Play Zork on a Typewriter!

Finally we can play the classic text-based adventure Zork on a typewriter! That’s right, Jonathan Guberman built a typewriter that plays Zork, with the aid of custom software by Jim Munroe. Here’s the scoop, from Guberman himself:

Introducing the Automatypewriter, a new way to experience interactive fiction! It’s still a little rough around the edges (in particular, you can see that the spacebar sticks a little, and the whole thing needs to be tidied up), but you get the idea: the Automatypewriter is a typewriter that can type on its own, as well as detect what you type on it. By reading what it types to you and responding, it can be used interactively to play a game or participate in a story (in this case, Zork).

Awesome! Now I demand a typewriter that plays the classic Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy text-based adventure!

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