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April 1, 2008

Steve Meretzky's Basement

As mentioned in my last blog, Jason Scott is the creator of the BBS Documentary and runs a blog called ASCII. He's currently working on a new documentary project called GET LAMP, about the history of the text adventure game, which I eagerly await.

As part of his work on GET LAMP, Jason has interviewed a number of big names in the history of text adventures, one of them being Steve Meretzky of Infocom fame. This past weekend, Jason spent some time in Meretzky's basement. As Jason says, "There are worse places to be than Steve Meretzky's basement."

Apparently, Meretzky saved just about everything he could -- original game boxes, memos, ad copies, correspondences, and so on. For those of us who enjoyed those Infocom games, it sounds like a fascinating experience. Jason was able to photograph some of it for use in his upcoming film. Based on his work on the BBS Documentary, I think it will be an excellent piece.

For an interesting read and some very cool photos, head on over and check out Jason's blog.

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