The Digital Antiquarian

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

  • Darklands
    by Jimmy Maher on March 22, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Throughout the 1980s and well into the 1990s, the genres of the adventure game and the CRPG tended to blend together, in magazine columns as well as in the minds of ordinary gamers. I thus considered it an early point of order for this history project to attempt to identify the precise differences between the […]

  • This Week on The Analog Antiquarian
    by Jimmy Maher on March 8, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    “The Pyramids of Giza, Chapter 5: The Captain and the Sphinx&rdquo […]

  • Scientology and the Fellowship
    by Jimmy Maher on March 1, 2019 at 4:53 pm

      The people who believe in the Guardian, the masses who believe in him, are completely good people who are completely duped. And so this cult religion is building, in belief of the Guardian and the Guardian’s ends. The lowest level members of the Fellowship, which is this organization that believes in the Guardian, don’t […]

  • Ultima VII
    by Jimmy Maher on February 15, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    From the time that Richard and Robert Garriott first founded Origin Systems in order to publish Ultima III, the completion of one Ultima game was followed almost immediately by the beginning of work on the next. Ultima VI in early 1990 was no exception; there was time only for a wrap party and a couple […]

  • Life Off the Grid, Part 2: Playing Ultima Underworld
    by Jimmy Maher on February 1, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    I rarely play or even see current games; the demands of this historical project of mine simply don’t allow for it. Thankfully, though, being a virtual time traveler does have its advantages. Just when I’m starting to feel a little sorry for myself, having heard about some cool new release I just don’t have time […]