About the Series

“50 Years of Text Games” is a project that traces a path through the history of digital games without graphics, by picking one game from each year between 1971 to 2021 and taking an in-depth look at how it works and why it’s important. Each week throughout 2021, I’ll cover a new year and game, working forward chronologically from The Oregon Trail in 1971 through the latest innovations in interactive fiction. Read a more detailed introduction to the series.

Why subscribe?

The series is available for free, but a paid subscription helps support me as I write the series and gets you access to a Discord community of text game fans and bonus content.

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Note that this series is running from January 2021 to December 2021. Substack offers an “annual subscription” price tier: but please be aware if you choose to support the series at this level after January that I’m not sure yet if there will be additional content after December 2021.

About the Author

Aaron A. Reed is an award-winning author of interactive fiction and digital games including Blue Lacuna, The Ice-Bound Concordance, and Hollywood Visionary. He is the author of the nonfiction books Creating Interactive Fiction With Inform 7 and the co-author of Adventure Games: Playing the Outsider.