Nerdery, Video Games

Play Zork… on a Typewriter


So… this is impressive. Jpnathan Guberman built a typewriter that… Oh, I’ll just let him tell it:

Introducing the Automatypewriter, a new way to experience interactive
fiction! It’s still a little rough around the edges (in particular, you
can see that the spacebar sticks a little, and the whole thing needs to
be tidied up), but you get the idea: the Automatypewriter is a
typewriter that can type on its own, as well as detect what you type on
it. By reading what it types to you and responding, it can be used
interactively to play a game or participate in a story (in this case,

That’s so nerdily awesome I can barely stand it. There’s something about being able to play a computer game on a typewriter that has shot my brain out the back of my skull. Thanks to Kaeli G. for the tip. (Via Makezine)

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.