The Digital Antiquarian

The Digital Antiquarian A history of computer entertainment and digital culture by Jimmy Maher

  • This Week on The Analog Antiquarian
    by Jimmy Maher on September 13, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    The Pyramids of Giza, Chapter 17: Two More Pyramids — and a Sphinx

  • Origin Sells Out
    by Jimmy Maher on September 6, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    One day in early June of 1992, a group of executives from Electronic Arts visited Origin Systems’s headquarters in Austin, Texas. If they had come from any other company, the rank and file at Origin might not have paid them much attention. As it was, though, the visit felt a bit like Saddam Hussein dropping

  • Rick Loomis Could Use Your Help
    by Jimmy Maher on August 18, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Rick Loomis, the founder of Flying Buffalo, is ill with lymphatic cancer. His has been one of the quiet voices of influence behind the culture of gaming, both on the tabletop and on the computer, since the early 1970s. His company pioneered one of if not the first play-by-mail game run on a mainframe computer,

  • Alone in the Dark
    by Jimmy Maher on August 16, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Most videogame stories are power fantasies. You spend your time getting ever stronger, ever tougher, ever more formidable as you accumulate experience points, gold, and equipment. Obstacles aren’t things to go around; they’re things you go through. If you can’t get past any given monster, the solution is to go kill some other monsters, then

  • Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
    by Jimmy Maher on August 2, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Fair warning: spoilers for Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers are to be found herein! In 1989, a twenty-something professional computer programmer and frustrated horror novelist named Jane Jensen had a close encounter with King’s Quest IV that changed her life. She was so inspired by the experience of playing her first adventure game that