Saturday, August 13, 2005

I have recently found a disproportionate amount of my free time taken up by a game made before I was born, whose graphic interface consists of ASCII diagrams: NetHack, a randomly-genereated dungeoncrawler born in the days before Windows and updated continuously since. You move your little at-sign of a character through a field of periods representing rooms, and run him into letters to fight the monsters they represent, but for all its primitveness (primitivosity?) it's strangely addicting. And no, Mom, I didn't download it from that site, which is the site of the people who made it, I play it through a Java applet at this other site.

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