“Adventure” was the first in a series of text-based games (“interactive
fiction”) that emphasize exploring, puzzles, and story, typically in a
fantasy setting; these games had a significant cultural impact in the
late 1970s and a significant commercial presence in the early 1980s.
Will Crowther based his program on a real cave in Kentucky; Don Woods
expanded this version significantly.
[P]revious attempts to assess the significance of “Adventure” remain
incomplete without access to Crowther's original source code and
Crowther's original source cave. Accordingly, this paper analyzes
previously unpublished files recovered from a backup of Woods's student
account at Stanford, and documents an excursion to the real Colossal
Cave in Kentucky in 2005.
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