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Old 12-02-2018, 12:20 PM   #1
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An Interview With Scott Adams

Via Arcade Attack
How did you first get the opportunity to work within the games industry?

The industry didnít exist. 🙂 I was one of the first to start it. My first game Adventureland was what I started Adventure International with sales of 50 TRS-80 cassette tapes to a Radio Shack in Chicago run by a fellow named Manual Garcia (if I remember correctly). This was in the fall of 1978.

Do you remember the first game you ever worked on?

I did a tic tac toe program in 1969 on an IBM 360 mainframe via a terminal at my high school. It was written in APL/360. I recently donated the source code copy I kept to the Strong Museum in Rochester NY.

Youíve been a massive influence on the adventure gaming genre. How does it feel that you helped shape a whole industry and what is the proudest moment of your career?

I have literally gotten thousands of emails from folks who have written to me saying how my games influenced their lives when they were children, many went on to careers in computers and many are well known luminaries of the industry today. Some of my fondest letters are those that speak of a hard childhood where my games were their highlights. One letter shared how a dying mother requested her children to bring the old computer to her bed so they could play my adventure games together again as they did when they were younger. Things like that bring tears to my eyes. I had no idea at the time how influential my work would be.
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