Eco-critical Code Studies: Reconfigurations of nature in the born-digital artifact “Colossal Cave Adventure” from text to VR

  1. Video game history is colliding: Sierra founders are bringing a seminal text adventure game to VR (The Verge)
  2. Colossal Cave Adventure (Crowther 1976; Crowther and Woods 1977) (photo credit)
  3. Photo of Ken and Roberta Williams; Wikipedia photo of Adventure on a CRT
  4. Sierra On-Line (Sierra Entertainment, Inc.); King’s Quest, Space Quest, Phantasmagoria; original publisher of Half-Life
  5. How Sierra Was Captured, Then Killed, by a Massive Accounting Fraud (Vice)
  6. Klein, Ernst. Ready Player One; Ready Player Two
  7. Culver, Nathaniel. “Adventure Family Tree”
  8. Nelson, Graham. “A short history of interactive fiction” 
  9. Infocom; Adventure International; adaptations of The Hobbit; The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Atari’s Adventure.
  10. Williams, Roberta. Mystery House (1980)
  11. King’s Quest (1984); King’s Quest V (1990)
  12. MYST (1993)
  13. Short, Emily. “Galatea” (2000)
  14. Buckles, Mary Ann. “Interactive Fiction: The Computer Storygame “Adventure
  15. Jerz, “Somewhere Nearby is Colossal Cave: Examining Will Crowther’s Original “Adventure” in Code and in Kentucky” (Digital Humanities Quarterly); Jerz and Thomas, “Cave Gave Game: Subterranean Space as Videogame Place” (Electronic Book Review); Scott, Jason, Get Lamp
  16. Williams, Ken. “Not All Fairy Tales Have Happy Endings: The Rise and Fall of Sierra On-Line
  17. “Coming Soon” (status of Steam’s Colossal Cave page at the time of this presentation)
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  19. Excerpts from Jerz 2007 DHQ article
  20. Excerpts from Jerz 2007 DHQ article
  21. Floyd Collins Trapped in Sand Cave” (The Times, Shreveport, La.) 
  22. Carnival Sunday” National Parks Service marker
  23. Stephen Bishop’s 1842 map of Mammoth Cave
  24. Adventure: The Interactive Original” (Inform 6 port, 1994)
  25. Roberta & Ken Williams on remaking one of the oldest games” (Games Beat)
  26. Lanzendorfer, Jay. “Enslaved Tour Guide Stephen Bishop Made Mammoth Cave the Must-See Destination It Is Today” (Smithsonian)
  27. ***
  28. Nelson, Graham. “A short history of interactive fiction” 
  29. Levy, Steven. Hackers.
  30. Crowther, William. “Adventure” (source code.)



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