Table of Contents

Introduction

How I Learned to Love Typing (October 1, 2021)
A Note on Resources and Methods (October 11, 2021)
Advent and Dungeon: The Pirate and the Thief (October 12, 2021)

Zork I (1980)

Zork I: Looting Simulator ’80 (October 13, 2021)
Zork I: Thief in a Box (October 19, 2021)
Deposition, Acquisition, and Deferred Satisfaction in Zork I: The Great Underground Empire (October 25, (2021)

Zork II (1981)

Zork II: A Thief, a Technocrat, and a Demon Walk into a Cave (October 27, 2021)
Digging into the Embodied Zork II: Packaging, Diskettes, and Plotlines (October 29, 2021)
Zork II, Idolatry, and the Legendary Awfulness of Two Puzzles (October 30, 2021)
Zork II: Power, Specialization, and the Evolution of a Colonist (November 2, 2021)

Deadline (1982)

Deadline: There is a Bear in the Rosebush (November 6, 2021)
Hard Evidence: Realizing the Story of Deadline (November 9, 2021)
Quantum Detective: Deadline and the Many Worlds Interpretation (November 12, 2021)
Deadline‘s Connecticut of the Mind: Nostalgia, Privilege, and Mental Illness (November 14, 2021)

Zork III (1982)

An Introduction to Zork III: It All Came Down to… That? (November 18, 2021)
Which “It” Did You Mean, Exactly? The Plot and Packaging of Zork III (November 21, 2021)
Whose Zork Is It Anyway? The Steep Price of Authorial Ambiguity in Zork III (November 23, 2021)
Zork is Dead. Long Live Zork. (November 29, 2021)

Starcross (1982)

Space Zork: Starcross (December 1, 2021)
The Rod in the Dumpster: Flying Saucers and the Ambiguous Ending of Starcross (December 3, 2021)
Let Them Have Dominion: The Human-Centered Cosmology of Starcross (December 6, 2021)

Editorial

Are Video Games an Ethical Pastime? Activision, etc. (December 7, 2021)

Suspended (1983)

For All We Know: Suspended (December 8, 2021)
Suspended: Welcome to the Machine (December 10, 2021)
Game Shows Touch Our Lives: Final Thoughts on Suspended (December 13, 2021)

Meta

Project Update 12/15/2021 (December 15, 2021)

The Witness (1983)

Occidence Will Happen: The Witness (December 19, 2021)
More Than a Feelie? The Disjointed Text of The Witness (December 27, 2021)
Never Trust a Lady Mechanic: Final Thoughts on The Witness (December 29, 2021)

Planetfall (1983)

He, Robot: A Critical Introduction to Planetfall (December 31, 2021)
Planetfall: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired (January 10, 2022)
Intentionality and the Gamification of Tedium: Planetfall (January 12, 2022)

Editorial

Video Game Publishing, NFTs, and New Delusions of Value (January 17, 2022)

Enchanter (1983)

Zork IV: Enchanter (January 24, 2022)
Frobozz: Land of Enchantment (January 26, 2021)
Enchanter: A Ritual Murder in Search of a Game (January 29, 2022)

Meta

Project Update 2/2/22 (February 2, 2022)

Infidel (1983)

Infidel: The Ugly American (February 7, 2022)
Meatatext and Meaning in Infidel (February 14, 2022)
Are You Not Entertained: Last Thoughts on Infidel (February 21, 2022)

Sorcerer (1984)

Introducing Sorcerer: Now With 20% More Zork (February 28, 2022)
Sorcerer: Evil Lurks Behind the Coal Mine (March 7, 2022)
What is a Zork? What has it got? Last thoughts on Sorcerer (March 14, 2022)

Seastalker (1984)

Please, Think of the Children: Seastalker (March 21, 2022)
>AIM BAZOOKA (March 28, 2022)
Militaristic Fantasy, Narrative Drift, and the (Sea) Stalker (April 4, 2022)

Spring Thing 2022

Interlude: Spring Thing 2022 (April 11, 2022)
Interlude: Spring Thing 2022, Part 2 (April 18, 2022)
Interlude: Spring Thing 2022, Part 3 (April 25, 2022)

Cutthroats (1984)

Material Histories: Infocom’s Gray Box (April 28, 2022)
Hell is Other Divers: Cutthroats (May 2, 2022)
What’s in the Box: Cutthroats (May 9, 2022)
This Ain’t Jumpman: Cutthroats (May 16, 2022)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1984)

Bookware Boom: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (May 23, 2022)
Get Fluff: The Contents of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (May 30, 2022)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Modular Design (June 6, 2022)
Aaron A. Reed on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (June 13, 2022)

Suspect (1984)

Ant Farm Simulator 1984: Suspect (June 27, 2022)
But Is It Art: The Intermittently-Beloved Art of Suspect (July 11, 2022)
There Goes the Neighborhood: Suspect (July 18,2022)

ParserComp 2022

You’re My Type: ParserComp 2022 (July 25, 2022)
ParserComp: Brian Rushton (The Invisible Stairs) (August 3, 2022)
ParserComp: Amanda Walker (Of Their Shadows Deep) (August 8, 2022)

Cornerstone (1985)

Grown-Ups Are not to Be Trusted: Cornerstone (August 15, 2022)
A Seat at the Big Kids’ Table: Cornerstone. (August 22, 2022)

Wishbringer (1985)

Everybody Loves Wishbringer (August 29, 2022)
After 37 Years, It Still Glows: Wishbringer (September 5, 2022)
If Wishes Were Horses: Wishbringer Final (September 13, 2022)

A Mind FOrever Voyaging (1985)

Initial Groundwork for a Reading of A Mind Forever Voyaging (September 26, 2022)
Agency, Empathy, and the Call of the Other in AMFV (October 3, 2022)
On Naive Readings of A Mind Forever Voyaging (October 10, 2022)
A Mind Forever Voyaging: Game/Anti-Game (October 24, 2022)
Present Gifts of Humbler Industry (October 31, 2022)
The Future is Terse: The Constrained Rhetoric of A Mind Forever Voyaging (November 14, 2022)