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(BBC)   To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the BBC has re-released the game for free in HTML5. So long, and thanks for all the fish   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 58
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2014-03-12 01:15:58 PM
enjoy the mud
 
2014-03-12 01:29:05 PM
Loved the original radio play, really liked the books. Tolerated the tv show. Forgot the movie.

Hate the game.
 
2014-03-12 02:01:11 PM
Turn on Light. Get up. Get all. Don Gown. Open Pocket. Take buffered. look out window. s.get all.s.
lie down. read mail. put all in thing. enjoy mud. Ford,what about my home. Examine Prosser. z. follow ford. w. buy sandwich. drink beer. g. g. e. give sandwich to dog.n. punch prosser. look. z. get all. examine device. hitchhike. verbose. look. g. g. g. smell. touch shadow. eat peanuts. look.


Now all you have to do is get the babel fish, and the atomic vector plotter before you get thrown into space.
 
2014-03-12 02:07:11 PM
z means wait and g means again in Infocom speak.
 
2014-03-12 02:15:02 PM
It sucks that the movie bombed. Would have liked to have seen Restaurant at the End of the Galaxy.

/"lets meet the meat!"
 
2014-03-12 02:26:35 PM
You can always watch the BBC TV version of that.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucNYLsjKaTQ
 
2014-03-12 02:38:30 PM
Man, I remember playing the shiat out of that game on my Apple 2e.  I recently introduced it to my 15yo daughter a while back, since I got her hooked on hhgg.  She curses me now.
 
2014-03-12 02:54:27 PM
Some things past are best left that way, I think.

Ironically, perhaps, our local video store is closing and my wife got the DVDs of the 1981 TV series for five bucks.
 
2014-03-12 02:54:55 PM
...why do you hate us, BBC?

Also, the movie was pretty damn good if you didn't have high expectations.
 
2014-03-12 03:00:24 PM
....The story so far.
 
2014-03-12 03:00:25 PM

rjakobi: ...why do you hate us, BBC?

Also, the movie was pretty damn good if you didn't have high expectations.


The same can be said for sticking your testicles in a bear trap
 
2014-03-12 03:02:35 PM

alaric3: Turn on Light. Get up. Get all. Don Gown. Open Pocket. Take buffered. look out window. s.get all.s.
lie down. read mail. put all in thing. enjoy mud. Ford,what about my home. Examine Prosser. z. follow ford. w. buy sandwich. drink beer. g. g. e. give sandwich to dog.n. punch prosser. look. z. get all. examine device. hitchhike. verbose. look. g. g. g. smell. touch shadow. eat peanuts. look.


Now all you have to do is get the babel fish, and the atomic vector plotter before you get thrown into space.


i could never get the farking babel fish in my ear.
 
2014-03-12 03:08:49 PM
Yeah but does it come with a 'Don't Panic!' button and some nifty shades?
 
2014-03-12 03:09:10 PM
 
2014-03-12 03:09:50 PM

Valiente: Some things past are best left that way, I think.


I hate to agree with you but yea, I think Hitchhiker's Guide's day has come and gone. It's a great book but let's leave it at that.
 
2014-03-12 03:18:52 PM
 
2014-03-12 03:20:46 PM

Mugato: It sucks that the movie bombed. Would have liked to have seen Restaurant at the End of the Galaxy.

/"lets meet the meat!"


lolwut?
 
2014-03-12 03:21:52 PM
Keep the mail from the mailbox when you play the game.  Trust me.

/That's right.  Trust vogonity.
 
2014-03-12 03:22:02 PM
The babelfish puzzle is possibly the greatest sequence in text adventure game history.
 
2014-03-12 03:22:30 PM

redsquid: Yeah but does it come with a 'Don't Panic!' button and some nifty shades?


and pocket fluff
 
2014-03-12 03:22:46 PM
Take off the gown put it on the hook put the towel on the grate, the satchel in front of the panel. the mail on the satchel. Push dispenser button.

I've only beaten the game once since I had it on the Commodore 64. I always wound up getting killed by a synapse in the brain or mysteriously not having the right tool at the end.
 
2014-03-12 03:23:46 PM

cretinbob: redsquid: Yeah but does it come with a 'Don't Panic!' button and some nifty shades?

and pocket fluff


Don't forget the tiny invasion space fleet.
 
2014-03-12 03:30:04 PM

rjakobi: ...why do you hate us, BBC?

Also, the movie was pretty damn good if you didn't have high expectations.


I've heard and ready quite a few different versions of HHGTTG. They are all a bit different but have a few key points in common. The movie is the exception, which is why it fails.
 
2014-03-12 03:32:02 PM
It's actually a pretty brutal game. There are several places where you can very innocently do something that puts the game in an unwinnable state, but the game never tells you that and lets you keep going. Two hours later, when you can't solve a puzzle and finally give up and check out a hint or a guide or something, you realize that something you did way back at the beginning (probably before your most recent save) ruined the whole thing and your only option is to start over.

Then the same thing happens again because of an entirely different game-breaking mistake you make somewhere else.
 
2014-03-12 03:32:06 PM

cretinbob: redsquid: Yeah but does it come with a 'Don't Panic!' button and some nifty shades?

and pocket fluff


and No Tea.
 
2014-03-12 03:35:28 PM
There's been a java version online for a long time.  I rather enjoyed it up to the part where you are in a pitch black room where, e.g., you can see nothing, smell nothing, touch nothing, or taste nothing.  You have to use the sense not mentioned (e.g., Listen).  It's completely random so you might have to do it 50 times before you get all five senses.
 
2014-03-12 03:37:20 PM

skyotter: cretinbob: redsquid: Yeah but does it come with a 'Don't Panic!' button and some nifty shades?

and pocket fluff

and No Tea.


Tea and No Tea absolutely stymied me and the friend I was playing it with...
 
2014-03-12 03:39:08 PM
the game that taught me the word "analgesic"
 
2014-03-12 03:45:16 PM
When you go into the dark randomly each area has different things you must find and do.
If you do not make a typo by a certain point you will never get on the microscopic space fleet.
If you don't feed the dog the cheese sandwich then it eats you.
You have to simultaneously hold tea and no tea to get past Marvin's door.
 
2014-03-12 03:51:14 PM
Started playing the game before reading the book.  Impossible.

Read the book and the game got infinitely easier.  Expect for that vending machine part.

/was more of a Leather Goddess of Phobos man, myself
 
2014-03-12 03:56:44 PM

alaric3: Turn on Light. Get up. Get all. Don Gown. Open Pocket. Take buffered. look out window. s.get all.s.
lie down. read mail. put all in thing. enjoy mud. Ford,what about my home. Examine Prosser. z. follow ford. w. buy sandwich. drink beer. g. g. e. give sandwich to dog.n. punch prosser. look. z. get all. examine device. hitchhike. verbose. look. g. g. g. smell. touch shadow. eat peanuts. look.


Now all you have to do is get the babel fish, and the atomic vector plotter before you get thrown into space.


I got up, turned on the light, and went back to sleep.  Planet blows up.

What do I win?
 
2014-03-12 04:05:10 PM

Uzzah: It's actually a pretty brutal game. There are several places where you can very innocently do something that puts the game in an unwinnable state, but the game never tells you that and lets you keep going. Two hours later, when you can't solve a puzzle and finally give up and check out a hint or a guide or something, you realize that something you did way back at the beginning (probably before your most recent save) ruined the whole thing and your only option is to start over.

Then the same thing happens again because of an entirely different game-breaking mistake you make somewhere else.


Hence why I have had arguments with my computer back in the 80s about that game that made me seem like the father from A Christmas Story.
 
2014-03-12 04:13:46 PM

Crip0420: I like the end of the url...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1g84m0sXpnNCv84GpN2PLZG/the -h itchhiker-s-guide-to-the-galaxy-game-30th-anniversary-edition?fapfapfa p


I had to. Someone else had linked it earlier so I had to add ? and something to make it take the link.

/whoo 7th green

/great books
//frustrating game
///farking awful movie :(
 
2014-03-12 04:32:32 PM
this game got me to abandon computers because i discovered they were tedious and one dimensional ...
unfortunately, they tracked me down and enslaved me 20 years later despite my efforts to avoid them.
 
2014-03-12 04:43:49 PM
www.thebungaloo.com
 
2014-03-12 04:52:55 PM

Luse: rjakobi: ...why do you hate us, BBC?

Also, the movie was pretty damn good if you didn't have high expectations.

I've heard and ready quite a few different versions of HHGTTG. They are all a bit different but have a few key points in common. The movie is the exception, which is why it fails.


the story moved around a bit for every bit of media it was made for. you must expect that. the Movie was to put the story to the sensibilities of a USA styled summer blockbuster. Douglas adams wrote and had script approval rights before he died, and was listed as producer in the credits. shiat on the movie all you want, the creater had his hand as heavily in it as he could

the movie works just fine for people unfamilier with the previous body of work. and it should work fine for the folks that are. but, it suffered from that old "stop raping my childhood!" geek mentality.
 
2014-03-12 04:59:12 PM
>Pick up tea
>You cannot have both tea and no tea at the same time
*access bulletin board with hint guide, print out on daisy-wheel printer at 1200 baud*

Ah youth.
 
2014-03-12 05:11:05 PM
wake me when they port Starship Titanic to modern PCs.

static.giantbomb.com
 
2014-03-12 05:17:18 PM
Man, we are getting old fast people.
 
2014-03-12 05:24:25 PM

AgentKGB: /great books
//frustrating game
///farking awful movie :(


To be fair it's a difficult book to translate to screen. There's a lot of internal monologue, exposition, it's a hard series to make into a movie.
 
2014-03-12 05:33:59 PM

Mugato: AgentKGB: /great books
//frustrating game
///farking awful movie :(

To be fair it's a difficult book to translate to screen. There's a lot of internal monologue, exposition, it's a hard series to make into a movie.


the book was made from the radio series, the tv series was made from the book, if its so hard to translate to the screen then why do so many old fans go ape for the TV series?

I still say that the movie is fine, it's the fans of one genre of its presentation can't get over that THIER version wasn't the one made into the movie.
 
2014-03-12 05:37:32 PM

Smeggy Smurf: rjakobi: ...why do you hate us, BBC?

Also, the movie was pretty damn good if you didn't have high expectations.

The same can be said for sticking your testicles in a bear trap


I'm sure that would surpass even your highest expectations.
 
2014-03-12 06:01:49 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Smeggy Smurf: rjakobi: ...why do you hate us, BBC?

Also, the movie was pretty damn good if you didn't have high expectations.

The same can be said for sticking your testicles in a bear trap

I'm sure that would surpass even your highest expectations.


I placed a bear into a testicle trap.  What do I get?


Besides a strangely pleased bear.
 
2014-03-12 06:02:41 PM
img.fark.net

/heh
 
2014-03-12 06:18:59 PM
My aunt gave me that game but I didn't know what it was.
 
2014-03-12 07:00:16 PM

alaric3: Turn on Light. Get up. Get all. Don Gown. Open Pocket. Take buffered. look out window. s.get all.s.
lie down. read mail. put all in thing. enjoy mud. Ford,what about my home. Examine Prosser. z. follow ford. w. buy sandwich. drink beer. g. g. e. give sandwich to dog.n. punch prosser. look. z. get all. examine device. hitchhike. verbose. look. g. g. g. smell. touch shadow. eat peanuts. look.


Now all you have to do is get the babel fish, and the atomic vector plotter before you get thrown into space.


I like the cut of your jib!  Do you cut your teeth on Infocom games too?  I still boot this one up every now-and again on WinFrotz.
 
2014-03-12 07:03:03 PM
Beating that game when I was a kid was one of my proudest moments. Man, back in those days you couldn't just go online when you got stuck either. It was you vs. the game. I was an Infocom junkie and I think I beat all their games although one of the Zorks drove me nuts.
 
2014-03-12 07:33:48 PM

Cerebral Knievel: Luse: rjakobi: ...why do you hate us, BBC?

Also, the movie was pretty damn good if you didn't have high expectations.

I've heard and ready quite a few different versions of HHGTTG. They are all a bit different but have a few key points in common. The movie is the exception, which is why it fails.

the story moved around a bit for every bit of media it was made for. you must expect that. the Movie was to put the story to the sensibilities of a USA styled summer blockbuster. Douglas adams wrote and had script approval rights before he died, and was listed as producer in the credits. shiat on the movie all you want, the creater had his hand as heavily in it as he could

the movie works just fine for people unfamilier with the previous body of work. and it should work fine for the folks that are. but, it suffered from that old "stop raping my childhood!" geek mentality.


That's like, your opinion man.

I enjoyed virtually every retelling of the tale. The movie did some brilliant spins, like Zaphod's heads stacked vertically.
However it also missed a bunch of the classic quips.

You are of course entitled to your opinion.
I'll be here clutching my towel.
 
2014-03-12 08:09:26 PM
Ok, so if you figure out the universe, the universe changes so that what you found to be true no longer is.

So Deep Thought did figure out "The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything."

The answer was 42.

So since Deep Thought figured that out, the universe changed the answer so that 42 is no longer the valid answer.

So the Universe added a 0 to "The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything."
 
2014-03-12 08:42:36 PM
"It's the weird color scheme that freaks me. Every time you push one of these black controls labeled in black on a black background, a small black light lights up black to let you know you've done it!"
 
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