July 25, 2006

An Infocom Obituary

by Nick Montfort · , 6:35 pm

A short, melancholy article on “The Short, Happy Life of Infocom” is now in The Escapist. The piece is by Lara Crigger, who also wrote the April Compuer Games cover story on IF. Like many such articles, it casusally mentions that Infocom is dead, dead dead dead, not alive. This one is illustrated with a photo of a gravestone, once again following the “IF is history!” formula for such pieces that Jeremy Douglass has pointed out. Why don’t we see articles like “Back Before DOS Bit the Dust,” “Origin Systems: Once Great, Now Toast” or “Dreamcast: Fun, and Six Feet Under!” more often? Or do I just not notice these?

When I was in Boston recently, Jason Scott of the text adventure documentary, Get Lamp, took me to Infocom. Well, the company has been gone from the location some twenty-one years or so, but we did go by and see the building in which they used to have their offices. It was sort of cool, but it was also just this building. Maybe that will help the reality of Infocom’s death sink in.