinity, from Family Computing February 1987.

# Family_Computing_Jun84_Blank_Berlyn_interview.pdf

"The Hard-Boiled School of Software: An Interview with
Marc Blank and Mike Berlyn of Infocom",
from Family Computing June 1984.

# Family_Computing_Jun84_Suspended.pdf

Review of Suspended, from Family Computing June 1984.

# Family_Computing_Jun85_Hitchhikers_Guide.jpg

Review of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, from
Family Computing June 1985.

# Family_Computing_Jun85_Wander_into_Wonderland.pdf

"Wander Into Wonderland: Adventure Games Take You on a
Vacation to a Place as Vivid as Your Imagination." An
article about the appeal of adventure games, with an
emphasis on Infocom. Also includes a sidebar interview
with Douglas Adams. From Family Computing June 1985.

# Family_Computing_May87_Moonmist.jpg

Review of Moonmist, from Family Computing May 1987.

# Family_Computing_Sep83_Zork1.pdf

Review of Zork 1, from Family Computing September 1983.

# Games.87

They Take the High-Tech Route to Adventure,
by Burt Hochberg
from Games magazine August/September 1987

# GamingWorld91.txt

Excerpt from A History of Computer Games, by Johnny Wilson
from Computer Gaming World, November 1991

# Globe84-text

Masters of the Game, by Richard Dyer
from "The Boston Globe" Magazine, May 6, 1984

# NYT83-text

Participatory Novels, by Edward Rothstein
from The New York Times BOOK REVIEW, May 8, 1983

# NZT-Briggs.txt

Infocom's First Romance: Plundered Hearts author
Amy Briggs talks about why she chose to write an
interactive romance
from The Status Line, Winter 1987, page 9
transcribed by Graeme Cree

# NZT-Fooblitzky.txt

Fooblitzky Keeps Puzzle-Solvers Busy
from The New Zork Times, Winter 1986, pages 1 and 5
transcribed by Graeme Cree

# NZT-GUEtech.txt

Is It GUE Tech or MIT? Dave Lebling Explains It...
from The Status Line, Winter/Spring 1988, page 5
transcribed by Graeme Cree

# NZT-InfoBets-text

How much you wanna bet? Dinner in Paris or Tokyo -
A history of InfoBets (anonymous)   and
California Academy of Sciences debuts 'Marathon of the
Minds', by Stu Galley
from The Status Line, Winter/Spring 1987

# NZT-Sandusky-text

Upper Sandusky: No, it's not on Lake Erie and there
isn't a Joe's, by Steve Meretzky
from The Status Line, Fall 1987

# NZT-Sasha-text

Sasha Blunderbraas: Prime Virtuosa, by S. Eric Merescu
from The New Zork Times, Spring 1985

# NZT-Suspect.txt

Suspect Author Suspected, by Dave Lebling
from The New Zork Times, Winter 1985, page 8
transcribed by Graeme Cree

# NZT-Witness-text

How "The Witness" Came to Be 
from The New Zork Times, Summer 1984

# NZT-ZQ-text

Good-Bye to The Status Line, Hello to ZQ (Zork Quarterly)

# NZT-Zorkhistory.txt

Three articles on the history of Zork, transcribed by
Graeme Cree:

- The History of Zork - First in a Series, by
Tim Anderson, from The New Zork Times, Winter 1985,
pages 6-7 and 11
- The History of Zork - Second in a Series, by
Tim Anderson, from The New Zork Times, Spring 1985,
pages 3-5
- The History of Zork - The Final (?) Chapter: MIT,
MDL, ZIL, ZIP; by Stu Galley, from The New Zork Times,
Summer 1985, pages 4-5

# NZT-advice.txt

A collection of New Zork Times advice columns,
transcribed by Graeme Cree:

- Ask Duffy, from Summer 1984, page 5
- Ask Jennifer, from Winter 1985, page 5
- Dear Miss Underground Manners, from The Status Line,
Fall 1986, page 2

# NZT-answers.txt

Frank Answers to the Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions
from The New Zork Times, Spring 1984, page 1-2
transcribed by Graeme Cree

# NZT-atomic-text

How I Spent My Summer Vacation, by Brian Moriarty
from ****, Spring 1986
from The Status Line, Spring 1989

# NZT-falcon.txt

The Shrinkwrapped Falcon, by A. Dashiell Meretzky
from The New Zork Times, Winter 1985, page 3
typed in by Dave Robeson

# NZT-gamedev.txt

Inside Look at Game Development
from The New Zork Times, Winter 1984, page 4
transcribed by Graeme Cree

# NZT-horoscope.txt

A collection of New Zork Times horoscopes,
transcribed by Graeme Cree:

- Infocom Horoscope, from Spring 1984, page 3
- Your Weekly Horoscope by Omar, from The Status Line,
Summer 1986, page 2

# NZT-music.txt

Music From the Great Underground Empire
(reprinted from U.S. News and Dungeon Report, 9/18/951)
from The New Zork Times, Spring 1985, page 8
transcribed by Graeme Cree

# NZT-name-text

A Zork By Any Other Name 
from The New Zork Times, Winter 1984

# NZT-parser.txt

Parser??? by Stu Galley
from The Status Line, Spring 1989, page 2
transcribed by Graeme Cree

# NZT-testing-text

They're never satisfied, by Dave Lebling
from The New Zork Times, Fall 1984

# Newsweek85-text

Lost in Computer Fiction, by Bill Barol
from Newsweek, December 23, 1985

# PCjoker92.txt

Ein offenes Gespraech mit Steve Meretzky (German)
interview from PC Joker 5/92 (September/October 1992)

# PCjoker94.txt

Ein offenes Gespraech mit Infocom (German)
an interview with Eddie Dombrower and William D. Volk,
the makers of Return to Zork
from PC Joker 2/94 (February 1994)

# PCjoker95.txt

Ein offenes Gespraech mit Bob Bates (German)
interview from PC Joker 7/8'95 (July/August 1995)

# Post83-text

Through the Zorking Glass, by Curt Suplee
from The Washington Post, December 22, 1983

# PowerPlay.91

Schmiede der Legenden (German)
an interview with Bob Bates, from Power Play 12/91

# PowerPlayHHGTTG.txt

An interview with Douglas Adams about
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, from
Commodore Power/Play, April/May 1985

# Practical82.txt

Zork - Magic Meets Science Fiction, by Peter Fitch
from Practical Computing, April 1982

# Suspended_Ahoy_Jan84.pdf

Review of Suspended, from Ahoy January 1984.

# Time83-text

Putting Fiction on a Floppy, by Philip Elmer-De Witt
from TIME, December 5, 1983

# YC-87.txt

Infocom Special by Roger Garret, from Your Computer
March 1987, and Profile: Infocom's Dave Lebling by
Mike Gerrard, from Your Computer May 1987
typed in by Torbjoern Andersson

# Your64.txt

A review of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy",
from Your 64, July 1985. Typed in by David Kinder


Articles by and interviews with Infocom writers
compiled by Paul David Doherty. Contents:

- IEEE Computer, 1979: "Zork: A Computerized Fantasy
Simulation Game" by Lebling/Blank/Anderson
- Creative Computing, 1980: "How to Fit a Large Program
Into a Small Machine" by Blank/Galley
- Byte, 1980: "Zork and the Future of Computerized
Fantasy Simulations" by Lebling
- Mike Gerrard's Lebling Interview (1987)
- Paul Rigby's Moriarty Interview
- New Zork Times, 1985: "The History of Zork" by

# globe.890522

Computer-Games Firm Moving to California, by Ronald
Rosenberg.  From Boston Globe, Monday May 22, 1989

# infidel.txt

INFIDEL (Infocom) vs SANDS OF EGYPT (Datasoft)
Reviewed by Michael Blanchet.
From Computer Games, July/August 1984
typed in by Joe Barlow


Articles about Infocom and the Implementors, 1982-1999. Collected by
Peter Scheyen at <>; now mirrored at

- "EXEC INFOCOM: Adventures in Excellence" by Roe R. Adams. Softalk Magazine, October 1982, pages 35-40. [softalk.html]
- "Marc Blank: The Programmer Behind Zork" by Cathy Yakal. COMPUTE's Gazette, October 1983, Vol. 1, No. 4. [blank.html]
- "Solving Electronic Adventures" by Roe R. Adams III. In Games Magazine, June, 1984, pages 52-53. [solving.html]
- "The Wizards of Infocom" by Shay Addams. Computer Games, February 1984, pages 34-37, 52. [wizards.html]
- "The Challenge of Zork" by Tracie Forman. Electronic Games, ???? [challenge.html]
- "The Infinitely Improbable Doug Adams" by Roe R. Adams III. Electronic Games, April, 1985, pages 22-25, 78, 80-81. [dna.html]
- "if yr cmptr cn rd ths..." by Shay Addams. Computer Entertainment, August, 1985, pages 24-27 & 76-77. [parser-war.html]
- "Beyond Zork: An intimate look at Infocom, Inc." by Clayton Walnum. ANALOG Computing, March 1987, #52, pages 46-51. [infocom-tour.html]
- "Adventure Playground: Infocom's Dave Lebling" by Mike Gerrard. Your Computer, May 1987. [yc87b.html]
- "Like a Lemming To Lebling" by Nik Wild. GAMES Magazine, December/January 1987/1988. [tgm.html]
- "Adventures at Infocom" by Russ Ceccola. Commodore Magazine, January 1988, pages 70-73, 118-119. [adventures.html]
- "The Renaissance of Amiga Games" by Tom Malcom. Cyberplay, April 1992, pp 26 - 27. [amiga92.html]
- "The Lost Treasures of Infocom" by Andy Nuttall. Amiga Format, ????. [amigaformat.html]
- "The Infocom Adventure" by Theo Clarke. Strategy Plus, ????. [strategyplus.html]
- "This Ain't Your Daddy's Game" by Matthew A Firme. PC Gamer(?), pp 28 - 29. [daddy.html]
- "On location in the Great Underground Empire" by Johnny L Wilson. Computer Gaming World, February 1993, pages 19-21. [cgw93.html]
- "Where Are They Now?" by Steven Greenlee. Computer Game Review, April 1996, pages 82-88. [where.html]
- "Don't Panic - Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Neil Gaiman. Titan Books, pages 150-156. [Douglas.html]
- Game Gods: Steve Meretzky. PC Gamer, September 1999, pages 80-81. [meretzky.html]

# trinityCG.txt

Review of Trinity, from Compute!'s Gazette, March
1987. Scanned in by Patrick Kellum.

# zzap64.txt

Four Minds Forever Voyaging, by Sean Masterson
(interviews with Dave Lebling, Steve Meretzky,
Stu Galley, and Carl Genatossio)
from ZZAP! 64; typed in by Hans Persson
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