mjhayes

Somewhere east of Garinham

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I was a lurker on the IF scene when I was in college in the '90s. I had "gone retro" on the videogame scene and was not interested in next-gen games of the day, and so I tried out old computer games until I had stumbled upon Zork.

When I had asked whether Zork had been ported to Unix-based systems, somebody pointed me to the IF archive, and I ended up spending many happy hours in the computer labs doing the computer game equivalent of reading a book as opposed to watching television.

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Reviews by mjhayes

Zork Zero, by Steve Meretzky   March 29, 2022
"I played this as the last story of the Zork Anthology. Computer games were getting more sophsticated, so if another Zork game were to be..." - See the full review

Journey, by Marc Blank   November 30, 2020
"I had played this game twenty years ago and enjoyed it, but I recall there was one place where I had to save-scum my way through...." - See the full review

Beyond Zork, by Brian Moriarty   May 16, 2019
"Take a game that has had a successful trilogy, add a bunch of elements people might like, and hope it's received well. That seems to be..." - See the full review

Cow V: The Great Egg Quest, by J. Suchman   May 13, 2019
"Whoever wrote this was most likely learning to program Windows 3.1 games and decided to start simple, with a throwback to Colossal Cave..." - See the full review

Kaged, by Ian Finley   January 8, 2016
"I entered into this story, expecting an interactive story not unlike 1984. It certainly seems to start off that way. You play as a minor..." - See the full review

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mjhayes's Play Lists

Played Games

Portal, by Rob Swigart, Brad Fregger
ANDROMEDA 1983, by Marco Innocenti
Moist, by Scarlet Herring
Tapestry, by Daniel Ravipinto
Ideal Pacific Coast University, by NewKid

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Wish List

Bolivia By Night, by Aidan Doyle
Invisible Parties, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (as Psychopup)
Kaged, by Ian Finley
Map of Fahlstaff, by Ian Hinck
Final Selection, by Sam Gordon

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