I recently watched Get Lamp: The Text Adventure Documentary, which is about the pioneers of and interactive fiction and, in some way, the ARG.
In 1980, when Zork was released by Infocom, I was 6 years old.
Founded in 1979 by staff and students of MIT, Infocom had the kind of charismatic personnel that 60 Minutes might do about 20 minutes on. If that were indeed a segment, I can easily imagine what would have happened had I watched it. I would have wondered what it was like being an adult with a computer in the kitchen. Young Chuck would have said something naive about that and my father would have reminded me that the man on TV with the beard had to learn all that stuff and it didn’t just happen. He might then have pointed out that I had enough trouble putting away my Star Wars figures, let alone growing a beard, owning a Honda or making a computer game. (more…)