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Massive, 4,000-page Infocom design and biz archive posted online

The Internet Archive now offers 4,000 pages of archives from the storied 1980s game developer of classics like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

When he was a designer at 1980s storied interactive fiction studio Infocom, Steve Meretzky (Planetfall, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) saved a detailed archive of the company's materials -- and now a huge portion of those documents have been posted on the internet by Internet Archive archivist, digital historian, and documentary filmmaker Jason Scott.

Scott directed the documentary on text adventure games Get Lamp, and in an extensive blog post detailing the documents and chronicling what led to their release, he explains how they informed his filmmaking, what he scanned and preserved, and how they ultimately ended up in the Stanford University archives.

For now, you can peruse documents -- ranging from business data to original design documentation -- relating to a number of titles from the company's heyday. That list includes:

  • Planetfall (1983)
  • Sorcerer (1984)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1984)
  • A Mind Forever Voyaging (1985)
  • Leather Goddesses of Phobos (1986)
  • Stationfall (1987)
  • Zork Zero: The Revenge of Megaboz (1988)

For more information, and to access the documents, head over to Scott's blog.

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