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What's My Line? Gaming Edition

I need some help from the IMAGinES readership. I’ve listened to Wil Wheaton’s keynote address to the guests of the Penny Arcade Expo ’07 a couple of times now. By even asking this, I’m probably torpedoing my gaming cred, but I’m absolutely curious – and I’d just prefer to throw it out to the community rather than going to Google. So if any of you know these references, can you whack them into a comment on this post, please?

Okay, here we go:

  • “It is very dark. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.” Here’s the first blow to my gaming chops – I know this is a classic Zork reference, but only through osmosis. I’ve never played it – only a little of Return to Zork, featuring all that lovely full motion video. A thrilling into to the series. Anyone know if there’ somewhere I can get/play the original Zork, ideally without involving piracy?
  • “Would you like your possessions identified?” I could be wrong, but I think this is that D&D derivative ASCII game that was eventually renamed Nethack, but I’m sure it had another name first, back when the D&D developers got steamed up about it. If I’m wrong, which game is it really?
  • “You have died of dysentery.” Lost here. Help!
  • “Wizard needs food, badly!” That’s not Gauntlet, is it?
  • “BEWARE – I LIVE!” Okay, that’s Sinistar. Couldn’t be anything else.
  • “Our princess is in another castle!” Don’t know, byut whatever it is, I reckon I’d love to play it – I’m thinking whacky, Shrek-esque spin on fantasy/fairytale stories.
  • “The bomb has been planted.” I keep thinking Halo 2, but I have the sneaking suspicion that I should really be thinking Unreal Tournament 2004, namely the Bombing Run mode – I played that a few times after I downloaded the demo.
  • “They don’t really want you to play ‘Freebird’. They’re just mocking you.” Now that’s just gotta be Guitar Hero II. Hey, I’ve played 'Freebird'. And one fo the coolest guys on my Xbox Live friends list told me today he broke 300,000 points on it last night. Bastard…

Can you help me fill the blanks in or correct me where I’m wrong?

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Zork is easy:
1-3 for free from the infocom.

You're right about Nethack (derived from Hack, which came from Rogue)

Dysentery is very US-centric, it's "Oregon Trail", an educational game they had in schools.

Gauntlet: Bingo


Bomb planted is Counterstrike...

I love how GH2 makes you confirm 3 times before taking on Freebird as an encore, funny stuff :)

So that's 5 out of 8, not bad.

I got Zork multipack for really cheap at EB. It pops up from time to time. Boz set, includes RTZ and inquisitor too.

Princess one is definatly a mario bros thing... Man, I wasn't allowed to have a NES, and even I know that one!!

The freebird quote is from Guitar Hero I. It is one of the funnies/tips on the loading screen. They did put the song into GHII. I can't wait to see if stairway will be the encore in #3...

...I really need to explore more game genres...

(lightbulb) Mines of Moria! That's what Nethack used to be called!

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