The Digital Antiquarian

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

  • Out with 1992, In with 1993
    by Jimmy Maher on May 15, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    First, the bad news: I’m afraid I won’t have a new article for you this Friday. My wife Dorte and I are going to take a long weekend in beautiful Bornholm, and I’ve been using this shortened work week to do some preparations for my next few months of writing. Both this site and The […]

  • This Week on The Analog Antiquarian
    by Jimmy Maher on May 10, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    The Pyramids of Giza, Chapter 9: The Philologists and the Gatekeeper […]

  • Return to Zork
    by Jimmy Maher on May 3, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Where should we mark the beginning of the full-motion-video era, that most extended of blind alleys in the history of the American games industry? The day in the spring of 1990 that Ken Williams, founder and president of Sierra On-Line, wrote his latest editorial for his company’s seasonal newsletter might be as good a point […]

  • An Unlikely Savior
    by Jimmy Maher on April 19, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Activision Blizzard is the largest game publisher in the Western world today, generating a staggering $7.5 billion in revenue every year. Along with the only slightly smaller behemoth Electronic Arts and a few Japanese competitors, Activision for all intents and purposes is the face of gaming as a mainstream, mass-media phenomenon. Even as the gaming […]

  • Interplay Takes on Trek
    by Jimmy Maher on April 5, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Original-series Star Trek is the only version I’ve ever been able to bring myself to care about. Yet this Star Trek I once cared about a great deal. Doubtless like many of you of a similar age, I grew up with this 1960s incarnation of the show — the incarnation which its creator Gene Roddenberry […]