I don’t know how many people on Tumblr will recognize this game, or share my fond memories of it. The game is called “Colossal Cave”, or sometimes “Adventure”. To understand this picture, you need to go back in time. Way back, to the days when there was no internet (certainly not as we know it today). Back to the time when having a computer in the home was a new thing. There were no graphics. Text only, and in one of two colors: amber, or green. Colossal Cave was an interactive text adventure, in which the user navigated a fantasy world by inputting directions of travel or two-word commands. Strategy guides? Forget it. Even the maps were homemade.
This game reminds me of Sherlock for so many reasons. It required advanced reasoning and visualization skills, even to figure out the red herrings. It had truly epic levels of sass and snark. One example: A sleeping dragon blocks the user’s path. The user inputs: Kill Dragon. The game replies: With what, your bare hands? Prompting the game to, for example, Use Spear, resulted in the question What do you want to do with the spear?. This circular command/response would eventually result in the player responding to With what, your bare hands with the answer YES. To which the game would respond with Congratulations, you have just vanquished a dragon with your bare hands. Unbelievable, isn’t it? (If the frustrated gamer resorted to typing expletives, the game would warn them to Watch it!)
And of course, it had a pirate. The pirate became the bane of my existence, frequently stealing my treasure and hiding it away in his maze.
So here is Sherlock, the pirate of Colossal Cave. Mixed Media Collage. (I suppose it’s probably Mycroft playing, or perhaps Greg)