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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.

To this day, I still play Anchorhead, which was a new release at the time. There were a lot of other pieces of IF that were otherwise well-written but were written for IF "gamers," slamming the player with one difficult puzzle after another throughout the whole course of the story. I have a lot to say about Anchorhead, which I will do in the appropriate forum.

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Reviews by mjhayes

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

Andromeda Apocalypse Extended Edition, by Marco Innocenti   December 11, 2015
"I played this game immediately after playing Andromeda Awakening. To be honest, I didn't have very high expectations for this game,..." - See the full review

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Played Games

Ideal Pacific Coast University, by NewKid
Journey, by Marc Blank
Cow V: The Great Egg Quest, by J. Suchman
Dunnet, by Ron Schnell
Shogun, by James Clavell, Dave Lebling

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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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