Zork is one of the most famous games in the late 70’s and early 80’s. It is a picture-less adventure that leads your imagination on a joy ride. It swept the ARPAnet, one of the earliest types of Internet, and lead to the generation of video games. It also made the world more connected to technology.
In the 1960’s, a computer called “PDP-10” was created. It became very popular, because it was the first computer with a screen on it. It lead to games like Adventure and Maze.
Tim Anderson, Bruce Daniels, and Marc Blank were hackers. Hackers may sound like a bad thing now, but back then that was a cool word for coder or game maker. They took the technology that was originally used to relay information in the military to create games.
The game on the picture above was the lead game in the 1970’s. It’s name was Maze. It was a multiplayer game where people navigated through a maze shooting online individuals. A game called “Zork” had to work really hard to beat this. Luckly, Zork had amazing word play on their side. In the picture below, you see just a tiny bit of the beautiful “view” from the game.
Zork wasn’t actually named Zork at first. It was a verb, derived from the cool word nerds used at the time, Zorch, which was a word used to describe total destruction. They probably named it Zork at the end, because it had total destruction over the other games and became so popular.
Zork became very famous, and it is one of the best games I have played too. Imagination can take you very far in this game. If you want to play, just look it up online. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re a book-worm or gaming nerd.