In a recent Twitter post, computer historian and documentary filmmaker Jason Scott told his supporters that he would soon be making his interactive fiction documentary Get Lamp free to watch on YouTube as a way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the film’s release and get it out into the wild (the film has previously only available to purchase on DVD from his website).
Get Lamp is a famous documentary about interactive fiction (a genre that includes text adventures). In it Scott conducted the interviews between February 2006 and February 2008, and the documentary was released in July 2010.
The documentary and its hours of episodes and bonus footage contain material from roughly 80 interviews of interactive fiction developers, designers, and players.
Included in the bonus footage is a nearly 50-minute documentary about Infocom, the best-known commercial publisher of interactive fiction.
You can watch this Infocom part in full below:
Infocom (1979-1989) is recognized as the all-time leader in Interactive Fiction, releasing top-selling games and products that dominated the sales charts in the early days of computer gaming and still extend considerable influence and memory on the gaming industry.
At times they were half of the top ten games being sold and were considered a flagship of the game industry.
And then they were gone.