Introduction and captions: Ilmari
Due to various game, computer and work related problems both our main game line and Infocom Marathon are a bit stumped. In order to give our fine reviewers some time to get back on track, we've decided to conduct a Special Week, with a still secret Missed Classic as the topic - let's just say this game might be first title in another potential marathon of sorts. We'll start the Special Week proper tomorrow, but let us first introduce ourselves to the kind person who volunteered to write the review for us - Will Moczarski.
|No, this is not Will, but he was the only Moczarski in Wikipedia we could find|
My home country is... Somewhere in Europe.
My age is... Thirtysomething.
The first adventure game I played was... Difficult to remember. Probably Lucasfilm‘s Labyrinth on the C64. Or Law of the West if that counts as an adventure game. The first adventure game that I spent huge amounts of time on was Zak McKracken which I still love to this day.
My favourite adventure game is... I‘ll start with two honourable mentions: Gabriel Knight and Zork III. I know there are better Infocom games but that one always had a special place in my heart. Gabriel Knight is by far my favourite Sierra game. The best one of them all must be Monkey Island 2, though. For me, it beats the first one by a country mile and it‘s the one I‘ll come back to every once in a while. Every little detail is just so perfect, it‘s hard not to love it.
|Finally, someone who prefers the second game!|
When I‘m not playing games I like to... make music. It has always been my favourite medicine, comfort and companion.
I like my games in... digital format, to be honest. I‘m an avid collector when it comes to records but I love to have my games all in one place. GOG is perfect in that regard, virtual arcades/consoles are much less complete.
The thing I miss about old games is... my patience. We‘d start them again and again and again, making maps or thinking about puzzles for hours, or trying to figure out the right moves to beat a boss. I‘ve become much more impatient over the years and try to cure myself by going back to one of the classics I haven‘t played yet once in a while.
The best thing about modern games is... I really don‘t know. Visual presentation really isn‘t everything and the biggest worlds often turn out to be pretty empty or repetitive. I always prefer to let my own imagination run wild when playing a game; modern games rarely give me that opportunity. Also, many of the much-lauded storylines are kind of ridiculous and there are way too many obligatory tutorials. The equivalents to really good movies are sparse and nothing has managed to surpass the pinnacle that is Planescape: Torment - at least not for me. I like to play modern games but I usually prefer them at least a little older, not for reasons of nostalgia but because it‘s really a different experience altogether.
The one TV show I never miss is... While I don‘t have a TV per se, I religiously watch every show connected to David Simon in some way – The Wire, Homicide, Show Me A Hero, you name it! When it comes to comedy, I love Curb your enthusiasm! and one show I really like that almost nobody seems to know is John from Cincinatti.
|First time I heard about it. Looks like a Baywatch clone, but is there more to it?|
If I could see any band live it would be... James Brown. Even on DVD it‘s overwhelming – I can‘t even imagine what the real thing would be like.
My favourite movie is... Blade Runner. Don‘t ask which one. There is only one Blade Runner movie, don‘t let anybody tell you otherwise.
|I hope I picked the right one|
One interesting thing about me is... I‘m a reformed Civilization addict. I own every single part of the series but I only ever played the first one. I don‘t anymore, though, as it would literally cost me weeks of my life so I never have it installed. Nobody really wants to know what would happen if I installed one of the newer iterations so I just never did.