It’s a good likeness of a pussy, but is it art?

I’ve been trying to get this torrent for ages. It’s always been dead or at a fraction of a kb/sec – literally. At 389mb that is slow. A few days ago I found a live seed – albeit at a dribbling 1.2-2.0kb but hey, it was going to be the only way so I left it crawling along. Today it started rattling along at a whacking 17Kb! And now, at last, I have a copy of the Infocom Universe Bootleg.
It seriously rules. Every Infocom adventure (that’s 35), PDF’s of manuals and extras that were in the original packing, interpreter included, bonus games (12), Mapping program and Invisclues. The whole lot – all in one gorgeous package of code.
Yes it breaks copyright, yes it’s technically illegal but these games cannot be bought, cannot be sold – they are destined to history by Activision – or whoever owns the copyright. But these are classics. So who cares – it’s not like someone can claim loss of income is it?

Post title? From Leather Goddesses of Phobos – a text adventure with ratings of ‘tame’ to ‘lewd’ and in the original a scratch’n’sniff card.

6 thoughts on “It’s a good likeness of a pussy, but is it art?

  1. Ah yes, I just found the torrent myself.
    I learned about Infocom far after its peak–I was barely born when Zork was made.
    In the early 90s, I got 20 of the text adventures in The Lost Treasures of Infocom package. Everything black-and-white. But still well-loved and well-worn.

    Anyone who never played these games probably never will play these games. They are a piece of history, it seems. People want Halo, people want World of Warcraft. I don’t think there is an audience for these games anymore.

    On the other hand, I cannot fucking WAIT to play Spellbound, to see the goodies for Spellbound in full-color. Fuck yes…

    I just came across your site and don’t know who your audience is. Hopefully some of the ~240 people who read your article will discover–and have the patience to learn–how much fun an all-text adventure can be…

  2. All I can say is I learned to program on a Commodore 64. I played around with some crappy public domain text games and found my way on to Pirate Adventure by Scott Adams. Shortly after that I found Zork I and I have been hooked on text adventures ever since. I find my mind wandering when I play Final Fantasy XI sometimes and have to drop out of the game to play Infidel or Sorcerer (or any one of the 10’s of infocom or 100’s of other text adventures I have collected through the years) If Activision had a heart they would allow these great games to live on and place them all in the public domain.

  3. i was born in the early 90’s lol and when my dad found his old IBM Thinkpad (ver 9545, 700 series) and his old Zork floppy i was a little skeptical, being born in an era where HUGE advancements in video gaming has been made, with instant groundbreaking classics like Half-Life and the MMORPG i didnt think a game like this could keep me interested for more than five minutes.

    But being the avid scifi and fantasy reader that i am and truly a geek i was amazed at how amazing (lol) that seemingly simple game was. It sucked me in and it sucked me in hard, within days i was dragging out giant sheets of “artist” paper and sketching maps like the feelie in my Pops old Zork Box recommended. So far i have only to play and beat Zork I, II, III, PlanetFall, Infidel, and mess around with HGttG (which until i read 5 different versions of the book barely made any sense because of the convoluted parody of a story line). I LOVE INFOCOM and i am downloading and seeding this torrent for as long as i live (if i can get it of course..)

    Im currently taking a Java class at my high school basically just in the hopes that i can make something even as remotely fun as the genius at Infocom. also fyi im 15 and trying to start a grassroots revival of infocom around my friends, but sadly people dont read anymore unless they have too.

  4. hello sailor!

    I had all these games for the past couple decades in whatever format, but keep dl’ing new packages because of all the extras. when I found out about this one tonight, I had to find it and was not pleased with the state of the torrent, and was able to eventually find a tidy copy of it that came down in 20 min =D

    and to all the people who think that the next-gen console halo-kiddies have no interest, I have my 11 yr old chompin at the bit to play the whole Zork trilogy, and we have a Wii, ps1, ps2 and a skookum pc stuffed full of shiny games at his disposal.

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