Crispy Gamer

Kindles can now play Zork, though iPads can still play Plants vs. Zombies

Not happy with the pure simplicity of the Kindle, gamers have begun to fiddle with the device in order to play games on it. Specifically, gamers have begun running old text-based adventure games such as Zork, Zork II, Zork III, and even Mini-Zork on e-readers such as the Kindle. So far the reports are that the Zork games are just as frustrating and addictive as they were back in the 80’s, and that while the text entry function on the Kindle isn’t the best, it still does the job.

As an oldish gamer, this news fills my heart with joy. The math classes of my youth were filled with rather pointless efforts to install piss-poor quality games on my TI-82 graphing calculator. Looking back, it seems like a moot point as the damned thing couldn’t even run Tetris (a task my old Macintosh SE could easily handle) and I could have always just spent that time playing with my Gameboy (which could play both Tetris and Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening). But then I suppose that it’s the innate desire of gamers to put games on any electronic device they can get their hands on. Personally, I’m pissed off that the only way I can get my toaster to play Pong any faster is to load it with Toaster Strudel.

The controller’s pretty laggy too. I knew I should have bought that $80 toaster from William-Sonoma instead of the $12 one from Walmart.