[TUHS] Unix game origins - stories similar to Crowther's Adventure

Henry Bent henry.r.bent at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 03:52:26 AEST 2023

On Tue, 31 Jan 2023 at 21:32, Will Senn <will.senn at gmail.com> wrote:

> All,
> I just saw this over on dragonflydigest.com:
> https://0j2zj3i75g.unbox.ifarchive.org/0j2zj3i75g/Article.html
> It's an article from 2007 about the history and genesis of the Colossal
> Cave Adventure game - replete with lots of pics. What I found fascinating
> was that the game is based on the author's actual cave explorations vis a
> vis the real Colossal Cave. Gives you a whole new appreciation for the game.

My uncle, Richard Zopf, did extensive exploration of Mammoth Cave with Will
Crowther.  My understanding is that Colossal Cave was truly impressive in
its ability to replicate the real situations that the cavers faced,
especially given the limitations of the storage and processing abilities of
the machines at the time.  To my mind this stands well apart from the more
rudimentary early computer games which were very math/logic driven vs. the
concept of an "open world" exploration.

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