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Interactive Fiction on Blackberry

June 14th, 2009

I have long had a strange fascination with the old text adventure games aka interactive fiction.  I remember hanging out with my buddy Gary when we were kids, working our way through various Infocom games.  The stories were fun and the puzzles were always a good way to make you think.

A few years ago, I created a JavaME MIDP Z-Machine interpreter called ZeeME.  This was an interesting little project at the time to learn my way around programming for these small devices, but actually using it was painful at best.  Typing natural text using triple-tap just wasn’t enjoyable.  With a QWERTY keyboard on my BlackBerry Bold, it seemed like this might be a good time to resurrect this project yet again.

I’ve made some progress in building this out, but there is still a very long way to go.  Here’s a snapshot of the emulator running the game “Minizork”.

minizork

Watch here for more to come…

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