Directed by: Jason Scott Sadofsky
Starring: Ernest Adams, Scott Adams, Hollywood Anderson
This is actually a kinda interesting documentary, it’s just filmed from a really weird point of view, that text adventure games are going to one day come back into the mainstream. Why would anybody think that?
Get Lamp is a documentary about the history of text adventure games, from the original Adventure to Zork to modern fan games. They talk to some of the original creators of the first text adventure games, but mostly they talk with modern text adventure writers, and no, that is apparently NOT an oxymoron.
Seriously, that’s what this whole documentary is obviously made for: to try to get people interested in the new, growing frontier of text adventure games. I like text adventures as much as… actually, probably way more than the next guy. Still, I’m not deluded enough to think that people actually want to take a 30 year step back in video games. Nobody makes silent films anymore, unless they’re pretentious broke art students or doing it for the novelty of it. If text adventures fall into that slot, I think that’d be significantly more market share than it deserves.