Thursday, April 15, 2010
Third Generation Geek
A little while ago, I was idly surfing the interwebs when I happened upon a smallish image of an old magazine ad for Radio Shack. The ad, which was for the TRS-80 pocket computer, featured the great Isaac Asimov. The image itself was rather small, so I sis a Google image search for "Asimov Radio Shack ad." I found what I was looking for in no time at all.
Pyramid 2000, a text-based adventure similar to the classic Zork.
I never managed to complete the game. Once, I managed to die three times in rapid succession without getting past the antechamber. The game actually gets a little sarcastic if you die a lot.
Most often, I'd end up getting stuck in "a maze of twisty passages, all alike." This bit was insidious, and I always needed to call Grandpap for help. He would come over, pull a large binder down from a shelf above the desk, leaf through it for a moment, and talk me through the maze.
He had created his own strategy guide.
On many occasions, I've referred to myself as a third generation geek. Now you know why.