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The Interactive Text Adventure Game "Zork"

1977 to 1979
Zork I box art

Cover art for Zork I.

In 1977 Tim Anderson, Marc Blank, Bruce Daniels, and Dave Lebling at MIT wrote the interactive fiction text adventure game Zork in the MDL programming language on a DEC PDP-10. Zork was the first text adventure game to see widespread commercial release.

The word "Zork" was originally MIT hacker jargon for an unfinished program. The implementors named the completed game Dungeon, but by that time the name Zork had already stuck.

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