7 episodes

Join hosts Drew Cook and Callie Smith as they review every text adventure released by 80s gaming giant Infocom. Gold Microphone is a stand-alone companion to the Gold Machine website that will focus on the emotional experience of playing and loving these classic games. Compared with Gold Machine, this podcast will take a more relaxed and conversational approach. For feedback, questions, or just general conversation, email golmac@golmac.org.

Gold Microphone: The Interactive Fiction of Infocom Gold Machine

    • Leisure
    • 5.0 • 1 Rating

Join hosts Drew Cook and Callie Smith as they review every text adventure released by 80s gaming giant Infocom. Gold Microphone is a stand-alone companion to the Gold Machine website that will focus on the emotional experience of playing and loving these classic games. Compared with Gold Machine, this podcast will take a more relaxed and conversational approach. For feedback, questions, or just general conversation, email golmac@golmac.org.

    Episode 6: A Mind Forever Voyaging

    Episode 6: A Mind Forever Voyaging

    Callie Smith and Drew Cook welcome guest Aaron A. Reed to discuss his 50 Years of Text Games project as well as 1985's A Mind Forever Voyaging. Aaron's experiences as both reader and author lead us to some great exchanges and insights into Steve Meretzky's classic game about art, political witness, and as-yet unexplored possibilities in computer games.

    Aaron's current project, 50 Years of Text Games, is a history of interactive text as told in essays, images, and infographics. See below for more information, including Aaron's sample book chapter about A Mind Forever Voyaging. We're looking forward to seeing the final product!

    50 Years of Text Games: Kickstarter page
    A Mind Forever Voyaging sample chapter

    New to Gold Machine?

    This podcast (Gold Microphone) is a spinoff from Drew Cook's project to play and document every Infocom game. You can find that content (still in process) at Gold Machine. Drew Cook and Callie Smith come together here to have less formal conversations about the joy of playing these classic games.

    Get in touch!

    Drew and Callie don't monetize any content from the Gold Machine project. The best way to reward our efforts is by reaching out. Start a discussion, suggest a game, or leave a nice review someplace. We started these IF projects to meet people and have some rewarding IF conversations.

    golmac@golmac.org
    Drew's Twitter: @GolmacB
    Callie's Twitter: @golmac_callie

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 5: Zork I

    Episode 5: Zork I

    Join Callie and Drew for a discussion of Infocom's best-selling game, Zork I. They'll talk about one of their all-time favorite video game characters, the thief, as well as its amazing (yet often overlooked) worldbuilding. 

    The games mentioned in Ian's email were "The Hobbit," "Hampstead," "Lords of Midnight," "The Worm in Paradise," and "A Mind Forever Voyaging."

    Notes published at Gold Machine:

    https://golmac.org/gold-microphone-zork-i/

    Next up: A Mind Forever Voyaging featuring guest Aaron A. Reed, who has lots of great insights into AMFV thanks to his 50 Years of Text Games project!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 4: Journey

    Episode 4: Journey

    Drew and Callie take a look at one of Infocom's least-loved games. Is it a complete flop? Or does it have something to offer? Full notes at https://golmac.org



    Email: golmac@golmac.org

    Drew Twitter: @GolmacB

    Callie Twitter: @golmac_Callie

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Plundered Hearts: Follow Up

    Plundered Hearts: Follow Up

    Drew and Callie return to Plundered Hearts to discuss Anastasia Salter's 2020 article, "Infocom, Romance, and the History of Feminist Game Design," published in Feminist Media Histories 6.1.
    In this follow-up conversation, Drew and Callie revisit the critical narrative surrounding Amy Briggs’s classic Plundered Hearts, celebrating the ways in which Salter synthesizes a variety of critical tactics in her productive and innovative reading.
    Plundered Hearts | Feminist Media Histories | University of California Press (ucpress.edu)
    As always, you can reach them in a number of ways:
    Gold Machine - Games as text, text as games (golmac.org)
    email: golmac@golmac.org
    Drew Cook: Gold Machine (@GolmacB) / Twitter

    • 45 min
    Episode 3: Enchanter

    Episode 3: Enchanter

    Spell books, talking turtles, and the end of the world: Join Callie and Drew as they discuss one of their all-time favorite games--Enchanter!

    As discussed in the podcast, here are some links.


    A Note on Resources and Methods: links and advice for playing classic Infocom games
    Enchanter folio in poor condition (but still awesome!)

    Get in touch:


    email: golmac@golmac.org
    contact form at https://golmac.org
    twitter: @GolmacB
    Facebook (bare bones, but updates with new posts)
    Interactive Fiction Community Forum thread

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 2: Plundered Hearts

    Episode 2: Plundered Hearts

    Perhaps no Infocom game has risen, post-1980s, so much in the eyes of players than Amy Briggs's Plundered Hearts. At the time of its release, men were too manly to play it, and at least one prominent woman reviewer declared: "it's not feminist." How did a game that seemingly had nothing to offer anyone become so beloved? Join Callie and Drew as they discuss their very 2022 experiences with Plundered Hearts.

    Here are some promised links:

    Plundered Hearts Unboxing

    1987: Plundered Hearts - by Aaron A. Reed (substack.com)

    » Plundered Hearts The Digital Antiquarian (filfre.net)

    Plundered Hearts | Feminist Media Histories | University of California Press (ucpress.edu)


    Want to get in touch?
    Email: golmac@golmac.org
    Twitter: @GolmacB
    Gold Machine - Games as text, text as games (golmac.org)

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

Top Podcasts In Leisure

NPR
Critical Role
Clutterbug™
Si Robertson & Justin Martin
Trash Taste Podcast
geekandsundry

You Might Also Like