EcoQuest brought Wikipedia to Sierra text adventures

EcoQuest brought Wikipedia to Sierra text adventures

In 1993, I got my first taste of Wikipedia-style learning — not from Encarta, the multimedia encyclopedia that defined a generation, but through the Ecorder, a fictional device in Lost Secret of the Rainforest. It was the sequel to EcoQuest: The Search for Cetus, a Sierra On-Line point-and-click adventure, and my first brush with the … Read more

‘Rollerdrome’ preview: Twitchy dystopian bloodsport is my new favorite genre

Rollerdrome

Rollerdrome is essentially the video game version of Rollerball, the fabulous 1975 sci-fi film starring James Caan. In Rollerball, monolithic corporations control society and the least powerful citizens are compelled to compete in lethal roller-skating competitions, in the name of entertainment and classism. (Yes, dystopian fiction existed far before The Hunger Games.) The movie is … Read more

Instagram leader: we’re gonna keep adding more video

Instagram leader: we’re gonna keep adding more video

Instagram’s leader wants you to know that the company is going to keep leaning into video. In a short video this morning that seems like it’s aimed at No. 2 Instagram user Kylie Jenner, Instagram head Adam Mosseri lays out bluntly that the app is going to keep shifting away from its photo roots. “I … Read more

Mark Zuckerberg braces Meta employees for ‘intense period’

Mark Zuckerberg braces Meta employees for ‘intense period’

Mark Zuckerberg stared into his webcam, trying to make yet another remote meeting seem urgent. Since Facebook started, he’d made a habit of frankly addressing employees directly at a weekly Q&A. Almost no topic was off-limits. But as the company grew, these sessions had become more scripted. He’d stopped showing up every week, instead letting … Read more