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We've all heard that things were better back in the day. But when it comes to computer games, El Reg has uncovered concrete evidence that the past was pretty rubbish. The Beeb has re-released an old text adventure based on Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the day it first hit the shops. What …

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erm... no thanks. I'll dig out my old Z-file and fire up an emulator, thank-you-very-much.

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Are they expecting...

...a tweetstorm every time someone new to the game feeds the cheese sandwich to the small dog?

Time to have a nice cuppa and see how this idea develops.

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Re: A nice cuppa

Would that be of Tea or No Tea ?

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Re: A nice cuppa

No, it will be a cup filled with a liquid which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.

Thank you the marketing department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation

Share and Enjoy!

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Re: A nice cuppa

'Er, yes. With milk'

'Squirted out of a cow?'

'Well, in a manner of speaking I suppose ...'

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Re: A nice cuppa

Have you noticed that McDonalds are using the slogan "Share and Enjoy!" for some sort of bucket of stuff which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike edible food?

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Re: A nice cuppa - McDonalds

I hadn't, because the last time I was in a McDonalds was in a suburb of Frankfurt in 1992, when all the real restaurants had shut and I realised it would have been better to go back to the hotel and eat all the peanuts in the minibar, also I drank something which called itself a milkshake but I don't think it had ever been near a cow - sorry, flashback there - but yes, it seems highly appropriate.

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McDonalds

Modeled after the Restaurant at the end of the universe possibly

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Re: A nice cuppa

Reminds me of a similar line by Spike Milligan: "these two are identically different, except for the other one" One thing i miss since I moved to the States, surreal humour!

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BTW you can also listen to the first episode here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007jlzj#context

at least for the few days, when another one comes along to take it's place.

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Or iPlayer for 5 more days. Enjoying it right now :)

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Is it my age?

I'm 40 btw....

But every time I get a screen on an 'Application' that asks if I want to 'Share' my achievement I get a surge of anger and a desire to feed the software firm in question to a Bugblatter beast.

Yes, I just watched a jolly froody film and NO I FSCKING DON'T WANT TO TWEET ABOUT IT you utter BASTARDS.

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Re: Is it my age?

It's definitely not your age - because I feel the same way and I'm not your age*.

I notice the likes of Amazon now also try to encourage you to tweet about it when you buy something.

Utter, utter bastards.

* I'm older.

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Re: Is it my age?

Mid 20s here so close to the intended audiences age on social media. I get that urge too, never understood it.

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I seem to recall this had the same engine as Leather Goddess of Phobos. Now there are a set of achievements we should tweet about. Nice gorilla.

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Re: Leather goddess

...chocolate bar, sugar rush, etc...

I had a box set on 5.25" discs, HHGTTG, LGoP and Zork. Probably still in the attic, next to the drive and maps drawn on graph paper, unspun in at least 15 years. Time well spent :-)

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Stop

Tweet?

What's that?

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Re: Tweet?

Something twits (or is that twats?) do.

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Re: Tweet?

Something birds do. Which, oddly, is the chosen form the THHGTTG V2.0, you know, the evil version intent on destroying all human life.

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Do they expect

us to Share and Enjoy?

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When games with spoon-fed gameplay came along...

"...before falling out of fashion when games with proper graphics came along."

Give me a text adventure with some substance rather than these massive glorified cut-scenes that AAA titles have become, any day.

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Re: When games with spoon-fed gameplay came along...

How about a MUD based on the works of prachett?

Discworld.starturtle.net

Play most days myself and love it.

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Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to tweet about a bloody game. Call that job satisfaction, because I don't.

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Don't try to summon my enthusiasm, because I haven't got one.

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Enthusiasm or not...

...I'd have thought the Robot Academy would've taught you to spell your own name correctly... couple of letters awry in the middle there, Marvin old chap... ;-)

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Infocom games are cool again? Awesome!

Say what you like about those old games, but they knew how to put together a proper boxed copy back in those days.

It wasn't just a bunch of disks and a manual. You got that and so much more that made the game seem so real that for a few hours you'd really feel like some kind of adventurer (or an intergalactic hitchhiker).

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Re: Infocom games are cool again? Awesome!

I've got a bit of pocket lint around here somewhere...

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Re: Infocom games are cool again? Awesome!

The best part of the H2G2 game was the ziplock bag containing your very own microscopic space fleet, and the replica demolition orders for Arthur's house and the Earth which differed only in that one was written in Vogon.

Infocom gave the best extras. Planetfall had three bags of scented goo to match the food packets in the game, The Lurking Horror contained your character's student card and Leather Goddesses of Phobos had a scratch and sniff card to use at various points in the game. (OK, maybe not so much that last one, but still.)

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Re: Infocom games are cool again? Awesome!

Did they also do that Death Cruise thing with a decoder wheel? Microprose gave you a keyboard overlay for e.g. Gunship on the Amiga.

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"Did they also do that Death Cruise thing with a decoder wheel?"

Cruise For A Corpse? No, that was Delphine Games.

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Knock, Knock, BBC

What should the program morph hitchhiker to crack computer coder playing to Global Operating Devices? Would the secrets shared there to be aired be too hot for the BBC to handle without politically incorrect involvement and out of the ordinary interference by others aware of such a master pilot proposal?

IT isn't supposed to be secret, is it, and/or not proposed and supported to be a kept secret, is it?

Oh well, .. sorry about that. However, valuable lessons have been earned and positions aired for suitable revelation, which is always uplifting.

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Took me ages to leave the house...

.... as I didn't know what a "fluff covered analgesic" was.

#somanydayslost

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Oh the joys of the text adventure...

YOU TOUCHED THE KEYBOARD. ALL DOORS SLAM SHUT AND WILL ONLY OPEN ON SOME RIDICULOUSLY CONTRIVED WORD PAIRING YOU CAN ONLY GUESS AT.

YOU TOUCHED THE KEYBOARD AGAIN. SOMETHING DROPS FROM ABOVE AND STINGS. YOU ARE DEAD.

YOU HAVE COMPLETED 1% OF THIS ADVENTURE

PLAY AGAIN? Y/N

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Re: Oh the joys of the text adventure...

Back to candy crush for you. You can go beg for more lives from your friends on facebook.

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Re: Oh the joys of the text adventure...

Candy Crush? If that's all you can suggest as an alternative then you live a sad, sad life...

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No mention of his birthday?

He would have been 62 today.

Of course, he's not really dead. He's just spending a few years that way for tax reasons.

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Re: No mention of his birthday?

Don't.

He was born one year later than I was and when he died I had a serious rethink about my life. There were just so many other better qualified candidates for early termination, it just goes to show there is no justice and no purpose to the universe.

Well, he did keep trying to tell us that.

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The Beeb - going for the vote for who will be first up against the wall when the revolution comes.

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If that's Russel Brand's revolution here's hoping it fails miserably and he's hung drawn and quartered...repeatedly.

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Bah!

A horrible game that makes tax instructions look interesting.

And for the GUI generation we have a close second for the Prix Ghastlé: Starship Titanic.

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Re: Bah! Troll

troll olol

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Re: Bah! Troll

No. Owner of both games. Well, I say "games" but I mean "worthless wastes of time".

My HHGTTG came packaged with A Mind Forever Voyaging and Return to Zork so people could see that not all text adventure games were as much fun as a tax audit.

Starship Titanic is poorly implemented, eschewing the common wisdom of everyone else in the game industry on such matters as where and how hard to block progress and how big to make "hot zones". I suspect it fell afoul of the daft developer politics loudly touted about on The Webz (then rescinded when the obvious to everyone but the team happened and The Money Ran Out).

So 8oP

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I'm stuck on the bridge of The Heart Of Gold. AGAIN.

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"I'm stuck on the bridge of The Heart Of Gold. AGAIN."

Apply first rules.... Find your towl. Don't Panic ???

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I still have my copy of the 1980s game, complete with the glasses and Don't Panic button badge, 5¼ inch floppy disc and all.

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