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GOG is up to something. Could it be Zork? #690204
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They've put up a Police Line until the 18th with specific instructions not to cross...and a bunch of code behind that seems to contain hints of what's coming. Speculation is running high (or maybe just hopeful) that one (or more?) of the Zork games may be their next release. Mad, I think you're a Zork fan; why don't you take a look and see if you think the guesses in the forum are right?

For sure, those guys do know how to get our interest!

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Re: GOG is up to something. Could it be Zork? [Re: traveler] #690211
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The Zork series would be a huge hit. Those games were very popular.


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Re: GOG is up to something. Could it be Zork? [Re: Space Quest Fan] #690219
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Whatever comes, I hope it's an adventure game. I've never played any of the Zork games, SQF. Have you?

Gil.


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Re: GOG is up to something. Could it be Zork? [Re: Space Quest Fan] #690220
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I did a quick visit and certainly noted a lot of
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"Z"s, and the words "passage", "eaten" and "maze"
all of which could apply.

But who knows ???? lol

Didn't have time to visit the Forum though ....


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Re: GOG is up to something. Could it be Zork? [Re: Mad] #690223
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Mad, you're quick! People in the forum noticed those words, too, and a few more but you got the gist of it. If it is Zork, which one would you be hoping for? (If you didn't have it already.)

Gil.


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Re: GOG is up to something. Could it be Zork? [Re: traveler] #690227
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Yes .. I do already own all my favourite Zork games - and more than one version of some, where XP versions were released later laugh
But if GOG perfected Return to Zork for modern machines, I would definitely go for that yay


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Re: GOG is up to something. Could it be Zork? [Re: Mad] #690230
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"Want some rye? Course you do!" lol

Some of my favorite games of all time. I really hope they do them!


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Re: GOG is up to something. Could it be Zork? [Re: traveler] #690231
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traveler,

I played several of the Zork games. The original games were text only and the later games in the series were really good especially Zork Nemesis and Zork Grand Inquisitor. I'm just guessing but I think the Zork games numbered in double digits.


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This is a very interesting license for GOG to pick up. I am interested in seeing what the commercial reaction to these IF releases. The games are widely available as abandonware already, and it may be a difficult sell to the community.

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Dave, there are plenty of illegal downloads of all games, old and new, available. Per our rules on GameBoomers they are not permitted or you will lose your member privileges. I would hope that our members and many other gamers would jump on the chance to purchase these games if they are made available to get legally because they acted responsibly and did not illegally download prior.

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Re: GOG is up to something. Could it be Zork? [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #690350
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I just checked on Google and it looks like at least 13 Zork games exist. Nine of which were text games. If you count fan games the count goes to 21 games. I still remember opening the mailbox in the first game. Things sure have changed in the gaming world.


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Dave, I've seen mention of IF several times and I have no idea what it means. Could you elucidate?

Gil.


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Gil, IF stands for Interactive Fiction.

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Re: GOG is up to something. Could it be Zork? [Re: traveler] #690383
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Originally Posted By: traveler
Dave, I've seen mention of IF several times and I have no idea what it means. Could you elucidate?

Gil.

Interactive Fiction - Early games like Hunt the Wumpus, Leather Goddesses of Phobos and The Colossal Cave Adventure were IF's.

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If they get the Zork games, I wonder if they'll have the other Infocom games available (Lost Treasures of Infocom)? There were some great games there like Planetfall, Hitchhikers guide, Moonmist, Wishbringer to name a few. smile

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I bought the Infocom Masterpieces collection years ago, this had over 30 titles on it, including Hitchhikers, The Lurking Horror, Deadline (which I owned the original of once!), Trinity as well as loads of pdfs of all the manuals, hint sheets, and other gubbins you got with the games. Great collection, unfortunately they won't work on newer operating systems unless you use something like DOSBox.

Maybe GOG are going to release an updated version of the collection?

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"Interactive Fiction"

Oh, duh! Talk about feeling dumb.

Gil.


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I entirely agree with your sentiments. The economic challenge will be more for IF games than graphic adventures, though. We all remember that GOG began with graphic adventures. Diversifying their portfolio is always a challenge, and the choice for IF (assuming this is true) is a bold one.

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Dave, there are plenty of illegal downloads of all games, old and new, available. Per our rules on GameBoomers they are not permitted or you will lose your member privileges. I would hope that our members and many other gamers would jump on the chance to purchase these games if they are made available to get legally because they acted responsibly and did not illegally download prior.

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I only know Zork Nemesis and Zork Grand Inquisitor. I hope it's one or both of those, although I can play the second with no help now. Nemesis needs all kinds of PC slowing help and is still not perfect. I currently own copies of both of these games, but like Tex games, will buy them again to play them correctly without any patches or whatnot.

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Hi All,

Exciting isn't it? The words "You are" "maze of alike passages" "It black are likely eaten by" Zs all over the place and 2s all over the place. If there are 3 graphical Zorks to choose from, then from a GUE historical point of view I would guess Zork Grand Inquisitor, but from a view of release dates it would be Nemesis. I don't think it will be IF, but I've been wrong once before. smile Ouch! I am being SMMMMIIIITTTTENNN!!!! I must get away from the Inquisitor!

Can't wait! Zorks are some of my very favorites laugh

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Oh boy, I would love to play Zork again! Still have the discs, but would love to have it work without tweaking! Looking forward to checking tomorrow! happydance

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Not trying to change the topic, but the police tape and name "Detective Sonny Bonds" suggests Police Quest I-III.

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I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Zork Nemesis; it's second only to Myst as my favorite game. I loved it!


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Maybe it's both Zork and Police Quest! Anyway, tomorrow we'll know.

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Taken from mail from GOG.con:

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After covering GOG main page with Poilce line last Friday, and giving some clues over the weekend we're now ready to end all speculations and confirm today's release of Zork Anthology ($5.99) and Police Quest series ($9.99) while more great classics from Activision will be coming soon!

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