In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.

Pulp Appeal: Zork, Metal Gear, Fallout, Bioshock

Matt’s post last week got me thinking about other video game franchises that take inspiration from pulp fiction.

Broadswords and Blasters

Matt talked about The Witcher last week, which got me thinking about other video game series that fit the pulp aesthetic. Rather than do a deep dive on one series, and because I am far more familiar with older videos than modern ones (LA Noire, for instance, is one that probably deserves a whole column, but I haven’t played it), I thought I’d do some capsule reviews of a bunch of different styles of games from various consoles and computer systems. No such article could ever hope to be even close to comprehensive, so I’m going to stick to four game series that I’ve played a lot of and loved immensely.

Zork_I_box_artZork[1] Series – Zork is an interactive text adventure game that was first published in the late 1970s. Although Colossal Cave Adventure is recognized as the first interactive fiction game, it is little more than…

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