Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Game - 30th Anniversary Edition

quote [ You wake up. The room is spinning very gently round your head. Or at least it would be if you could see it which you can't. It is pitch black. ]

For those of you with nostalgia and a lot of patience, it's back and HTML5d up.

So far I've gotten 10 points each time before getting killed. I suspect that I may suck at games.
[SFW] [games] [+10 Good]
[by Naruki@9:10pmGMT]


azazel said @ 9:16pm GMT on 9th Mar [Score:2]
I don't think you suck, that game is notoriously hard.
lilmookieesquire said @ 10:04pm GMT on 9th Mar
Ya. Keep in mind they used to make money off "tip" lines where you could call and ask for a clue ect for xxx per minute.
mechavolt said @ 9:30pm GMT on 9th Mar [Score:1 Funny]
Your score is 0 of a possible 400, in 19 turns.

mechavolt said @ 9:31pm GMT on 9th Mar
My favorite bit is being able to put on a gown that isn't in the room description! I now remember why I always hated this game.
seneschal said @ 10:13pm GMT on 9th Mar
type miserable = death
type "miserable" = salvation
daffyduck said @ 11:07am GMT on 11th Mar
Yes, it is. '...a chair with a tatty dressing gown slung over it...'
lilmookieesquire said @ 9:47pm GMT on 9th Mar [Score:1 Informative]
btw here's a walkthrough in case you guys need it.

All spoilers. Be warned:
GreatCthuCthu said @ 10:12pm GMT on 9th Mar
Fuck a walkthrough, text based adventures are my jam.
GreatCthuCthu said @ 10:44pm GMT on 9th Mar [Score:5 Funny]
So hey.

Bout that walkthrough.
arrowhen said @ 10:50pm GMT on 9th Mar [Score:1 Hot Pr0n]
They should really include an html version of the invisible ink hint book, too.
ithaqua10 said @ 11:26pm GMT on 9th Mar [Score:1 Classy Pr0n]
ok where are the rest of the infocom games. I am waiting for Leather goddesses of Phobos!
Naruki said @ 12:23am GMT on 10th Mar [Score:1 Insightful]
Need a +1 Natsukashii mod
arrowhen said @ 12:23am GMT on 10th Mar
ithaqua10 said @ 2:43am GMT on 10th Mar
I don't suppose you have a scratch and sniff card to go with the wonderful link?
lilmookieesquire said @ 10:05am GMT on 10th Mar [Score:1 Informative]
While we're at it, here's a link to zork games 1-3, the manuals, and the walkthroughs:
seneschal said @ 6:05pm GMT on 10th Mar [Score:1 Interesting]
This is where I should talk about Eamon.

Eamon was a text adventure like Zork, but it had some great features. I used to love this game. First of all, it was much more of an RPG in that you could equip yourself with superior equipment, recruit allies as well as solving puzzles. More critically, it was the first game of its kind that supported user generated content, and tons of adventures (of varying quality) were available. Currently there are more than 250 adventures, and some permit a degree of continuity of your character and equipment.
jerd said @ 7:54am GMT on 12th Mar [Score:1 Good]
This is the weakest brag ever -

I've got an original 'Don't Panic' badge that came in the box of the Apple IIe version of this game on my fridge.

I used to play the HHGTTG game when i was a kid - if i dug through under my mothers house (storage going back decades), I could probably find the box and disks as well.

I wonder if the pocket fluff is still there too -
arrowhen said @ 8:13am GMT on 12th Mar
I had one from childhood up until the leather jacket it was pinned to got stolen in the early '00s.
mechanical contrivance said @ 2:22pm GMT on 12th Mar
I have some original Pacman magnets on my fridge.
lilmookieesquire said @ 9:21pm GMT on 9th Mar

I use to play this all the time.

When I was a kid I played this without reading the book.

That was not easy.
Naruki said @ 9:33pm GMT on 9th Mar
Well, you can also try listening to the original radio broadcast.The first episode is available for 6 more days.
lilmookieesquire said @ 9:38pm GMT on 9th Mar
Oh, I've read the series a couple of times. Mostly thanks to trying to beat this game :)
pleaides said @ 7:15am GMT on 10th Mar
Still, there are large variances between the radio series and the books, and the radio series is still awesome. I torrented it years ago and still give it a spin every now and then.
Dumbledorito said @ 12:56pm GMT on 10th Mar
Between the books, radio series, and the BBC TV miniseries.

The miniseries is still something I find more entertaining than the movie, even with the 80's Doctor Who special effects.
Bleb said @ 9:29pm GMT on 9th Mar
All I remember about this game is that getting a babel fish into one's ear is really, really difficult.
seneschal said @ 9:33pm GMT on 9th Mar
This was the first time as a kid I really wanted to love a game, and hated it. It was a frustrating waste of money for me at the time. I never did get beyond the vogons.

lilmookieesquire said @ 10:06pm GMT on 9th Mar
Ya. My dad copied this back in the day.

Dat Commodore 64.
arrowhen said @ 10:48pm GMT on 9th Mar
Even better, if you fail to solve it in a certain number of turns, you can continue to play but the game is unwinnable. Because ha ha, fuck you, players, that's why!
cb361 said @ 11:39am GMT on 10th Mar [Score:1 Insightful]
Much like life.
cakkafracle said @ 2:11am GMT on 10th Mar
i did in fact finally beat this game after about 4 months. glorious.

save often, save smart
tom the fish said @ 3:01am GMT on 10th Mar

tom the fish said @ 3:01am GMT on 10th Mar
hmmm... seems i can't embed youtube vidyas


Get Lamp trailer
arrowhen said @ 3:05am GMT on 10th Mar
arrowhen said @ 3:06am GMT on 10th Mar [Score:1 Informative]
To embed YouTube videos you have to check the "use old embed code" box.
bltrocker said @ 3:06am GMT on 10th Mar
Did anyone catch the new Cosmos on Fox or Nat Geo? I thought it was pretty good. Everything was definitely massively oversimplified, but I think it has the budget and writing to inspire. I also like the way Christianity was denigrated for punishing those that care to think beyond dogma.
steele said @ 3:18am GMT on 10th Mar
Good, but so many commercials. Wasn't fond of the Obama intro either. I was really hoping the fact that it was on Fox would get a number of people I know that could really benefit from watching, to tune in with an open mind. Pretty sure having Obama introduce it slammed that door shut.
Dumbledorito said @ 3:52am GMT on 10th Mar
If that's enough to do it, it's unlikely anything else in the program would've penetrated their shields, either.
steele said @ 4:24am GMT on 10th Mar
Maybe, maybe not, but politicizing a science program meant to reach the layman in a nation with an extremely polarized political climate is not the way I would have chosen to find out.
Dumbledorito said @ 5:33am GMT on 10th Mar
The president saying "science good" before a good science show is politicizing it? Especially one of this magnitude?

If his political opposition is that deranged, my original statement stands. If Obama said the sky was a lovely shade of blue, they'd try to claim it was Cerulean and you're a traitor to your nation if you don't.
sanepride said @ 5:42am GMT on 10th Mar
Sorry to say they are that deranged, and will certainly view his appearance as politicizing.
Dumbledorito said @ 6:27am GMT on 10th Mar
Yet it's an appearance on Fox. What effect will those two conflicting notions cause?
pleaides said @ 7:18am GMT on 10th Mar [Score:1 Funny]
I'm hoping for mass fatalities due to brain explosion.
steele said @ 12:33pm GMT on 10th Mar
Oh, absolutely. There was a "libtard vs conservitard" (their words, not mine) argument on the Cosmos facebook page almost immediately because of it. Totally unnecessary. NDT even did a pretty good job of showing how science's roots and a man's love for god were compatible at one point.

Whether they like it or not, most conservatives still believe in science, their model of science just happens to be somewhat outdated. And frankly, most liberals really aren't that much further ahead in their understanding. The difference is most liberals still think of scientists as authority figures while most conservative authority figures are bashing science. This was a pretty good chance for NDT to sidestep all that political bullshit as the other type of american god, The Television Personality! And with the blessing of a network most conservatives trust no less!

And, if I may remind you, a moon base for He3 mining and the first checkpoint to a massive space program would be an awesome chance for scientific and economic advancement. But the second Gingrich said it, it was stupid, a joke, lunacy. Ha! ;) So it's not as if that derangement is one sided. Very few of us truly give the thoughts of our opposition the consideration we should.

Ah, well. Fingers crossed for ep 2 :)
Dumbledorito said @ 1:10pm GMT on 10th Mar
For this left-of-center voter, it wasn't that Gingrich proposed the concept which made it crazy. It was that he said it and still expected to get elected with all the other loopy stuff he'd said.

M'self, I'd love to see some asteroid mining, research on a space elevator, and several other concepts that would help us make space exploration have a more easily demonstrable benefit.
steele said @ 2:23pm GMT on 10th Mar
And that's awesome that you can separate the man from the idea, but there were many who didn't.

I would too. I don't think we're quite at space elevator yet, but I really wish our space program was treated with same fervor our country applies to war. Our society is overall very accepting of the idea of throwing bodies at foreign diplomacy issues, but when it comes to space advancements, a shuttle explosion resulting in seven deaths is enough to cause people to question if we should even be bothering. I'm not saying I want people to die either way, but I'd be much more hopeful if the idea of sacrifice for human endeavor and global advancement was the norm rather than throwing lives away for wars that are ultimately about lining the pockets of the rich.

Did you happen to see Neil Stephenson's Solve for X talk a couple of years ago? Good stuff.
Dumbledorito said @ 7:20pm GMT on 10th Mar
Okay, Neal Stephenson is a bit of a sore spot with me.

I didn't like "Snow Crash" because I thought it couldn't decide if it was supposed to be a satirical look at cyberpunk or a showcase for a bunch of tech-related ideas he had and duct-taped together.

But the big thing I hate about him is that he worked (and still does, for all I know) with a company called Intellectual Ventures, one of the biggest patent trolls ever made (This American Life and Planet Money did a disturbing piece on them). Then he has the gall to go give talks about how patent trolling is hurting innovation. He's one of those gurus that I think achieved guru-hood before they'd been fully vetted.

As for the space elevator, Terry Pratchett noted something about it that appeals: Once you get a mass (people, cargo, etc.) up the thing, so long as you're sending things up and down, the energy required is about as efficient as you can get in the real world, since you're largely using counterweights to travel, like you would in a physical elevator.
steele said @ 10:21pm GMT on 10th Mar
Aw, that's a shame. I'll have to look into that. I like his works as he has a certain type of literary architectural style to his writings I enjoy. I especially like Snowcrash and Diamond Age :P

As a matter of fact, I read the Discworld series last summer, including the Science books. Loved them! Number 2 especially, as information structure and how it flows through the world is kind of my thing. I had been using the idea of phasespace for almost a decade in my rantings without ever having a proper word for it till I read those books. I was so happy :D .. and then I was sad when I realized they weren't going to be many more :(
ithaqua10 said @ 12:35pm GMT on 10th Mar
when most faux news viewers look at him as "that uppity N**ger", then yes it is politicizing the intro IN THEIR VIEW "and if he likes it, I MUST hate it.
Naruki said @ 12:40pm GMT on 10th Mar
Look at how they reacted when Michelle suggested we eat healthy.
mechanical contrivance said @ 2:45pm GMT on 10th Mar
That's just another case of the democrats interfering with our personal lives.
GordonGuano said @ 4:28pm GMT on 10th Mar
My email to her that she should focus her efforts on telling people to breathe oxygen has not yielded any results.

Thus far.
midden said @ 4:32am GMT on 10th Mar
I don't think it was over-simplified for what it was intended to be, a quick overview of all of space and time in 50 minutes. It was an intro to put our place in the Cosmos in perspective, and to establish a metaphor (the cosmic calendar) that I suspect they will return to repeatedly.

I'm sure we'll get a lot more detail on pretty much every point made in the first episode.
sanepride said @ 5:40am GMT on 10th Mar
Fairly well done, nice effort by Tyson with a very fitting nod to Sagan at the end. But Tyson alas is no Sagan.
Dumbledorito said @ 6:28am GMT on 10th Mar
But they are both star-stuff.
mechavolt said @ 11:02am GMT on 10th Mar
Welcome to the cosmus.
pleaides said @ 11:30am GMT on 10th Mar
Having just finished it, I thought it was excellent, and I think Tyson was the perfect choice.
midden said @ 4:38am GMT on 10th Mar
I just remember that damned "buffered analgesic." I didn't know what the hell that was or what to do with it. It was so frustrating. I think I was 10 or 12. I'm guessing I didn't get very far, because that's all I remember from it.
stacyswirl said @ 11:55am GMT on 17th Mar
10 out of 400, in 17 turns. I got exactly as far as I could remember from when I was a kid. I managed to take the buffered analgesic, go outside, and get hit with a brick when that damned bulldozer crushes my house. This was the very first video game I ever played as a child, and it was maddening. As a side note, I had no idea what an "analgesic" was at the time, I think I looked it up to learn it was a painkiller. And that word has always stuck with me since.
stacyswirl said @ 11:56am GMT on 17th Mar
Also, I played this long before I read the book series, so it was quite a fun revelation when I did read the first book, how the first scenes of it were what this long-forgotten game had been representing.

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