Don’t Get Eaten By the Grue!!!! September 12th is National Video Gaming Day

The first video game I ever played in my life was Zork.  The game was “written in 1977-1979 using the MDL programming language on a DEC PDP-10 computer.”  (

Yeah, ok.  Too much techy talk.  All I know is that we had an Apple II computer with a little black box screen and big floppy disks.  The game was on loan from our uncle who was into computers and engineering at the university.  We gathered around the screen and marveled at this fun text-based adventure.  There were no pictures at all.  None.  There was only texts and prompts and you had to input short commands.  You relied on your vivid imagination to play out the world of Zork, the Great Underground Empire, in your mind.  

Zork was so successful that the MIT students that wrote it (Tim Anderson, Marc Blank, Bruce Daniels, and Dave Lebling) went on to program another 2 games:

The Wizard of Frobozz

The Dungeon Master

Three of the programmers of Zork created Infocom in 1979 that was later taken over by Activision in 1986.  Activision is a major player in gaming, based out of Santa Monica, California and noted most for creating The Call of Duty series.  

So try Zork sometime if you’re looking for an old school adventure but mark my words, watch out for the Grue!   


Author: J. Speer

I like to write. I have 5 books currently on Amazon, mostly fiction. I try to write positive and uplifting children's stories, expressive poetry for women, and interesting articles about personal growth, alternative medicine, and spirituality. My stories are often about diverse people but with human connection in mind through inner perspective. I love my characters especially the ones from my first book, Searching for Fire. I moved recently to Vermont. I live in the North Country region near Lake Willoughby, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. My heart will always be with Kansas but I love travel and meeting new people with diverse perspectives on life. I have found Vermonters to have many admirable qualities like stoicism and a love and stewardship of nature. My hobbies are writing, gardening, outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing, and hiking. I am an amateur herbalist. Many years ago, an alternative medicine doctor cured me of a respiratory illness by teaching me about vitamins and for that, I owe her a debt of gratitude. I recently bought a Jeep Wrangler that fits my personality and love for adventure. Associated with the military in my younger years, I have lived in Israel, Germany, and Virginia as well - all of which I loved in different ways. I thoroughly believe in the military spouse phrase, "bloom where you are planted" and endeavor to carry a positive optimism wherever I roam. Most days are good but admittedly I get down sometimes. I am prone to sadness or severe cynicism at times, so I turn to music as my consolation and source of expression or inspiration. My favorite songs currently are "How Deep is Your Love" by the Beegees, "La Vie en Rose", "A Million Dreams" or maybe Karen Carpenter singing "Close to You" or Elton John singing "Your Song." I also like "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" by Starship or "I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders. "Faithfully" by Journey always reminds me of rollerskating with friends in the 1980s. My favorite quotes are from the Velveteen Rabbit, Steve Jobs, and this one..."To the caterpillar it was the end of the world, but to the butterfly it was merely a beautiful beginning." Or there is the quote from Peter Pan teaching Wendy..."What if I fall? But, oh my darling, what if you fly?" I also believe in being a pearl - graceful on the outside but full of grit and gratitude on the inside. My favorite women of the Bible are Ruth, Hannah, and Hagar. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Cheers, friend.

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