The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Monday, November 09, 2015

When the sun rose and set in New Mexico

When I first read about the Infocom game Trinity, I found it an intriguing premise—you encounter five historical nuclear explosions and two that take place “in the future.” It's considered one of Infocom's best games, and so unique in its story that it took Jimmy Maher nine articles to fully review the game:

  1. Trinity
  2. T Plus 5: Bombs in Space
  3. T Plus 4: Bombing Nevada
  4. T Plus 3: Edward Teller and His Superbomb
  5. T Plus 2: The Bomb at the Crossroads
  6. T Plus 1: Bombing Japan
  7. T Plus 0: The Fulcrum of History
  8. T Plus 6: All Prams Lead to the Kensington Gardens
  9. Trinity Postscript: Selling Tragedy

It's not only a review of the game, but it's also a review of the history of the nuclear bomb (which you experienced when you play the game). It's a shame that the text adventure, as a genre of computer games, is pretty much history as even the failures were interesting.

And yes, they can even make you cry.

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