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ERIC Number: EJ1166784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1938-0399
Let's Begin Again: Sierra On-Line and the Origins of the Graphical Adventure Game
Nooney, Laine
American Journal of Play, v10 n1 p71-98 Fall 2017
The author retells the origin story of Sierra On-Line and its historic first product, the graphical adventure game "Mystery House." She reviews the academic and journalistic writing that placed the story almost exclusively inside a narrative about early computer games, treating it as a saga of the competition between the graphic adventures Sierra On-Line produced and the literary games developed by companies like Infocom and dubbed interactive fiction. The author argues that such video game history proved both inaccurate and obfuscating, the she uses archival documentation and a counter-historical methodology to describe a different kind origin for Sierra On-Line and to deride the obviousness of presumptive beginnings within the discipline of game history.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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