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2018-03-08 06:23:28 PM  
Wow, that takes me back to my freshman year of college.
 
2018-03-08 06:39:43 PM  
There's a new series premiered on t'Radio tonight with the original cast, too.

I have to admit, I only read the books and saw the TV series. Too young for the original radio series, and by many accounts the film was dogshiat.

The plug for this new series sounded like an adaptation of Mostly Harmless from the plug I heard on Radio 2, earlier; it has Stephen Hawking playing the Guide, which sounds like Mostly Harmless to me, but the article I've cited doesn't make it clear if it's all new or if I've missed a prior adaptation of Mostly Harmless.

Guess I'll have to catch it.
 
2018-03-08 06:49:24 PM  
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2018-03-08 07:26:26 PM  
Take towel
 
2018-03-08 07:46:21 PM  
Oddly enough, this year I'm 42.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2018-03-08 07:53:36 PM  

iron de havilland: There's a new series premiered on t'Radio tonight with the original cast, too.

I have to admit, I only read the books and saw the TV series. Too young for the original radio series, and by many accounts the film was dogshiat.

The plug for this new series sounded like an adaptation of Mostly Harmless from the plug I heard on Radio 2, earlier; it has Stephen Hawking playing the Guide, which sounds like Mostly Harmless to me, but the article I've cited doesn't make it clear if it's all new or if I've missed a prior adaptation of Mostly Harmless.

Guess I'll have to catch it.


Had no idea, thanks!

Says "brand-new" here for 40th anniversary, but we'll see.  Hope it's good!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09t​h​4hf
 
2018-03-08 08:18:38 PM  
Wow, I had that. Like almost all games, I never finished it though.
 
2018-03-08 08:50:11 PM  
/Cover eyes
 
2018-03-08 09:10:16 PM  
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Still have the badge after all these years.
 
2018-03-08 09:11:31 PM  
New poker game tonight. Thanks for all the fish.
 
2018-03-08 09:45:30 PM  

FNG: Says "brand-new" here for 40th anniversary, but we'll see. Hope it's good!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09th​4hf


Just listened to episode 1. Brought back the originals to voice Arthur, Ford, Zaphod, and Trillian. It was enjoyable
 
2018-03-08 10:21:36 PM  
I remember getting so mad when I discovered you had to give the dog the cheese sandwich near the beginning of the game in order to avoid dying hours later.
 
2018-03-08 10:28:58 PM  
I steadfastly refuse to torture myself with that game again.  Desert Bus sounds more appealing.
 
2018-03-08 10:38:14 PM  
Eat the peanuts. Drink the beer. Repeat.
 
2018-03-08 10:44:42 PM  
Take analgesic
 
2018-03-08 10:48:09 PM  

Thong_of_Zardoz: Take analgesic


fark! That one farked me for hours. I didn't know what an analgesic was. I never got much further
 
2018-03-08 10:48:36 PM  
As soon as I get home, I'm going to post a pic of my remaining "feelies". I'm sure that microscopic fleet is worth a ton on eBay by now.

/first computer game evah
 
2018-03-08 10:49:03 PM  
It's all about getting that damn babel fish in your ear.
 
2018-03-08 10:55:27 PM  
The Eagles-Journey of the Sorcerer ( Long Version)
Youtube 7rOMGIbY-9s
 
2018-03-08 11:03:40 PM  

markie_farkie: Take towel


Isn't this the game where you have the opportunity to pick up a towel at the beginning of the game, and if you don't, the game lets you play all the way through to the end, and then you can't win?
 
2018-03-08 11:09:50 PM  
Yeah, that game beat me when I was a kid.
 
2018-03-08 11:10:02 PM  

2chris2: Isn't this the game where you have the opportunity to pick up a towel at the beginning of the game, and if you don't, the game lets you play all the way through to the end, and then you can't win?


Yep. That was most of the adventure type games. Not that far with the towel, though - you needed it a mere two scenes later to get the Babel fish on the Vogon ship. Worse was if you failed to feed the cheese sammich to the dog, you caused an interstellar war you wouldn't find out about for three more hours of gameplay, etc.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2018-03-08 11:15:31 PM  
I remember pieces of it, like the towel and not feeding the dog, and the pocket lint, and the tea machine.  Don't think I ever finished it, even though I eventually got the cheats.  Just too off the wall.

Then again, remember Zork and having to give the egg to thief.  ?!
 
2018-03-08 11:17:09 PM  

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Thank you.
 
2018-03-08 11:20:58 PM  
I was eaten by a Grue.
 
2018-03-08 11:24:42 PM  
I never played the game but I do know it was probably the dumbest movie ever made. Though it may have to fight with the Rocky Horror picture Show for that title.
 
2018-03-08 11:28:19 PM  

Keyser_Soze_Death: I was eaten by a Grue.


MC Frontalot - It Is Pitch Dark
Youtube 4nigRT2KmCE
 
2018-03-08 11:49:11 PM  

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I was so excited for that game. I loved Adams. I loved text adventures (which is what this really was). Adams and his team hyped it so much -- "the new parser will almost always know what you're talking about" "characters will talk to you about soccer and Britney Spears." The preview art was sumptuous. I couldn't wait to play it.

The game was horrible. The parser was as bad or worse than what Infocom was doing by then. The characters had maybe 10 discrete things to say each. The puzzles were just flat out obtuse (or, in one case, spoiled by the box art). The point and click interface was often a pixel hunt that didn't match the graphics The art was mostly crappy backgrounds. I read the goddamn book, written by Terry Jones, for christsake -- it sucked! Everything about the existence of that game makes me angry, even to this day.
 
2018-03-08 11:54:06 PM  

Theaetetus: 2chris2: Isn't this the game where you have the opportunity to pick up a towel at the beginning of the game, and if you don't, the game lets you play all the way through to the end, and then you can't win?

Yep. That was most of the adventure type games. Not that far with the towel, though - you needed it a mere two scenes later to get the Babel fish on the Vogon ship. Worse was if you failed to feed the cheese sammich to the dog, you caused an interstellar war you wouldn't find out about for three more hours of gameplay, etc.


You got a second chance to feed the dog as part of the Improbability Drive segments. But if you didn't know enough to do it at the beginning, the odds of you knowing enough to do it later were a whole lot lower.

The game was crazy hard and unintuitive, but the locations, items, and mechanics were compact enough that you could sort of brute force your way through it with enough trial and error. I remember solving the babel fish puzzle on my own and being able to send away for a free "I got the babel fish" t-shirt.
 
2018-03-08 11:57:38 PM  

Sailing Starflower: [cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com image 620x480]


As much as I love HHG2G, and as much as I love Terry Jones, and as much as I love video games, I have never played that. It came out in that critical period where my adults were no longer paying for things, and the small amount of money I made went directly into food and rent. I never did get to play it.

I have however, read the book, written by Terry Jones. And it is great.
 
2018-03-09 12:19:28 AM  
My common sense tells me I can't do this.
 
2018-03-09 12:22:04 AM  
HHGTTG and Leather Goddesses of Phobos were two of the all time greats, and two of the hardest, if not *the* hardest text adventure games of all time.
 
2018-03-09 12:31:10 AM  
The invisible ink cheat book was a godsend in this hell of a game.
 
2018-03-09 01:01:41 AM  

Uzzah: Sailing Starflower: [cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com image 620x480]

I was so excited for that game. I loved Adams. I loved text adventures (which is what this really was). Adams and his team hyped it so much -- "the new parser will almost always know what you're talking about" "characters will talk to you about soccer and Britney Spears." The preview art was sumptuous. I couldn't wait to play it.

The game was horrible. The parser was as bad or worse than what Infocom was doing by then. The characters had maybe 10 discrete things to say each. The puzzles were just flat out obtuse (or, in one case, spoiled by the box art). The point and click interface was often a pixel hunt that didn't match the graphics The art was mostly crappy backgrounds. I read the goddamn book, written by Terry Jones, for christsake -- it sucked! Everything about the existence of that game makes me angry, even to this day.


I bought it twice. Once was the deluxe edition on CD-ROM and the second more recently on GOG as I couldn't be bothered to transfer to disc images and run it under VMware.

You're right. It is a disappointment. A lovely one in its time, but a disappointment. Infocom'shiatchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Bureaucracy were better. I also have the CD-ROM of Last Chance to See around here somewhere but I don't think I've run it yet. That's what I get for being a digital packrat.
 
2018-03-09 01:19:04 AM  
40th anniversary?

Wake me in two years...
 
2018-03-09 01:33:37 AM  

2chris2: markie_farkie: Take towel

Isn't this the game where you have the opportunity to pick up a towel at the beginning of the game, and if you don't, the game lets you play all the way through to the end, and then you can't win?


Like Infidel? You win, get the points, and die.
 
2018-03-09 01:39:18 AM  

Znuh: HHGTTG and Leather Goddesses of Phobos were two of the all time greats, and two of the hardest, if not *the* hardest text adventure games of all time.


Nope. Suspended was. You were in a cryo chamber and had to command six robots. It was farking hard to figure out which one did what.

/loved those games
 
2018-03-09 02:02:15 AM  
saturn badger: Nope. Suspended was. You were in a cryo chamber and had to command six robots. It was farking hard to figure out which one did what.

/loved those games


Holy crap, I forgot all about Suspended! <3 Infocom.

/Sigh. Am I old for thinking they don't make them like that anymore?
 
2018-03-09 02:18:27 AM  

sxacho: Thong_of_Zardoz: Take analgesic

fark! That one farked me for hours. I didn't know what an analgesic was. I never got much further


Yeah, same here.
 
2018-03-09 02:20:38 AM  

Znuh: HHGTTG and Leather Goddesses of Phobos were two of the all time greats, and two of the hardest, if not *the* hardest text adventure games of all time.


"Say Yoho" would disagree.

/Damn you, Scott Adams!
 
2018-03-09 04:42:18 AM  

iron de havilland: and by many accounts the film was dogshiat.


Narrator: "It was"
 
2018-03-09 05:32:25 AM  

Skyrmion: It's all about getting that damn babel fish in your ear.


That sequence nearly broke me.  That damn babel fish!
 
2018-03-09 05:33:34 AM  

Znuh: saturn badger: Nope. Suspended was. You were in a cryo chamber and had to command six robots. It was farking hard to figure out which one did what.

/loved those games

Holy crap, I forgot all about Suspended! <3 Infocom.

/Sigh. Am I old for thinking they don't make them like that anymore?


"Deadline" was pretty tough, too, especially figuring out that you had to analyze the teacup fragment for a *specific* drug, even after the routine drug analysis come up clean.

I remember that the materials that came with the game included a crime scene photograph of the victim's home office where he died, including an overturned desk chair.  But in the game, the chair isn't in the office.  I spent *way* too long thinking that was significant before finding out that the developers just left it out.
 
2018-03-09 05:59:42 AM  

saturn badger: Znuh: HHGTTG and Leather Goddesses of Phobos were two of the all time greats, and two of the hardest, if not *the* hardest text adventure games of all time.

Nope. Suspended was. You were in a cryo chamber and had to command six robots. It was farking hard to figure out which one did what.

/loved those games


Close my panel, big boy.

/agree Suspended was the hardest, if one of the most imaginative.
 
2018-03-09 06:35:38 AM  

iron de havilland: There's a new series premiered on t'Radio tonight with the original cast, too.

I have to admit, I only read the books and saw the TV series. Too young for the original radio series, and by many accounts the film was dogshiat.

The plug for this new series sounded like an adaptation of Mostly Harmless from the plug I heard on Radio 2, earlier; it has Stephen Hawking playing the Guide, which sounds like Mostly Harmless to me, but the article I've cited doesn't make it clear if it's all new or if I've missed a prior adaptation of Mostly Harmless.

Guess I'll have to catch it.


I first discovered the series listening to the radio play. It's actually the thing that got me into rock; when they land on Magrathea, there's some spacey music playing in the background. It turns out to be Marvin humming the start of Shine On You Crazy Diamond, by Pink Floyd, who I had never heard of before.
 
2018-03-09 06:39:07 AM  

thisispete: [YouTube video: The Eagles-Journey of the Sorcerer ( Long Version)]


Some people hate the Eagles, but they'll always get a pass from me for (indirectly) writing the Hitchhiker's theme.
 
2018-03-09 06:55:48 AM  
This was the one and only text adventure I ever finished.  I was in high school and had an Atari 800XL with a 300 baud modem, so I had plenty of time to devote to it.  I know I looked "online" for hints, must have been Compuserve back then?  Without the hints I never would have figured it out.

As an Adams fanatic I was obligated to finish it.

Sadly now I'm older than 42.
 
2018-03-09 08:19:35 AM  
I don't care what anyone says, Mos Def was awesome as Ford.
 
2018-03-09 08:30:07 AM  

Uzzah: Theaetetus: 2chris2: Isn't this the game where you have the opportunity to pick up a towel at the beginning of the game, and if you don't, the game lets you play all the way through to the end, and then you can't win?

Yep. That was most of the adventure type games. Not that far with the towel, though - you needed it a mere two scenes later to get the Babel fish on the Vogon ship. Worse was if you failed to feed the cheese sammich to the dog, you caused an interstellar war you wouldn't find out about for three more hours of gameplay, etc.

You got a second chance to feed the dog as part of the Improbability Drive segments. But if you didn't know enough to do it at the beginning, the odds of you knowing enough to do it later were a whole lot lower.

The game was crazy hard and unintuitive, but the locations, items, and mechanics were compact enough that you could sort of brute force your way through it with enough trial and error. I remember solving the babel fish puzzle on my own and being able to send away for a free "I got the babel fish" t-shirt.


Don't know if it's already been said but I'm pretty sure Douglas Adams had heard so much about games being "user friendly" that he intentionally tried to make his game "user abusive."
 
2018-03-09 08:33:53 AM  

HallsOfMandos: I don't care what anyone says, Mos Def was awesome as Ford.


I don't care, I liked the movie. It's an impossible book to really translate to film and I thought they did about as well as anyone could have. Too bad it tanked, I really wanted to see Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
 
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