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  Infocom Authors - Stu Galley
Following the gigantic success of Infocom's first mystery hit, "Deadline," the game became a hit as well, earning Stu the silver plaque of the Software Publishers Association and the award "best computer adventure of the year" from Electronic Games magazine.
The collaboration with Jim continued in "Moonmist," but partly due to the restructuring Activision undertook after their takeover of Infocom in 1986, it remains the last game authored by Stu and 1986 also his final year as treasurer.
After Infocom's end in 1989 he started working for Thinking Machines Corporation as a sales system analyst, but in 1994 returned to MIT as a systems engineer.
www.infocom-if.org /authors/galley.html   (313 words)

  
  Infocom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Infocom was founded on June 22, 1979 by MIT staff and students led by Dave Lebling, Marc Blank, Al Vezza, and Joel Berez and lasted as an independent company until 1986 when it was bought by Activision.
Infocom was well-known among game-players for the parser used in its witty, ambitious text adventures, which allowed the user to type complex instructions to the game.
Infocom's puzzles were unique in that they were usually tightly integrated into the storyline, and rarely did gamers feel like they were being made to jump through one arbitrary hoop after another, as was the case in many of the competitors' games.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Infocom   (2970 words)

  
 Interactive fiction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Infocom's games were popular for many years, but the company was bought by Activision in 1986 after the failure of Cornerstone, its database software program, and stopped producing text adventures a few years later.
Infocom's games are now considered the classics of the genre, and the period in which it was active is thought of as the first golden age of interactive fiction.
One of the most important early developments was the reverse-engineering of Infocom's Z-Code format and Z-Machine virtual machine by the InfoTaskForce, a group of enthusiasts, in 1987, and the subsequent development of an interpreter for Z-Code story files.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Interactive_fiction   (2559 words)

  
 GameOver Retrospective - Infocom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Infocom was founded by 10 members from DM consisting of Tim Anderson, Joel Berez, Marc Blank, Mike Broos, Scott Cutler, Stu Galley, Dave Lebling, J. Licklider, Chris Reeve, Al Vezza.
Infocom had its problems with Personal Software Inc. almost immediately and by October 1981, they went their separate ways and Infocom bought all the Apple][ versions back from PS.
Infocom was now one of the most successful releasers of entertainment software on the market.
www.game-over.net /retro/april99/infocom   (1373 words)

  
 The Infocom Adventure
Infocom survived little more than five years, before the arrival of graphics adventures critically reduced the size of the market for text adventures.
Beyond Zork was the first Infocom game in which a player could define their character in terms of six attributes just as one does in role-playing games.
Infocom games were justly renown for their innovative packaging.
infocom.gerf.org /Articles/strategyplus.html   (1879 words)

  
 Infocom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
I had of course heard of the ledgendry Infocom but never played any of their adventures, so I bought Ballyhoo and I was hooked.
Infocom always seemed to produce colourful and imaginative artwork onto the front of their packaging.
Even Infocom's adventure brochures showing their other releases were full of atmostphere, it was almost like a mini adventure itself.
www.retrology.com /infocom.htm   (183 words)

  
 Infocom: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Infocom was founded on June 22 1979 by MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology quick summary:
Infocom was well-known among game-players for their parser parser quick summary:
Feelies is the name infocom gave extra content they included with the boxed versions of their interactive fiction computer games....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/i/in/infocom.htm   (5232 words)

  
 Infocom Classic Text Adventure Masterpieces for PC Review - PC Infocom Classic Text Adventure Masterpieces Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Their games are indisputably among the most influential in the history of adventure gaming, with the Zork series, the Planetfall games, and the Enchanter trilogy being just a few of the notable entries in their now mythical catalog.
Activision acquired Infocom in 1987, and have since made several attempts to cash in on the wealth of materials available.
The writers at Infocom, for the most part, were extremely adept at pulling you into the story, and most of these games have stood the test of time with grace.
www.gamespot.com /pc/adventure/infocomclassictextam/review.html   (603 words)

  
 Iraq domain owner convicted | The Register
InfoCom became a thriving telecoms company, with all five brothers on staff, and a $7m turnover.
InfoCom and the Holy Land Foundation moved from different parts of the country to directly opposite one another in Richardson, Texas at the same time.
However, the government alleges (see the full case here [pdf]) that Marzook had full control of his assets and the Elashis were in fact helping to protect those assets by concealing them within their company's accounts.
www.theregister.co.uk /2004/07/09/iraq_domain_owner_convicted   (886 words)

  
 India Infocom 2004
If there was ever a year that Infocom appreciated the support of its stake-holders, it’s this.
Three years down the line, Infocom is being billed as the biggest IT exposition in the country.
Infocom is the product of many minds coming together and reflects the spirit of collaboration in the truest sense.
www.indiainfocom.com /home/home.htm   (823 words)

  
 XYZZYnews Exclusive: The Complete Infocom Bugs List
I have played through the Infocom line and tried to recreate all of the bugs mentioned in previous installments of this list, to check them out, and to discover exactly which versions the bugs appear in and which they do not.
There is a parser bug in Versions 7, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 23 that stems from having two objects of the same color in the same room (such as the blue label and the blue sphere), and then referring to the object simply by its color when trying to take it.
Infocom's testers didn't find this originally, because they'd been leaving the sword to block the beam of light.
www.xyzzynews.com /infocombugs.html   (9467 words)

  
 Collecting and Preserving Infocom Interactive Fiction
Also, the Infocom games were particularly notable not just for the content of their programs, but for the materials that accompanied them.
In the case of many Infocom games, they were released for multiple platforms, and versions may be different between and even on the same platform.
This was released before the formation of Infocom and is the oldest commercial version of Zork, and the rarest of the packages has a warrior on the front of the booklet (no box, TRS software was sold in plastic bags) and is nicknamed "Barbarian Zork" by collectors.
www.adammathes.com /academic/rbsc/infocom.html   (1844 words)

  
 DNA/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Infocom Adventure
So when Steve Meretzky of Infocom got together with Douglas Adams to create a game based around the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the result was never going to be less than interesting and more than likely insane.
Then graphics games came along and the computer using portion of the human race forgot all about 500,000 years of language evolution and went straight back to the electronic equivalent of banging rocks together - the point'n'click game.
Infocom and most of its competitors went to the wall - signaling the arrival of the post-literate society.
www.douglasadams.com /creations/infocomjava.html   (558 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Infocom Adventure Collection: Computer & Video Games   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The Infocom collection is a delicious piece of 80's nostalgia and features a strong cast of imaginative games that force you to think for yourself.
The old infocom video games brought me hours and hours of pleasure.I discovered them at the age of 12 in 1984, and they bring back fantastic memories.
Infocom put out some of the best adventure games in the days before graphics.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000051ZT0?v=glance   (1382 words)

  
 Centsible Software - infocom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Infocom: "Pit of a Thousand Screams" is the title of this Infocomics adventure.
Infocom: Its the seventeenth century, and as a young woman you must journey through the high seas in Plundered Hearts.
Infocom: You have walked into a hotbed of deceit and trickery.
www.centsible.com /cgi-bin/cart.pl?db=c64.txt&search=infocom   (230 words)

  
 Infocom
They only got to the first part before Infocom took over and marketed the games themselves, bringing the series up to three games, in total more or less corresponding to the original mainframe Zork.
Later, Infocom also released Beyond Zork and Zork Zero set in the same world but adding some new features (on-screen mapping in Beyond Zork, graphics in Zork Zero).
And not without good readon, for you are destined at that point in time to rendezvous with a gargantuan starship from the outer fringes of the galaxy.
www.if-legends.org /~adventure/Infocom.html   (2082 words)

  
 iREACH Health Information Management, JACS Docket Management, Financial Risk Management, and customer software ...
Judicial web-based docket management/calendaring/case tracking systems provide courts, judges, attorneys and judicial assistants with solutions that standardize processes, streamline workflow, and reduces the time it takes to manage dockets across all courts, including traffic.
Some of the largest financial institutions in the world have come to Infocom to provide them with world-class information systems to monitor risk/ exposure, save time, reduce costs and improve the client experience.
Infocom partners with your organization to design, develop and implement solutions tailored to your exact requirements.
www.infocomsystems.com   (183 words)

  
 Infocom - Enter an Exciting New Realm of Storytelling.
The '90s Infocom rerelease packages include Lost Treasures of Infocom I, Lost Treasures of Infocom II, various smaller packages themed to a genre or to Zork, and the most recent and still in-print Masterpieces of Infocom.
A couple years back 31 of the 35 the Infocom text adventure games were rereleased in six smaller themed collections (Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery, Comedy, and the Zork Anthology).
These pictures should help satisfy the curiosity of Infocom fans and get people in the mood to play the games, as was the original intention of the packaging.
underworld.fortunecity.com /track/946   (1115 words)

  
 Infocom Expands IP Services With NexTone IntelliConnect System
Infocom Technologies Incorporated is a pioneer in the Philippine ISP industry.
Through this membership, Infocom is able to take part in GSMA's technical initiatives and is given the opportunity to work with GSM members globally.
Infocom makes use of a state-of-the-art network that rides on extensive fiber-optic and digital microwave transmission network that ensures reliability, scalability, and availability of all its products and services to all its customers.
www.tmcnet.com /usubmit/-infocom-expands-ip-services-with-nextone-intelliconnect-system-/2007/03/13/2409648.htm   (1683 words)

  
 Infocom Classics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The Infocom Documentation project Here you will find manuals, editions of the New Zork Times, and loads more.
The Infocom Gallery If you are looking for the contents of the original boxes (be it Greybox, Folio or Mastertronic version), this is the place to go.
Infocom Walkthrough Archive Provides you with step-by-step solutions, in case you don't want to spend time solving the puzzles, but rather enjoying the wonderful descriptions within the game...
www.latz.org /infocom   (879 words)

  
 Aureus Pharma and Infocom Partner to Make AurSCOPE Databases Available in Japan
Infocom under the terms of the agreement will distribute Aureus Pharma's AurSCOPE databases, AurSCOPE GPCR, ADME/Drug-Drug Interactions and Ion Channel as well as AurQUEST, a web-based software for interrogating the databases.
Further information about Aureus Pharma is available at: http://www.aureus-pharma.com About Infocom Corporation Infocom Corporation headquartered in Tokyo was founded in 1983.
Infocom is a comprehensive service IT company carrying out a wide range of business centered on the areas of medical services.
www.prnewswire.com /cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/12-10-2004/0002592772&EDATE=   (297 words)

  
 The Daily Ping: Infocom: King of Text Adventures (9/9/2000)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
On the CD were over 30 Infocom games (including a few never before released ones) along with their PDF manuals.
The cool thing about Infocom games was, even though they were just text adventures, they came with cool stuff.
Infocom really was the king of text adventures, and that's an achievement.
www.dailyping.com /archive/2000/09/09   (1204 words)

  
 The Infocom Gallery - a repository of high-quality scans of classic Infocom packages and manuals   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The first twelve of Infocom's adventures, prior to 1984, were released in packaging designed specifically for each game, today known as "folios".
For most of their games, Infocom published InvisiClues -- booklets full of hints printed in invisible ink that became readable once you ran a special marker over them.
Just to clarify: It is not the purpose of this project to damage Activision's Infocom franchise (there doesn't seem to be much left of it lately).
infocom.elsewhere.org /gallery   (879 words)

  
 Infocom bundles security appliance to Net access service - INQ7.net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
INTERNET service provider Infocom announced that it was offering Internet access that comes with a security appliance, the company said.
Infocom, a subsidiary of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT), has partnered with Software and Engineering Data Systems, an Intex Holdings company, to bundle the Internet service with the latter's security gateway solutions.
Under the partnership, Infocom will also resell the security appliance together with broadband Internet service.
news.inq7.net /infotech/index.php?index=1&story_id=69068   (311 words)

  
 Infocom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Zork to produce a line of text adventure games that remain favorites among hackers.
Infocom's games were intelligent, funny, witty, erudite, irreverent, challenging, satirical, and most thoroughly hackish in spirit.
The physical game packages from Infocom are now prized collector's items.
www.catb.org /~esr/jargon/html/I/Infocom.html   (118 words)

  
 InfoCom Reader Survey Results 2000
Future ideas/plans for the InfoCom program are to implement an online request form and database to track and better manage requests, post the HQ Bulletin online, and improve upon the HIT 25 technology (i.e., more multimedia, etc.).
The InfoCom staff was commended for their professionalism and outstanding customer service.
The InfoCom survey will remain open and we will continue to consider comments and suggestions anonymously.
www.hq.nasa.gov /hq/results2000.htm   (374 words)

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