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Raspberry Pi 2 is out, unexpectedly…

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I’ll be honest, I didn’t see this coming at all; a Raspberry Pi with a major hardware upgrade! It looks just like the Raspberry Pi B+ model, but this time it features an A7 quad core processor, and 1 GB of RAM. Meaning that modern operating systems can be run on this, rather than the slow version of Debian that was used on the previous versions.

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Even more unexpected is Microsoft declaring that they’ll be releasing a Raspberry Pi friendly version of the upcoming Windows 10 for free! It won’t be the same as the retail edition for desktops, but it amazing that Microsoft is being very buddy-buddy with the Raspberry Pi community. Continue reading

So… Zork…

Yeah… Zork…

One thing I never though I’d get into, text adventures. I bought the Zork Anthology on GOG. Featuring, Zork 1, 2, 3, Zero, Beyond, and PlanetFall. Now yes you can technically get Zork 1 through 3 for free on Infocom’s website, but the version on GOG is guaranteed to work straight out of the box (well in this case download) on your brand spanking sparkling Windows 7 (or 8, if you’re a lunatic) machine. But what’s also cool about the GOG version is the content that they throw with it such as maps, manuals, history articles about the game and it’s lore. There’s a lot more in this package than just dumping Zork DAT files into a Frotz emulator.
So, whilst I was on a podcast with good ol’ IndieSeoul. I found a copy of Zork 1 for the Japanese Sega Saturn. First I thought, “A text adventure that fit on a 1.4 mega byte floppy on a 700 mega byte CD? What a waste!” But soon I discovered that even when the game is still a text adventure, it has a pretty cool looking FMV intro with music. and whilst playing the game, you have a monochrome image in the background of the scenery in the game behind the game’s text.
Interestingness, the game plays using the controller, but you string together pre-set verbs and nouns together to make a command using up and down on the directional pad. Mind you it’s all in Japanese, so I have no real idea what it says, though I can recognise the house and the forest in the beginning of the game.

In the last few days though, I had an odd hankering to play this Zork game, it was sitting on my hard drive doing a lot of nothing, so I booted it up and went on an adventure!

The famous first steps in Zork 1

There was just something that took me on Zork that I couldn’t describe, maybe it was the mystery about why I’m in front of this house, or why I’m in this world, but I have to do something, so try everything in the confines of typing commands on the screen. So if there’s a door you can open, you’d type “open door”, or if there’s a troll to fight you’d type “attack troll”. It’s a pretty cool experience, especially if you’re like me who went to University, did IT as a major, and learnt commands on Linux terminals. It took me back to my Uni days, despite the fact I went to university 23 years after the release of Zork 1.

One thing I found about this text adventure, is that I could totally imagine what’s happening in the game. It’s writing is very “direct”. Unlike my writing, where I like to waffle a lot, yeah I’m honest with myself, Zork 1 get’s the story directly to you with the least amount of text possible without feeling like you’ve missed out on anything.
Zork 1 running on my Nexus 7!
But one thing I do enjoy is how I know have Zork 1 running on almost everything! I have it on my PC through DOSBox. On my Raspberry Pi using Frotz. and on my tablet and smart phone with jFrotz. Now I wish there’s an English version of the Sega Saturn game to add to my “What can I put Zork on to” list. Maybe there’s a way to hack it onto the Wii, 360 and PS3, heh!
So yeah, I’m now going to see if I can beat Zork 1 and get onto Zork 2! 😀