The interactive fiction game that made its players learn a whole new language to play.
Aaron, thank you for this review and analysis of Carl Muckenhoupt’s The Gostak, it was seminal at the time. The gostak gestims the doshes. Why is this IF important? Well, you have told many more new people. I’m glad.
You have lead me down another treasure trove: https://bluerenga.blog/all-the-adventures/
It strikes me that this game could be relevant to contemporary debates over AI and what a system like GPT-4 'understands' by learning through predicting language, and what need there is for additional mechanisms like 'grounding'.
Fortunately, there is an online dictionary. http://www.plover.net/~davidw/gostak.html
This article pronked me double much. Clip clop, Aaron.
Fascinating concept, but I'm not sure I could endure the challenge required to finish it!