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Get Lamp (26-Mar-2010)

Director: Jason Scott

Writer: Jason Scott

Keywords: Documentary, Video Game

Documentary examines the 1980s phenomenon of text-adventure computer games.

ABSTRACT
Largely forgotten amidst the sands of time and alien to gamers hailing from a modern generation filled with slick, beautiful-sounding gaming experiences, text adventures ruled the burgeoning-yet-technologically limited personal computing industry of the early-to-mid 1980s, spawning game franchises such as Zork that relied on a player's hopefully-active imagination to weave their tale. The dusty story of this genre of computer game comes back to life in Get Lamp, an indie documentary tracing the rise and fall of Infocom and a host of other players in the text-adventure industry.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Marc Blank
Computer Programmer
1954   Programmer behind Zork
Robert Pinsky
Poet
20-Oct-1940   US Poet Laureate, 1997-2000
Warren Robinett
Computer Programmer
c. 1951   Atari 2600 game Adventure
John Romero
Computer Programmer
28-Oct-1967   Doom, Quake, Daikatana
Jason Scott
Historian
13-Sep-1970   GET LAMP, Sockington Cat

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