Microsoft can rescue a historic trove of lost games from Activision's vault

Microsoft can rescue a historic trove of lost games from Activision's vault

It’s something close to criminal that Infocom isn’t better known in the 21st century.The iconic developer of all-text story games — commonly referred to as “text adventures” — like Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the Zork series shut down in 1989, but not before releasing a library of titles that are some of the earliest to demonstrate the storytelling potential of video games. It’s a rich history that’s largely been squandered under the stewardship of Activision, which acquired Infocom in 1986.Now, though, there’s hope for Infocom fans in the form of business news: Microsoft is lining up to acquire Activision Blizzard in a blockbuster deal worth almost $80 billion. Most of the attention has been rightly focused on the to-be-acquired publisher’s popular franchises like Call of Duty and Overwatch, as well as what the deal means for an employer that’s faced a growing number of toxic workplace accusations since

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