Get Lamp (2010)

Get Lamp (2010)

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.


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7 responses to “Get Lamp (2010)

  • Laroquod

    Yeah, totally. Just like books were totally replaced by movies. Why would anyone want to take a 100 year step back and write a book anymore?

    • Reid

      My point was more that it was a step back in the same medium. We did things that way at the time because it was the best way to do it, then as we got better and better at it, there’s basically nothing about the original process in there anymore.

  • lizardb0y

    I certainly didn’t think that Get Lamp was predicting, or promoting, a mainstream resurgence of the text adventure. I think it did do an excellent job of exploring the unique properties of text adventures, and why they’ll always be a part of the gaming genre.

    I have a 12 year old son who was so inspired, he started writing his own text adventure immediately after seeing this documentary.

  • Apothecary Goodfellow

    This is the worst review of anything I’ve ever read in my life. It reads like you sort of had it going in a window on one monitor while you did other, equally worthless things in the other.

  • Pinback

    So you give two stars to a movie, not based on its quality, but based on the fact that you don’t think its intent (which you’re wildly incorrect about, but that’s another discussion) isn’t noteworthy or compelling.

    Roger Ebert once said he reviews movies for not what they are about, but how they are about it. You, on the other hand, appear to review movies with a scaly, vaseline-covered thumb up your dick.

    Thank you for your time. I’ll hang up and listen off the air.

  • Ice Cream Jonsey

    Don’t listen to the haters. With the closing of every newspaper company, Citizen Kane becomes a demonstrably worse film.

  • Reid

    Did you guys all work on this or something? It’s just a mediocre documentary about text adventures. I have no strong feelings about it one way or another.

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