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July 24, 2008

6 chars ought to be enough for anyone.

srikanth @ 9:57 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1216936652 ) Play

This wildly popular game was based on a real pastime of the author (and also based on a real place).

Fittingly enough, the game’s name (X) led to the name of another activity (Y) (popular at some universities) that was directly derived from this game.

Which game (X), and what is the activity (Y) called?

Almost everyone got the name of the game. No one got the activity…

Mayukh, that is one awesome box! How in the world did you get your hands on a Kaypro?

Answer:

Colossal Cave Adventure, the world’s first interactive text adventure (and precursor to such games as Zork/Nethack/h2g2 and the like)

The game was named ADVENT because the PDP10 was limited to 6 character file names. Legend has it that to hide the game from sysadmins it was renamed ADVand then later to VAD as sysadmins got smarter.

ADVENT was based around a concept of exploring caves. This activity became popular in a modified form in many universities: students exploring abandoned buildings. People who did this were soon called VADders, named so from the game.

The activity Y is, hence, vadding, or “Roof and tunnel hacking” as people now call it.


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